Av. Gobernador Ricardo Videla 1275, (costanera norte y uruguay), Mendoza, 5527, Argentina
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delicious roasted lamb at Francesca
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Spanish Language schools in Mendoza
My wife and I are thinking of going to Mendoza to enroll in a Spanish language school next March. Anyone have any recommendations for such a school? Is March the best time to go? We were thinking of doing a school for a couple of weeks, then doing some traveling. Any suggestions of where to go would be appreciated.
Re: Spanish Language schools in Mendoza
Well, I am not a Spanish teacher here in Mendoza, but have been teaching English for several years, and I am familiar with many of the Spanish schools and teachers here, and have talked to a lot of foreign students who have studied Spanish over the years.
Yes, it is true that most Spanish teachers do not have qualifications or training to teach Spanish in Argentina. In fact, many do not have teaching qualifications at all. There are few places to get training as a Spanish language teacher in Argentina, and most that have teaching credentials have English or Spanish Literature credentials. The best ones have DELE certification from the Cervantes Institute of Spain.
Also, there is no such thing as a "certified" language institute in Argentina. There are advertising groups for "partner schools" that call themselves associations, but they are just a loose net of different schools that join together to give "recommendations" in different cities. For example, the " SEA - Asociación de Centros de Idiomas " which has many "member schools", has no real educational development function at all, it is just a way for "member schools" to advertise, and many of their schools are terrible (I know, because I have taught English at many of these schools, in BA and In Mendoza, at one time or another). Be carfeul. The best way to be sure is to get personal recommendations or references from former students. Some of these schools have some good Spanish teachers, but most are only mediocre, it is often a question of luck.
Also, be careful of websites from places like New York, Madrid and London who say they have "schools" in places like Mendoza or BA. They are nothing more than agents that charge large sums to Spanish schools in Argentina as a way of attracting students, which is the big battle here. If the sites (and probaly they are the majority of the sites that you get after a search) do not give the address and/or telephone number of the school (because they do not want you to contact them directly so they lose their big commission), do not deal with them. Be satisfied only after direct contact and after you feel confident in the school administrator or teacher.
There are some excellent Spanish teachers in small schools or who offer private lessons to small groups and individuals. For example, I have had excellent comments form foreign tourists and expats I have met in the cafes about Spanish instruction from:
Also, be carfelul about the accomodation arrangements of many of the institutes or other places, either they are overpriced or they are homestays wghere you are not really welcome. Again, personal recommendations from many students are always the best measue.
Enjoy your visit and studies here in Argentina, it is always a pleasure to run into people like you!
Buen viaje! :)
Travel Tips for Mendoza
Having dinner at late hours
What I found really amazing in Mendoza (and this is for the entire Argentina as I understood)) is that if you want to dine out you have to do it after 9 p.m. Go out with your friends, with your family and you can share wonderful moments in a nice environment. 12 a.m. can sound as a very late hour in other countries, but here the streets are so full of life, with people of all ages just hanging around and having a good time.
"Tonada" is a very representative music style of Mendoza, San Juan and San Luis. Is usually played by groups of 3 guitars.
The lyrics of the tonada are very poetic and usually talk about love to a woman, love to one's land or about enjoying life iwht friends.
The "cogollo" is one part of the tonada in which the singer/s dedicate the song to somebody, when the song finishes, that "somebody" must pay the tonaderos with a glass of wine and the rest of the public can do the same. Not to pay a tonada or not to accept the glass of wine is considered really really impolite. I've seen many tonaderos finishing their shows just for not being "paid"
YOU SHOULD DO THE WINES...
YOU SHOULD DO THE WINES TRIP.GO AND CHECK THE EXCITING ANDES MOUNTAIN, RIVERS, LAKES.OF COURSE YOU HAVE SHOPPING MALLS,DISCOS, RESTAURANTS,CASINOS,ETC.-
YOU WILL KNOW HOW A GOOD WINE IS MADE, ALL THE STEPS TO BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD.IF YOU ALREADY KNOW THE BEACH YOU WILL HAVE AN IMPRESSIONABLE EXPERIENCE SEING THE ACONCAGUA MONTAIN AND OTHERS.
Ruinas de San Francisco
Once we were finished with the Winery tour, our guide and the van driver took us back into Mendoza where we began our city tour in the bright 11 AM sunshine. First up were the ruins of the San Francisco church, all that remains of the original colonial architecture of 'Old' Mendoza. Dating back to 1638 when it was established as a Jesuit school/church, the structure was taken over by the Franciscan order of monks in 1782 following the expulsion of the Jesuits. However, the Franciscan tenure here, along with the remainder of the city, came crashing down in the great earthquake of 1861 which leveled Mendoza, exactly 300 years after it had been founded.
Due to it's mainly adobe construction, the San Franciscan church was almost completely destroyed, except for the few remaining brick walls, seen here being supported by a permanent scaffold arrangement. Mendoza was later rebuilt to the southwest of this area and, even today, you do not see many tall buildings poking up through the trees in case they too have to contend with another major quake.
Parque General San Martin
This park is the biggest and most beautiful of Mendoza. It was designed by french architect Carlos Thays, and opened in 1906 (although its origins go back to 1896). The park has beautiful streets and avenues surrounded by hundreds of species of plants and trees.
Inside the park there are several fountains, sculptures, gardens, and even the Mendoza zoo, which is worth visiting. There's also an artificial lake next to the Rosedal, which is used by the Mendoza Boat Race Club (Club de Regatas de Mendoza).
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Address: Av. Gobernador Ricardo Videla 1275, (costanera norte y uruguay), Mendoza, 5527, Argentina