It seems like a lot of my posts are starting to have a Part II to them… Well, the Learning Spanish post is no exception. I’ve been down here just over three weeks now and while I’m picking up the language in bits and pieces (I can almost read a full menu now!), I was starting to wonder if 4 hours per week with my tutor, Marco, was going to cut it. He’s great, by the way, but I found that once I left the classroom, I was not always keeping up with the lessons.
Luckily, one of my blog readers, Henry, let me know that The University of Buenos Aires was about to start an 8 week intensive course in Spanish as a Foreign Language on Monday. It’s 4 days per week for 2 hours per day for a total of 64 hours. He said that his friend took the course and it really helped him, and I had heard the same on some other expat forums. I decided to check it out and went down for the placement exam. After placing into Level 1 (there is no Level 0), that was enough convincing for me. I signed up. The cost is AR $1053 in one payment or AR $554 for two payments. So for US $5/hour, I’m now enrolled! There’s no more than 14 people per class, and they’re entirely in Spanish. I’ll see how it goes, and I’m keeping my more private sessions with Marco too.
I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes!