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After being caught up in the excitement of planning a trip abroad, I seemed to have overlooked the fact that arriving in an enormous and bustling city like Buenos Aires can at first be a little unnerving. Expanish has the perfect balance of making you feel that you really are in the heart of a South American city with its grand building and local teachers, whilst giving you all the comforts and security you would feel at home.

On arrival, my fellow students and I were warmly welcomed and settled into classes that were each tailored to our individual abilities. As we made our way to meet our teacher, I became acutely aware that my Spanish speaking ability could barely keep up with The Mask of Zorro let alone a fully fledged conversation but the second the class began, I found my confidence growing by the second. Within no time, Sylvina, our teacher, had my three class mates and I as relaxed as if we´d known each other for months. With her dynamic and interactive style of teaching, we were able to tell each other who we were and why we were studying Spanish in Buenos Aires in a very short space of time with what, up till then, I had believed wouldn’t be enough Spanish to order a coffee. At 1 o´clock, by which stage we had worked up quite an appetite, we were treated to some empanadas for lunch, a delicious traditional Argentine snack of pastry stuffed with chicken, beef or cheese to name just a few. Feeling full and satisfied, I got the impression that if a first day could run this smoothly, fluency has to be only just round the corner…

Look out for next weeks blog about about my classes!