So you have traveled all the way to South America to Study Spanish in Buenos Aires and you are doing your best to take notes in class, Speak Spanish to anyone and everyone, and make as many Argentine friends as possible. These are all great ways to get the Spanish blood in you flowing, and along with your Spanish classes, are definitely going to get your Spanish knowledge going in the right direction.
However, there are a few more things, besides Spanish classes, cultural activities, skilled workshops, and excursions, that you can do in order to get your Spanish skills to an A+.
1) Phrase Books and Dictionaries
Even if you have no Spanish knowledge, a phrase book or dictionary is a good way to get started. Check out common words you use, helpful phrases for on the road, or look up words as you are learning them.
2) Movies and Television
Watching movies or the television in Spanish, or in English with Spanish subtitles, can help you fine-tune your Spanish skills, plus learn numerous translations between languages. You can practice your listening skills if you are watching programs directly in Spanish; note down words you don’t know, then look up those words. If you watch in English with Spanish subtitles, make sure you are always reading the subtitles and make sure to note down any expressions or phrases that are translated between the two. Often, the way something is said in English is different than in Spanish, but the meaning stays the same.
Listen to Spanish music in Buenos Aires; whether you buy C.D’s, go to live shows or concerts, or simply admire the singers in the street. For some real practice, listen to a song(s) you like, but also have the lyrics handy. Try to write down what you hear in the song and after compare it to the actual lyrics to see how much you have understood.
4) Magazines and Newspapers
This is a great way to keep up to date on current issues, daily events, or just your interests, and study Spanish at the same time. Try to keep a dictionary near in case you do not recognize a word. Often, you can figure the theme of the article out by using the pictures and then find the details later by reading.
5) Language Exchange
Many foreigners do this when studying Spanish in Buenos Aires as it is a great supplement to your regular classes. You meet with a native Spanish speaker who is interested in learning English, then the two of you spend half the time studying Spanish and half the time studying English. That way, both benefit, and there is no cost for either. Plus, oftentimes the people you meet are in the same age bracket and you just might make a friend at the same time!