Review of ‘Expanish’ Spanish Language Course in Buenos Aires – Part 2

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Please note; If you haven’t read part one of this review you may want to do so first before reading on!

In part one of this review I compared my ‘in the classroom’ Spanish language course with Expanish in Buenos Aires to my previous attempts at learning Spanish online. Overwhelming I found the initial 2 weeks much more productive learning with Expanish in the classroom than I did using an online course. It was a much more engaging way to learn and I picked things up more quickly learning in Buenos Aires versus learning at home. Now however, I want to look at the overall experience with Expanish (including the last 2 weeks I was there which wasn’t included in my first review as I was mid-way through my course.)

Has this course prepared me for travelling around South America, and in particular the parts where no one really speaks English? Did I think the course progressed at a good speed? Was the testing process adequate? Was the course value for money? These are all questions I want to look at now my course is complete.

Can I understand Spanish now?

I think this is the big question you want to ask yourself after a 4 week Spanish course, and thankfully the answer is yes, but I do still need to improve on my knowledge of vocabulary. I understand a lot more Spanish now after 4 weeks at Expanish than I did before embarking on the course. Many times I do need to ask native speakers to slow down or tell me what a word means (which I ask in Spanish of course) but this is normal for the time frame I have been learning Spanish in too. Essentially I can get by just fine now having completed my course, and my last 2 weeks of classes at Expanish were all taught in Spanish (versus the first 2 weeks where the teacher used a lot more English to explain things) – so I think this is a good sign.

With all that said though I would recommend that if you’re coming to South America and you have the time available that you take 2 months to learn if you’re a beginner when you arrive, rather than 1 like I did. I recommend this whether you are studying at Expanish or not. For me at the 4 week level I can ask for everything I want and understand mostly what people are saying, but when it comes to making friends in hostels for example with Spanish speaking people, I wish I was more free-flowing in my Spanish and had a broader knowledge of vocabulary. I suppose this all takes time though.

Was the testing process good?

The end of course examination I felt at Expanish was to a very good standard for assessing your level. It wasn’t exceptionally hard but it also wasn’t very easy either. It was in-depth for the level I was at and certainly seemed to be adequate to judge your level of Spanish. It’s also based on the Common European Framework.

If I was to give a little bit of constructive feedback to Expanish though it would be that the test they give you when you first arrive (to sort you into your level of class) for me personally wasn’t as good as it could have been. For example, during my first week of class (and most of the second week) I was really going over things I already knew. I think if they’d took just a bit more time to speak to me during my first day I could have been put one class up and therefore been a bit further on in my Spanish by now. Equally though, when our teacher realised this she did appear to move the class on more quickly so it was also rectified somewhat by the end!

Is a course with Expanish value for money?

Yes, I do believe so! Expanish is really good school. You can tell that as soon as you walk in the door. The course is also very well structured which makes learning easy. I think this is the key difference between a school like Expanish and a much cheaper option that you may find somewhere else. Especially when you are learning Spanish grammar – it is always much easier to learn when you have a qualified and very experienced teacher explaining things to you (as all the Expanish teachers are). As someone who previously did not have a second language I don’t think I really appreciated this until I came to learn at Expanish.

So what does it cost?

I detailed the cost in part one of this review, but in case you missed it (or can’t be bothered reading the first part) Expanish currently charge $210 per week for the course that I did, the Intensive Spanish 20. However, if you book 5+ weeks this cost reduces. For a full list of courses and a more in-depth look at prices you can view their price list at http://www.expanish.com/price-list.

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One Response to “Review of ‘Expanish’ Spanish Language Course in Buenos Aires – Part 2”

  1. claire says:

    In-depth review Jane (over the 2 parts). I will consider expanish if I am every going to learn Spanish as a foreign language.

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