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hola. Soy Josh y lamento decir que estoy a punto de irme de Uruguay. He disfrutado mucho de mi experiencia aquí y aprendí mucho. He estado aquí por casi seis meses y estoy muy contento con mi estadía aquí. La única cosa que preferiría es poder quedarme por más tiempo. Aquí en Uruguay, hice una pasantía en el instituto Crandon para ganar experiencia en enseñar inglés. Por lo general, yo ayudaba a las profesoras y contribuía a las clases con la gramática, vocabulario, y otros aspectos del idioma. Fue una oportunidad muy rica para aprender y participar en las clases. También hacía mucho en la escuela de español, la Herradura. Iba a muchas clases en grupos y también a las clases privadas. Aprendí mucha gramática y vocabulario y también ya comprendo mucho mejor el español hablado. Y escribía cosas en el blog de las actividades, clases, excursiones etc. Esa experiencia valió la pena 100 por ciento. Además de las clases, yo viajé tambien varias veces en uruguay y a Argentina. Fui a buenos Aires dos veces, fui a punta del este dos veces y a colonia varias veces. También fui al campo para andar en caballo también lo cual fue una experiencia inolvidable y nostálgica. En fin me voy satisfecho y feliz por haber pasado varios meses aquí y recomiendo esta experiencia a cualquier otra persona que lo considere.

Hello, it’s me Josh and I regret to inform that I am about to leave uruguay. I really enjoyed my experience here and I learned a lot of things. I have been here for almost 6 months and I am content with my stay. The only thing I would prefer is to be able to stay for even longer. Here I did an internship in the Crandon Institute to get more experience in English teaching. For example, I helped the teachers and contributed to the classes with grammar, vocabulary, and other aspects of the language. it was a very rich opportunity to learn and participate in the classes. I also did a lot in the Spanish school la Herradura. I went to many group classes as well as private classes. I learned a lot in terms of grammar, vocabulary, and I understand spoken Spanish a lot better after attending. Also, I wrote things on the blog about activities, classes, excursions, etc. This experience was 100 per cent worth it. When it comes to traveling, I went to many places in uruguay and to Argentina. I went to Buenos Aires two times, I went to Punta del este twice, I went to Colonia many times, and also to the countryside to go horseback riding which was an unforgettable and a nostalgic experience. Simply put, I am happy to have spent several months here and I reccomend the experience to anyone that considers doing it.

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On the 16th of January the students of La Herradura went to the Juan Manuel Blanes museum and the botanical gardens located in the wealthy neighbourhood of Prado in Montevideo. We started off by visiting Juan Manuel Blanes museum which displays an eclectic collection of art from throughout the years since the founding of Uruguay. The museum displays art from numerous artists including Juan Manuel Blanes, Pedro Figari, Rafael Barradas and Jose Cuneo.

Blanes has painted a number of pieces which are key to the Uruguayan national identity. The moment of Uruguayan independence was depicted by Blanes’ in the portrait “Thirty Three Easterners”. This displays the moment when the revolutionaries in Uruguay successfully held an insurrection against the brazilian authorities that were in control of Uruguay at that time – this event resulted in Uruguay gaining independence. A further painting of significance to the history of the Uruguayan history was ‘The battle of Sarandi’, another milestone in Uruguay’s history.

Blanes was also well-known for his portrait paintings which were particularly successful with the local gentry. His most famous portrait painting was that of Artigas en la Ciudadela, which he painted as a homage to the adored Uruguayan patriot Jose Gervasio Artigas.

After this we visited the nearby botanical gardens.The Botanical Garden was created in the year 1902 by the Economic Board of Uruguay and named after its greatest advocate, “Atilio Lombardo” who worked tirelessly to instate the gardens.  The park is comprised of a huge area of greenery with many different types of plants and trees which Montevideanos are able to admire and be at peace with, as they walk through the extensive area of the park. The park was designed by the landscape architect Carlos Racine. The function of a botanical garden is to illustrate a way of living peacefully with nature and to show us the importance of respecting the environment that we have before we lose it due to our own selfish actions of deforestation and pollution. We also passed many impressive houses due to the fact that Barrio Prado is a very wealthy neighbourhood.  

The park receives more than 400,000 visitors every year and so that they can recognise the over 1000 different types of plants that exist, cards are placed below the plants which contain their common and scientific names. There is also a greenhouse that exists in the botanical gardens which houses various types of tropical, medicinal and aquatic plants. The international exchange of seeds between more than 500 botanical gardens worldwide allows for the cultivation of new seeds in greenhouses and enables the parks to display many non-native plants as well.

At the end we visited a bar also located in the Prado neighbourhood. We enjoyed the beers and wines on offer including the traditional uruguayan media y media drink, consisting of a mixture of wine and champagne. There were also a large selection of reasonably priced pizzas so we were able to dine there as well. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience for all the students at La Herradura!

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¿Qué idioma hablas? ¿Español o castellano?  Si eres hispanohablante lo más seguro es que te hayas topado con esta pregunta, o quizá eres estudiante del español (¿o castellano?) como segunda lengua. A casi todos nos ha tocado estar de turista o encontrarnos a alguno y la pregunta acerca del idioma no se hace esperar;«parlez-vous français?», «Do you speak english?», « ¿habla español?»… Pero, ¿seguro habla usted español o lo que realmente habla es castellano? Lo cierto es que la respuesta a éste interrogante carece de complejidad, te invito a salir de dudas con el siguiente artículo y descubre de una forma muy sencilla cuál es el verdadero nombre de la lengua de Cervantes. 

What language do you speak? Spanish or Castilian? If you are Spanish speaking, it is most likely that you have had this question, or maybe you are a student of Spanish (¿or Castilian?) as a second language. Almost everyone has been a tourist or met one and the most common question is; «Parlez-vous français?», «Do you speak english?», «Do you speak Spanish?» … But are you sure you speak Spanish or what you really speak is Castilian? The truth is that the answer to this question lacks complexity and  I invite you to romove your oubts with the following article and discover in a very simple way which is the true name of the language of Cervantes.

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¿Como están / estáis? Empezó la cuenta regresiva, los uruguayos ya están contando los días para el comienzo de la primavera. Una estación del año en donde normalmente llueve bastante pero, no se sabe qué pasará en éste, ya que tuvimos un invierno suave y con mucha lluvia. En este boletín puedes encontrar las últimas novedades y un muy interesante informe de nuestra voluntaria alemana // How are you all? The countdown has started and the Uruguayans are counting the days for the Spring to start. Normally a rainy season, but we don´t know what will happen this year, as we have had a wet winter already. In this newsletter you will find the latest news and a very interesting feed back of our German volunteer. work.

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¡Hola! Empezó el invierno y las vacaciones,  mientras que en otros países se disfruta de la playa, en Uruguay podemos mantenernos calentitos en las termas de agua caliente. Te dejamos con el boletín con más información sobre lo que pasó en La Herradura y Uruguay // Winter has started and the holidays as well.  While in other countries people can enjoy going to the beach, in Uruguay we keep warm in the hot water springs. We leave you with the newsletter, where you will find more information on what happened at La Herradura and in Uruguay.

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