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Estás pensando viajar a Uruguay y combinar tu estadía con un curso de español? Lea este artículo de un estudiante de Gran Bretaña que visitó nuestra escuela de español en Montevideo el mes pasado… // Are you planning to travel to Uruguay and combine your stay with attending a Spanish course? Read below an article of a student from the UK, who has visited our Spanish school in Montevideo last month….

Enviado el: domingo, 15 de septiembre de 2019 18:00
Para: Spanish Herradura Info <>
Asunto: Reflections on my trip to Uruguay

Hola Margo

I hope you are well. I just wanted to send a message to all of you at La Herradura and thank you again for your hospitality during my attendance at the school. Please thank Matias, Mirabel and Juan for me – I really enjoyed their lessons. Also, the trips were a great way of meeting and socialising with new people especially as I was travelling alone.

Within two days of my return to the UK I was waylaid with a bad cold and a nasty cough (probably picked something up on the long flight home) so am only now beginning to feel somewhat better. However, my time in Montevideo and Colonia allowed me to slow down and appreciate the more relaxed lifestyle I encountered and to de-stress. I do think that Uruguay lived up to my expectations and I would like to see more of the country. However, it is a long way to travel and I’m somewhat mindful of the current climate change concerns and my carbon footprint. (How long does it take by boat? he says, jokingly.)

There were still things I didn’t get around to seeing in Montevideo but I think I fitted in quite a lot while, at the same time, trying to just ‘chill’ and live in Montevideo for three weeks. On the final Saturday I walked all the way to Plaza Independencia. I went into that glorious bookshop the other side of the plaza – librería Más Puro Verso – and had lunch upstairs in the restaurant. I was walking back down Avenida 18 de Julio at about 2.30 in the afternoon and noticed that most of the shops were closed – is this normal in Uruguay? It seems strange to a northern European where the shops always appear to be open.

On my last day (Sunday) I spent some time in Parque Rodo – it was a lovely, sunny day and it was nice to see the local people with their friends and family enjoying their leisure time.

I’ve started to look for a Spanish course here in the UK as I really  want to build on what I achieved at La Herradura and the confidence I had to use my Spanish in Montevideo. However, one course I found which would be the right level for me clashes with my work so I’ll carry on looking. 



La Herradura Spanish School
Montevideo / Punta del Este / Uruguay
Junio / julio / Agosto / Septiembre 2019

¡Hola a todos!  //  Hello everyone!
¿Como están / estáis?  // How are you all? 
Después de un largo invierno, con bastante lluvia, humedad y días bastante fríos, empezó la  primavera. Los Plátanos (árbol típico de Montevideo), se están llenando de hojas y le ofrecen a la ciudad un colorido muy especial y bello. En todo el país, la gente empieza a arreglar sus casas, guarda la ropa de invierno, y se prepara para disfrutar del sol. Los uruguayos se reúnen en las plazas, las ramblas o cualquier espacio al aire libre para disfrutar del buen tiempo acompañado, como no, de un buen mate y bizcochos. //  After a long winter, with enough rain, humidity and cold days, Spring has started. The banana trees (typical tree in Montevideo) are filling up with leaves again, giving another color to the city. All over the country, people are starting to fix their properties so humidity is a big issue in Uruguay. With the arrival of the good weather, Uruguayans will meet at the squares, beach front or any other place in the open air in company of mate and sweets!

En nuestra escuela, creemos de suma importancia que la proyección de pequeños fragmentos de películas, series, entrevistas, anuncios publicitarios y música, son una herramienta de gran valor para  mostrar situaciones y contenidos funcionales que serán de gran utilidad para el día a día y para desenvolverse en múltiples situaciones que no siempre son posibles de reproducir en el salón de clase. “Periplo” (viaje largo), es un nuevo programa que recorre el Uruguay y nos lleva a conocer el país, su historia, sus costumbres, su gastronomía y mucho más. !Buenísimo para conocer Uruguay y una buena oportunidad de practicar tu español! Les dejamos el link del programa sobre los pueblos con encanto. // At our school it is important to use audiovisual means in the class room, such as trailers, interviews, advertisements and music, which are a good tool and show us situations and contents that help us to manage daily situations. “Peirplo” (long trip) is a new program traversing Uruguay yhat helps to get to know the country, its history, its habits, gastronomy and much more. It is a perfect opportunity to get to know Uruguay and to practice your Spanish. We´ll leave you with the el link of the program about ¨charming villages¨.

Para salir un poco de la rutina diaria, los profesores organizan clases de español afuera del aula con el objetivo de practicar el español en la calle. Una de estas actividades es visitar una feria (mercado al aire libre) donde se puede comprar sobre todo frutas y verduras. Los alumnos tienen que hacerle preguntas a los feriantes y al volver a la escuela, las respuestas obtenidas se discuten grupalmente. //  To get out of the daily routine, the teachers organize Spanish lessons outside of the classroom with the objective to practise spanish with the locals. One of these activities is visiting a local street market where you can buy mostly fresh fruits and vegetables. Students have to ask questions to the workers and thess questions will be discussed in the classroom with the teacher.

Dado a que no hay muchos alumnos en nuestra escuela de Punta del Este durante los meses de invierno, hemos dado clases privadas y semi privadas en la casa de nuestra profesora Susana. Durante los meses de verano daremos las clases en la academia nuevamente. // During the Winter months the students at our School in Punta del Este enjoyed a very personlized attention, they received the Spanish lessons (private or semi private) in the house of our teacher Susana.

La Herradura ahora también está presente en el interior de Uruguay: “Cortijo La Herradura” te ofrece la posibilidad de practicar tu español en el campo además de estar en un entorno natural donde no solo podrás disfrutar de la tranquilidad, si no también de las múltiples actividades que ofrecemos y de buena comida casera. Anímate y reserva 1 semana de clases de español con La Herradura en Montevideo o Punta del Este y 1 semana con Cortijo La Herradura en el campo. Puedes ver fotos en nuestro Instagram. //  You can now find a branch of La Herradura in the countryside: “Cortijo La Herradura” offers you the possibility to practice your Spanish with the locals, as well as being in a natural environment where you will not only enjoy the tranquility, but also the variety of activities we offer and excellent home-made food. Go ahead and book a 1 week Spanish course at La Herradura in Montevieo and 1 week at “Cortijo La Herradura” in the country side. You can see photos in our  Instagram

Voluntariados y Pasantías // Volunteering and Internships 
Desde julio tenemos otro pasante en nuestra escuela de español en Montevideo. Se llama Josh, es del estado de Pennsylvania en los Estados Unidos. El está ayudando a los profesores de inglés en una universidad de Montevideo y trabaja en la oficina de La Herradura también. Leer más //  Since July we have a new Intern at our school in Montevideo. His name is Josh and he is from the state of Pennsylvania in the United States. He is interning at a University in Montevideo and at the school’s office in Montevideo as well.  Read more

¡Si te gusta trabajar con los caballos, esta es tu oportunidad! Estas a tiempo de reservar tu lugar para el verano uruguayo. En el “Cortijo La Herradura” tenemos varios caballos que se están domando. Puedes ayudar en la doma y ayudar en el cuidado diario de los demás caballos. ¡Anímate!  Es una excelente oportunidad de practicar tu español y vivir una experiencia inolvidable en el interior de Uruguay. Antes de empezar tu voluntariado tomarás clases de español en nuestra escuela en ontevideo o Punta del Este..  //  Do you like to work with animals? This is your chance! You are still in time to reserve for the Uruguayan summer.  In Take advantage of this opportunity!.  Before starting this volunteer job, you can take Spanish lessons at our school in Montevideo or Punta del Este. An excellent opportunity to practice your Spanish and live an unforgettable experience in Norhern Uruguay.

¿Te gustaría ayudar o adquirir experiencia? Puedes trabajar como voluntario o pasante: tomas clases de español por las mañanas y por las tardes haces diferentes tareas en una organización o empresa // Would you like to help or gain experience? You can work as a volunteer or intern: you will attend Spanish lessons in the mornings and during the afternoon you can volunteer or work at an organization or company. Más información 

Rincón del estudiante / Students corner:
En la imagen arriba puedes leer algunos comentarios que nos dejan nuestros estudiantes…/ On the picture above you can read some reviews, students leave us…

Rincón de los profesores / Teachers corner:
Hacer la prueba de nivel no sólo es importante: ¡es esencial! Para el equipo docente, la prueba de nivel es una herramienta fundamental cuando tenemos que evaluar los conocimientos previos que tienen nuestros futuros estudiantes. Lo primero de todo es aclarar que la prueba de nivel NO es un examen con mejores o peores calificaciones. Nadie suspende o aprueba la prueba de nivel. La prueba de nivel sólo mide el grado de profundidad del conocimiento que se tiene de la lengua antes de entrar en clase. 
¿Por qué es imprescindible completar la prueba? Porque la prueba nos muestra qué sabe y qué no sabe un estudiante. Las preguntas que hay en la prueba están organizadas en bloques gramaticales que responden a todos y cada uno de los niveles descritos en el Marco Europeo Común de Referencia de las Lenguas (A1-C2). Con esa información, que es puramente gramatical, podemos ubicar a cada estudiante en el grupo que le corresponde de acuerdo a su nivel y, en ese contexto, comprobamos si lo que se demostró en la prueba guarda relación con la comprensión y la expresión de ese estudiante. 
Es evidente que aprender una lengua es mucho más que aprender sus reglas gramaticales pero sin gramática es ABSOLUTAMENTE imposible hablar una lengua tal y como ya explicábamos aquí (hipervincula el texto de Juan de “La importancia de la gramatica en la clase de español”). Por eso, en La Herradura, ofrecemos a nuestros estudiantes un plan didáctico en el que la gramática siempre está en uso, es decir, que no aprendemos gramática sólo para rellenar huecos en un libro de ejercicios sino que hacemos que la gramática sea el cimiento sobre el que se asiente unabuena comunicación.    

Cursos a la medida / Special designed Spanish courses:
Cursos de español para profesores ELE / Spanish courses for Teachers ELE   Este curso no solo te enseñará la didáctica y dinámica a aplicar para cada nivel, si no te da la posibilidad de estar presente en clases con nuestros profesores y tu dar la clases a nuestros alumnos.  ¡Pida más informaciòn!  // This course will not only teach you the didactics and dynamics to apply for each level, but it will also give you the opportunity to assit lessons with our teachers and teach our students.  Ask for more information now!

Estadísticas de la escuela / School STATS:
Durante estos meses hemos tenido estudiantes de Estados Unidos, Brasil, Alemania, Canadá, Suiza,  Reino Unido, Francia, Japon y China , con edades comprendidas entre los 19 y los setenta años // During the month of August we have had students from the United States, Brasil, Germany, Canada, Switserland, Great Brittain, France, Japan and China between the ages of 10 and 70 years old. 

¡Todos están invitados a formar parte de esta gran familia. ¡La Herradura te espera! // You are all invited to form a part of the big family of the school!. La Herradura is waiting for you!
Puedes comentar tu experiencia en la escuela. Para nosotros es muy importante tu opinión. – Todas las fotos y comentarios son bienvenidos. 
Your thoughts and memories of your experience here at the school are so important to us – Comments and photos are welcomed.

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¡Unite a nosotros! // Join us // 
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Los estudiantes que ya estudiaron en nuestra escuela recibirán un 10% de descuento en cualquier curso de español y una habitación simple en la residencia de la escuela en Montevideo o Punta del Este. Para obtener más información sobre este descuento, o cómo conseguirlo para tu familia y amigos, por favor, ponte en contacto con nosotros directamente en // A special promotion for returning students: you will receive  a 10% discount on any of the Spanish courses we offer and a room in the School Residence both in Montevideo and Punta del Este. For more information on this discount, or how to get it for your family and friends, please contact us directly, at    

 ¡Feliz Primavera/ Otoño!  // Happy Spring / Autumn!   El equipo de La Herradura  //  La Herradura Team


Hola a todos!

We at La herradura hope you are all doing great!

On the 1st of May the students of La Herradura paid a trip to the countryside of Montevideo to visit the house currently inhabited by Rebecca. This was a Wednesday but the 1st of May is always a working holiday for the people of Uruguay so there were no classes. We were driven to the countryside by our teacher Mathias in his car and by one of our students from Brazil, who also happened to have his car with him here as well.

After around 1 and a half hours of driving we arrived at the charming house in the middle of the countryside. The first thing you were able to sense was how completely isolated and surrounded by nature you were. There were no shops nearby, just  lush green fields, Rebecca’s dogs and a multitude of horses. When we arrived Margo’s husband Roberto had already started frying the meat for the asado (traditional Uruguayan BBQ) that had been organised for the pupils of La Herradura. The cuts of meat served primarily came from cows, of which there are no shortage in the countryside. Uruguayan meat however is unique in its preparation as it does not need importing and it is not processed as in the west. It is exemplary fresh and you can taste this fact from your first bite of the meat. My personal favourite was the chorizo that was served however it was all very tasty. There was also no shortage of drinks either, with everything from beer, wine, whiskey, soft drinks and of course water on offer.

After having eaten we went to go visit Rebecca’s group of horses. They were magnificent creatures of huge, overbearing stature but friendly enough to allow you to approach them. The horses and dogs however did not get on that well as the dogs attempted to provoke them with the horses responding in kind to their provocative behaviour. After this we returned to the house and sat on the deck chairs in the garden gazing over the fields at the horizon, enjoying the fresh countryside air whilst soaking up the crisp autumn sun. Gabriel, one of our Brazilian students had brought along his guitar so him and Mathias took it in turns to perform classic songs from their respective countries, Argentina and Brazil. After this Rebecca and I played a game of pool which became unexpectedly competitive. Unfortunately Rebecca lost the game and was not best pleased. Luckily for her there was more than enough alcohol available to cheer her up.

For a place so isolated, to our surprise there was a shack nearby which was used as the local bar. It was very traditionally uruguayan, decorated with posters of uruguayan football teams and ornaments from the countryside. Here we stayed for a quite a while, playing some more pool and enjoying the atmosphere whilst simultaneously watching the champions league semi-final which was being shown on a TV in the corner of the bar. All the students were very content with this experience and were pleased to have made the most of their free day. Below are some photos 🙂


A group of students from La Herradura attended a tango class, set up by the school, which took place inside the magnificent Palacio Salvo building in the Ciudad Vieja part of Montevideo. Palacio salvo is a grande building that was originally meant to be a hotel but ended up being used for offices and private residences. It was inaugurated in 1928 and until 1935 was the highest building in south America. The site is renown for the tango La Cuparsita, written by Gerardo Rodriguez in 1917. Nowadays there exists the tango museum on the ground floor of the building which displays the history of Uruguayan tango and La Cumparasita.

Although we came there to Tango one of the first things we were told about was that there was a ‘supposed’ phantom that inhabits the Palacio Salvo building. This rumour has somehow managed to maintain itself to this present day. Indeed our professor Juan told us he did not believe in this rumour until there was an American student studying at La Herradura who was staying in the residences of Palacio Salvo. After a few days she came to Juan and claimed something haunted inhabited the building and that she could not stay there any longer. After this strange event our professor Juan became a believer in the supernatural.

The Tango lesson itself was led by a flamboyant middle aged lady. None of us had ever had a tango lesson and in the hour time period which the lesson lasted we attempted to master the basic steps of the tango. Learning the tango however is a bit like learning another language. You need a lot of time and persistence as well as practice to really be able to master it. Although we all enjoyed our lesson and became relatively proficient in the pure basics of the tango, we knew that there would be a long way to go to be able to dance at an acceptable level. Below you can see some photos from our authentic uruguayan tango experience.


Hola a todos!

I thought I would give you all an update about a new initiative that has arrived in Montevideo.

An electric scooter service that charges you per minute of usage is now available in Montevideo. In order to use the scooters one needs to download the app Grin from the App store. The first trip you take is free of charge and any trip afterwards will cost you 4 pesos a minute. The company is of Mexican origin and began its operations in the middle east. It has expanded to cover areas such cities as Santiago, Bogota and Rio de Janeiro. The success of this initiative has so far primarily been in South America.

So how does it work? After downloading the app you will be able to see a map of your city displaying the location of all the available scooters closes to you. From there you walk towards one of the scooters and use your phone to unlock the scooter. For this you only need to scan the barcode of the scooter using your camera or enter the code on the scooter into the grin application. Once done you can leave the scooter in the whatever area or return it to one of the Grin stations. Grin stations are places agreed by Grin and local businesses where they can store and charge up Grin’s scooters. There are numerous Grin stations dotted around the city. The scooters are designed for short trips, on average two kilometers.

Currently the area of ​​operations extends approximately from Ciudad Vieja to Parque Rodó. Human interaction is not necessary and, in any case, the devices have a support leg that so they can stand by themselves. Their top speed is 25km/h which is fast enough to get around quickly and enjoy the ride at the same time. Unfortunately on my journey the scooter ran out of battery but I did enjoy it a lot whilst it lasted.

Overall it is a very useful initiative which the people of Montevideo have enthusiastically welcomed!

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