Posts Tagged ‘Spanish immersion program in Uruguay’

Hoy la profesora Maribel practicó con su estudiante la perífrasis de futuro: ir+a+infinitivo. // Our teacher Maribel practised of the future with her student: ir+a+infinitivo to day.

Para reforzar los conocimientos en el aula envío a su estudiante la siguiente tarea que puedes ver en la pizarra de abajo // To reinforce the knowledge in the classroom, she send the student the homework written on the blackboard below.

¿A ti también te gustaría reforzar este contenido gramatical u otros? ¡Reserva una clase por skype!// Would you also like to reinforce your grammar contents or others? Reserve a skype lesson!

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Como saben, nos gusta compartir la pizarra con todos Uds. para seguir practicando el español, aunque sea a distancia. // As you know, we like to share the blackboard with you, to continue practicing your Spanish, even at a distance.

Les presentamos una pizarra de la clase por skype que dio el profesor Juan a una alumna sueca en nuestra academia en Montevideo. La alumna iba estudiar durante 1 mes y después iba a ayudar en unos de nuestros proyectos de voluntariado. Desafortunadamente ayer volvió a Suecia por la incertidumbre de no poder viajar después. ¡Un abrazo grande para ti Sienna! // We present a blackboard of the class by skype that our teacher Juan gave to a Swedish student student who is studying at our Spanish school in Montevideo. She was suposed to study at our acadamy during 1 month and participate in one of our volunteerprojects for another month. Unfortunately she had to leave yesterday, becauce of the uncertaincy of not being able to travel afterwards. A big hugh for you Sienna!

¡Disfrútenlo¡ // Enjoy it!

Si estás interesado en las clases por skype escribanos por mail: info@spanish-herradura.c

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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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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 🙂


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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.


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