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Internship with free Spanish classes.

An opportunity to learn Spanish and earn professional experience in Buenos Aires. We are cooperating with our schools partners to research interns who could help us in communication.

 

We created a program which enables to study Spanish free while obtaining professional experience too.

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Profile: Young student in Marketing, International Relations, Tourism, Languages or similar courses.

The chosen person for this internship will be somebody very motivated, interested by the Argentinian culture who wants to learn Spanish quickly in order to integrate himself as intern in a Spanish school.

 

How to apply?

You have to send us your CV or motivation letter with the following information:

  • Birth date
  • Nationality
  • Address
  • Complete name
  • Academic education
  • Spanish level

 

You will also have to answer to these following questions:

1- Why would you like to do an internship in Buenos Aires?

2- Why do we have to choose you to be part of our team?

 

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Send your application to our representative: giovanna@courconnect.com

Topic: COCO-ESP1

 

 

Estágio profissional em Buenos Aires- Marketing & Startup

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Sobre a  Courconnect:

A Courconnect é especializada em turismo cultural e linguístico e estamos localizados em Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Nós desenvolvemos uma plataforma que permite que o cliente compare, pesquise e reserve cursos de idiomas no exterior ao melhor preço. Um de nossos principais serviços é a assistência e assessoria para viagens de imersão idiomática para estudantes com visto de estudo e/ou trabalho.

Atualmente trabalhamos promovendo a aprendizagem do Espanhol em 13 países da América Latina e na Espanha e a aprendizagem do Inglês  em 10 países de língua inglesa. No próximo mês, iniciaremos a ofertar cursos de inglês em países como Irlanda, Reino Unido, Malta e outros.

Perfil 

Suas principais tarefas serão:

  • Oferecer assistência à equipe em relação a atenção ao cliente.
  • Responder a consultas de brasileiros em nosso chat
  • Oferecer cursos de Espanhol para estudantes brasileiros
  • Auxiliar na comunicação de nossos serviços no Brasil
  • Propor ideias e projetos  para melhorar os serviços da empresa

 

Características exigidas

  • Estudante brasileiro que esteja realizando um curso de espanhol em uma de nossas escolas conveniadas
  • Boa capacidade oral e escrita. Haverá um teste para comprovar a proficiência no idioma
  • Procuramos alguém com vocação internacional
  • Serão exigidas experiências internacionais prévias (estudos, intercâmbios, etc). Você terá que incluir em sua aplicação um e-mail e/ou um telefone de um contato que poderá confirmar sua experiência.

Informações sobre o estágio:  

Após o primeiro mês, o estagiário terá a oportunidade de gestionar certas contas de clientes, ser anfitrião de eventos e coordenar atividades. Em todos os casos, o estagiário será recompensado por seus resultados e tarefas realizadas.

  • Estágio com possibilidade de ingresso no setor de turismo linguístico
  • Horário de trabalho: 4h por dia, de segunda a sexta. Possibilidade de adicionar horas caso seja necessário.
  • O estágio não possui remuneração fixa. Os participantes interessados poderão participar de um programa de comissão e terão benefícios, como almoço na empresa e desconto em viagens. Benefícios:No escritório: almoço de segunda a sexta.Em Buenos Aires: participação em atividades sociais sem custo e possibilidade de obter aulas de espanhol gratuitas.Como aplicar a esta oportunidade?Você deve nos enviar um currículo ou carta de motivação indicando o seguinte:-Data de nascimento- Nacionalidade-Domicílio-Nome completo-Formação acadêmica

    – Nível de espanhol

    Você também deverá responder as seguintes perguntas

    1- Por que você gostaria de realizar um estágio em Buenos Aires?

    2- Por que deveríamos selecioná-lo para fazer parte de nossa equipe

    3- Você tem interesse em seguir uma carreira dentro da Courconnect ou se interessa apenas pelo estágio?

    Enviar aplicações a nossa representante no Brasil: giovanna@courconnect.com

    Assunto: COCO-M&S

 

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I tested for you: Buenos Aires City Tour on Electric Bike – Bike n’Wander

In Courconnect, we try to highlight local activities that could interest our students. Moreover, we test them to ensure the qualities of these activities!

Few weeks ago, I personally tested for you the Buenos Aires City Tour on Electric Bike! This visit, provided by the company Bike n’Wander, has for peculiarity to be dedicated to the respect of the environment. Before the tour, we are invited to bring our own bottles and gourds to participate in the reduction of plastic consumption in the world.

In this article, you will follow my route during these 3 hours, from Recoleta to Palermo Soho. Then you could find some general information about the tour as well as my personal opinion about this activity.

 

We meet Natalia, our guide for today, at 9:15 in front of the Recoleta cemetery, in the neighbourhood of the same name. After a little welcome pitch, it’s time to discover our machines! The electric bike is a trendy means of transport that you could see in more and more cities in the world because, besides being environment-friendly, it brings the advantages of the bike while limiting the physical efforts. We are also equipped with an earphone connected with Natalia’s microphone who will tell us the history of different monuments of Buenos Aires that we will see. After a little warm-up to master the bike, we are ready to pedal in the city!

 

We are learning about the history of Buenos Aires in the first minutes, we passed in front of the National Gallery and a strategic residence of General San Martin, one of the iconic characters of the Argentinian Independence. We were following the Avenida Libertador when I realized that Buenos Aires is a city perfectly adapted to the circulation of cyclists; Natalia confirmed that the city has one of the best bike-path networks of the continent. We continued to the different parks of Palermo where it is even more pleasant to cycle.

After almost 1 hour, we entered in one of the numerous polo stadiums that the city has. We also see the Argentinian Hippodrome, one of the most known of the country. Then, we go back to Plaza Italia in order to arrive quickly in Palermo Soho. Near to Plaza Serrano we discovered some pieces of street art, very present in this neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. We took time to enjoy a banana and a cereal bar generously offered by Natalia before leaving the place to continue the visit in Palermo Soho.

 

 

Already two hours passed and we go back slowly to Recoleta, appreciating the sweetness of a bike ride. On our way, we discovered a monument honouring Eva Perón, one of the icons of the country who particularly worked in the right of votes for women. We finished our 3-hours loop where we began to ride, in front of the Recoleta cemetery.

So, this 3-hours tour enables us to know two of the most important cultural neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires: Palermo and Recoleta. However, the city is huge and it exists numerous other cultural attractions.  Bike n’Wander also proposes 5-hours and 7-hours city tours with a picnic included in the last one.

I did have a pleasant morning with this City Tour in Electric Bike. It was my first time on an electric bike and the machine is rather easy to use. However, even there is assistance, you will need all your legs to ride in the city, after a 3-hours tour, you could find some signs of exhaustion! Our guide Natalia was very sympathetic, always here to help us with our bike and she knows lots of anecdotes about the city of Buenos Aires. If you would like to discover the history and the treasures of Buenos Aires in an original manner, this activity is made for you!

 

 

 

The 3-hours tour cost $49,00 whereas the 5-hours tour cost $79,00 and the 7-hours tour cost $119,00. Besides the Spanish, the tour could be dispensed in English or in Brazilian Portuguese, but don’t hesitate to enjoy this tour in Spanish in order to enhance your Spanish skills with local guides!

 

All the information you could need is on the website: http://bikenwander.com

Spanish levels : Certificates and examinations

There are two international certificates that validate spanish as a second language.  Read this post to find out everything you need to know about them.

 

DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera)

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The DELE Certificate is provided by Instituto Cervantes from Spain.

DELE Certificates are recognized worldwide and have great prestige, not only amongst institutions and educative authorities but also amongst the business world and chambers of commerce.

In many countries, DELE have been adopted by educational authorities and learning centers as a complimentary evaluation programmes.

The Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language is an official qualification, recognized by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The exams are held at the Spanish Instituto Cervantes in each country, while the correction and evaluation of all tests is done at the University of Salamanca.

 

Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are divided into six levels:

 

– Spanish Diploma Level A1 (Breakthrough)

Certifies that the student is able to communicate using the language in a basic way in situations having to do with immediate needs or everyday situations.

 

– Spanish Diploma Level A2 (Waystage)

Certifies that the candidate can understand commonly used, everyday phrases and expressions related to areas of experience especially relevant to them (basic information about themselves, and their families, shopping, places of interest, work, etc.).

 

– Spanish Diploma Level B1 (Threshold)

Certifies candidates’ capacity to understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or leisure. It also certifies students’ ability to deal with most situations that occur while travelling in areas where Spanish is spoken; to produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics, or topics of personal interest; and lastly to be able to describe experiences, events, wishes and hopes, as well as to be able to briefly express opinions or explain plans.

 

– Spanish Diploma Level B2 (Vantage)

Certifies students’ ability to interact with native speakers with a sufficient degree of fluency and spontaneity to enable easy and natural communication between interlocutors; produce clear and detailed texts about diverse topics, as well as defend an opinion about general topics, expressing the pros and cons for each argument; and lastly, understand the gist of complex texts about both concrete and abstract topics, including technical texts, provided they are within the candidate’s area of expertise.

 

– Spanish Diploma Level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency)

Certifies sufficient linguistic competence to understand a wide variety of lengthy, and somewhat demanding texts, as well as to grasp implicit meaning in the same; to express themselves fluently and spontaneously without apparent effort to find the right words; to be able to use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; and finally, to be able to produce clear, well-structured and detailed texts about topics of some complexity, correctly using mechanisms of organization, articulation and cohesion in the text.

 

– Spanish Diploma Level C2 (Mastery)

Certifies sufficient linguistic competence to communicate effectively in any situation, proving ability to spontaneously adapt to any context, with a high degree of precision. The language users show subtle control of nuances which allow for fluent and natural expression in all interactions.Para la obtención de los DELE es preceptiva la superación de una serie de pruebas de examen DELE, que se administran en todo el mundo en varias convocatorias anuales a través de una red de más de 800 centros de examen. Las pruebas están diseñadas, siguiendo el enfoque metodológico propuesto por el Marco Común Europeo de Referencia MCER, para medir distintas destrezas y habilidades lingüísticas a través de tareas prácticas de uso de la lengua y a la metodología propuesta por el Consejo de Europa para la vinculación de exámenes de competencia lingüística al MCER.

[For more details check out the official DELE website: http://www.dele.org/]

 

CELU (Certificado de Español: Lengua y Uso)

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CELU is the official certificate for and from Argentina.

The Certificate of Use of Language in Spanish or CELU is another internationally recognised proficiency test of Spanish as foreign language, offered by Argentina. The CELU exam is officially acknowledged by the Ministry of Education and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina. The examination is organized mainly by the University of Buenos Aires and National University of Cordoba. It can be taken by foreigners whose native language is not Spanish and who need to prove their level of proficiency of the language in Spanish speaking countries.

Validity

This certificate is granted by the Interuniversity Consortium for the Teaching and Testing of Spanish as a Second and Foreign Language, integrated by more than two-thirds of the Argentine National Universities. At the international level, there are mutual recognition agreements among the Brazilian, Chinese and Italian governments.

CELU certificates may be presented as proof of the level of proficiency in Spanish necessary to take a course in academic institutions or to work in private and public companies. These examinations evaluate adequate use of the language; they do not assess the candidate’s teaching competence. Thus, by no means do these examinations certify that candidates can teach Spanish as a second and foreign language.

The CELU certificate carries the candidate’s name, identity card number and nationality details, the date of the exam, the level achieved (Intermediate or Advanced) and a distinction among three assessment degrees in each level (Good, Very Good, Excellent).

In the same certificate, a description of the two levels of language use and their equivalence to levels recognized in other countries is presented as well.

 

Intermediate Level

Language users at the Intermediate level can speak and write in Spanish quite fluently and naturally, in simple family, working and social environments. They may lack accuracy when facing unknown situations or when having to express subtleties of meaning. They manage to communicate in working as well as academic contexts.

Intermediate Comparable to Levels CEFR B2 / ACTFL Advanced Low

 

Advanced Level

Language users at the Advanced level can speak and write in Spanish with ease and spontaneity in a wide range of social situations. They can use the language appropriately in working as well as academic contexts.

Advanced  Comparable to Levels CEFR C1 / ACTFL Superior

 

For more information on CELU exams, check the official website: http://www.celu.edu.ar/

>> See all courses for prepare your examen on Courconnect <<

Buenos Aires’ Nightlife

7  nights itinerary in the busiest city in Latin America

This city never really stops. From Monday to Monday, there is always something to do at night. We made a very mixed itinerary for 1 week in Buenos Aires.

Monday: La Bomba de Tiempo

Yes, we will start with the universally hated day. But in Buenos Aires you will never get a break, and already on Monday our recommendation is heave. Nothing better than starting your week psyched, with the excellent show from “La Bomba de Tiempo”. In a big open warehouse , this event is an explosion of rhythm.

This shows is most visited by young tourists who want to know this famous party that happens every Monday in the Cultural Center KONEX. Buy your ticket in advance here:

http://www.ticketek.com.ar/lunes-bomba-en-konex/ciudad-cultural-konex

Tuesday: Tango Night

For many tourists, Buenos Aires breathes Tango. Actually, this is not true, because almost no porteño know how ta dance this or even likes Tango. But the presentations are beautiful and an excellent program for tourists.

Tango

The variety of options goes from fancy parties, with open food and bar, to more humble “tanguerias” where you don’t pay to enter. To help finding the best place for you, we recommend this blog post:

http://www.fodors.com/news/5-essential-stops-on-the-buenos-aires-tango-circuit-7192

Wednesday: Happy Hour Downtown

Half a week is gone, it’s soccer night, the best thing is eat something and drink beer early. Working hours finish by 5~6 pm, and that is the ideal time to enjoy the best Happy Hours Downtown. Always ask which are the offers available, to get a cheaper bill.

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The best place is Calle Reconquista,  a walking street packed with bars that put their tables outside during summer. To be more specific, go to the corner of Reconquista and Marcelo T de Alvear, where you’ll find 3 good bars to choose: Pirata, Salmon and The Kilkenny.

Thursday: PubCrawl

Previously to the weekend, we recommend a busy tour through the city. The worldwide famous PubCrawl is a night walking tour to bars and night clubs. They gather a group you young people, usually foreigners, who visit up to 5 places during the night, with shot and drinks included, until they reach the final destination, which usually is a nigh club. It is important to check out their agenda and make online reservations here:

http://www.buenosairespubcrawl.com/

TIP: Watch yourself so you don’t get too wasted before finishing the tour.

Friday: Plaza Serrano + Party

It’s Friday, Friday… Weekend is on, time to understand the Argentinean party routine. They work in a different time zona, usually night clubs open 2am and goes until breakfast. (That is why I recommended PubCrawl Thursday, so you warm up to Friday). The best way to keep up with them is to hit a couple of bars, drink all you can, and then move to a club. Here is my itinerary

First Stop – Plaza Serrano

Plaza serrano

At the corner of Honduras and Serrano, in Palermo, Plaza Serrano is a local fair by day and a concentrarion of Bars, Restaurants and Clubs at night. Ideal place to warm up with your friends, eat some pizza and drink a beer. The place begins to fill by 9pm. Here are some good places to go:

  • Tazz
  • Club Serrano
  • Brujas

Second stop – Niceto Vega

Are you still up 2am? Ready to party? Now walk (9 blocks) until Niceto Vega and Fitz Roy.  At this corner you’ll find at least 3 good clubs to choose: Niceto Club, INK e L’Arc. Get ready to a lot of Cumbia and Reggaeton, Prepare-se para muita Cumbia e Reggaeton, aqui não toca MC Bin Laden nem Safadão.

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Tip1:  Dresscode is strict in Argentina, don’t wear shorts, flipflops, tank tops, sneakers or local jerseys.

Tip2:  Put your name on a list previously, because if it gets crowded you won’t be let in.

Saturday: Las Cañitas + Costanera

Now that you got Argentinean rhythm it is time to enjoy Saturday night with style. The combination will’be: Restaurant and Bar in Las Cañitas + Club in Costanera.

First stop – Las Cañitas

At the corner of Arevalo and Baez, fun happens. Dozens of restaurants and bars of all kind for you to start you night pretty well. Remmember that Argentineans eat around 10pm. After the meal visit some bars there and drink until 2am. .

Among many options, here are my favorites:

Eat – Club de la Milanesa, Fabrica de Tacos and SushiClub.

Drink – Cervejaria Antares, Van Koning and Chupitos (Sensational shot bar).

Chupitos

Second Stop – Costanera

By the Rio de La Plata, the Costanera region concentrates the most exclusive night clubs in Argentina. If this is your style, do not miss going there. It is hard to reach, so you must take a cab from Las Cañitas until the club you wanna go.  Highly recommended to put your name in some list.

Some good clubs are:

  • Pacha
  • JET
  • Tequila
  • Mandarine

Pacha

Sunday: Theater at Av. Corrientes

If you nail Spanish by now, it is time to finish our week with something more calm and cult, a visit to Buenos Aires Broadway. With around 150 sessions every week, Buenos Aires is the Latin American theather center. Corrientes Avenue lights up every night like New York, inviting everyone to a great cultural spectacle.

Corrientes

On this link you can check city’s schedule, so you choose the show you like the most (Buy your tickets on advance). http://guia.lanacion.com.ar/teatro

My recommendation is Bajo Terapia. A very smart comedy about life in couple, you will laugh all night.

After the play, stop to eat an Empanada and drink a Wine at Pizzaria Americana (Corrientes and Uruguay)


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Places to stay during yout idiomatic immersion trip!

You´re planning to take an spanish immersion course in Argentina and still don´t know where to stay? We give you some available options to help you choose the best one for you.

1-  Partner Hostels

Courconnect has parterned with the best hostels in Argentina. In case you´re interested, we cal help you choose the best hostel at the cheapest price. We guarantee at least 10% discount in any specific hostels. We also have partner schools who offer  packages that include spanish course+ hostel stay.

Prices range from 85 USD to 450 USD per week.

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2-  Homestay 

This option is simply perfect for those who want to know more about the daily routine of an argentinian family, learn about local customs and feel at home, even when you´re away from home. You can chosse between a private or shared bedroom or a private or shared bathroom. There are even premium homestays, which include cleaning service and private bathroom. If you´re looking for a calm neighbourhood, you can also choose a homestay in the suburban area and are able to choose between breakfast or dinner or breakfast only.

Prices range from 195 USD to 385* USD per week

*Includes spanish course

3-  Shared apartments with Host

In this case, students are accommodated in an apartment with an argentinian host, sharing with him common spaces, like kitchen and living room. It´s ideal for those who look for independence and privacy; You can choose the best located apartment, if you want a private bathroom, meals, weekly cleaning…it´s all up to you!

Prices range from 145 USD to 20o* USD

*Prices for a shared apartment

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4-  Private apartment

If you wish to have full privacy and independence, there are private apartments located in the best areas in town. The aparments are fully equipped and furnished, which definitely guarantees all the confort and convenience during your stay in Argentina.

 Prices range from 365 USD to 545 USD* per week

* Prices for two people renting the same apartment

5-Student Residences 

One of the most affordable options, student residences are perfect for open minded people who want to make friends with people all around the world in a multicultural environment. The student residences are usually located in pleasant and touristic neighbourhoods.

Faixa de preço: 643 reais a 1073 reais. Prices range from 195 USD to 324 USD

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Pay attention: prices above are subject to change without notice. To further informations, please contact us HERE with your name, e-mail, possible date of travel and desired type of accommodation.

Courconnect Team 

Planning your trip to Buenos Aires? Check out these tips!

After a lot of searching and comparing, you finally chose the perfect spanish course. Booked your course through the Courconnect Platform and is ready to embark on your idiomatic immersion trip. At this moment, you may have a lot of questions concerning your arrival at Buenos Aires. Don´t worry, we are here to help you! We`ll give you some useful  tips so you can make the most of your time here in Buenos Aires.

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1-  Pack your bags!

Packing you bags is always a hard task, especially if you are one of those who never know what to pack and end up putting your whole wardrobe in your bag. We don´t want you to pay any excess baggages fees and that´s why we give you important tips.

Buenos Aires has four well defined seasons and this means it´s gonna be really hot in  summer, there will be  a mild climate with fallen leaves during the fall, it´s gonna be cold in July and the city will be filled with flowers during spring, Because of this, it´s really useless to carry a lot of sweaters if you´re traveling in January and you CANNOT forget your gloves and jackets if you´re traveling in July. You can also check the weather forecast by searching for “pronostico del tiempo Buenos Aires” and that can help you see how´s the weather in the city.

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2- Check your Visa status

This is a very specific topic because the required documentation for your entry depends on the country you´re from. If your country is a part of MERCOSUL, this means you can stay in Argentina for 90 days and can entry the country simply by using your Id. If you´re not from these countries, you need to check the necessary procedures for obtaining your visa. You can do that by contacting the Argentinian Embassy in your country. HERE is a list of all the argentinian embassies and consulates in the world.

Please remember you need to have a valid passport!

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(This is an example of a passport that will NOT be accepted. #HelpfulTips)

3- See housing options

If you booked your course through Courconnect, you probably are well informed about the housing possibilities. Our partner schools offer many housing options for you to choose and you can read more about this HERE. Before traveling, talk to the School to check some details, what´s included, book your transfer service, check the address ojn Google Maps…

We at Courconnect are here to help you and you can count on us! Also remember that we offer a 10% discount in partner hostels.

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4- Know more about the city

Do you already know where you´re staying? Palermo, Recoleta, Belgrano, Centro…? Before traveling, learn  more about the city by reading blogs and sites to see the best options! You can get to know the downtown part of the city and its amazing historical builidings, have dinner at Puerto Madero, go shopping at Barrio Chino, wander through the Palermo Parks, have a delicious helado (ice cream), see a play at Corrientes Avenue, drink a coffee in one of the many traditional coffee houses…WOW! You can tell that there are PLENTY of things to do, right? You can also take a weekend trip to some city or even to the city of Colonia, in Uruguay. Here at Courconnect we offer discounts in partner trip agencies! The truth is we are so cool you can even pay us a visit  here in our Office!

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5- Enjoy the Courconnect exclusive benefits!

As you´ve probably noticed, we offer some really cool benefits for those who book their spanish courses at Courconnect. Besides getting a 10% discount, you also get:

  • A SUBE bus ticket to travel around the town
  • A 300 Mb cellphone chip to message all your friends
  • Access to a conversation club and the first three drinks are on us! (Yes, that´s true!)
  • Special promotions for those who book with a friend: you can choose a really nice gift.

6- Make the most of your trip!

We really  wish you have a unforgettable time here in Buenos Aires. A  idiomatic tourism experience can be amazing in many ways. You really dive into the culture and language of a people, talk in spanish 24/7, make friends from all around the world and even can add that experience to your CV! In addition to that, you can eat medialunas, alfajores, drink mate, go to an asado, drink an helado de dulce de leche (can you see how awesome argentinian food is?) We at Courconnect wish you a wonderful spanish course and we are here to help you in everything you need!

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(The sole purpose of this image is to make you even more excited to travel to Argentina!)

Abrazo fuerte!

Courconnect Team

10 movies/series in Netflix to learn Spanish

To learn languages while watching TV is much more fun.

Check out our list!

( This list was based on Netflix Brazil, some movies might not be available in your country. You can change your IP with the Chrome HOLA extension to watch missing movies)

Americans are used to watch Hollywood movies, and do not feel so much attracted to movies with subtitles. But if you wanna learn Spanish, you gotta do it. Here is the strategy you’ll follow:

  • At first, watch it in Spanish with subtitles in English 
  • Then start watching in Spanish with subtitles in Spanish. I know it’s annoying, but it’s very good for assimilating words and sounds.
  • Finally, move on to listening in Spanish without any subtitles.

(I know watching without subtitles is very hard for a movie you don’t know, so I recommend doing that with your favorite series first. Try rewatching Friends in Spanish. You already know all the lines, It will be a fun class!)

We made you a list with excellent movies and series in Spanish you can watch on Netflix.  I guarantee that when you finish it, you’ll be understanding the differences between el español de Medellin and el castellano porteño.

1. The Secret in Their Eyes

2010 Oscar and Goya winner, Secret in Their Eyes is considered the best Argentinean movie ever. I do not agree, because I prefer other movies from Argentina, but the quality of this movie is unquestionable. Its a criminal thriler about a lawyer who is trying to understand an unresolved sexual crime. The script will catch you from the first minute until the last scene, specially for its amazing ending. 

  • The movie made such success that Hollywood bought it’s rights, and it’s now shooting an English version with Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts.  Trailer

2. Thesis on a Homicide

Less awarded, but for me even better than Secret. Also starring Ricardo Darín, the movie tells the story of a Penal Law teacher who suspects one of his students is behind a murder that took place outside their university.  The ending is also surprising, closing this movie brilliantly. 

3. Séptimo (Netflix US)

Another Darin big hit, Septimo is an exciting thriller. The story is about a father who loses it’s both kids in his own building. It’s seems impossible, but I guarantee it will keep you nervous for the whole movie, trying to understand what happened. The ending is awesome. I could only find the trailer in Spanish, but this kind of tension is universal.

4. Vinyl Days (Netflix US)

A very amusing Argentinean comedy. A story about four friends, who love music and must face the challenges of getting old. If you are a Beatles fan, that movie will surprise you. ( Don’t worry about its low rate on Netflix, sure it’s from people who don’t speak Spanish and didn’t try to watch it. )

5. Spanish Affair

Leaving Latin America, we recommend a very good Spanish comedy. Spanish Affair is the story about a guy from Sevilla who falls in love with a girl from the Basque country. If you are familiar with Spanish internal rivalries, you already know that this kind of mixing can raise conflicts. But this movie will show with humor, all the cultural differences between both characters. It made such success that they are already shooting a sequence. 

6. The Body

Another Spanish movie, The Body is an excellent thriller, similar to Thesis on a Homicide. This movie tells the story of a detective who investigates a body of an important woman, which inexplicable disappeared from the medical institution.   It is a movie that from the first scene creates a mystery that will keep you hooked, trying to figure it out what happened, until it’s awesome ending. If you like this kind of movie, hit play!

7. R.E.C.

To finish the list of Spanish movies, a Horror landmark. I confess never watching R.E.C because I am chicken, but I’ve heard excellent reviews about this movie, which was highly acclaimed by the critics. The movie, shot in first person, tells the story of a reporter who follow firemen inside a burning building.  If you like adrenaline, this movie is for you. Check out fans reaction in this teaser

8. Narcos (Netflix US)

This tip sound useless, because almost every Netflix subscriber watched this huge success. But if you haven’t yet, start watching it now! The series goes from English to Spanish, but even with the heave Brazilian accent from Wagner Moura, Narcos goes to our list. Everything that worked well between Jose Padilha and Wagner in Elite Squad, best Brazilian movie ever, is beautifully applied to this Netflix series that tells the story of the DEA pursuit to Pablo Escobar.

9. El patrón del mal (Netflix US)

If you loved Narcos, this is the next show you must watch. El Patron del Mal it’s a novel that tells Pablo Escobar’s story in a more detailed way, and with much more chapters. It does not have the Netflix budget to make action scenes like Narcos, but everyone who watched both series, loved El Patrón del mal. 

10. Club de Cuervos (Netflix US)

To finish this list, another excellent Netflix series. Club de Cuervos is a Mexican comedy about two very different brother who inherit a football club from their deceased father. The daughter, more rational and visionary, has to watch her egocentric brother take control and risk bankrupting the club due to the fact of being a woman. I haven’t finished yet, but first chapters are really amusing.


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Couchsurfing, what it is and how it works

Have you ever heard of Couchsurfing? It is a platform here you can travel and stay as guest free at someone´s house as if you were at home. It is a platform of services and inter-assistance between travelers and it´s really interesting!

“Couchsurfing is a vibrant travel community of over 14 million locals and travelers. Use Couchsurfing to find accomodations, meetup with nearby locals, learn new language…”

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Couchsurfing is one of the largest communities of travelers ! The first thing to know is : this system is completely free because it is based on the philosophy of mutual assistance between travelers. The advantages between host and guest are many : connect and exchange experiences, receive a stranger at home to make friends, discover new cultures, practice a foreign language! This is a great way for travelers to discover a destination through this resourceful host and save on hosting! We explain in this article the true meaning of a Couchsurfing trip!

“My first experience was on a CouchSurfing trip to Sao Paulo (Brazil) to practice Portuguese after an intensive course. As I had no friends in the city, I was welcomed into Dennis’s house … This trip has changed the way I travel, because this host received me with more than 50 varieties of fruit in his refrigerator because he had read about my description on the Couchsurfing website that I was a lover of the “fine cuisine”. It made me understand that there are experiences that cannot be bought. To meet this kind of unique and sincere people is simply priceless … ”

It is important to note that you can also meet a friend in the country without having to stay at his or her home, in fact, the platform offers a space of forums / events that allow you to connect to other traveler or hosts so  you can discover the city, do something together or simply go out to have a drink  …

“Personally, when I travel, I use it a lot to meet someone for jogging or tennis and  to have a drink, of course!

How  does it work?

Everything is done through the platform Couchsurfing.com (also  available as an app). In this article, I briefly explain how it works!

The first thing to do is to create an account on the site. It is important to create a profile as complete as possible: description of your personality, your passions, your tastes … when a host contacts you  he will have confidence in your profile and in you, so we avoid bad surprises!

Secondly, take the time to describe the trips you have made or that you wish to make in the near future! Of course, it is also advisable to offer your house to your host, it is a fair system. Will you soon be ready to host a Couchsurfer at your house? We are confident that you will be an excellent host, won’t you?

Finally, when you meet someone, it is important to leave references in order to reinforce the credibility of some hosts. Thus, the higher the confidence level, the more reliable the profile of the host. The comments are part of the virtual meetings for both the hosts and the guests. Many people are afraid to stay at unreliable places or have a crazy host ! It is therefore important to check your host profile before you arrive! This advice is to be taken seriously for women traveling alone 😉

“Personally, when the person doesn´t have many recommendations, I start a discussion via Facebook or WhatsApp. It’s a good way to know the host before meeting him or her. Thanks to Couchsurfing, I have been able to make wonderful experiences and meet new friends all over the world!”

To learn more about the site, I invite you to visit Couchsurfing and start creating your profile.

If you have any questions, you can write me in the comments of this article and / or add me through my profile CS Enzo

5 razões para não aprender Espanhol

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Você já aprendeu a se comunicar em Português na escola. Porquê estudar tudo de novo?

Convenhamos que aprender um novo idioma demanda tempo, recursos financeiros e muita força de vontade. O maior problema é que depois de aprender duas ou mais línguas você é uma pessoa totalmente diferente, com uma nova visão do mundo e com muito mais oportunidades de trabalho.

Portanto, se você quiser continuar sendo o mesmo de sempre, te apresentamos 5 aspectos negativos de quem estuda um idioma… Você com certeza vai sair correndo dos cursinhos de Espanhol

1.Oportunidades de Trabalho

Em um mercado de trabalho fácil e em ascensão como o do Brasil em 2016, o profissional que, já jovem, domina 3 ou mais idiomas tem muita dificuldade para escolher onde trabalhar. As multinacionais cada vez mais buscam bilíngues para fechar negócios no exterior, e os candidatos que possuem essas características são sufocados com tantas ofertas que acabam se deslumbrando e não dando valor ao que tem. Por outro lado, aquele que só sabe Português, vai se contentar com a primeira e única oferta que conseguir.

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2. Vizinhos latino-americanos

Argentino é chato demais, Peruano e Boliviano são todos iguais e de tanto assistir Narcos, todo mundo já conhece a Colômbia. Quem domina Espanhol avançado, tem o desprazer de se comunicar e conhecer nossos vizinhos, de bailar a bachata colombiana, de aprender a cozinhar o ceviche peruano e de assistir aos péssimos filmes argentinos.

Recomendamos ficar somente no Brasil, dançando funk, comendo coxinha e assistindo novela.

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Os idiomas possuem estruturas gramaticais e métodos de aprendizagem em comum. Com  um considerável tempo de estudo, você aprende a aprender, e começa a se interessar cada vez mais por novas línguas.

Portanto, quanto mais idiomas você estuda, mais facilidade você terá de aprender o próximo, assim como as drogas mais leves te abrem portas para os produtos mais pesados.

Por isso, fuja dos cursinhos, pois é um caminho sem volta!

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4. Viajar também é uma droga.

Quando você aprender novos idiomas, você com certeza vai querer viajar para conhecer países que falam esse idioma. E isso vicia!

Você começa a comparar tudo no seu país com o exterior, acha a comida sem graça, reclama das músicas, da infraestrutura… é um problemão.  O pior é que você contagia todos seus amigos a viajar também, levando todos para o mau caminho.

E ao voltar de uma viagem, você já começa a planejar a próxima. Vai sobrar menos grana pra gastar em roupa nova e em balada, porque você vai destinar tudo pra pagar as prestações da CVC.

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5. Novos costumes

Ao aprender novos idiomas, você tende a conhecer pessoas que falam esses idiomas, pessoas de outras culturas.

Normalmente, ao entrar em contato com novas culturas, você abre sua mente para os seus próprios costumes. Você se torna mais crítico consigo mesmo, e com a sua cultura local, e passa a adotar novos hábitos, como reciclar, usar o transporte público, cozinhar menos fritura, ser gentil com as pessoas na rua…

E eu me pergunto, pra que mudar? Se Deus é brasileiro, nós nascemos perfeitos, né?

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