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Expanish Blog Meets Go Flash!

By Expanishargentina @expanish

Expanish Spanish School blog loves hearing about news and interesting ways to learn Spanish so when Isabel Glove showed us her new slang flash cad project ‘Go Flashcards’ we tought they were great.  Neat little packs of themed flash cards to help students practice their Argentine street slang and get one step closer to being a true porteno!

Tell us a bit about how and why you developed the cards

After having both lived in Buenos Aires for a while we had learnt the local lingo, whilst friends still struggled despite doing classes. We were always playing around with flashcards, but they only taught the boring stuff everyone already knows. So we decided to make a different type of flashcards that teach you how people really speak here.

Who are the cards aimed at and how do you see them being used?

The cards are aimed at anyone interested in learning the slang and conversation words and phrases in Spanish or English. The GO flashcards are small and fun so they can be used on the subte, with a group of friends at a party or when you’ve left Argentina and want to carry on practicing your vocab.  

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you end up living in Buenos Aires?

I first came to BA as part of my Hispanic Studies degree then returned after I graduated. There is something about Buenos Aires that keeps drawing you back! Emily moved here with her Argentine partner after they met in Australia.

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List your top 5 favorite tourist destinations in BA

Ecological Park near Puerto Madero
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes
Museo Evita

List your top 5 favourite things about Buenos Aires

Bike paths
Feeling like part of a community in a big city
Free cultural events

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And your bottom 3…worst!

Caca de perro
Overuse of plastic bags
The subte closes at 10.30

If you could give one piece of advice to newcomers to Buenos Aires, what would it be?

Try your best to make friends with Argentines. It can be all too easy to take the easy route and just hang out with fellow expats, but it’ll be worth the extra effort when your Spanish improves and you experience a real asado!

And lastly…we have to ask this. How is your Spanish?

Pretty good. Emily and I are often confused as Argentines despite our blonde hair and gringa faces!

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