reading this letter, the first thing
I can tell you is
sincerely envy you. For having the
opportunity to do something amazing,
study a new language, and do it in
an environment that is really also a
great cultural experience.
I reached BsAs as a humble
backpacker, having a few Argentinean
friends I met while traveling, and had
the luck to find a wonderful teacher
to help me out with my Spanish.
I really liked and
even fell in love a little with the
Argentinean way of life, culture and
of course the way Rioplatenese Spanish
sounds different from other forms of
music to the ears :-)
In really the
simplest way, I can tell you that
Silvina is a very good smart
professional teacher and apart than
that a truly wonderful person.
On the personal
side, I always felt very comfortable
and easy coming to study. I felt that
I always was receiving the best of
teaching and effort and that Silvina
always was teaching out of fun and
sincerely caring and wanting to give
the best to her students.
professional side, I learned quicker
than I could imagine because my
teacher always knew what I already was
doing well, what previous knowledge I
have and what I need to improve and
how to do it.
The lessons are
always interesting, I got much more
than one way to study, in class, by
myself, listening to recordings,
reading interesting things, walking
around the city, anything.
Also I got
something that I feel is very special.
A way to get closer to Argentinean
culture, be it drinking mate, walking
around the city and getting informed
of the latest happenings or talking
about Argentinean literature and
writers and the latest cultural
happenings in the city.
I could go on
for much more about how happy I am
that I did something in BsAs that I
regard as a gift and I will remember.
But in order to
be short, you have found a fun
intelligent interesting good hearted
person that is also very good and
professional in what she does, so look
no more :-)
had a really great time learning
Spanish with Silvina. As we were
begginers, her teaching was efective
and fun, particularly because we
were able to chat in Spanish during
the lessons rather than purely
Hola person with interest in
learning Spanish! We share that
interest since I'm still trying to
fully comprehend the language with
the help of my Spanish teacher,
Silvina, who organizes private
to Buenos Aires about 2 months ago
to do an internship as a medical
student. It is very important to
have an idea about the language
when you work with people so I
needed to get hold of the language
did study a little beforehand but
all by myself with books of the
university and I visited Spain a
couple of times so I had a hard to
estimate knowledge of the language
when I arrived. Therefore I was
really happy to take private
classes that could be accustomed
to what I needed.
needed to learn basic things
quickly and wanted to study
vocabulary that I would use in the
hospital. After an interview with
Silvina she understood my wishes
and made a study plan.
took 2 hour classes every day in
which we did a part of
conversation, lots of grammatical
rules and corrected my previous
tasks of writing stories. Because
to me it was necessary to learn as
much as possible in just little
time it was very intense but there
was always time for the mate and a
cookie in between. Right now I've
resumed taking classes but in a
more relaxed way. Now we heave
more time to discuss stories and
really understand grammatical
good thing is, I can get out of my
classes what I want and need and
still enjoy it. If you are really
interested in comprehending the
beautiful language of Spanish and
want to be able to talk about
daily life stuff i really could
recommend these classes.
Especially when your level is hard
believe that everyone has their
own way of learning and I think
Silvina and her colleagues are
very good in acknowledge that.
Chau persona, divertite!!!
Odile van Hall (de Amsterdam,
I spent three months in Argentina and
had two lessons a week with Silvina. I
can honestly say that I learnt more
spanish in these few months than in 6
years of studying it at school.
I loved the informal and relaxed way
that Silvina conducted the lessons,
meaning that I really looked forward
to the two hours of sitting with her,
drinking tea and chatting about all
sorts of interesting things.
With her very sound knowledge and
strong opinions about Argentinian
literature, history and politics, I
felt I learnt so much more from her
than mere spanish grammer. I really
can't speak more highly of her and
think that anyone wanting to learn
spanish couldn't ask for a more fun or
I'm now living in Madrid and just wish
I could find a spanish version of
I hear about Silvina through a
friend. I really appreciated my one
on one, private lessons with
Silvina, as she is very professional
and caters to exactly what you
specify. I principally wanted to
improve my spoken Spanish and so our
classes where mainly conversational.
However we also worked from a very
clear and helpful grammar book and
she provided me with many helpful
exercises to consolidate my
Having the lessons at Silvina’s
house was really useful as it makes
a proper lesson time and enables the
student to completely focus in a
relaxed but specialized environment.
I would not hesitate to recommend
Silvina to anyone who was looking
for a Spanish teacher.
Her many students and her busy
schedule are a sure sign of her
popularity and teaching skills, not
to mention the delicious biscuits
and gallons of tea that are always
I could never believe how 2 hours
went by so quickly.
In May 2006 I arrived in
to do my graduation research for the
. As I had to do all my interviews in
Spanish, it was very important to me to
quickly improve my language skills. I
looked on the internet for Spanish
courses, and through this I got into
contact with Silvina.
For me, the classes have been perfect. She
adjusted the classes to my needs, always
prepared interesting materials, and helped
me a lot with both constructing and
understanding my interviews.
More important to me however, has been the
personal contact. I loved going to the
classes, we talked about everything:
Argentinean things like the culture,
, the music, the literature, but also
about life, in all its various aspects.
This helped me to feel at home at the
other side of the world, and to learn a
lot more than just Spanish.
Silvina, thank you for your dedication and
the positive energy in the classes!
Sanne de Bruijn
Still not able to leave
As a rule I generally
go out of my way to avoid writing
recommendations such as these.
The fact that I write this now is
testament to the extremely high regard
with which I hold Silvina and the enormous
gratitude I feel for all that she has done
in Buenos Aires with little or no Spanish
I originally enrolled in a course at the
UBA and contacted Silvina for
With hindsight I would have skipped
the course altogether and asked Silvina to
fit me into her timetable with as many
hours as possible.
a strictly professional point of view
Silvina is simply an excellent teacher.
She presents her classes in clear
and interesting ways.
She uses a range of teaching aids
to add variety explaining any doubts or
problems with admirable clarity and
I genuinely think it is rare that
two hours of learning can seem to go by so
a personal note Silvina is just a
delightful person to be taught by.
She goes out of her way not only to
help you understand the language but also
to teach you about things she thinks will
interest you - about her country, about
During my classes she has told me
about the history and the culture,
recommended restaurants and theatres,
books and concerts, suggested music to
listen to, wines to drink, places to go
to, places to avoid, people to talk to and
all with the contagious enthusiasm of
someone who delights in what she does.
my humble opinion she is one of the best
teachers I have ever had.
I have enjoyed my lessons with her
so much that I continued them long after
we had covered all the textbook material.
I have fervently recommended her to
all I have subsequently met in Buenos
Aires and feel enormously proud to do so
for anyone else interested in visiting
this fantastic city and learning its