The challenge of learning the language in Uruguay is that you have to use a local tutor, text or program. Rioplatense is the local dialect of Uruguay and parts of Argentina. There are some big differences between the Spanish here to that spoken in Mexico or other parts of Central and South America. You cannot learn Rioplatense from the huge online language program Rosetta Stone, or books published for other areas. We just signed up for a new Rioplatense program called "Bueno, entonces". This is in addition to our normal private tutoring in Uruguay. "Bueno, entonces" is a completely irreverent, crass, cheeky language program that makes you laugh out loud- along with learning. They describe themselves as Rosetta Stone meets South Park. Word of warning: this is not for the easily offended. If you think you may be offended, you probably will be. If you want to check it out, don't say that I didn't warn you.
We think it is funny, interesting and certainly will not put you to sleep. After the first few lessons, we're hooked and can't wait to see what happens next. Kind of like a steamy latino-telenovela: very fun and a surprise at every turn.
Bueno, entonces is available in DVD's or download to PC/iphone/ipod touch.
If you want to learn more about Rioplatense Spanish, click here.