We’re happy to be speaking about Argentina this week. You’ll learn some interesting facts and improve your English. Welcome to Aprender Ingles con Reza y Craig.
Voice message from Marcela from Argentina
An email from Leyre Parraga
I’m Venezuelan, studying English with yours podcast on Spotify, and I love your comments about Dulce de Leche and Argentina. I live in Buenos Aires, and it’s so true all that you say.
Thanks for such a good job. I don’t have money to pay for a course of English, so I’m learning with you for free.
Chile to the west, the country is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay to the north, Brazil to the northeast, Uruguay and the South Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Drake Passage to the south.
Eighth-largest country in the world and the largest Spanish-speaking nation. Population – 45 million.
Buenos Aires is the capital.
Aconcagua Is The Tallest Mountain on the continent (6,962 metres)
The Argentina national football team has won the football World Cup twice in 1978 & 1986.
Buenos Aires has more psychologists and psychiatrists than any other city in the world (198 psychologists per 100,000 inhabitants). 50% are in Buenos Aires
37% of the Argentine population descend from Italy.
It’s estimated that 37% are of Italian descent, making the country the place with most Italians outside of Italy.
30% of Argentine women go through plastic surgery and Argentina has the second-highest rate of anorexia in the world after Japan.
Argentina has the highest consumption of red meat in the world. There are more cows than people!
Yerba Mate is the national drink of Argentina. It’s a type of tea made from the dried leaves and twigs of the Ilex paraguariensis plant.
It’s really healthy and is traditionally drunk from a container called a gourd and sipped with a metal straw that has a filter at its lower end to strain out pieces of leaves.
As well as great meat, pies (empanadas/empanadillas) from Argentina are famously tasty.
Argentina is the 5th largest wine producer in the world.
And how could anyone resist dulce de leche….?
An audio message from Florencia from the South of Argentina who’s now living in Spain.
Ernesto Che Guevarra Was Born In Rosario – revolutionary
Lionel Messi – the greatest footballer in the world.
Diego Maradona – formerly one of the greatest footballers in the world
Pope Francis – Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires
Jorge Luis Borges – writer
Eva Perón – stateswoman
Ricardo Darin – actor
Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
Daniel Barenboim – one of the greatest classical musicians of the 20th/21st century, peacemaker and only person in the world to hold Israeli and Palestinian nationality, as well as Argentinian and Spanish.
Porteños are people from Buenos Aires. If there’s one thing some Porteños hate it’s…other Porteños. Supporters of River Plate and Boca Juniors feel an intense rivalry!!
“It takes two to tango” means that something can only be done by two, not one alone, with both being equally active. Tango is Argentina’s world-famous dance, of course.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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