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Going to Santiago, Chile!

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I will be studying in Santiago in August for a whole semester. If anyone has any recommendations on places in the area to visit aside from Viña del Mar please let me know!

I'm so excited! :-)

Voy a estudiar en Santiago en Chile en agosto por un semestre. Si alguien tiene algunas recomendaciones sobre los lugares que tengo que visitar aparte de Viña del Mar, por favor digame!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lento_Rodriguez
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Congratulations!!! Adventure time!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Estoy tan celosa! Disfruta!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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Muchas gracias!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SoyHenry
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Cool .. aprende mucho Español{@style=color:blue}

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CristobalTG
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I'm from Chile, congrats :)! I'd recommennd you to visit the South of Chile: Valdivia, Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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Thanks! I hope to travel a lot since I'll be there 5 months. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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Also do you know of any major holidays from August to December that I won't have class and can travel instead?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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You're lucky because in September there is a big holiday in Chile.. i don't know where you'll study but at least in my university they give us the whole week.

You'll also get the chance to be in the best weather around December so you can go to the beach, it's not far from Santiago so you can easily go for the weekend or even for a day.. Are you spending Christmas and New Year's Eve in Chile as well?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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I'm not entirely sure yet because I am going to try to make some trips after classes end around the continent (hopefully Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, and possibly Colombia).

What is the September holiday called? Are there any special things I should do or places to go for it? That's such great news that I'll get to experience it. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissChelsy

I do not know the September holiday. But I do hope you enjoy and tell us about your trip. Another beautiful place is San Pedro de Atacama, in the north of Chile. Also have fun for me!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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Thank you so much! I think all of Chile will be so beautiful. I'm very excited. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissChelsy

So how long will you be there? Also I wrote to you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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It's a patriotic holiday related to our country's independence and we call it El Dieciocho, it's a great holiday for you to see our traditions, especially chilean food. It's celebrated all along the country so it doesn't really matter in which city you'll be, i think you should go to a fonda or a ramada where you'll find food, music and traditional activities.. i also suggest to look for some event with professional traditional dancers, those are beautiful.

More information about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiestas_Patrias_(Chile)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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and also you'll see chilean flags everywhere!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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Thank you! I hope to travel around with some of the other students. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erickfhy
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At September: our Independence Day celebration. Bye!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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With the other chileans in here, maybe we should tell you some of the differences in our Spanish..

This is in our spoken colloquial Spanish only, for example:

-We conjugate the verbs with Tu differently.. i'm sure you'll hear something like "Cómo estai?" instead of "Como estás?" or "A dónde vai?" instead of "A dónde vas?"

-We also drop the "s" endings a lot, we say "vamoh" instead of "vamos". And also the "d" in words that end in "ado" like "cuidado", we say "cuidao".

-Some slang words are "bakan" that means "cool", the verb "cachar" that means "to get" in the sense of understanding something or being aware of something: when someone tells you "cachai?" it means "got it?". But there is MUCH more of this kind of words used among young people.

-A very common slang word is "weón/weona", it's an adjective and it used to be a swear word, an insult but it isn't anymore, it's even used between friends.. it's like when you say "hey, man!", "hey, dude!" or something like that, we'd say "oye, weón!", the femenine version is "weona". This word can also be used as a noun: "weá" which means a generic thing, and it can also be used as a verb: "wear" or "webear" which means fooling around, joking or making fun of somebody (but in a friendly way)

This is all colloquial, you wouldn't say these things to your teacher or older people unless you have a close relationship with them. And they're not really used in our written Spanish (unless you're texting a friend), so don't even think of using it in your essays or whatever you'll have to do in your studies..

I hope with this you'll be able to understand us a little better! ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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I recently met an Argentinean whom I've been trying to practice vos with. I've NEVER used vos so I definitely need to familiarize myself with that quick.

I greatly appreciate all this insight though! That's the best thing about Duolingo, getting advice from natives. I'm going to have to make a ton of flashcards with these words. Do you have any other resources (novelas, movies, etc) that you think might help my learning? Thank you again so much for lending all this advice. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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Recent movies that have had some international success (so they might be easier to find for you) are "La Nana" (2009) and "Gloria" (2013) which will show you a contemporary Chile, and then there are movies like "No" (2012) and "Machuca" (2004) that will tell you more about the historical and political background since both are about stories related to Pinochet's dictatorship in the 70s and 80s, both are really good and it's quite interesting because "Machuca" is set at the beginning of the dictatorship and "No" is set at the end of it. About books, maybe "Mala Onda" by Alberto Fuguet, "La Casa de los Espíritus" by Isabel Allende or something by Hernán Rivera Letelier who is known for writing about northern Chile.

Also, check out this website for more slang words and other stuff related to Chile: http://www.thisischile.cl/modismos-chilenosde-la-a-a-la-z/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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Wow I have a lot of learning to do! This vocabulary is so different than what I'm used to. I've been learning with Colombians and people from the Caribbean.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TreyzMeName

Have fun for me!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fcorread
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Another beautiful place is San Pedro de Atacama, in the north of Chile

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gyardley
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The south of Chile is nice (and no one's mentioned Pucon yet, which I really like), but don't forget the north. The Atacama Desert is breath-taking and the beautiful Valle de Elqui is full of observatories and pisco distilleries.

Valparaiso may be close to Viña but Valpo is completely different in look and feel, and you should go, especially if you like food. In my opinion, the restaurants in Valpo are way better than in Santiago.

It's still a six-hour flight but you're as close to Easter Island as you're going to get in Santiago, and it is part of Chile. Easter Island is unique and amazing and if you can swing the cost of the flight you shouldn't miss it.

It would be a shame not to visit Mendoza, Argentina given your proximity and given how awesome the food, wine, and people of Mendoza are.

Have fun!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jordyn_12

Congrats, I want to go to Chile

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Where are you from?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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I'm from Florida!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Have fun!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissChelsy

Have fun for me! Sounds fun and adventurous.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bav4201
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You being from Florida, I've heard that everywhere you go in Miami, someone will speak Spanish. I don't know if you've been to Miami, but 1) It looks like an amazing and gorgeous city, 2) The weather is always warm!, and 3) About 70% of the Miami population speaks Spanish (which in my opinion is much more romantic than French). I recommend going to Miami and giving it a shot! After all, Miami is known as the "Capital of Latin America." Have fun in Chile!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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I actually went to Miami for Spring Break and was SO disappointed that I never got to use my Spanish! I almost started talking to my taxi driver in Spanish until I found out he was Brazilian... oops lol.

But yes, Miami was beautiful and it's actually where I hope to end up. I'm pursuing a career in international marketing especially with Hispanic markets. Miami is definitely the business hub for that market. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bav4201
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Wow! I am very surprised you never got to use your Spanish! Very odd! And that is amazing that you are going to work in the Hispanic Market! Buena suerte!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jackson.Sanders

I have always wanted to live there!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erickfhy
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in Chile? Why??

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jackson.Sanders

Primarily because I want to experience another culture. Chile is developed and welcoming and I do not like the place I am currently living.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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Have fun in Chile ! Sounds amazing but I recommend you other places than Santiago. My friend family is from Chile and they usually go South

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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Yeah, I hope to visit the Patagonia for sure!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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Torres del Paine is a popular place for tourists, it's quite far from Santiago though.. I also recommend Valdivia, Puerto Varas, Chiloé

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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I'll have to look these up for sure. Do you recommend any places in Peru or Argentina as well that are short traveling distance from Santiago?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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I think Mendoza is the closest to Santiago in Argentina, there is also Bariloche but that's closer to the south. In Peru, well there is no place really close to Santiago, even chilean cities are far.. i know Tacna is very close to Arica and if you go further in Peru, Machu Picchu is definitely a place you have to go to

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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Keep in mind that Chilean Spanish is very differert to Duolingo's Spanish (basically decafeinated Mexican). I reccomend you listen radio and watch TV shows to become familiar to Chilean traits, specially to aspiration of s and voseo.

On places, South! Valdivia, Puerto Varas, Chiloé Archipelago, Cerro Castillo and Marble Caverns, Torres del Paine.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gringaerin
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This is very helpful. Do you have any recommendations of things to watch?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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It depends on your interests.

I like the TV series "Los 80's" and "El reemplazante", because of their 'natural' performance and everyday language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI_RQxjivSY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2G3IcQRy3A

If they are too difficult at this moment, you could begin with TV news, as www.cnnchile.cl or www.24horas.cl

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Erickfhy
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Hi! How are you? I'm Chilean... I can help you! ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jess_redblack
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¿Te gusto visitar Chile? Me encanta recorrer lugares aquí en Santiago

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