ARGENTINE SPANISH AT A GLANCE
The local variation of Spanish is known as Rioplatense Spanish, castellano, as the locals call it. The accent is marked by a strong use of “sh” sound (in English) in the pronunciation of words containing y and ll, an intonation that strongly resembles Italian, the use of vos rather thantú for the second person singular, and by its inclusion of lunfardo, or slang, that was first developed in the working class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires during the waves of immigration from Europe in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Watch the video trailer to the right to check your understanding of the language of los porteños a.k.a. residents of the city of Buenos Aires.
…Totally lost? No te preocupes! With a few weeks of Spanish classes and a copy of the must-have “Che, Boludo” phrasebook, you’ll be well on your way to speaking and understanding castellano.
Valentín (2002) is one of many international award-wining Argentine films. Set in the year 1969, the film tells the story of an 8-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother in Buenos Aires and aspires to be an astronaut.
See the trailer here.