Searching for the Perfect Bondiola


bondiolaBondiola is a particular cut of pork, unique in its dimensions and presentation, that can be found at any typical restaurant in Buenos Aires.  Taken from  the shoulder and neck, its nearest North American equivalent would be the Boston Butt, but porteños usually don’t cook it as an entire roast like the yanquis. You can find bondiola in  fiambre (lunchmeat) form or ready for the asador at your local carniceria.

The sandwich de bondiola, with luscious, thick slices of  pork and salsa bondiolacriolla or chimichurri or even barbacoa (if your tastes lie that way) is one of the flavors you can’t miss when you come to Buenos Aires.   Head down to Costanera Sur in Puerto Madero to sample this reasonably priced delicacy made by a professional. With an array of fresh veggies and salsas to choose from, you can’t go wrong. Order it completo  if you want them to add ham, cheese and a fried egg on top of all that delicious pork. Your vegetarian friends can order a provoleta sandwich if they are unfortunate enough to be trying to eat in BA.

mechadaFor the gourmet experience, try the bondiola rellena at your favorite BA steakhouse. Imagine tender, exquisite pork stuffed with plums, mushrooms, or even bacon if you are a glutton for porkishment. The bondiola mechada con panceta at La Cabrera comes highly recommended, if not a little pricy. No matter how you slice it, bondiola is a savory delight you can’t pass up when you visit Buenos Aires. 

The Passive Voice


Which facts about Seattle do you think are true and which are false?

  1. The basketball team “The Lakers” are from Seattle
  2. It often rains in Seattleseattle
  3. Silicon Valley is near Seattle
  4. Bill Gates and Microsoft are located in Seattle
  5. Chrysler cars are manufactured in Seattle
  6. Bruce Springsteen was born in Seattle
  7. “Grunge” music comes from Seattle
  8. Seattle is in the Southwest of the United States

My Hometown

Many years ago, I was born in Seattle, Washington USA. Seattle is located in the  northwest corner of the USA. Recently, Seattle has become the focus of much international attention. Many films have been made there, probably the most famous of which is Sleepless in Seattle starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. Seattle is also known as the birthplace of “Grunge” music; both Pearl Jam and Nirvana are from Seattle. For older people like me, it should be noted that Jimi Hendrix was born in Seattle! NBA fans know Seattle for the “Seattle Supersonics”, a team that has played basketball in Seattle for more than 30 years. Unfortunately, Seattle is also famous for its bad weather.

Seattle has also become one of the fastest-growing business areas in the United States. Two of the most important names in the booming business scene in Seattle are Microsoft and Boeing. Microsoft was founded and is owned by the world-famous Bill Gates (how much of his software is on your computer?). Boeing has always been essential to the economic situation in Seattle. It is located to the north of Seattle and famous jets such as the “Jumbo” have been manufactured there for more than 50 years!

Seattle is positioned between Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. The combination of its scenic location, thriving business conditions and exciting cultural scene makes Seattle one of America’s most interesting cities.

Chrysler cars are manufactured in Seattle          Chrysler manufactures cars in Seattle

Which sentence is ACTIVE and which sentence is PASSIVE?

The passive

The passive voice is used when focusing on the person or thing affected by an action.

  • The Passive is formed: Passive Subject + To Be + Past Particple

They built the house in 1989         The house was built in 1989.

  • It is often used in business when the object of the action is more important than those who perform the action.

Over 20 different models have been produced in the past two years.

The passive uses the same patterns for the other tenses:

  • PRESENT CONTINUOUS: is/are + being + past participle

Susan is cooking dinner                 Dinner is being cooked by Susan

  • PAST: was/were + past participle

      James Joyce wrote “Dubliners”      “Dubliners” was written by James Joyce.

  • FUTURE: will/going to + be + past participle

I will finish it tomorrow.                 It will be finished tomorrow.

 

 Practice using the passive

1. They make shoes in that factory.

Shoes      —             are made in that factory.

2. People must not leave bicycles in the driveway.

Bicycles      —             must not be left in the driveway.

3. They built that skyscraper in 1934.

That skyscraper      —             was built in 1934.

4. The students will finish the course by July.

The course      —             will be finished by July.

5. They are repairing the streets this month.

The streets     —             are being repaired this month.

Change these sentences into the passive voice

1. They had finished the preparations by the time the guests arrived.

2. You should take care when working on electrical equipment.

3. They are going to perform Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony next weekend.

4. Someone will speak Japanese at the meeting.

5. Karen is going to prepare the refreshments.

 

 

¡Precios 2011 en 2012! Aprovechen esta promoción para inglés, portugués, francés, y Spanish for Expats


¿Te acordás de tus primeros días de colegio? Tenías muchas ganas de verlos a tus amigos. Planeaste qué te ibas a poner hasta tus zapatos y tu mochila nueva. Capaz que pasó mucho tiempo desde que tuviste tu primer día de clases, pero ¿por qué no aprovechás para seguir creciendo mentalmente, “experience language,” y reunirte con gente como vos, que quiere practicar y desarrollar un idioma?

En LV Studio ofrecemos una clase de inglès para vos. Fijáte el cronograma del 2012 de Palermo y verás la variedad de cursos como inglés básico, inglés comercial, hasta cursos de preparación del First (FCE), SAT y TOEFL. Las clases grupales del 2012 comenzarán el 19 de marzo.

¿Por qué queremos que consideres AHORA cursos del 2012 en LV?

Siempre estás bienvenido en nuestro studio, pero ahora realmente vale la pena pasar a inscribirte. Si lo hacés durante el mes de febrero, te asegurás los precios del 2011, un ahorro de $1,000 a lo largo del año.

¿Qué podés esperar de nosotros?

– Cursos con profesores nativos

– Clases reducidas (siempre entre 3 a 6 alumnos, para máxima individualización y atención al estudiante)

– Servicios adicionales para desarrollar tu proceso de aprendizaje

Algunos servicios que ofrecemos

Conversation Night

Podés caer cualquier noche viernes seas alumno o un amigo de la zona. Abonás $20 para una hora de conversación con estudiantes de niveles intermedios (en general) y charlan sobre temas que eligen tu profesor. Si nos estás considerando como posible alumno, esta clase es una buena oportunidad de conocernos. A todos los alumnos en conversation night les encanta practicar en este ambiente informal y super dinámico!

Eventos Sociales

Después de nuestras clases de conversación, o ¨Conversation Night,¨ siempre les organizamos un evento social en donde podés practicar con estudiantes de inglés, portugués, y español en un lugar fuera del aula! Los eventos varían desde milongas, degustación de vinos, salida a un bar o restaurant, hasta shows de improvisación y comedia. Siempre, pero SIEMPRE, la pasamos bien!

Pronto tendremos confirmado el cronograma de clases para nuestra nueva sede de ABASTO. Stay tuned!!!

INSCRIBITE EN FEBRERO Y PAGA PRECIOS 2011


Quedan sólo 10 días para inscribirte en LV PALERMO!

2012: Clases de inglés, clases de portugués, clases de francés, SPANISH classes

Este año ofrecemos una gran variedad de cursos en horario vespertino y de mañana en Palermo. Ver acá:

Horarios 2012: cursos de inglés, portugués, francés, Spanish for expats. Conversación, general y especializado.

Si te interesa algún curso y querés saber más, preguntanos!

Los cursos comienzan el 19 de marzo!

Gracias!