Here is me speaking Spanish after classes: Spanish 3 Months
Che boludos, getting to a B2 level of Spanish in 3 months and enjoying every moment of it. I usually don't write review posts but El Pasaje Spanish School in Buenos Aires was such a great experience. I've been to MANY language schools and i've had MANY private lessons, and I can honestly say this is the best i've experienced. The day i stepped into El Pasaje I knew not one word of the Spanish language and by the end of a Two and a half month lesson plan I could express myself clearly and freely, Make toasts at weddings (something i'm horrible at in English) and have a spanish speaking novia. The classes are more than reasonably priced , about $9 dollars and hour if you sign up for a month in advance. They don't try to fit as many students in class that they can, and if you need extra help they will evaluate you and hold you back or even move you forward, paying attention to your needs. My group class typically had 3 or 4 people in it never more. My average day started at 2PM and ended at 630PM. It sounds like a lot everyday but it went so fast I normally left wanting more and followed it up with homework. All lesson plans are taught in Spanish and they encourage you to make a fool of yourself. While you're there they will send you emails with job opening for your native language or Spanish , I received one that led to a TV interview. Every week or so they will invite the school out for a drink or dinner, the whole staff will show up because they actually want to get to know you. So no more bull@#$% . If you want to learn spanish and you're a terrible self studier as I am get your ass to Buenos Aires and take your classes here. I promise you will not regret it. DALE!
Here is me speaking Spanish after classes: Spanish 3 Months
Time to write a bit about an experience I had last week with Salmonella and Buenos Aires public healthcare. From dehydration and sharting the bed to falling asleep on the toilet, it was a good one for sure. ( Please note this was my experience and I'm sure many will be thinking I just had a bad one, maybe but here it is) Just a bit of a rant that i had to get it out.
How I implemented text messaging into Comeclean.it , and how at first was a convenience that turned into the core of the business. Comeclean.it was a laundry delivery business I had started November 2010 in Brooklyn. When I had started I was on a shoe string budget and was acting as a independent contractor for a local laundromat. Having no real laundry or delivery experience I knew I had to base the business on what I knew. People.
I knew I needed to build the brand around customer service after having previously seen the Yelp reviews from my competitors. Most of them had bad reviews for lack of communication and hidden fee's. So how could I communicate with these people in an effective way that will really open their arms to my brand. So I thought how can I make this as painless as possible for people and how do they communicate normally with friends not business' ?....Text messaging!
Now, I'm not talking about mass texting your client base like some text happy club promoter shoving the message down their throat. No, more of a casual customer service tool to gain feedback and spread the word like wild fire.
When I first started implementing txt I have to admit my expectations weren't to spread the word but more to care for and engage in real conversation with my customer's. My client base was still small at this point and I thought anything could help separate me from the competition.
After about two weeks of texting pick up confirmations ect. I received my first Yelp review, and it stated :
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Quote: “Vagabonding taught me how to act, gave me an open mind to expect the unexpected.”
How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful before and during the trip? I first heard about Vagabonding while on a trip in Puerto Rico, I met a man who was a vagabond all his life an found him interesting. He suggested i should read it and i did, shortly after i was on my first “real” trip using references from the book along the way. Most importantly it taught me how to act, gave me an open mind to expect the unexpected.
How long were you on the road? About a year and a half on and off.
Where all did you go? Went through eastern europe, around the USA , Central America.
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Hi everybody, if you haven't met me yet my name is Gary Misner and I'm your laundry delivery man. Some of you may be saying "okay so why would i want to read about you?". The answer to that i do not know, but if your interested in me as i am interested in all of you, let me tell you a little about how Comeclean.it came about and what my feeling are about it thus far. About 3 months ago I decided to open a web-based laundry pick up and delivery service. I figured it would bring more laundry to the new family laundromat "Spin City", and would give me something to do in the mean time. I love business and even more building them. So i built a business model bought a website and boom comeclean.it was started. How is it a business you ask. "Aren't you just like the chinese delivery guys". Well on the surface it may seem that way. "How is it a business, what is your product?". My answer: customer service, period. I am set out to make doing laundry the easiest. That is by catering to everyones needs. Let's call it a "laundrierge" service. I admit when I first started this business it was about money, and yes i still have to pay rent but quickly i'm realizing this is turning into something much deeper. Comeclean.it gives me the opportunity to meet new people everyday, and i can honestly say thus far all of my customers are great ones and have a sort of bond with each and every one. In fact if one of them called me at 2 in the morning and asked me to come pick them up from the bar so they didn't have to drive, i would be there in a second. So is comeclean.it a business or culture slowly developing in Williamsburg for people who don't have time or interest in doing their own laundry. Time will tell but I think this year is going to be a good one. As for my customer base now you guys rock! I look forward to getting to know everyone.
Finding myself in an awkward situation i didn't know why or what it was about the beautiful read head in the corner of the room, i just knew it wasn't right...(Back Left Under Exit Sign)
Recently I moved to Brooklyn,NY. As the bills pile up from the once cheap place to live my wheels start turning. As i woke up one morning and went around the corner to get my daily coffee I returned to find a homeless man sitting on our bench in front of the apartment. I had recently been researching places in the area that I can take language lessons and kept coming up short. For private lessons in french it is 75 dollars an hour. For private lessons in spanish 45 dollars an hour. So thinking about this i sat next to the homeless man and proceeded to drink my coffee.
He said good day i replied, but i had noticed he had an accent so i asked. "What language do you speek he told me 6, Georgian , French , Arabic , English, German and russian". This homeless man now had my attention maybe I can get lessons from him in the park right in front of my house, it would be perfect for both of us, i learn he makes money it's a win win. So I finished my coffee and returned upstairs. Still thinking if i should ask him for lessons. The next day i woke up and got my coffee, there he was again. So i asked "TJ" hey do you remember me from yesterday, in his shape you never know. Sure goodmorning gary he said, i said hey last night i went home and i was thinking maybe in exchange for some money you can teach me arabic.
I had already had a notebook and pen with me . Sure he said he told me he's here everyday anyway and told his story how he is trying to get back to his farm in georgia and how he ended up on the street. So i began to learn now about culture aswel. Now im hooked i sat and spoke with TJ for 2 hours it felt like minutes, and after took me to the local deli where his friends speak arabic and he put me to work. After the lesson i asked him if he wanted a beer so i bought 2 and gave them both to him. His eyes lit up and he told me that beer will do just fine instead of money.
He told me he would spend the money i gave him on it anyway ill just save him the trip. Okay so this man has a problem and im supporting it for language lessons. What can you do!?!?! So i thanked him and now when i want some lessons i go to his home under the BQE and give him a shout and we sit in the park, not to close and he proceeds to give me knowledge that is priceless. When people say they don't have the money or time to do something like learn a language, the time might be right under your nose, just hope it smells better then the one i've found.
I'll keep you all updated, and get some pictures.
"بعض سيضحك العديد من اتبع"