Argentina: Buenos Aires For the Curious

Buenos Aires

Milonga. A style of music and dance traditional in the Rio de la Plata area of Argentina and Uruguay which is a source of the “tango”. Also a dancing place and a dancing party. There are hundreds of milongas in Buenos Aires, for example.

Tango. A form of music and ballroom dance usually associated with the Buenos Aires area.

Bandoneón. A free-reed instrument popular in Argentina used in an Argentine tango orchestra.ón

Estancia. The Spanish word used in Argentina for a large ranch.

Porteño. The name for a resident of the Buenos Aires area.ño

Barrio. The Spanish name for a “neighborhood”.

Dulce de leche. A milk-based syrup, sauce, pudding, or candy.

Parilla. Spanish word for “grill.” Barbecue style of cooking meat also known as “churrasco” and “asada.”

Gaucho. The cowboy of the pampas, or vast, grassy plains, of Argentina.

Asada. Barbecue style of cooking meat also known as “churrasco” and “parilla.”

Polo. A team sport played on horseback.

Soccer related links

Futbol. The Spanish name for “soccer” or “International Football.”

Diego Maradona. World-famous former Argentinian soccer player.

Boca Juniors. Popular soccer team of Buenos Aires whose big rival is River Plate.

River Plate. Popular soccer team of Buenos Aires, rivals of Boca Juniors.

La Bombonera. Home stadium of the Boca Juniors soccer team.

Notable personalities

Astor Piazzolla. Argentinian tango musician.

Carlos Gardel. The most prominent ango singer and composer, who died June 24, 1935, in Medellín, Colombia.

Jorge Luis Borges. Twentieth-century Argentine author.

Eva Perón (María Eva Duarte ) also known as “Evita.” Wife of twentieth-century Argentine president Juan Perón and major political figure. Portrayed by Madonna in the movie “Evita.”

Guillermo Kuitca. Contemporary Argentine artist.

Xul Solar. Twentieth-century Argentine artist né Alejandro Schulz Solar.