Edgy, unrelenting, and borderline inappropriate at times: ways I would describe class 20, and ways many of my friends would describe my sense of humor. So it was a perfect match.
Today's class used David's attempt to seal the deal with his hot neighbor as a platform for discussing the "telos (sex hotels)" of Buenos Aires - an interesting part of the local culture. As many children here live with their parents until they are married, often into their mid to late 20s, finding a private place to spend time with your significant other becomes crucial. Therefore, the industry of "sex hotels," rented by the hour, flourishes and is as much a part of daily life as maté and soccer. They are scattered throughout the city, in plain sight except for the requisite shrubs making the entrance somewhat inconspicuous, and well-known and accepted by the locals. Interestingly, they are used not only by teens looking to have a little fun, but also by married couples looking to spice things up or grab some time away from the kids. The guide books say that they are extremely clean - even cleaner than you often find local hotels to be. Sounds a little creepy to me, but I guess it's hard to fit in the backseat of the tiny cars they have here.
Another class and another helpful Spanish phrase, or so I thought. Class 20 introduced the phrase "acabar de" meaning to just have done. For example, "acabo de llegar" means I just arrived. Sounds useful enough until they give the caveat that using acabar without the de means to have an orgasm. That one seems a little too easy to screw up (insert joke here about men screwing up orgasms) so I don't think I'll be trying it out just yet.
As Bueno, entonces... Learn Spanish has a knack of doing, it expertly used a raunchy topic, sex hotels, as a jumping-off point to discuss basic concepts of the Spanish language. In today's class it was the use of "por vs para (two words meaning for)." Again, like "ser vs estar" this is a complicated discussion that doesn't necessarily follow hard and fast rules, however, Bueno, entonces... Learn Spanish did a nice job of hitting and reinforcing the most common uses.
Well, for the time being it looks like Jimena won't be sex-iled for David's sex-capade (sorry, I ran out of clever words to describe sex I learned freshman year in college) - it looks like he'll have to settle for the Motel Ocho.