Although it is possible to get around Buenos Aires with very limited Spanish, it never hurts to learn the basics â€“ and for those looking for a long-term study option, B.A. is one of the most affordable â€“ and fun â€“ places to acquire the language.
Schools, private teachers, conversation circles and language exchange evenings are plentiful, but bear in mind that the Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires is a particular dialect. Some grammar (especially the 'vos' form) and pronunciation is markedly different from the Spanish spoken in Spain and other parts of Latin America (and even other parts of Argentina), but it's not so different that other Spanish speakers won't understand.
And consider yourself warned:the language here is heavily peppered with local street slang, which definitely adds color but is sometimes best kept to football matches and barrooms!
Check out Craigslist, the Universities and fellow ex-pats for recommendations for private teachers. Classes they offer range from general conversation dates to intensive grammar classes. Prices range from 25-45 per hour.