The Typical Mistake
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What is The Typical Mistake?

Starting way back in the dark ages of the last millennium (1999), TTM is Argentina's first and longest-running English-language radio show. Guillermo had long hair back then and the format was quite different, but the idea was the same: a radio space to learn new things and have fun with English.

What's happened since then?

Over ten co-hosts, a new building, a variety of formats, live music, all sorts of diplomats, scientists, artists, correspondents all over the world, quite a lot of traveling, working with the BBC and Argentine media, a new website... but most importantly: an ever-expanding base of listeners and friends who tune in every week and are ready to swim in new waters.

Why English?

We believe in multiculturalism and diversity; and learning a language can help to open your mind and broaden your horizons. English is already the world language and knowing it can help you meet new people, read new books, and think new thoughts.




Genuinely confused by most developments in life, Ray is an Englishman of Irish parentage who ended up in the leafy groves of Villa Urquiza after growing up with the harsh industrial climate of Eastbourne, a prosperous Victorian seaside resort not quite exciting enough to be Brighton. Characterising himself as an ex-punk without a habit he stumbled through life in England, Scotland and Cambridge (yes, that's a country), picking up a Ph.D. in history somewhere along the way before migrating to Buenos Aires in the late 1990s, just when the economy was looking up.
Having spent considerable time in various parts of Europe, Canada, and the US as a waiter, rental-car driver, hotel room maid, and college lecturer, Ray has learned that there is no where you can sink lower than in teaching. Living in Buenos Aires for the last two decades Ray has cultivated a profound ignorance of tango and a permanent evasion of the mate gourd, and as a cold-hearted southerner he has constantly been disappointed by the warmth and sincerity of the "locals". The Typical Mistake provides a weekly opportunity for Ray to air his unique radio style, sometimes referred to as "chorizo granizado"!

Guillermo Rubens

Host & Founder

Linguistically bipolar, Guillermo lives half of his life in English and the other in Spanish. When he's not teaching, translating, or interpreting, he manages to find the time to indulge in writing and both languages. As if boring people with one radio show wasn't enough, he also hosts "Si no está loca, no te conviene" on Radio La Idea Fija, and makes the odd appearance on the BBC World Service. Never one to let lack of qualifications (or talent) stop him, Guillermo has worked as a waiter, voiceover artist, publicity writer, website editor, tour guide, phonetics coach for singers, comic book marketer, and lyricist.
His passion for traveling has taken him hitch-hiking across Ireland, climbing the steep steps of Angkor Wat, cycling in Cuba, camping in the Serengeti, and riding the Trans-Siberian railway.
He talks too much (and interrupts), he won't shut up about politics or River Plate, he seriously needs to stop eating alfajores and lose weight, and has been known to smuggle a book into a wedding and quietly sneak out to read it instead of dancing like a normal person.
You should approach him with caution: if you mention something even remotely related to babies or children, he will flash out his phone and make you endure a thousand pictures of his offspring. His favorite proverb is "What goes around, comes around," and he tries to live by it.

Esteban Thoresdale

Co-Host and Roving Correspondent

7 languages. 4 citizenships. 6 months living in Prague, 6 in Buenos Aires. What's this called? Citizen of the world? Definitely! Someone with multi-personalities? Perhaps! Someone who knows where he's from and where he REALLY belongs? Not sure... but trying! Such are some of many of the adjectives given to Esteban Thoresdale, one of the co-host of "The Typical Mistake". Esteban has been a simultaneous interpreter in Singapore, a language teacher in Rio de Janeiro, a 5-star concierge in Chicago, a black (aka free) marketer in Communist Poland, tour director and guide in over a hundred countries, an employee of Aer Lingus Irish Airlines now co-host of an English-language radio program in Argentina.
An avid traveler, having been to more than 150 countries, most recently Iran, North Korea, Burkina Faso and the three Guyanas.
When not on the radio or traveling, you can find Esteban listening to MPB(musica popular brasileira..popular Brazilian music and Bossa Nova), checking out the city's best "happy hours" or enjoying the architectural wonders in the two cities which he loves the most and resides.

Vanessa Camozzi


Vanessa was born in Puerto Rico, she then lived in Mexico and later moved to Texas, where she spent her adolescent life riding ferocious bulls and wearing cowboy boots. She then decided to get more serious and would spend the next decade of her life around lobbyist and politicians, living and working in Washington, D.C. Not one to stay put anywhere, she now calls Buenos Aires home.
"V" as her friends like to call her, definitely has the gift of gab, which is why co-hosting a radio show is the peanut butter to her jelly. She also puts hot sauce on everything, makes ramen from scratch, and is obsessed with travelling and meeting people from all walks of life. She came to Buenos Aires with her Argentine husband to open a ramen noodle bar in Palermo. When she's not making noodles or stuffing her face with dulce de leche ice cream, she's usually at the gym, playing tennis or practicing yoga.
Vanessa has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived in various countries including Argentina, the United States, England and Mexico.


Producer and Wartime Consegliere

After getting her degree from FLACSO she started climbing the corporate ladder at the Inter American Development Bank and Radio Mitre. Skills honed and connections made, she founded her own communication agency and, as they say, the rest is History. Now she is widely recognized as one of the most creative and efficient media consultants this side of the Equator.
If you are lucky enough to be talking to her, be quiet and you might learn something.


Our Man in Singapore

Blake grew up in Minnesota (USA), lived in France, Spain, Hawai'i, Mexico, Buenos Aires, and now calls Singapore home. After completing his doctorate in Social Sciences he's giving South East Asia a try (the wild traveling academic life), and putting all his Intercultural Communication theories to the test.
He is a self-confessed bookworm who likes to complement his readings with thorough people watching, party infiltration, and sports, especially surfing.


Here are some of our past shows in case you missed them. Just click on the one you like and a window will pop-up so you can keep browsing our site as you listen to the Show you want.

TTM & Others

Diario La Nación

Since 2012 we have collaborated with the BBC on several of their shows, most notably about the Falkland Islands and politics, but also about sports, education, and Pope Francis.

ITN News

Extract of a lengthy 2013 British television interview.

Diario La Nación

The newspaper of (Argentine) record published an article about life in the Falkland Islands, and has covered the show on a few occasions.

What they said about us...

Some accounts written by people who came to the show, survived, and wrote about it.


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