The Typical Mistake
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About

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.

WHO WE ARE

Blake Hendrickson

Co-Host

Blake grew up in Minnesota (USA), lived in France, Spain, Hawai'i, and Mexico and now calls Buenos Aires home, where he relaxes playing football, eating asados, and enjoying the occasional fernet. Officially he is working on his doctorate in Social Sciences at FLACSO Argentina and teaching English and Communication at the UBA language laboratory and in various companies, especially focusing in study abroad programs. He is a self-confessed bookworm who likes to complement his readings with thorough people watching, party infiltration, and sports, especially surfing.

Guillermo Rubens

Host

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 storytelling… in both languages. 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. His favorite proverb is “What goes around, comes around,” and he tries to live by it.

Esteban Thoresdale

Co-Host

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.

Archives

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.
  • The Bahá'í Faith - June 2012
  • What is the Baha’i Faith? Come learn about the world’s fastest-growing religion and what they’re all about.

  • Canon Law - March 2012
  • Father Von Ustinov, President of Argentina’s College of Canon Law, takes us on a ride through angels, demons, and 2000 of divinity.

  • Falkland Islanders - 2nd April 2012
  • On an emotion-packed 30th anniversary, Falklanders talk to us live from the Islands about their land and heritage, and why they are just as human as the rest of the species.

  • CAS, Suicide Hotline - January 2014
  • Learn about the brave volunteers who man the phones at the CAS, how they help out (and how you can!) and some hard facts about suicide.

  • Cemeteries - September 2013
  • Information, anecdotes, statistics, and some jokes about final resting places around the world.

  • Egypt’s Revolution - July 2013
  • Egyptian Ahmed Fahmy tells us all about the revolts, factions, prospects for democracy, and keys to understanding Arab Spring.

  • Geology - June 2011
  • Andrés Folguera, President of the Argentine Society of Geology, tells us about the Earth, the Universe, and how little we know about it.

  • Engineers without Borders - Dec13
  • Ashkan Rohani tells us about his NGO experience and how they managed to bring clean water to an Indian village which badly needed it.

  • Malaysia - August 2012
  • Ambassador Hazrik Mohammed Nor discusses “moderate” Islam, polo ponies, and the Petronas Towers.

  • Indonesia - June 2010
  • His Excellency Ambassador Sunten Manurung tells us about his country of over 17,000 islands, and incredibly diverse in languages, cultures, and ethnicities.

  • Gender and Politics - SEP 2012
  • Feminist beacon Mónica Maffia corrects some of our misconceptions and takes us on quite a fascinating ride across sociology, power, and change.

  • Irish Music - October 2012
  • Irish musician Karen Jordan delights us with her music, anecdotes, and sheer wattage.

  • Nigeria - May 2011
  • Minister Amosu Olawale tells us about Nollywood, animism, and all the vibrancy of Africa’s most populated country.

  • Unusual Maps - January 2014
  • Did you know how many countries in the world England has not invaded? Or the country with the biggest bra size? How about Chinese translations of country names? All that, and more.

  • The Transsiberian Rail - March 2014
  • A first-person account of the world’s longest train ride, an 11,000 km adventure across Siberia and Mongolia. Learn about nomads and life 35 degrees below zero.

  • Vietnam - March 2012
  • His Excellency Ambassador Nguyen Van Dao tells us about modern Vietnam, their “socialist market economy”, and the beauty of their people and culture.

  • World Adventures - March 2012
  • Traveler Extraordinaire Esteban Thoresdale tells about his 40 years of crisscrossing planet Earth, including 12 times in Antarctica, living behind the Iron Curtain, and being a hostage aboard an African plane.

  • Shakespeare Project - May 2013
  • Shakespeare scholar Sheila Cavanagh brings the 17th century so close we can almost feel it’s touching us.

  • Advice - October 2011
  • Us giving advice? That’s the very definition of The Typical Mistake.

  • India Ambassasdor - November 2013
  • His Excellency Ambassador Amarendra Khatua gives us a taste of the universe which is India, making us all wish the show could be a few hours longer.

  • Pakistan - May 2014
  • His Excellency Ambassador Imitaz Ahmad takes us on a journey through classical and modern Pakistan: its cultures, languages, smells, and sounds. Don't miss it!

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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