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Notes in Spanish

Notes in Spanish

This is a Podcast with three levels of difficulty, Inspired Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. A couple in Spain talk about many topics from family, to environmental issues, to music, culture, etc. The woman, Marina, is from Madrid which is where the podcast is usually created and the man, Ben, is from Oxford, England. The podcast is most easily available from iTunes, however, all podcasts are also on their website. In addition, there are worksheets and transcripts available on the site.

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Michele Webb
Michele Webb (Teacher (K-12))
6 years ago

Excellent resource for helping students of all levels practice hearing Spanish. Now includes a fourth "Gold" level. Podcasts are a good length and beginning levels have just enough English to make the conversastions understandable to novice learners. Topics are varied and interesting.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 3 hours +
Hugo Barriga
Hugo Barriga (Faculty)
8 years ago

Son grabaciones de Podcast, donde una pareja enseña a hablar español y además es útil para aprender sobre la cultura española. Para quienes quieran aprender un poco más de ingles también les será útil.

No lo recomiendo para personas que no sepan nada del idioma español o ingles.

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Necesitaras tener parlantes y una conexión a internet que te permita bajar o escuchar en línea un MP3

Time spent reviewing site: 18 minutos
Kapunahele Wong
Kapunahele Wong (Student)
12 years ago
Each podcast covers a different topic and is in the form of natural conversation between a couple in Madrid. Though the husband, Ben, is fluent, he is a native speaker of English so his thought processes are similar to English speakers learning Spanish. For example, sometimes he'll make a mistake and his wife, Marina, will correct him, explaining how his mistake is common to native English speakers when speaking Spanish. He'll then repeat after her until he gets it right. Then, they move on with the rest of the sentence or story. She also helps him with pronunciation, specifically in the accent of Madrid, obviously. However, this is only occasionally and serves as an interesting cultural insight especially for those of us who most often speak with Central or South Americans. There is new vocabulary and a transcript for each podcast that is available for download. See the website for a sample. There is a charge for the transcripts, but they are well worth it. There is also a forum on the website where people can ask them or other listeners questions. The podcasts are natural, engaging and entertaining. Often, discussions touch on cultural differences between England and Spain with the emphasis on Spanish culture, values and institutions. It is clear that the two are in love which adds an extra dimension and energy to their work, often in the form of banter and humor. All the podcasts are appropriate for classroom use or individual study. The podcasts are also strong enough to be used strictly for audio practice. Outstanding!!