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Advanced Online Spanish Lesson 19 – Las Drogas

This online Spanish lesson from LightSpeed Spanish is about las drogas. A Cynthia no le gustó este tema. The truth is, I (Gordon) kind of forced Cynthia to talk about this subject and “ella no estaba muy contenta” something you may notice in the podcast. However, the subject of drugs is one that cannot be ignored.

According to statistics, 80% of the Spanish population has, at some point in their lives, tried marijuana (un porro/a joint) although the indication is that cocaine use is on the increase with every year that passes.

If you get the opportunity to walk through a park in Spain you may be surprised to see people openly smoking ‘a joint’ with friends in the open air. The famous “botellón”, or party in the park that many young people organise is the place to go if you want to “pasar un rato con amigos” and “fumarte un porro”.

Listen in as we talk about our own and others attitudes to the ever increasing use of recreational drugs. How do you feel about their use and abuse? What would you say if you were asked to give your opinion in Spanish?

A full transcript and translation of this online Spanish lesson is waiting for you in our comprehensive Spanish helpsheets, which contain loads of additional information. We’re sure you’ll enjoy them.

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Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 14 – Describing People

The latest of our intermediate spanish lessons is all about describing people in Spanish. This is something we often do in conversation without even thinking about it. In Spanish, however, you need to understand how to structure your language to not only do it properly, but also without causing offence!

Here we explain how to structure your Spanish to best describe someone’s physique, personality and characteristics. This very much ties into previous lessons that covered the verbs ser and estar, so if you haven’t yet, have a listen to the ninth of our beginner’s podcasts on ser and estar as well as our previous early intermediate podcast on ser versus estar.

For a wealth of excellent additional information and guidance why not try our comprehensive help-sheets. We have designed them for you specifically.

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Beginners Spanish Podcast 18 – Four Important Spanish Verbs

In this Spanish lesson for beginners we help you learn four important Spanish verbs and their, at times, strange structures. You simply can’t get by without these ones! Listen in as we coach you step by step through their usage and help you become comfortable with their conjugations.

As always, please note that all the additional information and guidance can be found in the comprehensive Spanish help-sheets. They were written and designed especially with the learner in mind. You won’t be disappointed.

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Advanced Intermediate Spanish Podcast 19 – Difference between Saber and Conocer

Do you know the difference between saber and conocer? Maybe you think you know these verbs already, however, like many areas of learning in the Spanish language, there are layers within layers of meaning for these two words.

Did you know that the verb saber can be used reflexively giving it another meaning?

Did you know that conocer doesn’t just apply to “knowing people and places”?

This is a wonderful, though admittedly often frustrating, part of learning a language. Many text books just cannot, or will not, delve into these more subtle areas of the Spanish language. But they’re there and we’re going to show them to you.

Listen in as we examine some of the more interesting meanings that you typically won’t find in the study books and help you use these two verbs, not only in their conventional sense, but also in the way only native speakers do. ¿Qué os parece?

The entire podcast is transcribed and translated to give you a full understanding of what we say. What is more, all the additional information and guidance can be found in our Spanish helpsheets that offer you practical examples and fun tests to check your understanding. Try our free samples to check their value for money.

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Advanced Free Spanish Lessons Online 18 – Momentos Reveladores

Have you had an experience in your life that changed its entire course? ¿Has tenido lo que se llama ‘un momento revelador’?

In our journey through life many things happen to us, some of them “muy buenas” and others, “terriblemente malas”. Quite often, however, certain things happen to us that have a profound effect of how we see life.

Certainly, Cynthia and I have had many of those moments and in this podcast we share some of these with our listeners. Clearly, although these can be interesting to listen to, at the same time, they help you learn how to talk in the past about feelings and emotions.

As always, we have a full transcript and translation of all our free Spanish lessons online, including this one, in our comprehensive Spanish helpsheets, which have been developed to help you get the most out of our course.

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