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Advanced Podcast 8 – Spanish Listening Practice: Interview with Leticia

For someone learning the language, there’s no replacing Spanish listening practice. Listening to native speakers is a fundamental part of the learning process.

Here, Leti, Cynthia’s cousin, describes some of the strange things she’s been required to do during her time as a veterinary assistant. Leti, or Leticia, loves animals and really enjoys working with them. However, she has one small problem. At the first sight of blood, she faints!

This certainly hasn’t put her off and although she has problems with blood, she certainly has had to do some very unusual things whilst working in the surgery. Listen as she tells the tale of the owner who wanted to mate his two dogs and what had to be done to try and make that happen.

Warning: Leti speaks quickly and so you may find understanding all of this podcast a challenge. What is more, Leti “no tiene pelos en la lengua” (She pulls no punches) when describing some of the procedures she’s been involved with. This is not for the faint hearted!

If you have issues understanding Leti, then a full transcription and translation is available at www.lightspeedspanish.com as well as a wealth of additional information and guidance which can be found in the comprehensive help-sheets created for you, our students.

Early Intermediate Spanish Podcast 8 – Using Gustar in Spanish

Some of our students who have been studying the language for years still have problems with using gustar in Spanish.

And it’s really no wonder!

It takes a few attempts at it before you can really get to grips with how it works. In this lesson we’re going to take a real in-depth look at this most useful verb gustar and help you feel much more at ease with using it.

Let us show you how to take control of a conversation. When talking with Spanish speakers, this is a must!

“Un huevo” of additional information and guidance on gustar can be found in the comprehensive Spanish worksheets.

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Beginners Spanish Podcast 7 – Counting in Spanish

Many students of the Spanish language shy away from counting in Spanish because they feel that numbers are too difficult. This is far from the case and the truth is that learning numbers is as important as any other aspect of the Spanish language. Especially when it comes down to money!

There are a number of common errors that Spanish students make when using Spanish numbers and in this Spanish podcast for beginners we assist you in learning how to avoid them from the beginning and pronounce like a Spanish person. It’s as easy as ¡Uno, dos y tres!

Remember that much more information can be found in our comprehensive Spanish help-sheets for beginners.

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Advanced Intermediate Spanish Lesson 7 – Mascotas

This intermediate Spanish lesson is all about “mascotas”, or, in English, pets. We all love our pets and none more so than the Spanish. Because many Spanish people live in “pisos” or what we call apartments or flats, they tend to limit themselves to small dogs and so, at any time of the day you can see many Spanish people “paseando a su perrito en la calle”.

En los “chalets” (villas) however, in the countryside, it’s much more common to have large dogs that have the responsibility of guarding the house from “los ladrones”.

In this podcast, we talk about a range of pets that we’ve had in the past. Although Gordon hasn’t had a great deal of pets in the past, it’s vital that you listen into the incredible list of animals that have shared a house with Cynthia. Come and join us as she gives some surprising insights into the range of pets that she has taken in. ¡Su madre tiene que ser una santa!

All the additional information and guidance can be found, as it always can be, in the comprehensive help-sheets that have been designed to give you the listener a deeper learning in terms of vocabulary and grammar.

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Advanced Free Spanish Audio 7 – Music

This free Spanish audio should get your toes tapping because today we’re talking about la musica.

One of the downfalls of living in the UK for us is that the music that gets played on the radio is only either English or American. Once in a while there appears a novelty song from another country, but in general the radio stations never stray from music of their own language.

This is a real shame, given that the music from Spain and from Latin America is some of the best in the world! There is such a variation of style, rhythm and genre that a listener could well be overwhelmed by it.

Now, we are lucky to have the Internet and therefore can access music every day through mediums such as Youtube and Spotify, among many others. We now can immerse ourselves completely in Spanish music.

But why should we do that? Well, quite literally, listening to Spanish music will drive your Spanish forward at a much faster rate. Of course, learning with music has been around for centuries. Parents have always done it with their children and every country teaches its children nursery rhymes that are remembered for the rest of their lives.

Listen in as we talk about music and list some of the important artists in the Spanish speaking world.

The transcription and translation of this podcast along with a host of additional information and guidance can be found in the comprehensive Spanish language help-sheets written and designed with you, our learner, in mind.

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