Advanced Intermediate Spanish Podcast 15 – Double Pronouns in Spanish

Following on from the previous podcast on indirect object pronouns (IOPs, for short) and their use, we now cover double pronouns in Spanish, or the redundant use of IOPs. What, we hear you ask, is that? Well, unknown to most students are a list of verbs that require the IOP even when the name of the person receiving the action is mentioned.

Because this is not as commonly known as it should be it often causes massive confusion to students. (This is what happened to me, Gordon, when I heard sentences like, “Le dije a mi madre que…”)

Listen in to this free Spanish podcast and discover what this is all about and take your abilities with the language to new levels. Until you understand this fully and can incorporate the rule into your spoken Spanish, it’s probable that you will frequently make this mistake.

“Venga”, let’s get this sorted “¡de una vez!”

Of course, a full transcription, translation and lots of useful notes about this podcast can be found in the ever-useful Spanish help-sheets that also include a list along with working examples of the verbs that require the IOPs.

You won’t be disappointed! Have a listen!

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Advanced Spanish Podcast 14 – Doblajes y Subtitulos

In this advanced Spanish podcast, we’re going to talk about movies in the Spanish language.

The Spanish cinema has a very different attitude toward films.

Do you know that virtually all the films shown in Spain are overdubbed or “dobladas” and rarely are the subtitled or “subtituladas”.

Every actor and actress has their own specific voice over person that follows their entire career. Imagine those lucky enough to have been given the job of overdubbing famous actors like Bruce Willis or Arnold Schwarzenegger! ¡Un trabajo de por vida! Sometimes, the actor that overdubs the voice of a Hollywood star dies and they have to give them a new voice, much to the disappointment and sadness of the Spanish nation.

In this newest episode you can discover Cynthia’s reaction upon hearing the real voices of the all the famous actors that, as far as she was concerned, had Spanish voices. We also mention the kind of films that we like to watch together and our opinion of subtitled films.

As ever, we have a full transcript and translation of this advanced Spanish podcast in our comprehensive Spanish helpsheets, which help you get the most out of every episode of LightSpeed Spanish.

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Beginners Spanish Podcast 13 – Masculine and Feminine Spanish Words

Did you know that all Spanish naming words are either masculine or feminine? Did you know that there’s no rhyme nor reason to it?

So, how on earth do you know whether a word is masculine or feminine? Listen in on this Spanish podcast as we show you how to know and give you some tips on some of the more complex words.

Remember, all the additional information and guidance on masculine and feminine Spanish words can be found in the comprehensive Spanish help-sheets that have been designed with you, the learner, in mind.

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Advanced Intermediate Spanish Podcast 14 – Direct and Indirect Objects in Spanish

So, what are the direct and indirect objects in spanish for goodness sake? And how on earth do you use them? All good questions, these.

You might just know some of them already: ME, TE, NOS, OS, LE/LO etc.

Well, firstly, it’s important to highlight that there are many differing opinions on the correct usage of these pronouns. In mainland Spain, the majority of Spanish speakers are what are called “leístas” and to make matters worse, they are “laístas”, too.

Don’t worry, however, it’s not as bad as it seems. In this free Spanish language podcast we walk you through the practical ways in which these are used.

So, come and join us in this lesson as we run through the correct way to use these pronouns. And we’ll tell you what they are, of course.

Bear in mind that you can’t speak Spanish without them! Or rather, you can, but you wouldn’t want to.

In just ten minutes it’s virtually impossible to do justice to as broad a subject as direct and indirect objects in Spanish and for that reason we have included a wide range of clear and concise explanations in the comprehensive Spanish help sheets. Esperamos que os sirvan.

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Advanced Spanish Audio Lesson 13 – 2012

This advanced Spanish audio has to do with the year 2012. Cynthia and I recorded this podcast in the lead up to this much discussed and anticipated year. At that time there were many differing opinions of what was going to occur. Some said it was going to be “el fin del mundo” and others said it would be the start of “algo nuevo”.

Were you aware of the buzz that existed about 2012? What did you think was going to happen? The focus of this audio in grammatical terms is that of possible futures and probable outcomes. That being the case, there is often a need to use the subjunctive when referring to potential futures and so it will be worth “prestando attención” to the way we talk about these up and coming events and listening out for the subjunctive.

If you have no idea of what the subjunctive is or it still confuses you (or terrifies you) then you can check out our special range of videos on the present subjunctive available on Youtube now.

As always, a full transcript and translation of this advanced Spanish audio is available in our comprehensive helpsheets, which help you the learner get the absolute most out of every episode of LightSpeed Spanish.

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