Advanced Intermediate Spanish Podcast 12 – The Uses of Se

In this free Spanish lesson online, we look at “se”.

Well, what can we say about “se”? If you’ve spent any time studying the Spanish language you will have noticed that it quite literally pops up all over in the Spanish language.

It has been said that SE is a little overused and, for students, it can cause a great deal of confusion looking at it in a sentence and trying to decide if it’s being used as a reflexive pronoun, an indirect object pronoun or simply one of the many other little jobs it has been given.

In this podcast we run through all the uses of this pronoun and offer you some practical examples of how you can successfully use it in conversation.

Of course, in ten minutes it isn’t so easy to go into the depth that this subject demands and so we have worked hard to include all the additional information and guidance in the comprehensive Spanish worksheets that can be downloaded from our website. Esperamos que os gusten.

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Advanced Free Spanish Audio Lesson 11 – Las Dietas

In this free Spanish audio lesson, we discuss diets and their effectiveness.

Cynthia and I have very strong views on this subject, which, we must state, are purely our own opinions. “Es posible” that you think something completely different from what we say. This, however, is the purpose of this podcast. As an accomplished student of the Spanish language you must be able to state your opinion on matters and argue your case.

As you listen to us talk, try and formulate what you might say if you were talking with us. Would you be “de acuerdo con” or perhaps “en contra de” what we have to say about the fad diets that we are being sold day after day? Is it fair that they promise us the body of a Greek God when in fact we often end up looking more like a Greek urn? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

We have translated and transcribed this free Spanish audio lesson, and every podcast that we make, and make these materials available in our comprehensive Spanish worksheets. We even have some “try before you buy” helpsheets so you can be sure they are an invaluable resource. We’re positive that they will bring your learning to the next level. Give them a try!

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Beginners Spanish Podcast 10 – Gustar

Talking about likes and dislikes is not only one of the key parts to Spanish conversation but is also a fabulous conversation piece for any serious student of Spanish.

In this Spanish lesson for beginners, we help you learn the basic structure of the verb “to like”. Watch out for the three question formula that will ensure you always get it right!

Learn even more about gustar in our comprehensive Spanish help-sheets for beginners.

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Advanced Intermediate Spanish Podcast 11 – The Passive Voice in Spanish

The passive voice in Spanish is one of those strange grammatical expressions that strikes fear into the best of us. The truth of the matter is that one of the challenges of learning a language, be it Spanish or any other, is actually understanding your own grammar.

We have found over the years that around 80% of our beginner students are confused about verbs, nouns and adjectives. Imagine what happens once they begin to stumble across the imperfect subjunctive, the pluperfect and the conditional! ¡Flipan en colores!

The ironic thing is that we all use these tenses every day of our lives without thinking twice about it. All that we are really missing is to recognise what we are saying and to put a name to it.

The Passive Voice is one of these ways of speaking that is VERY English and although Spanish speakers do use it, it rarely appears in spoken speech.

Listen in to this podcast to firstly find out what the passive voice in Spanish is and then to discover how to avoid using it. As this is probably one of the most common mistakes made by English speaking students, it’s “imprescindible” that you get to grips with how it works and the tricks that exist to get around it.

With every podcast we offer additional information and guidance in the comprehensive Spanish help-sheets that have been designed to give you a deeper understanding of the subjects we discuss. You can download a free sample to see if they are value for money. You won’t be disappointed.

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Advanced Spanish Lesson 10 – A Day Out

This advanced Spanish lesson takes you through a day out we spent at Xanadú, a large shopping centre on the outskirts of Madrid we visited during one of our trips to Spain. Xanadú is a very special and unusual attraction that is well worth visiting.

Listen in as we talk about our day and the experiences we had. In terms of the Spanish we use, it might be worth paying special attention to the range of tenses we use when explaining the things that we did and what we saw in the shopping centre.

You will notice that our stories are not limited to using the Preterite and Imperfect pasts, but rather, we use a large range of tenses just as we would in English.

Although the Preterite and the Imperfect tenses are fabulous for telling stories in the past, they are certainly not “los únicos” needed to be able to tell a good story.

For example, how would you say: “We had arrived early”? or “We would have arrived earlier but we had problems.”? It is these kinds of tenses, used without thinking in our own language, that often catch us out in Spanish when we are in full flow. So as you join us, see how many other tenses you can catch us using (Remember: you don’t need to know the names of the tenses to recognise them or to use them well.)

The transcription and translation of this advanced Spanish lesson and all the other podcasts we have produced to date, as ever, can be found in the help-sheets.

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