Spanish A+ - Finally Learn Spanish with Bilingual Podcasts
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If you've attended at least one Spanish course, and you need experience listening to and speaking the language, then 'Finally Learn Spanish' has the right podcasts for you. Our great dialogs teach you new vocabulary in context, and our excellent learning tips guarantee that you'll make progress in your Spanish studies. Our dialogs are presented by experienced teachers. If you are an intermediate Spanish speaker, tune in to our Learning English podcasts since most of the podcast is in Spanish. Our courses include software that you can download onto your cell phone to practice your vocabulary on the go. Presented by Carla Staufert-Sevier, Enrique Mendez, Alma Spaulding, Rosa Davila (native Spanish speakers from Mexico), and Jade Lindquist, a native English speaker from the U.S.
||CleanI5-01 A Parent-Teacher Conference / Una junta de padres y maestros||Learn helpful vocabulary for parent-teacher conferences such as "boleta" and "el personal administrativo." Aprende mucho vocabulario como "report card" y "staff".||11/29/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanI4-10 Adopting a Stray Dog: Slang Phrases / Adoptando un perro callejero: frases de jerga||Learn some slang words and phrases such as "buena onda" and "Hazte de la vista gorda." Aprende mucha jerga como "how cool" y "turn a blind eye".||5/28/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanI4-8: A Matter of Endurance / Una question de resistencia||Learn how to use relative pronouns and lots of vocabulary such as "No, esa es una escaladora." and "La que está cerca del espejo.". Aprende mucho vocabulario como "No, that's a step machine" y "The one that's close to the mirror.".||11/29/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanI3-6 A Job in Costa Rica / Un trabajo en Costa Rica||Learn the sixth rule of when to use the subjunctive and lots of vocabulary such as "Cuando empiezas?" and "He oido que hay playas fabulosas.". Aprende mucho vocabulario como "When do you start?" y "I’ve heard that they have fabulous beaches.".||2/22/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanG8: ser vs. estar||Learn grammar rule #8 of when to use 'estar'.||10/21/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanG7: ser vs. estar||Learn grammar rule #7 of when to use 'estar'.||9/21/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNew Bilingual Welcome / Bienvenidos Bilingue Nuevo||Learn lots of vocabulary such as "download", "lyrics", "songs". Aprende mucho vocabulario como "bajar", "las letras", y "las canciones."||8/1/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Party - Subjunctive Mood / La Fiesta: El Subjuntivo||Learn how influence triggers the subjunctive. Aprende oraciones como "Today I’m very busy.", "I need you to please help me.", y "What would you like us to do?"||7/2/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanI1-10 The Uses of the Preterit: Past Tense: El Preterito/Tiempo Pasado||Learn rules for using the preterit. Practique con el tiempo pasado en ingles.||4/30/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanComo Mejorar Su Pronunciación de Inglés con Ted Klein – Parte 1 / How to Improve your English/Spanish Pronunciation with Te||Learn tips for improving your pronunciation of English/Spanish. Aprende como mejorar su pronunciacion de ingles.||4/21/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanConversation 3 - Will you practice conversation 2 with me? ¿Puedes practicar la conversación 2 conmigo?||To improve our speaking abilities, let's practice speaking Spanish. Solo mejoramos la abilidad de hablar ingles haciendolo.||4/16/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanConversation 2 - I don't understand||To improve our speaking abilities we need to practice speaking Spanish. Solo mejoramos la abilidad de hablar ingles haciendolo.||3/18/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanI1-5 Pronunciation Tips Part 2: Past Tense / Tiempo Pasado||Practice pronouncing many words.||2/19/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanLost - Perdida||See the video with subtitles at http://www.edufone.com/Videos.php||2/11/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanConversation 1 - How are you?||To improve our speaking abilities we need to practice speaking Spanish. Solo mejoramos la abilidad de hablar ingles haciendolo.||1/31/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanI1-1Past Tense: How were your Holidays? Como pasaste los dias Festivos?||Practice using the preterit tense. Aprende como traducir la frase "I spent" al espanol.||1/13/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB47: Los Reyes Magos||The last Christmas celebration in Mexico is on January 6th.||1/7/2008||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB46: Happy New Year||Learn how to say "Happy New Year" and how to talk about making New Year's resolutions, etc.||12/29/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB45: Christmas in the U.S. / La Navidad en los EEUU||Learn how some families celebrate Christmas in the U.S. Aprende como algunas familias se celebra la Navidad en los EEUU.||12/19/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB41: Por vs. Para - Part 6||Learn when to use 'por'. Learn lots of phrases using por and how they're translated into English.||11/20/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB36: Por vs. Para and Get - Part 1||Learn when to use 'para'.||10/6/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB34: Speak Spanish / English via Skype||Free individual tutoring via Skype / Clases individuales gratis a traves de Skype.||9/22/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB30: Daily Phrases 2 / Frases que Se Puede Practicar Diariamente||Learn phrases so you can talk to your friends and family about your day. Aprende las frases para poder hablar de su dia con la familia o los amigos.||8/24/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB25: Vacation Plans||Learn next week, to drive, to fly, a good price, a good deal, except, to travel, excited.||7/20/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanG6: ser vs. estar||Learn grammar rule #6 of when to use 'estar'.||6/19/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB20: The Job Interview||Learn to describe your strengths and weaknesses and other vocabulary you'll need to participate in a job interview.||6/13/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanG5: ser vs. estar||Learn grammar rule #5 of when to use 'ser'.||6/12/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB15: Directions to the Dentist's Office - Part 2||Practice following directions to arrive at a destination. Practice some basic dental terms. Learn more about the differences between Spanish and English.||4/17/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB15: Directions to the Dentist's Office - Part 1||Practice following directions to arrive at a destination. Practice some basic dental terms.||4/16/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanG4: ser vs. estar||Learn grammar rule #4 of when to use 'ser'.||4/13/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanG3: ser vs. estar||Learn grammar rule #3 of when to use 'ser'.||4/1/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanG2: ser vs. estar||Learn grammar rule #2 of when to use 'ser'.||3/29/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanG1: ser vs. estar||Learn grammar rule #1 of when to use 'ser'.||3/24/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB10: Shopping for Clothes Part 3||Two friends go shopping for clothes. As they shop and try on clothes, they ask each other's opinion about the clothes.||2/19/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cleanmás que - more than||Practice using the comparative construction 'más que' in Spanish. Also practice with the preterito (past) form of the verb leer and with double digit numbers.||2/19/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB1: Drinks - Bebidas||My favorite drink. Two friends discuss what they like to drink in the morning, at lunch, and with dinner.||2/3/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanB5: At the Restaurant Part 2||Two friends eat dinner at a restaurant. Lots of useful vocabulary for eating out.||2/2/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe instructions used in the dialogs -- in English and Spanish||Bilingual instructions used in the dialogs such as 'repita usted despues de Jade/Carla'||2/1/2007||Free||View In iTunes|
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One of my long-life dreams has been to learn to speak Spanish. I finally retired, I said to myself: “This is it, now is the time = Y por fin aprende español” I registered for a Spanish class / I went on line / I searched for language podcasts / ….and I was rewarded big time when I discovered a real gem in Spanish A+ y por fin aprende español. It was mid-July 2008 and I downloaded podcasts after podcasts and played them over and over. I was retired so I didn’t want extra expenses so I didn’t pay attention to the membership part of the podcast. One day I heard Jade say: “ This whole podcast is available to everyone, not just our members, so make sure you download the .pdf files quickly before we replace them” So I went and investigated……My oh my. The transfers were there for the last class, I could see what they said, I could get the whole transcript….. this took my level of learning to a new level….it was easier, and faster to figure out what was said and how it was written. I got addicted to those .pdf files even if they weren’t the complete text.. But as I reviewed the old lessons, I realized it would be much better if I had the old .pdf files and I joined and ordered the Intermediate level classes. It’s been such a help. The whole discussions , the missing .pdf files, the extra material to help me practice. WOW! I can only tell everyone it’s worth every penny. I was so impressed and pleased that I actually ordered the beginner’s series for my husband. I still attend classes at the Spanish Centre, but these enhanced podcasts have helped me tremendously in improving my vocabulary and my listening skills. Hopefully the next four months I spend in Mexico will make me even more confident in speaking the language.
First, I have to disagree with 'scimom'. They have to say the phrases in English in order for you to know what the phrases are. I disagree about the point that they are trying to teach English and Spanish. Jade says the phrase once in English (so that you know what it is) then Carla repeats it three times in Spanish with pauses for you to repeat. It worked very well for me. Discussions of finer points are in English so that you can follow the discussion. My only criticism was with the pricing of the pdf files. As far as I can see, you have to buy the files in pre-bundled packages which don't always include the ones I want. I would rather see a credit system where you purchase credits and use the credits to get just the files you want (this is what 'LearnFrenchThroughPodcast' does). As a result I haven't purchased any of the pdf files. But I find the audio files (especially with the grammatical discussions in English) quite useful on their own - even without the pdf.
I found the lessons frustrating, as they seem to be geared both at people learning Spanish and at people learning English, all at the same time. You are instructed to repeat either the phrases said in Spanish, or the phrases said in English, depending on your need. Therefore, half the time what they said does not apply to you, which I found a nuisance. By trying to please both, they help no one. The later lessons do not leave enough time to repeat the sentence, which sometimes is too long to remember.
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