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Learn Spanish - Survival Guide

By David Spencer

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This podcast is about learning to speak Spanish in every day practical situations. There are pauses for you to repeat what you hear and the more difficult words and phrases are broken down for correct pronunciation and grammar. There are songs, games and other activities to make your learning enjoyable and help you retain what you have learned. We are the first podcast using this style of teaching, and with a state certified professional Spanish teacher, you know you're in good hands. So subscribe today and get started with your learning.

Customer Reviews

Not my cup of tea

The podcast is organized, well paced (space between phrases for you to repeat) and wide-ranging. However, I found the instructor overly pedantic and overly-repetitive. Some people may enjoy this style, but I didn't. I'm (obviously) not a Spanish speaker, but even I could hear his English accent - his vowels are all wrong, and his t's and d's are off (I asked a native Spanish speaker to judge for me, and she agreed). There are other problems with the content and the rigid structure of presentation, but these are things that others may enjoy. Bottom line: as a matter of taste, I didn't like it, but others may very well enjoy it. Before subscribing, I'd suggest listening to the first episode or two. I've since found another Spanish podcast on iTunes that suits my taste.


This is easy to listen to and recorded at a good pace. Maybe if I had David as a teacher I would have retained more than I have. After an hour I have retained more than I have from a Berlitz course I attended a few years back. David breaks down each word in the phrase he's teaching you, so you not only learn phrases but individual words too. Far superior to the other courses offered here.

Poor accent nixes decent content

I tried this podcast because of the wide variety of subjects and number of podcasts available but I couldn't keep going with it: Spencer's American-accented Spanish is very distracting to me and good pronunciation is key for new students. It was just too grating having grown up in San Antonio and traveled in Spanish-speaking countries, where fluid pronunciation of Spanish can be musical. I much prefer the Coffee Break Spanish series because the instructor's Spanish accent is excellent, and I enjoy his Scottish accent when he is speaking English. I think Spencer knows what he's talking about, and some of his information is useful, but his accent drove me toward other resources.