Learn Spanish: Notes in Spanish Inspired Beginners
By Ben Curtis and Marina Diez
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Ben and Marina bring you real conversations and natural language to help you start speaking the Spanish you'll never find in a text book. With over 100 Spanish podcasts to their names with the popular Intermediate and Advanced series, the "Inspired Beginners" podcasts are for motivated learners who want to sound like pros! See notesinspanish.com for full details and the accompanying worksheets.
||CleanNIS Beginners 030 - Horarios||Today we look at timetables in Spain and the UK, and more cool Spanish phrases as usual! See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet, and to sign up for our free newsletter and report.||8/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 029 - Shopping and Money||We look at useful vocab and phrases for shopping and money, and have a real Spanish conversation on changing shopping habits in Spain. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.||8/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 028 - Para||It's Para time! In the last episode we tackled Por, and this time we cover its partner in crime, Para. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet with a complete list of all the uses of Para.||8/5/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 027 - Por y Para 1: Por||It's Por and Para time! In this episode we start with a complete rundown of Por. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet, including all of the key grammar notes for Por.||7/30/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 026 - La Musica||Lots of Spanish vocab and phrases for music today, and an insight into Marina's music tastes in days gone by! See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.||7/23/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 025 - Robo en Valencia||Ben and Marina introduce the Past Perfect tense, and talk about a terrible event in Valencia. See notesinspanish.com to pick up the accompanying worksheet.||7/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 024 - Ir de Tapas||Ben and Marina look at words and phrases connected with eating, ordering, and dealing with waiters in Spanish bars and restaruants, plus a rundown of the best Spanish tapas. See notesinspanish.com to comment and pick up the accompanying worksheet.||6/25/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 023 - Ser y Estar||It's time to tackle Ser and Estar! Plus some extra listening practice for the Past Tenses. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.||6/17/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 022 - Odio el futbol||More great conversation starters and useful phrases, with a touch of football for making friends with blokes! See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.||6/11/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 021 - Intercambios||We look at great conversation openers in Spanish to help you out at parties, when you meet new poeple, with intercambios and more. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.||6/4/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 020 - El Kindle||This week we discuss Amazon's Kindle, a revolutionary device that could change the way we read. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.||1/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 019 - Sydney||This week we look at how two key past tenses, the Preterito Imperfecto and the Preterito Indefinido, can be used together to tell a great story. See notesinspanish.com for the accompanying worksheet.||1/9/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 018 - Nada de Nada||Nada, nadie, ninguno... this week we explore the Spanish negatives! See notesinspanish.com for the accompanying worksheets.||1/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 017 - Epocas Felices||We look at which past tense to use to talk about things we used to do in the past. See notesinspanish.com to pick up the accompanying worksheet.||12/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 016 - Feliz Navidad||Happy Christmas! A special show full of Christmas vocab, and details of Christmas in Spain. See notesinspanish.com for the accompanying worksheet.||12/19/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 015 - La ultima vez||When was the last time you...? We look at how the Preterito Indefinido past tense is used to talk about things that happened in the past. See notesinspanish.com for more details and the accompanying worksheet (includes transcript and translation of...||10/22/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 014 - Quedar||How to arrange to meet someone, and how to make excuses to get out of meeting someone! See notesinspanish.com for more details!||10/15/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 013 - El Futuro||This week we look at the future tense in Spanish, and talk about our vision of the world in the future. See notesinspanish.com to pick up the accompanying worksheet.||10/8/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 012 - Yo Que Tu||In this episode we look at ways of giving advice in Spanish. See notesinspanish.com for full details and to pick up the worksheet.||10/1/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 011 - Experiencias||Ben and Marina look at how the perfect tense is used to talk about experiences we have had in our lifetimes. See notesinspanish.com for more details and the accompanying worksheet.||9/24/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 010 - Este Mes||After a pretty busy month Ben and Marina talk about ways to relax! See notesinspanish.com for details and to pick up the worksheets.||8/17/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 009 - Cambios en Casa||Ben and Marina decide it's time to make some changes around the house. See notesinspanish.com for more details and accompanying worksheets.||8/10/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 008 - Discutir||Ben and Marina are arguing in Spanish so that you can too! See notesinspanish.com for more details and to pick up the accompanying worksheets.||8/3/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 007 - Las Compras||This week Ben and Marina look at useful ways to say how often things happen, and talk about their shopping habits. See www.notesinspanish.com for more information on the accompanying worksheets.||7/26/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 006 - El Verano en Madrid||Ben and Marina discuss the effects the summer and the heat have on life in the capital. See www.notesinspanish.com for more details and to find the accompanying worksheets.||7/21/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 005 - El Fin de Semana||Today's podcast is about a typical weekend for Ben and Marina in Madrid. See notesinspanish.com for more details and to find the accompanying worksheets.||7/5/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 004 - Nuestras Familias||Today Marina and Ben describe various members of their family, including 007! See notesinspanish.com for more details and the accompanying worksheets.||6/28/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 003 - Tu Ciudad||Ben and Marina talk about Madrid, where they live now, and Ben's old city, Oxford. Have a look at notesinspanish.com for more information, and to pick up the accompanying worksheet.||6/21/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 002 - Vacaciones en Tailandia||Ben and Marina talk about their upcoming trip to Thailand. Find out more and pick up the accompanying worksheet pack at notesinspanish.com||6/14/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNIS Beginners 001 - Hola!||Hola and Welcome to the first Notes in Spanish Inspired Beginners Podcast! See notesinspanish.com for full details and to pick up the accompanying worksheet pack.||6/7/2007||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun and great to listen to
I love this series! I have learned a lot through listening to Marina and Ben. This was the only beginner's Spanish podcast that didn't make me feel as if I was mentally challenged ... And on top of the great explanations and extra vocabulary it's a pleasure to listen to them, they both have beautiful voices and pronunciation. Thanks Marina and Ben!
Not for intermediate students, but great for motivated beginners...
In response to the last reviewer who admitted that they are an intermediate level student, I wanted to say that if you are Intermediate you should really be listening to Ben and Marina's Notes in Spanish Intermediate podcast, not this one. This one is good for people who are pretty new to Spanish and want something a little more substantive than textbooks generally offer. I personally didn't find the Spanish to be too fast when I listened, but if someone wanted to be able to be more sure of themselves when listening, the website they run in relation to the podcast offers detailed PDFs with exercises for a small fee. All around a good podcast with a strong website standing behind it for the more serious listeners.
great for those who want to learn English
I have some Spanish, can read and write at a mid intermediate level. I need a podcast to help me improve my listening. This series isn't it. There is way too much English here to really be helpful, English is spoken too slowly, and the Spanish is too fast and without repetition. What is needed is lots more Spanish at a slower than normal speed (at first) and lot less English