Spanish Grammar Review
By Molly Martin, MD
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This podcast provides interactive grammar exercises for the intermediate to advanced Spanish student. The transcripts appear conveniently on your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Check out our website at www.medicalspanishpodcast.com
||CleanThe Subjunctive in Noun Clauses||In the premium series covering the subjunctive at medicalspanishpodcast.com, we just finished covering when to use the subjunctive in subordinate noun clauses. This podcast reviews what we’ve covered. Listen closely. There’s a quiz at the end! :-)||12/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanChoose the correct tense of the subjunctive||In the premium Spanish Grammar Review podcast, we have started a comprehensive review of the subjunctive. We have reviewed the conjugation of the subjunctive in it’s four tenses, and when to use each tense. - Present Subjunctive - Present Perfect Subjunctive - Imperfect Subjunctive - Pluperfect Subjunctive To subscribe to the premium Spanish Grammar Review podcast go to www.medicalspanishpodcast.com and click on the Spanish Grammar link at the top of the page. Choose the correct tense of the subjunctive in the examples that follow: SACAR It was important that we got good grades. Era importante que ___ buenas notas. (sacáramos / sacásemos) DECIR We insist that you tell him the truth. Insistimos en que le ___ la verdad. (digas) RESOLVER They don’t think we have solved the problem. No creen que ___ ___ el problema. (hayamos resuelto) IR I was hoping he had gone to bed. Esperaba que ___ ___ a la cama. (hubiera / hubiese ido) SER I doubt it was us. Dudo que ___ nosotros. (fuéramos / fuésemos) TERMINAR I doubt he’ll have finished it by tomorrow. Dudo que lo ___ ___ para mañana. (haya terminado) CALLARSE I told you to be quiet. Te dije que ___. (te callaras / te callases) PAGAR They are asking us to pay. Nos piden que ___. (paguemos) LLEGAR We found it before they had arrived. Lo encontramos antes de que ___ ___. (hubieran / hubiesen llegado) ELEGIR We are glad that you have chosen us. Nos alegramos de que ustedes nos ___ ___ . (hayan elegido) DARSE PRISA Tell them to hurry up. Diles que ___ prisa. (se den prisa)||9/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTweet Review - Expressing similarities and differences and more||This podcast reviews recent tweets of handy words and phrases I picked out while reading in Spanish.||4/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanConjugation - Future and Conditional Tenses||Conjugating verbs in the future and conditional tenses.||1/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBody Language in Spainsh||While reading in Spanish recently, I took note of several phrases describing gestures or body language, so I decided to make a podcast out of them.||9/23/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHow Long?||We practice expressions of time when describing actions that started in the past and continue into the present.||9/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhatever||In this podcast we learn how to use the Forma Reduplicativa to say whatever, however, whoever, whenever, wherever.||7/23/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSER vs ESTAR - New Spanish Grammar Review||We're kicking off the New Spanish Grammar Review Podcast with a quiz on SER vs ESTAR.||6/23/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
Think of me as your gringa study buddy.
It's true my accent is not perfect. This podcasts is free and my only goal is to improve my Spanish and help others improve along with me. The goal of the podcast is to create useful grammar excercises for intermediate to advanced learners that one can practice while walking. Hope you enjoy.
The problem with even the best Spanish audio help is that they get you to about an intermediate to low-advanced stage and stop. The last lessons usually just barely touch upon the subjunctive and conditional and just abandon you to the wilderness. They expect that you now know enough to just sort of pick everything up by reading or listening to the radio or whatever. The truth is, though, even at this stage, there are still a myriad of dizzying topics left to cover and it's still quite hard to even modest conversations and get everything that people are saying. Explanation of advanced grammar rules is still best done in English, say I! Why do people insist on Spanish-only at this level? You could explain to me the nuance in English and I'll get it in 30 seconds or you could try to explain an intricate topic in Spanish-only for 10 minutes! Why does English become taboo? Anyway, I listened to one of these podcasts and thought, okay, it's kind of silly and kitschy but it was still kind of fun. The production value wasn't the greatest and Ms. Martin obviously grew up eating peanut butter and jelly, but I downloaded the batch of them anyway thinking that it couldn't hurt to give them all a listen through. Well it turns out that they are surprisingly helpful. Seriously! Heck, I often find learning from non-natives easier because they have more of a feel for what might give us trouble, and to the extent that English is a problem in the podcast it's that Ms. Martin is sometimes unwilling to drop out of Spanish to provide more thorough insight in English.There are topics covered here that are hard to find in audio format anywhere else. Sure Ms. Martin couldn't be described as a professional voice-actress, but she's getting better and the content rocks!
I like your podcasts. I think they are great for people learning the language. I really like the fact that they are easy to follow and if there is somthing that I didn't understand I could just hit the center button to see what you were saying. Please keep them coming!!!!!!!