Beginners Spanish 1
If you’ve got an idea of the very basics of Spanish, this course is for you. Join Rob and Lis in these communication focused podcasts, and learn useful Spanish phrases and expressions for a range of every day scenarios.
If you are a complete beginner, you may find it more useful to start with our Spanish from scratch series.
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We’ve just reached another new year, and another opportunity to make and break new years resolutions! We run through the most popular resolutions, and tell you our own new years resolutions. Here’s what you’ll learn:
- Do they have new years resolutions in Colombia?
- The top 10 most popular resolutions, and how to say them in Spanish
- How to say your own resolutions, in Spanish
Learn about different types of transport in Spanish, including a few methods which are unique to Colombia! You’ll learn:
- Different methods of transport
- The cardinal numbers (first, second, third, etc)
- The “masculine problem” (you’ll see what we mean)
- Problems of transport
Rob and Liz are enfermos (ill)! They talk (moan) about their illnesses, and what they’re going to do about it. In episode 4 you’ll learn:
- Different ways of saying “I have a cold”
- How to say you have a head ache, stomach ache, back ache, or anything-ache!
- How to cure your cold with vitamins, hot drinks, and staying at home (no secret there…)
Podcast número cinco (not four, as I say in the podcast…) is all about el día de San Valentin, where love is in the air and you learn all about Romantic Spanish. Learn phrases and terms for referring to your significant other, some love idioms, and more. You’ll also learn all about the South American tradition of El día de amor y amistad.
Learn how to express your inner self, whether good or bad. We also introduce to the verb sentirse – to feel. This is a reflexive verb, so needs a little extra attention when we conjugate it. Also, learn about how using poner and dar can be used in a cool way to describe your emotions!
Useful phrases for some of the most intense “conversations” you can have: arguments! Tempers may be running high, so it’s always good to have a stock of phrases that you can fall back in should you ever be unfortunate enough to have an argument with a Latino/a or Spaniard!
One thing that we’ve noticed since living together is how different we feel about mornings and evenings. Liz is a morning person, and Rob is definitely not…
Learn the latest Spanish vocabulary around social networks, and communication in the digital age:
- How social networks are changing Spanish (as well as English)
- How to say “update”, “upload”, “download”, “tag”, and other important “digital verbs”
- What is “a like” in Spanish?
Learn important vocabulary and phrases for when you are out and about on the roads in Spain and Latin America. Here’s a taste of what you’ll learn:
- Some rules of the road in Spanish
- Driving verbs, such as “back up”, “pull over”, and “give way”
- All of the types of road and weird road signs you’ll see!
Learn different ways and structures that you can ask for favours in Spanish:
- “Lending” vs “borrowing” in Spanish, and why Spanish speakers struggle to understand the difference
- Different ways of asking for a lift, and asking to be dropped off
- Using esperar que and the subjunctive