Spanish From Scratch
Over 28 fun and engaging audio episodes, Rob and Lis will show you how to communicate in a range of everyday situations, and you’ll learn essential vocabulary and phrases that you’re most likely to meet. Alongside this, you’ll pick up vital nuggets of grammar and pronunciation, giving you the best possible start to your Spanish journey.
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Spanish from Scratch 1
Welcome to our first episode! Hola, y bienvenidos – hello, and welcome! We’ll start you off on your Spanish journey by learning some ways of introducing yourself, and asking someone how they are. You’ll find yourself coming back to these phrases again and again in all of your Spanish conversations, so it’s a great place to start.
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Learn how to ask people about their interests, and say what you like and don’t like!
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Join Rob and Liz in a cafe! We teach you a few phrases that you can use to order like a native in a cafe or restaurant.
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Today, we’re going to talk about… interviews! Rob’s going to interview Liz, and ask some questions about her life! You’ll learn how to ask questions, and how to conjugate some simple regular verbs.
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Lis and Rob show you the rest of the conjugations of the present tense for all three types of verb, and practise asking questions using those verbs.
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We talk about the “go” verbs, the first set of irregular verbs that we’ll encounter. These are some of the most common and useful verbs, so it’s worth memorising them!
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Learn how to use the two verbs “ser” and “estar”, which both translate as “to be”. So, what’s the difference?
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We move on to talking about “doing”, with a focus on the continuous tense. Learn how to say things like “I’m running”, “she’s going” and more. Make sure that you’ve listened to the previous lessons, because we step it up a gear in this one!
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We look at “coming and going” – venir e ir, talking about where to go, and how to make future plans. We also look at one way of practising your verb conjugations so that they become second nature!
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An introduction to adjectives. Learn a few Spanish adjectives, and how to describe things.
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Learn how to use comparatives in Spanish with the adjectives from last lesson.
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Use the adjectives we’ve learned to form superlatives – the biggest, the tallest, the most expensive, etc.
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Learn how to talk about “obligation” in Spanish – telling someone what to do! We look at two ways of doing this, exploring the constructions “tener que” and “hay que”.
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We look at two ways of referring to the future, without even using the future tense!
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We take a break from grammar to explore transport:
- How to talk about different forms of transport
- “Coger” and “tomar” with transport
- The similarities and differences between “caminar” and “andar”
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Learn about an incredibly useful verb, haber.
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Lis and Rob talk about going out, and teach you phrases to make evening plans.
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Learn the numbers, from 1 – 1,000,000:
- Spot the patterns in numbers (you only really need to learn about 20 numbers)
- Practise, practise, practise!
- How do Colombians say phone numbers (when you really need to know numbers well!)?
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Having learnt the numbers, we do a little more practice and then start using them with one of the most common scenarios: shopping. Learn relevant phrases around shopping, including asking about prices, making an order, and other shopping vocabulary.
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Learn phrases for apologising (and making excuses!)
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Learn how to agree and disagree politely, as well as some useful phrases for giving your opinion.
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How to ask for and tell the time in Spanish.
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Learn how to describe your daily routine.
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Learn more useful time expressions to talk about frequency:
- Units of time
- “How many times do you…”?
- Cuantos vs cuantas
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We continue with the theme of time:
- Days of the week, months of the year
- Seasons and months
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Our final podcast on time, and you’ll learn:
- How to say dates
- A few different ways to ask what day it is
- The word fue – “was”. Our first dip into the past! This comes from the verb ser, and is an absolutely essential word to get to grips with. Learn a few phrases using fue in this podcast!
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We meet the verb querer:
- Learn how to conjugate, including the stem changing e –> ie
- Uses of querer, including “to want”, and “to love”.
- Practice drills and 2 dialogues for comprehension
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We meet another incredibly useful, stem-changing verb, poder:
- Learn how to conjugate from o –> ue
- The most common expressions and phrases using poder
- How to use se puede…