Beginners Spanish

Spanish phrases and conversation for a wide range of common scenarios

  • 16 podcasts

  • Beginner

  • 4 hours

What’s included

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. Over 16 beginner podcasts, you’ll learn how to express yourself like a native, using authentic Spanish as actually used today. Go beyond the textbook!

If you are a complete beginner, you may find it more useful to start with our Spanish from scratch series.

You can listen to all podcasts for free, and upgrade your membership to gain access to the vocabulary notes, transcriptions, exercises, and downloads:

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  • Transcription

    Complete audio transcription

  • Vocabulary notes

    Glossary of phrases and key points for each episode

  • Downloads

    Download the notes and audio for every episode

Podcasts overview


1. The weather

Welcome to our first episode, all about the weather!


2. Resolutions

We’ve just reached another new year, and an opportunity to make and break new years resolutions! We run through the most popular resolutions, and tell you our own new years resolutions.


3. Transport

Learn about different types of transport in Spanish, including a few methods which are unique to Colombia!


4. Illness

Rob and Lis are enfermos (ill)! They talk (moan) about their illnesses, and what they’re going to do about it.


5. Love phrases

In this episode, love is in the air and you’ll 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.


6. Moving house

Our recent mudanza to sunny Barnes, London. We talk about the problems we faced, and how we did it.


7. Families

Liz and Rob talk about their families. We soon find out that Lis has an enormous family, with over thirty cousins! Cuántos primos tienes tú?


8. Sports

How to talk about sports in Spanish: Sports vocabulary, key phrases and conversation. Do you play any sports? What do you think the most popular sports in Colombia are?


9. Going out

Talk about going out on the town with your friends – from juergas to citas a ciegas!


10. Feelings and emotions

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!


11. Money

Learn vocabulary related to money – how to ask about prices, how to actually say prices (numbers do come in handy!), as well as a few other money related phrases!


12. Arguments

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!


13. Habits and customs

Using “adverbs of frequency” to talk about how often you do things, how to ask “how often”, and using the incredibly useful verb soler.


14. Telling the time

Learn how to tell the time in Spanish, along with other time related phrases.


15. Arranging to meet

Building on our previous podcast about how to tell the time, we now give you a few ways that you can arrange to meet with someone. We also take a quick look at the conditional.


16. Are you a morning or evening person?

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…