Beginners Spanish

Spanish phrases and conversation for a wide range of common scenarios

  • 30 podcasts

  • Beginner

  • 6 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.

The audio for all episodes is free. To access accompanying materials, you can purchase this course individually ($29, multiple currencies accepted), or access as part of a gold membership:

  • Transcription

    Complete audio transcription

  • Vocabulary notes

    Glossary of phrases and key points for each episode

  • Downloads

    Download the notes and audio for every episode

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Podcasts

Beginners 30: How to tell a joke

Learn a few jokes, guaranteed to make your audience groan:

  • Puns, and juegos de palabras
  • Chistes con doble sentido
  • ¿Qué dijo un… al otro?
  • Joke vocabulary

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12:34

Beginners 29: How to tell a story

All about those little things people say to bring a story to life and help it flow:

  • How to start a story
  • Sequencing and linking words and phrases
  • Introduce new elements to a story
  • How to finish a story

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18:17

Beginners 28: Conversation strategies

Learn all about those little phrases and words which Spanish speakers use to:

  • Keep the conversation going
  • Show their understanding
  • Interrupt people and groups
  • Excuse themselves from a conversation

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17:55

Beginners 27: Problem solving

Learn useful verbs and constructions to help solve problems:

  • Verbs including arreglar, solucionar, and more
  • Lo que se puede hacer para… type phrases
  • Use the subjunctive with necesitar que – “I need you to…”

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15:12

Beginners 25: How to pay a compliment

We cover some useful and authentic ways of paying someone a compliment in Spanish

  • Using ser and estar when describing someone
  • The verbs quedar and verse, meaning “to look”
  • ¡Qué bonita estás! type phrases

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12:24

Beginners 24: Making excuses

Specific language you can use for when you need to make an excuse in Spanish:

  • Es que, resulta que, and other ways of “introducing” your excuse
  • Phrases using excusas
  • Using the past conditional: habría terminado, pero…

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12:10

Beginners 23: Asking for favours

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

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14:23

Beginners 21: Dealing with the authorities

Rob and Lis both tell a story about their experiences of dealing with the authorities, in Spain and Colombia. This lesson is focused on comprehension, so be sure to follow along with the transcript if you struggle.

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12:31

Beginners 20: Driving

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!

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12:15

Beginners 18: At the doctor

Learn the vocabulary and phrases you’ll need should you ever have to pay a visit to the doctor or pharmacy. You’ll learn how to:

  • Ask for a doctor’s appointment
  • Describe different types of pain, and how you feel
  • Understand common medical procedures

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11:21

Beginners 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.

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15:57

Beginners 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!

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11:37

Beginners 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!

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18:38

Beginners 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!

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14:22

Beginners 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?

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14:59

Beginners 5: Love phrases

That’s right, 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.

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19:40

Beginners 2: Resolutions

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.

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10:44