Beginner Spanish podcasts

Beginner Spanish Audio and Podcasts

Recently started out learning Spanish, or a beginner? Our beginner Spanish series of podcasts contains an engaging mix of real Spanish conversation and Spanish explanations in English. We don't pretend to teach you everything you need to know (no single course can do that!), but allow you to dip your toes into the language, and enjoy learning Spanish in a relaxed setting. Beginner Spanish podcasts from Rob and Liz - enjoy!

Are you a complete beginner? If you are starting from zero, check out our Spanish from Scratch series.

Beginners 16: Are you a morning or evening person?

early bird

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…

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Initial dialogue

Rob: Hola Liz. ¿Que tal?

Liz: Hola Rob

Rob: ¿Cansada?

Liz: Sí, ya con mucho sueño

Rob: Yo estoy perfectamente

Liz: Pareces un buho

Rob: Un buho!


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Beginners 15: Arranging to meet

arranging to meet in spanish
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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This is certainly related to our previous podcast about telling the time, so if you haven’t listened to that, we definitely recommend you do so before listening to this one! We’ll start with a conversation. As an exercise, see if you can count the different ways that Rob and Liz arrange to meet: Rob: Hola Liz, ¿qué más? Liz: Hola Rob, bien bien, como siempre, ¿y tú? Rob: Muy bien gracias. Y ¿qué tienes planeado esta noche? Log in or sign up to see the rest of these notes Sign up for free

Beginners 14: Telling the time

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

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One of the most useful abilities is that of telling the time. Of course, you need to know your numbers first! Spanish has many different ways of telling the time, and in this podcast we explore those.
Speaker Spanish English
Rob Hola Liz Hi Liz
Liz Hola Rob Hi Rob
Rob ¿Qué más? How are you?
Liz Muy bien muy bien Very good
Rob Y ¿Cómo te ha ido hoy? And how’s it gone for you today?
Liz Muy bien, el clima estuvo fantástico, y bueno, ya acá, descansando! Very good, the weather was fantastic, and here again, relaxing!
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Beginners 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".

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We talk about our habits – phrases for talking about things that we do on a regular basis.

Initial conversation

Speaker Spanish English
Rob Hola Liz. ¿Qué más? ¿Qué tal? Hello Liz. How are you?
Liz Buenas tardes Rob. Muy bien muy bien. Good after Rob. Very well, very well.
Rob Que día más precioso What a beautiful day!
Liz Sí, está muy lindo, y además que es domingo, entonces fabuloso. Podemos salir a disfrutarlo. Yes, it’s very nice, and furthermore it’s Sunday, so fabulous! We can got out and enjoy it.
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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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Getting into arguments can be pretty intense, but is also very good for your Spanish! However, you do need a few phrases in your armoury to defend yourself. Here, we talk about how to argue in Spanish!

Key vocabulary

Una discusión: An argument. Can also mean discussion. Discutir: To fight/argue Enfadarse: To get angry Ofenderse: To get offended Ponerse bravo/a: To get angry Perdonar: To forgive Log in or sign up to see the rest of these notes Sign up for free

Beginners 11: Money

Beginners 10: Feelings and emotions

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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Expressing your inner self, and using the reflexive verb “sentirse”


This is a reflexive verb, meaning that the subject and object of the verb are one and the same. Reflexive verbs in Spanish are indicated with the “se” at the end of the verb in the infinitive. In the sentence “I wash myself”, the subject “I” and “myself” both refer to the same thing – ie, me. Log in or sign up to see the rest of these notes Sign up for free

Beginners 9: Going out

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

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Spanish English
Un amigo/a A friend
Mi mejor amigo My best friend
Un socio/conocido An acquaintance
Salir por la noche To go out at night
Ir de rumba To party
Rumba Party
Rumbear To party
Ir de juerga To binge
Pasarlo bomba/fenomenal To have a great time
Vamos a portarnos mal We’re going to have a wild time (lit. “we’re going to behave badly”)
Trasnochar/pasar de largo To stay out late
Tener una cita To have a date
Tener una cita a ciegas To have a blind date
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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? Rob also makes two blunders - download the notes below to find out what they were!

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Vocabulary: Sport

Spanish English
El fútbol Football
El beisbol Baseball
El baloncesto Basketball
El atletismo Athletics
El ejercicio Exercise
Correr To run
El futing Running
Deporte aquático Watersports
El surfing Surfing
El windsurfing Windsurfing
Estar en forma To be fit
Ponerse en forma To get fit
Entrenar To train
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Beginners 7: Families

Beginner Spanish 7: Families
Liz and Rob talk about their families. We soon find out that Liz has an enormous family, with over thirty cousins! Cuántos primos tienes tu?

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Key phrases

Spanish English
Mis padres My parents
Mis parientes My relatives
Mamá y papá Mum and Dad
Mami y Papi Diminutive form
Mamita y Papito Even more diminutive form
Hermano (silent “h”) Brother
Hermana Sister
Hijo Son
Hija Daughter
Abuelo/a Grandad/Grandmother
Nieto/a Grandson/Granddaughter
Tío/tía Uncle/Aunt
Primo/a Cousin (male/female)
Sobrino/a Nephew/niece
Suegro/a Father in law/Mother in law
Cuñado/a Brother in law/Sister in law
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