Wednesday, January 25, 2006

podcast #16, audio magazines

podcast #16, audio magazines

(link to this episode of the podcast)

ThinkSpanish audio magazine

(buy packs of ThinkSpanish audio magazine)

Puerta del Sol audio magazine

LoMásTV website

Democracy Now! titulares en español

online pop-up dictionaries
Ultralingua (for the Mac & Windows)
Oxford Spanish Pop-up dictionary (for Windows only)

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At 1/29/2006 8:19 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Rich Welcome back! On a kind of related topic, Voice of America has
a feature for your ESL amigos. It's
articals in special english. These are text and podcasts. The english is simplified and spoken slowly. Available at

At 1/29/2006 4:43 PM, Blogger Steve V said...

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At 2/02/2006 7:53 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Do any of you know of a website for adult students of spanish that has discussion groups? has an area like that, but it seems to be mostly highschool students looking for homework help.

At 2/02/2006 12:54 PM, Blogger Steve V said...

Does anyone have any experience with Berlitz? I have sat through a free class and it looks good. But they are very expansive. I would love to hear if anyone has studied with them.

At 2/02/2006 6:35 PM, Blogger Dad/Unc said...

I've subscribed to Puerta del Sol. Each cd is about one hour long, and full of very good material--interesting and well read, by a professional broadcaster. The transcriptions are also excellent. They offer, for an extra charge, a teaching aide--gives you listening tasks, then asks you questions--which works better than you think it is going to. All in all, I have found it a v good product, especially when on long flights! The only problem is that it simply doesn't come out on time: it's supposed to be every two months, but is prety haphazard. I was a subscriber for a while, but wehn I renewed it took ages for the second disc to arrive, so I got worried about the subscription and cancelled. They refunded me immediately. In fact, despite Rich's reservations about the way they appear to hide details about money, they are very quick to answer queries and v quick to refund anything--or even to send an extra cd after I lost one. So a good organisation, but I hope they are surviving. Note also that, somewhere on the site, you can order back copies, so, for $20 or so, you can get a good hour of read Spanish, with transcription, glossary, cutlural notes and so on, which will give you hours of use. I like it.

I've also done a Berlitz course, with my wife. I found it very patchy and not at all worth the (big!) money. The trouble for me was that they have a system. If you want to read ahead or on your own the whole thing collapses. Plus, it depends very much on your teacher. I had 4 in all: two were good, one was not very good and one just talked too much herself! That said, one of them is now our private teacher, and we are getting on great.

One other source of good podcasts, especially if you are interested in Spain, rather than Latin America is by a n English guy resident in Madrid and his Spanish wife. They podcast in English about life in Spain, and this month are doing a podcast in Spanish every day as part of fund-raising exercise.

This probably would be best put as a comment under one of your earlier podcast, but no beginner should miss the free Destinos telenovela like video series

At 2/02/2006 8:04 PM, Blogger Steve V said...


Thank you for the info.

At 2/03/2006 9:14 AM, Blogger Steve V said...


Do you know how I could by the material that Berlitz uses in their classes without actually taking classes with them?

Thank you

At 2/03/2006 8:02 PM, Blogger Steve V said...


Rich thank you for another very interesting show.

I have been using LoMásTV for over a month now. And I like it. As Rich said, they only come out with about 10 min of new material a week, but I can spend at less 20 min with each 2- 3 min clip. They have video from varies countries so you do get some exposure to different accent, but about half the mater is from Argentina.

You can join their email list and receive email from them about once a week for free whether you are a paying subscriber or not. The email covers point of grammar and vocabulary from the videos, but I think they can be very useful even if you do not view the videos. Below is an excerpt from the latest email.


Es como un piedrazo en la cabeza.
It's like getting hit on the head with a rock.
[caption 26, Verano Eterno > Fiesta Grande > Part 6]
That's gotta hurt. In Spanish, the suffix azo can signify a blow by the object at the root of the word. So, piedrazo means a blow by a piedra, or stone. By this logic:
Bala -> bullet. Balazo -> blow by a bullet; a gunshot wound
Codo -> elbow. Codazo -> blow by an elbow; nudge

4:43 PM

At 2/03/2006 10:45 PM, Blogger Dad/Unc said...

"Do you know how I could by the material that Berlitz uses in their classes without actually taking classes with them?"

In the town I live in you could buy the books at their offices I think, but I'm not sure they are better than any other of the text-based teaching materials.

At 2/05/2006 6:16 AM, Blogger Steve V said...

thanks again

At 3/16/2006 10:01 AM, Blogger Steve V said...

I found a website that has 10 short stories in Spanish, that you down load as word documents or PDFs. It also has these shores in MP3s that you can download, so you can both read and listen. Its URL is

I found this site listed at
has some interesting "free stuf"

At 3/21/2006 3:18 AM, Anonymous Martin said...


I think the comment by
"learn spanish online free"
is advertisement for a blog which
is just advertisement for a commercial
product. I would suggest to remove
this comment and any other
links to the blog mentioned in this


At 3/21/2006 6:20 AM, Blogger Steve V said...


My comment on learn Spanish online free is not an advertisement and I have not commercial interest in the site. I was simple trying to provide a legitimate source for free learning tools

At 3/21/2006 3:27 PM, Anonymous Martin said...

steve v,

I'm not sure whether we are talking about the same thing: I was refering to the user comment above advertising the blog . I assume that blog is commercial advertisement for a product called "Rocket Spanish Mini Course". I think it is quite irritating that commerical advertisement is camouflaged as a blog. Therefore, I'm encouraging Rich to remove that comment.

BTW thanks for the link to the spanish short stories!

At 3/21/2006 4:23 PM, Blogger Steve V said...

I apologize for the misunderstanding

At 3/21/2006 4:36 PM, Blogger Rich said...

thanks for pointing out the spam. I try to get rid of it when I see it. However, I don't go back and re-look at all the comments in past episodes very often. Anyway, I erased that comment. Rich

At 7/16/2008 2:40 PM, Blogger Julia said...

I saw Think Spanish Magazine on your list. I have this and think it's great! It's especially good when read along with the audio CD. I have also watched a couple LoMas episodes and they are also helpful for comprehension. Both of these are probably too complicated for beginners, however.

At 7/16/2008 2:41 PM, Blogger Julia said...

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I'm now looking for ways to practice speaking when you are on your own. If you have any ideas on that I would love to see posts.

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