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Season 1 – Lesson 27 – Coffee Break Spanish

This week Mark and Kara look at dealing with banks and services while travelling. This lesson brings learners to a crucial stage in their language-learning as it concentrates on reusing already learned material and changing individual words in order to expand vocabulary and range of expression. Please note that lesson 27 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 127 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Lesson 27 – Show Time Spanish

This week we return to a topic we covered previously – in response to listeners’ requests. It’s time to look at your tricks and tips for language learning. Mark and Alba talk about the suggestion of one of our listeners which involves printing out internet texts and cutting out the words. Listen to the episode for more information and further suggestions! Language topics this week include the alternative forms of the possessive adjectives including mío, tuyo, suyo, and so on. We also look at the phrase una vez, this time not linked to the subjunctive. 

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Season 2 – Lesson 17- Coffee Break French

In this lesson, we look at the other verbs that take être as their auxiliary verb in the perfect tense and we consider a way to remember them. Please note that lesson 17 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 57 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Spanish Fact File: Using quedar

Quedar is one of those words which can mean a number of things in Spanish, depending on the context and how it is used. In this fact file we’ll be taking a look at the verb, and outlining the main ways in which it is used.

QUEDAR – to remain, to be left

The first use we’ll consider is when quedar means “to remain” or “to be left”. Consider the following examples:

  • Quedan dos huevos – There are two eggs left / Two eggs remain.
  • ¿No te queda dinero? – Don’t you have any money left? 

When quedar is used in this way, it’s important to remember what the subject is. In the first example, quedan dos huevos, the verb quedar is used in the 3rd person plural, the ellos form, because the subject is dos huevos. Perhaps this is easier to understand if we concentrate on the English translation “two eggs remain”.  Likewise, in ¿no te queda dinero? the subject is dinero. A more literal translation which may help you understand this further is “to you no money remains?” It obviously sounds a little, but it should help you understand quedar used in this way a little more.

QUEDAR – to suit

The verb quedar can also mean “to suit” when referring to clothes. Let’s have a look at two further examples:

  • ¿Me queda bien esta falda? – Does this skirt suit me?
  • No te queda mal esa camiseta – That t-shirt doesn’t look bad on you.

In this use of quedar, the subject of quedar is quite clear: in our example sentences the subject was “this skirt” and ‘that t-shirt”.

QUEDAR – to meet

A very common use of quedar is “to meet”, eg. when making arrangements.

  • Quedamos a las ocho – We’re meeting at eight o’clock.
  • He quedado con Ángel en la plaza mayor – I’m meeting Ángel in the Plaza Mayor. 

In this case the use of the verb is very straightforward.

QUEDAR EN – to arrange to do something, to agree to do something

This is a slightly more complex use of quedar and in this situation, quedar must be followed by en:

  • No quedaron en nada – They didn’t agree on anything
  • Quedemos en vernos el jueves – Let’s arrange to see each other on Thursday.
  • Hemos quedado en ir al cine – We’ve agreed/decided to go to the cinema

Note that when quedar en is followed by a verb, the verb will be in the infinitive, eg. hemos quedado en ir al cine.

QUEDARSE – to stay, to remain

When quedar is used as a reflexive verb it means “to stay” or “to remain”. Consider the following examples:

  • Me quedé en casa – I stayed at home.
  • Se quedan con sus amigos – They are staying with their friends

This is a very common use of the verb.

So, hopefully you have now mastered quedar in its various uses.

Audio episode – please note that you currently have to be a member of Show Time Spanish Season 2 to access the audio below:

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Lesson 26 – Show Time Spanish

This week’s topic is low-cost airlines and the advantages and disadvantages of low-cost travel. Mark and Alba discuss their experiences of flying with low-cost airlines (and indeed with other airlines!) and José introduces two phrases which you can use when you manage to find a real bargain! Language points covered include the use of quedarse, fijarse and no sólo … sino también. Premium members will find a bonus item in this week’s feed – a special bonus episode concentrating on quedar and its various uses. Let us know what you think!

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Season 1 – Lesson 26 – Coffee Break Spanish

In this week’s edition of Coffee Break Spanish, Mark and Kara continue the shopping theme, this time buying food in the market. Please note that lesson 26 of Season 1 was originally known as lesson 126 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

Season 2 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break French

In this week’s lesson we look at two verbs which take être as their auxiliary verb in the perfect tense, instead of avoir. Please note that lesson 16 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 56 of Coffee Break French. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.