Lesson 28 – Show Time Spanish

The topic for this week’s episode of Show Time Spanish is food, or tapas in particular. Alba has recently had a bad experience in a tapas restaurant in Scotland, compared with her normal experiences of tapas in Spain. Mark and Alba talk about different tapas and their experience of eating Spanish food in Spain and elsewhere. Language points covered include ojalá, the word cobrar and si clauses. In this week’s intermedio, José introduces a couple of phrases which help you disagree with people emphatically.

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12 thoughts on “Lesson 28 – Show Time Spanish”

  1. Alba, Alba, Te echaré de menos. Sabes que tú tienes una voz bien resonante. Así que debes seguir por cualquier modo hablando por radio o web o lo que sea. Y también tienes muy buena personalidad. Buena suerte en todo tus adventuras.
    MARK, Esta lección me ha sido fenominal. Claro, claríssimo. Y exactamente lo que necesitaba. Gracias.

  2. How do I download the lessons onto my MP3 player? I’ve tried the usual way of ‘saving target as’ but the file doesn’t have any sound when I play it from my MP3 player.


  3. Mark- I have been a faithfull follower of both CBS and
    Showtime Spanish. Both are excellent. I do have some trouble
    following Alba sometimes when she begins speaking very quickly. I do
    get the gist pretty much all the time. But when you have native speakers, if you could get them to speak just a wee bit slower. not exaggerated of course, but when native speakers speak normally, they tend not to articulate each letter so it makes it very hard to understand sometimes. The man you have doing the intermedio, don’t rememberthe name right off, speaks way slower than necessary so somewhere in between him and Alba when she gets speaking enthusiastically.



  4. ¡Saludos desde Filipinas! La verdad es que, estoy de acuerdo con Elizabeth, pero, tenemos que recordar que este curso es uno en que podamos practicar no solo el vocabulario y la pronunciación del castellano, sino también la habilidad de escuchar y entender los de están diciendo en los podcasts.

    Me acuerdo un tiempo en que yo estaba charleando con un amigo de Barcelona a través de Internet, y le conté sobre de estos podcasts. Cuando él trató de escuchar un episodio, me dijo que estaban hablando muy lentamente, y me lo sorprendió, porque estaban un poquito rápidos para mí.

    Digamos que, pongamonos en marcha para practicar escuchar un castellano hablado mas rápidamente. No nos van a hablar despaciosamente en vivo, sobre todo.

  5. I like the pace of Alba’s conversation, as well as that of Mark and Jose. The mix (of rapid and slower/enunciated speakers) makes for a challenge, without totally overwhelming the listeners. I notice that the conversational pace has gradually sped up since the initial lessons; and my listening skills have developed right along with that quicker pace. This tells me that the pace is right (for me, at least), and suggests that we can expect some even FASTER dialog in the coming weeks!
    Thanks to Mark, Alba, and Jose for an excellent program!
    Nancy Strasser

  6. Wow, I typed a lot..and all in Spanish hit the button to send and it would not accept it. Lost it all…that stinks.
    Just wanted to say Hasta luego to ALba, best of luck and to say I like the pace of all peoples talking has a good mix.
    Also I have a quesiton on how to use the expression we use in Engish “I wonder” is it simply Me pregunto? Seems like there is more to it than that. Maybe an subject for up coming show???

  7. It’s great to follow this discussion here. With Show Time Spanish we do try to vary the conversation speed a bit, but I have to be honest and say that sometimes when we’re enjoying the chat we do tend to speed up a bit… just like real life! We know that there’s quite a jump between Coffee Break Spanish and Show Time Spanish, but hopefully the restricted timescale in most episodes mean that listening again to the conversation isn’t too onerous, and José always provides a more measured approach in the intermedio section. Of course, every word of Spanish is provided in the transcripts, although we realise that not everyone is a premium member.

    @carl – yes, ‘preguntarse’ is ‘to wonder’.

  8. Mark, what are you going to do for the remainder of Showtime Spanish? I just want to say that I love everything about your teaching methods. Todo está bien. I’ve been following you since Partners In Excellence. No other podcast can come close to what you produce. I will really miss Alba. ¡Buenas suerte, Alba!

  9. Regarding preguntarse I think this is one of those things that keeps language learning interesting.

    The first time I saw it used was when I was sent an email by a native speaker which started ‘me preguntaba’, this was explained to me as meaning “I was wondering” but what struck me is that preguntar means “to ask” so when it becomes reflexive (and used in the first person) you are in effect asking yourself which when you think about it is exactly what you do when you wonder!

  10. Suggestion to eliminate spam in the forum, which is used by another forum. Geve volunteers who are active participants in the forum the right to delete a thread. They become Spambusters.

    Whenever a thread is opened with spam, it almost immediately gets deleted, and the forum is spam free.

  11. @Ken We have plans for lessons 31-34 and 36-39 with Show Time which we’ll announce when lesson 31 is released in a couple of weeks. Lessons 30, 35 and 40 will continue Verano Español. Thanks for your comments about our materials!

    @Neil Exactly – ‘to ask yourself’ is what you do when you wonder. It’s the same in some other languages too: se demander in French, domandarsi in Italian…

    @cdowis – Thanks for your comment. Perhaps your comment ought to have been posted on our discussion forum thread – http://rlnvault.com/rln09/2009/07/discussions-the-radio-lingua-forum/


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