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Season 2 – Lesson 14 – Coffee Break Spanish

This week’s episode of Coffee Break Spanish looks further at the preterite tense which is used to relate events in the past. Listeners should be aware that this episode was originally released in February 2008 and therefore mentions Valentine’s Day. We hope this doesn’t spoil your enjoyment of the episode! Please note that lesson 14 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 214 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

News Time Spanish – 28 June 2010

Coming up in this week’s edition of News Time Spanish:

  • the rail accident in Catalunya which resulted in 12 deaths
  • new anti-smoking laws in Spain
  • World Cup roundup
  • news from the Colombian elections
  • the interesting events at El Cigala’s concert in Santo Domingo

Use the player below to listen to the episode. You can also subscribe in iTunes to get all future shows delivered automatically as soon as they become available. If you would like to benefit further from these materials, you can purchase a season pass for this season of News Time Spanish: 10 weekly episodes beginning 17 May 2010. Premium materials include transcripts, vocabulary guides, exercises and a slow version of the audio. More information can be found on the News Time Spanish product page.

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Members’ links

[amprotect=111]Premium members of News Time Spanish Season 1 can access the full transcript of the episode and key vocabulary using the links below. Our lesson guide also contains exercises and we provide answers and suggested translations in the Answer Key. If you found the normal speed version of the audio content a bit too fast, try listening to the slow version which has been electronically reduced to 80% speed.

Transcript and exercises | Answer key | Slow version

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News Time Spanish – 21 June 2010

In this week’s edition of News Time Spanish we’ll be discussing new religious freedom laws in Spain. Other stories include:

  • gang violence problems in Spain
  • World Cup news from the Spanish-speaking countries
  • The battle agains drug-trafficking in Colombia
  • An interesting story about America investor Warren Buffet

Use the player below to listen to the episode. You can also subscribe in iTunes to get all future shows delivered automatically as soon as they become available. If you would like to benefit further from these materials, you can purchase a season pass for this season of News Time Spanish: 10 weekly episodes beginning 17 May 2010. Premium materials include transcripts, vocabulary guides, exercises and a slow version of the audio. More information can be found on the News Time Spanish product page.

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Members’ links

[amprotect=111]Premium members of News Time Spanish Season 1 can access the full transcript of the episode and key vocabulary using the links below. Our lesson guide also contains exercises and we provide answers and suggested translations in the Answer Key. If you found the normal speed version of the audio content a bit too fast, try listening to the slow version which has been electronically reduced to 80% speed.

Transcript and exercises | Answer key | Slow version

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Season 2 – Lesson 13 – Coffee Break Spanish

In episode 13 of Coffee Break Spanish we introduce the preterite tense which is used to talk about things in the past. Please note that lesson 13 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 213 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

News Time Spanish – 14 June 2010

In this week’s edition of News Time Spanish we’ll be looking at the preparations of the Spanish national team for the World Cup which has just started in South Africa. Other stories include:

  • strikes in Spain
  • exams in Spanish high schools
  • news from Argentina and Uruguay about a demonstration
  • traffic problems in Aragón

Use the player below to listen to the episode. You can also subscribe in iTunes to get all future shows delivered automatically as soon as they become available. If you would like to benefit further from these materials, you can purchase a season pass for this season of News Time Spanish: 10 weekly episodes beginning 17 May 2010. Premium materials include transcripts, vocabulary guides, exercises and a slow version of the audio. More information can be found on the News Time Spanish product page.

Purchase Season Pass | iTunes | RSS

Members’ links

[amprotect=111]Premium members of News Time Spanish Season 1 can access the full transcript of the episode and key vocabulary using the links below. Our lesson guide also contains exercises and we provide answers and suggested translations in the Answer Key. If you found the normal speed version of the audio content a bit too fast, try listening to the slow version which has been electronically reduced to 80% speed.

Transcript and exercises | Answer key | Slow version

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Lesson 02 – One Minute Zulu

In lesson 2 of One Minute Zulu you will learn a few useful words including “yes”, “no” and “thank you”. You’ll also be introduced to the idea of click consonants, a distinctive aspect of Zulu and other related languages spoken in South Africa.

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Introducing One Minute Zulu

oml-zulu300nWith the launch of the World Cup in South Africa, we’re delighted to announce a new addition to our One Minute Languages series. You can now learn the language of 10 million people living in South Africa and other surrounding countries. Zulu is also understood by over 50% of the population of South Africa, and is one of eleven official languages of the country. Zulu is a Bantu language, written using the Latin alphabet, and contains the famous click consonants c, q and x.

Like all our One Minute Languages courses, One Minute Zulu is made up of ten lessons, each lasting just a couple of minutes. If you follow all ten lessons you will be able to communicate with Zulu speakers. Topics covered include greetings, common words, introducing yourself, talking about learning Zulu and language difficulties, numbers, asking people how they are, and other useful phrases.

The course will be made available over the coming weeks, starting with lesson 1 today. All audio lessons are free. To find out how all the words are written, you can access our enhanced podcasts for iPhone/iPod Touch and iTunes, and our lesson guide which features all the words and phrases included in the course. The season pass for all ten lessons is a one-off payment of £5.00 GBP. You can also take advantage of our World Cup sale to get a 20% discount on this price by using coupon code worldcup at checkout. If you already have an account with Radio Lingua, log into your Control Panel and add One Minute Zulu to your membership. If you’re new to Radio Lingua, you can purchase the season pass here.

Season 2 – Lesson 12 – Coffee Break Spanish

In episode 12 of Coffee Break Spanish Season 2 we’ll review all the verbs which we’ve been learning over the past few months. Please note that lesson 12 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 212 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.

News Time Spanish – 7 June 2010

In this week’s edition of News Time Spanish we’ll be looking at the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla bound for Gaza. Other stories include:

  • the consumption of genetically modified foods in Spain
  • support of homeless people in Madrid
  • tropical storms wreaking havoc in Central America
  • an unusual use for a military helicopter on the Balearic island of Mallorca

Use the player below to listen to the episode. You can also subscribe in iTunes to get all future shows delivered automatically as soon as they become available. If you would like to benefit further from these materials, you can purchase a season pass for this season of News Time Spanish: 10 weekly episodes beginning 17 May 2010. Premium materials include transcripts, vocabulary guides, exercises and a slow version of the audio. More information can be found on the News Time Spanish product page.

Purchase Season Pass | iTunes | RSS

Members’ links

[amprotect=111]Premium members of News Time Spanish Season 1 can access the full transcript of the episode and key vocabulary using the links below. Our lesson guide also contains exercises and we provide answers and suggested translations in the Answer Key. If you found the normal speed version of the audio content a bit too fast, try listening to the slow version which has been electronically reduced to 80% speed.

Transcript and exercises | Answer key | Slow version

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News Time Spanish – Premium samples

nts-notes-thumbThe News Time Spanish season pass provides access to lesson guides, transcripts, vocabulary, exercises and a special digitally slowed down version of the audio file to give you a little extra support in understanding the stories featured each week. The current season pass provides access to ten shows, starting with our first show on 17 May 2010.

We’ve added some samples of the premium materials to the feed. You can download the lesson guide for the 17th May episode here. Note that the season pass also provides an answer key for the exercises.

You can listen to the slow version of the episode using the Flash player below, or by downloading it here. Remember that this slow version has been digitally slowed down and is not intended as the ‘main listening experience’: we would suggest you listen to the normal speed version, then have a listen to the slow version if you find the normal speed too fast, before returning to the normal speed version for a third listen.