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Season 2 – Lesson 18 – Coffee Break Spanish

In this week’s lesson we introduce the imperfect tense and consider in what situations this tense is used. We’ll also learn the conjugation of -ar verbs in the imperfect tense. Please note that lesson 18 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 218 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 17 – Coffee Break Spanish

It’s time to put into practice what you’ve been learning about the preterite tense. In this week’s episode Mark challenges Kara to an identity quiz using lots of preterite tenses to describe the lives of the mystery personalities. Please note that lesson 17 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 217 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 – 19 July 2010

This week’s News Time Spanish is the final episode in our pilot series. Featured this week:

  • Argentina legalises same-sex marriage
  • Jellyfish invasion in Spanish beaches
  • Ingrid Betancourt demands compensation from the Colombian Ministry of Defence
  • Singer Enrique Iglesias and his promise following the Spanish World Cup win

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. The entire season of News Time Spanish is available in a premium format which provides lesson notes, vocabulary and exercises for each episode. Our pilot season finishes this week  but all ten episodes are still 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. 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 – 13 July 2010

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

  • Spain win the Football World Cup
  • a Spanish heatwave causes problems across the country
  • a report from the San Fermín bull-running festival in Pamplona
  • important events in the policital history of Cuba involving Guillermo Fariñas
  • news from India about a new health drink

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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Season 2 – Lesson 16 – Coffee Break Spanish

More preterite tenses this week: it’s now time to look at reflexive verbs and verbs which have spelling changes (‘radical-changing verbs’) in the preterite tense. Please note that lesson 16 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 216 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 – 5 July 2010

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

  • problems with the Constitution of Catalunya
  • arrests following an FBI investigation into suspected espionage activities
  • a triumphant weekend for Spanish sport
  • the assassination of a Mexican politician
  • a new daily news broadcast for deaf people

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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Season 2 – Lesson 15 – Coffee Break Spanish

We’ll be continuing our study of the preterite tense in this week’s lesson and it’s time to take a look at some irregular verbs: hacer, ir, ver and dar in the preterite, so that you can talk about what you did, where you went, what you saw and more in the past. Please note that lesson 15 of Season 2 was originally known as lesson 215 of Coffee Break Spanish. We have renumbered the lessons of each season as lessons 1-40 to make things more simple for our listeners.