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Old 17th July 2009, 08:11 PM   #1
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As we all know, probably the best thing that has come along for Spanish audio conversations is Notes in Spanish with Ben and Marina(look at Ben's face after reading this: ) I am being totally honest here. I have tried to find good quality stuff, but it just isn't out there. I just sit back and listen to Ben and Marina and take it all in. I also jog to them. As a result, my comprehension has come a long way.

I am a German and French teacher. There isn't that much out there for French either. Germany used to have a government sponsored arrangement where they would give free materials for learning German to teachers of the language. It wasn't low-quality materials, but actually some of the best material ever produced for learning German. They stopped that program because it was too expensive. Too bad. If you know of other sources of audio, let me know. Robert
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Old 20th July 2009, 09:38 PM   #2
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Hello Robert,

I think I may have mentioned some of these sites in several other topics but since you are specifically asking about it I will mention them in answering you.

1. http://www.audiria.com

This site has many podcasts for free, downloadable in mp3 format on 5 different levels (level 0 to 5). They also give you the full transcripts of the texts and exercises. The podcasts are of various nature and media such as conversations, bits of paper, radio and television.

2. http://www.spanishnewsbites.com/

Also free podcasts, quite a few , on three different levels. Full transcripts and mp3's both downloadable without charge. They feature bits that have been in the Spanish news, also tv/ video for more advanced levels.


3. http://www.albalearning.com/

Free audiobooks, downloadable to mp3. Including transcripts.


4. http://odeo.com/episodes/23207085-Le...-Welcome-Video

Free educational video - also available as podcast/audio and downloadable- and some other podcasts as well .
Spanishdict.com also offers flashcards and quite a few exercises.

(Also you can find videos at LoMas TV but those are not free).

5. http://www.celebratelanguages.com/VIDSE01.html

Free video & audio exercises.

6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/
Free educational video´s from beginner to more advanced.

7. http://www.lingus.tv/
Free video´s for beginners, intermediate and advanced level

8. http://multilingualbooks.com/podcasts-spanish.html
Links to several sites with podcasts in Spanish.


Spanish tv & radio:

http://multilingualbooks.com/online-tv-spanish.html (tv, live, usually local)

http://www.rtve.es/
Online Spanish tv, TV a la Carte has some good ones!!

http://www.cervantestv.es/
Lots of documentaries, tv.

http://www.espana.fm (radio)

http://multilingualbooks.com/online-radio-spanish.html (radio)


By the way for French and German you may want to have a look on these sites with many free and downloadable audiobooks in respective languages:

http://www.audiocite.net/ (French)

http://www.litteratureaudio.com/ (French)

http://www.vorleser.net/ (German)


Hope this helps you !

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Old 21st July 2009, 04:19 AM   #3
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!!!!!Gracias!!!!
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Old 21st July 2009, 06:21 PM   #4
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Polvorones you came up with some good suggestions the other week and now you've come up with a load more. Thanks very much.
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Old 21st July 2009, 09:58 PM   #5
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hartelijk bedankt! Hoe heb je dat gevonden? Schitterend!
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Old 21st July 2009, 09:59 PM   #6
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Polvorones you came up with some good suggestions the other week and now you've come up with a load more. Thanks very much.
Haha

Well I'm glad you found them helpful!

If I find any more good stuff I will let you guys know!

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hartelijk bedankt! Hoe heb je dat gevonden? Schitterend!

Heyy.. Spreek je ook Nederlands?? Haha.. geweldig!!

Hmm well I just found them perusing the net for goodies basically.

By the way although I mentioned this site in my previous post with respect to free video' s it has an abundance of information on Spanish in general and also on French and English, and many links to good sites for German, Italian , French, Portugese and lots more :

http://www.celebratelanguages.com/spanish.html

http://www.celebratelanguages.com/index.html

This one also has a lot of information though I think some of the links have changed so you might have to look through them, to see if there is something you can use.

http://www.ilovelanguages.com/index....uage%7CSpanish

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Old 21st July 2009, 11:37 PM   #7
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These are good too by the way.


1. http://spanishpodcast.org/podcasts/

Free podcasts and transcripts for more advanced level.

2. http://www.spanishlanguage.co.uk/spanishpodcasts.htm

Lots of links for (mostly free) Spanish podcasts and free audiobook sites.

3. http://spanish.podcast.com/
Many free podcasts online.

4. http://rlnvault.com/rln09/category/s...break-spanish/

Coffeebreak free audio lessons (mentioned before by someone else here somewhere I think)

5. http://uz-translations.net/?category=esaudvid
Free audio and video material in Spanish, downloadable once you have registered (for free).

6. http://www.word2word.com/course.html

This one contains lots of free online language courses a.o. in Spanish but in fact for many many languages, some beginners level but also some more advanced.

It also contains a lot of other resources and links such as to language communities, forums, podcasts, language software etc.

http://www.word2word.com/download.html (Software)


7. If you wish to practise your vocabulary including pronunciation one way of doing it is with flashcards for example. You could make your own of course, downloading free flashcards software and then including mp3' s you can download from e.g. http://www.forvo.com or
http://swac-collections.org/?lang=spa which contain a large database of pronunciations in Spanish (and many more languages).

However there is also a program you can download for free. It' s free to use as many times you want but you can' t create cards yourself unless you buy it. But the free version offers quite a few possibilities also because it has a community which contributed quite a few flashcards which you can also download for free (in the .b4u format) and import into the program. The program tests you on three levels varying in difficulty from relatively easy, recognition to more difficult active participation to level three where you have to write the word yourself in the prospect language. You can download the program for free in many different languages. it also has a slow-sound-mode (with a turle icon )

You have to give in your email address but you don' t get spammail it' s just for registration.

http://www.byki.com/fls/FLS.html

Spanish part of the community that added word/flashcard lists, the ones with a megaphone symbol include sound.

http://www.byki.com/category/Spanish/a

You can preview/ listen to the contents by clicking on the name of the flashcard list and download it via the orange b4u- icon on the left, then import it into the program via ' import' in the menu.


Some more (partially free,patially commercial) podsites:

1. http://www.spanishpod101.com/
Free to try but after a week or so they want a subscription/ fee

2. http://spanish.about.com/

Has quite a few resources and links in general, but some of the links are commercial.

3. http://spanishpod.com/?a_aid=241db668
Free trial for 7 days after that subscription is necessary, fofr a fee.

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Old 22nd July 2009, 06:34 AM   #8
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For those of you who enjoy fairytales (and in fact the stories are quite entertaining as well as good practise I think ):

I have uploaded '1001 Arabian Nights', i.e. ' Las mil y una noches' (in mp3-format)- you can download them here .

It consists of 25 files of varying length, in total approximately 94 MB. I've zipped the file so you need to unzip it when you've downloaded it.

If you want to read the accompanying text you can read the tales in Spanish (pdf-format) here

Some of the tales can also be read online in English here .

I personally enjoyed listening to them, they are good fun and a good exercise for listening (not for beginners though most likely, they are probably more suitable for intermediate to advanced Spanish students).

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Old 22nd July 2009, 07:04 AM   #9
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Hola Polvorones

Veo que para ti el océano de Internet no tenga secretos .

Gracias por todos Enlaces.
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Old 23rd July 2009, 06:40 AM   #10
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Naprawde nam dala dobre links!
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Old 23rd July 2009, 08:22 AM   #11
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i Pues, de nada Wesley! iMe alegra que crees que sean enlaces útiles! ;-)


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Naprawde nam dala dobre links!

Ehh is that Polish?

** Starting to wonder if there is a language that Robert does not speak..**

Just a few more I found that I thought quite useful also.

1. http://ssl4you.blogspot.com/

This one I think is quite good but probably more suitable for students of intermediate level. It gives you the mp3 (you can download by rightclicking the mp3 in the screen or by using a tool to download mp3's), the full transcripts of in Spanish as well as in English in fact.

However what I like most about them is that after this 'official section' comes a section spoken in Spanish (without transcript) in which they give further explanations about several words (highlighted in yellow), in Spanish (and by the way, they play a tune of music at the beginning and the end, the podcast then follows so don' t let that confuse you. ;-)).
This is a very good listening exercise as they give all the explanations in Spanish and also in te process give you synonyms for these words by explaning them. So I think this is very good for practising your vocabulary in fact.


2. http://www.learnoutloud.com/Podcast-...guages/Spanish

Several more sites with podcasts in Spanish, predominantly free (sometimes the transcripts are not), usually downloadable.
Varying in levels from more suitable for beginners to also suitable for intermediate and advanced students.

Actually this site has some good stuff in general also on other languages and you can download free audiobooks and ebooks as well, in the free-section (in English) - to be able to do that you must register (for free).


3. http://www.rollingrs.com/category/free/

Free educational video's on grammar topics (explanations in English). Quite a few are free but also they have ' members only' video' s for which you have to become a member and pay a (small) fee. They have regular new additions to both the members only and free sections though.

Buena suerte a todos!

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Old 23rd July 2009, 09:23 AM   #12
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Hola Polvorones

Veo que para ti el océano de Internet no tenga tiene secretos .

Gracias por todos los Eenlaces.

Tienes toda la razón, ¡vaya cantidad de enlaces que ha puesto!
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Old 25th July 2009, 05:52 AM   #14
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Here you can watch live tv from Spain (TVE, with flash)

http://nl.wwitv.com/tv/8234.htm
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Old 25th July 2009, 11:25 AM   #15
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The BBC Mundo podcast is a good way to improve your Latin American spanish, as nearly all of the speakers are from Latin America, and sometimes for people learning Spain Spanish the accents from this continent sometimes prove very difficult to understand so it's good to get more accustomed to it. Also, it's a good way to keep up-to-date on what's happening in the world today.

What you can also do is listen to interviews with actors, musicians etc on youtube and even download them using http://keepvid.com/ and listen on your mp3 player when you're on the train/bus etc.

I downloaded a Salvador Dali interview which was quite interesting: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...+soler+serrano

I don't really know if the OP is referring to audio specifically designed for people learning spanish, or just audio in spanish, but if it's the latter there's tonnes of stuff out there.
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Old 21st August 2009, 09:15 PM   #16
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Ok this is not really a podcast or audio-source in that sense but I think it fits the bill in terms of listening to pronunciation.

This is quite a nifty tool I think. You can type the sentence(s) you want to hear pronounced, and select one of the Spanish voices in the 'select a voice' menu. Then press play and it gives you a native voice speaking the sentence(s).

It's quite good I think I have tried it for Spanish, English and Dutch and even the intonations don't sound mechanical, sound quite natural I think.

Just thought I'd share 'cause I think it can be a handy tool.
Actually it can be used for quite a few languages, in case people are studying other languages so it's quite useful to Spanish people/ Hispanohablantes learning English here as well e.g.

Spanish pronunciation tool (interactive demo)
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Old 26th August 2009, 12:33 PM   #17
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Las páginas web serán bastante útil para mí, muchísimas gracias Polvorones. Creo que es muy difícil para comprender español, es que la gente habla demasiado rápido. Pero entiendo bien Ben y Marina en las podcast Inspired Beginers. Me alegro mucho.
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