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Podcast title Master Spanish now! - Learning Spanish Fast
Website URL http://www.learningspanishfast...
Description Our audio podcasts are aimed at advanced and intermediate Spanish learners. They cover a wide range of relevant, up-to-date topics so that you can quickly understand Spanish-speaking culture as well as the language. We also think that we are truly unique for two reasons: 1. We speak in the most widely spoken Spanish - Latin American Spanish - and have a particular focus on Colombia. 2. We go one step further than your Spanish textbook - and include words that local people actually use. Based on work that we have done before, we know that if you listen to one of our 19-minute audio podcasts each day or each week, it will be a great help on your way to fluency!
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1. Advanced Spanish – Episode 026 – Feria de las Flores
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Description:

We're back! And today Paola tells us all about the famous flower festival in Medellin!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

A policewoman besides some flowers at the 2014 Feria de las Flores. Source: Policia Nacional de los Colombianos, August 1 2014. Available here.

 

The Feria de las Flores is one of the great cultural events of Medellin – and one of the biggest parties in a country of many fiestas. The 10-day long event attracts tens of thousands of people and has a number of exciting events and parades. But just what is the best flower…? Today we reveal all about a great Colombian event!

 

¿En tu país cuál es la feria más importante que hay? ¿Nos recomiendas ir a dicha feria?

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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2. Advanced Spanish – Episode 025 – Cirugía Plástica
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Description: In today’s episode we look at plastic surgery in Latin America.rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Old-style plastic surgery - A model of facial reconstruction based on what was used in World War I. But what about today in Latin America? Listen to today's Spanish audio podcast to find out more!

In certain parts of the world plastic surgery is very popular. The USA has the most plastic surgery operations, while it is also popular in parts of Europe and South Korea. Another region of the world where it is popular is Latin America. Countries such as Brazil and Colombia have quite high levels of plastic surgery. In today’s episode we look at the facts and (opinions!) behind it. Where is it most popular? What operations do people have? Why is it more popular in some countries than others? All will be revealed in the new Spanish audio podcast!


¿Te harías una cirugía plástica? ¿por qué? ¡Compártenos tu opinion!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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3. Advanced Spanish – Episode 024 – Refranes
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Description: This week we look at some refranes – or sayings in English!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

A refran from a 1904 Spanish article: El que no llora, no mama. Bonus points if you can tell us what it means!

Every country and every culture has a variety of sayings that people use in all manner of situations. They are often illogical and used in only certain parts of a country or region. But, they are often essential to truly understanding a culture and a language. Today we share with you a variety of interesting and popular refranes from Colombia…

 

¿Qué refrán de tu lengua materna te gusta más? ¡Compártenoslo!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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4. Advanced Spanish – Episode 023 – Culturas antiguas increíbles!
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Description: We go back in time today and take a look at two amazing ancient sites that you can live today!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

A statue in San Agustin! Source: Mario Carvajal, available here.

Before the Europeans arrived to the American continent, a variety of cultures were living - and had lived – on the continent over the years. In this episode, we discuss two of the most incredible from Colombia. We start by looking at La Ciudad Perdida, a city that had been lost for hundreds of years until the 1970s. Then we look at the fascinating site of San Agustin – land of amazing statues. Both of these sites can be visited today and both have their share of interesting tales – as we tell you about in the Spanish audio podcast!

 

¿Qué sitios arqueológicos hay en tu país? ¿Cuál nos recomiendas para visitar?

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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5. Advanced Spanish – Episode 022 – Mitos!
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Description: We tell you about some fascinating myths from Latin America today!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

The Mayan Disco de Chinkultic. It contains a representation of Hun Hunahpu, somebody who is important in our Mayan creation myth. Source: Maunus, available here.

Much like legends, myths are important to many cultures. In this podcast, we discuss myths specifically related to how aspects of the world were made. We traverse the American continent and feature a story from Colombia, as well as the Tehuelches in Argentina and the Mayas in Mexico. So get prepared for some wonderful (and not so wonderful) myths from Latin America!

¿Cuál es el mito de tu cultura que más te gusta? ¿Sobre qué trata? ¡Cuéntanos!

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Finally, a link we discuss in the article is here.

 

Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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6. Advanced Spanish – Episode 021 – Leyendas Increíbles!
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Description:

We look at some fascinating legends emanating from Colombia in today’s Spanish audio podcast!

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An image of La Llorona as drawn by a schoolchild. The above image is related to a literary altar produced for El DIa de los Muertos; however, we tell a Colombian La Llorona tale in the episode. Source: Garlondcannon, available here

Legends are part of every culture. They have often been passed down through the generations, and many come from the countryside. After all, it wasn’t too long ago when most people were living outside of towns and cities. Today, we tell the tales of a variety of interesting and scary legends! From La Llorona to El Sombreron, and the terrible deal that Juan Machete did with the devil, you’ll get to hear some fascinating stories in today’s Spanish audio podcast!

 

¿Cuál leyenda de tu país le recomendarías a los extranjeros?

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Finally, a link we discuss in the article is here.

 Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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7. Advanced Spanish – Episode 020 – Estereotipos de los Latinos en Hollywood
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Description: Just how does Hollywood depict Latinos on screen? We explain all in the new Spanish audio podcast! rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

The actress Penélope Cruz. She has played a certain Latin stereotype before - as we discuss in the podcast!  Source: Joelle Maslaton, available here.

Hollywood has its great points; however it is not perfect. And one thing it sometimes does, is stereotype certain groups. In this episode we look at the stereotypes associated with Latinos in Hollywood. From certain low-paid jobs to drugs, and crazy, shouting bombas to psychopaths, here we discuss just what they are…

 

¿Cómo son vistos ustedes como país por otra gente de otras partes del mundo?

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Finally, a link we discuss in the podcast is here.

 

Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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8. Advanced Spanish – Episode 019 – Huelga! El Paro Camionero…
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Description:

There has been a major strike in Colombia lately. So, just where is the fruit?

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A truck drivers' strike in Colombia in 2008. Source: Extra llano/Oscar Fabian Bernal, available here.


Truck drivers have been on strike across Colombia. In this Spanish audio podcast, we explain the main reasons why. And what the effects have been on the country… Just how are people moving around if the roads are blocked? Have prices risen in the shops? And most importantly, just how do you get fruit and vegetables if the truck drivers aren’t moving goods around the country? We explain all here…

¿En tu país qué paros o huelgas han tenido lugar? ¿Por qué? ¡Cuéntanos!

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Links to learn more are here and here.

 

Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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9. Advanced Spanish – Episode 018 – A las serpientes o las montañas? La región de Nariño!
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Description: The wonderful and unknown region of Nariño is the subject this week!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Lajas. Ipiales, Colombia. Source: Cdloaiza, available here.

In the southwest of Colombia is the department of Nariño. Even though it is a lesser-visited region of the country, it has many fascinating sites. And what makes it even more special is that it ranges from the high mountains to the tropical coast. Today we talk about volcanoes, one of the most stunning churches in Latin America (if not the world), and a very different nature reserve – It used to be a prison and is now a tourist destination complete with a number of snakes (and sharks for that matter!). Enjoy!

 

¿En tu país de origen hay templos religiosos? ¿Cuál es el más importante o el más bello? ¡Cuéntanos!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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10. Advanced Spanish – Episode 017 – La Gastronomía!
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Description: This week we take a look at the fascinating variety of cuisine in Colombia!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

A delicious bandeja paisa in Medellin, Colombia. Source: Dtarazona, available here.

From the north to the south, and the east to the west, there are many culinary delights in Colombia! From the Colombian ‘English breakfast’ that is bandeja paisa to ajiaco and sancocho, we look at a wide range of fantastic food! There’s also the delightful fish and coconut rice, as well as guinea pig… In fact, there’s so much wonderful food that we run out of time - so part 2 will be here later this year!

 

¿Cuál es el plato típico más famoso de tu país? ¡Cuéntanos!

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Finally, a link to learn more is here.

 

Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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11. Advanced Spanish – Episode 016 – Despiértame cuando pase el temblor!
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Description: Very recently there was a big earthquake in much of Colombia! Paola explains all…rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Terremoto en Popayán by Fernando Botero. Source: Micah MacAllen, available here.

It was just a few short weeks ago when an earthquake of 6.6 on the richter scale struck much of Colombia, including the capital Bogota. Fortunately there were no deaths, but it was still very scary! Today Paola tells us what exactly happened on that crazy day. We also look back at the history of earthquakes in the region.

 

¿Has vivido alguna vez un temblor o terremoto? Cuéntanos tu experiencia.

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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Tags: Advanced Spanish, Español avanzado, Latinoamérica, Latin America, Sismos, Terremotos, Temblores, Earthquakes, Colombia



12. Advanced Spanish – Episode 015 – Los hombres latinos y el machismo
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Description: Today we take a mostly light-hearted look at men in Latin America. rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal. Source: Festival Ambulante. Available here.

Do all men in Latin America look like footballer James Rodriguez? What is el amor latino? Is machismo still a key feature of Latin American society?

Today we take an interesting look at all of these questions and discuss the role of men – particularly younger men - in modern Latin America. This is a fascinating episode so we hope you enjoy it!

 

Según tu opinión, ¿cuáles son las diferencias entre los hombres de tu país y los latinos? rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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13. Advanced Spanish – Episode 014 – Cómo hablar con Latinos!
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Description: Today we give you a variety of tips and advice for how to speak to people in Latin America!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

People speaking in Cajicá, Cundinamarca, Colombia. Source: Carlos Eduardo Mateus. Available here.

This Spanish audio podcast looks at how to speak to people in Latin America. We discuss differences in how open people are in different Latin countries, and share 5 questions that many people may ask you – according to Cristian’s guide book! We also tell you in which countries you will probably be able to practice more Spanish (as people are really friendly), as well as other interesting topics of conversation…

In short, this podcast explains why we decided to focus our audio podcasts on a certain part of the Spanish-speaking world!

 

¿Es normal hablar con desconocidos en tu ciudad o región? ¡Compártenos tu opinión!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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14. Advanced Spanish – Episode 013 – La Alegría
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Description: La Alegría, happiness, is the subject of today’s audio podcast. This is especially important as many Latin American countries are among the happiest in the world!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

The Laughing Fisherboy by Frans Hals. Available here

In a recent survey, Colombia was among the happiest countries in the world. Many other Latin American countries, such as Costa Rica and Peru, also feature among the happiest! So in today’s podcast we look at some of the reasons why Colombia is among the happiest countries – from the strange to the not so strange! And some of them reasons might not be what you think…

 

¿Las personas en tu país son felices? ¡Compártenos tu opinión!

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The links discussed in the podcast are here and here.

 

Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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15. Advanced Spanish – Episode 012 – Reinas de Belleza
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Description: Reinas de belleza, beauty queens, are the subject of today’s Spanish audio podcast. We look at beauty pageants, events that remain popular in much of Latin America.rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Ximena Navarette, Miss Universe 2010. She is from Guadalajara, Mexico. Source:  Flickr / Abhisit Vejjajiva, available here.

In some Western countries, beauty queens and beauty pageants seem rather old-fashioned. But in various Latin American countries they remain very popular. In this episode we discuss how you win a beauty pageant, other types of reinado, and some recent controversies from beauty pageants. Oh and how one Latin American country recently won Miss Universe…

 

¿Las reinas de belleza son populares en tu país? ¡Compártenos tu opinión!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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16. Advanced Spanish – Episode 011 – San Andrés
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Description: Do you like sun, sea, and sand? Do you like hot weather? Do you like idyllic Caribbean islands? If so, listen to today’s audio podcast!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

The uninhabited island of Cayo Bolívar, some 25 kilometers from the island of San Andrés. Source: Flickr: land, sweet land, available here.

The Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina is formed of a group of Colombian islands far removed from the Colombian mainland. They are idyllic tropical islands, many of which are close to Nicaragua. In this episode we talk about what you can do in this vacation destination, as well as tales of pirates and how English is an official language there!

 

¿Hay islas pequeñas en tu país? ¿Y son diferentes a otras partes del país?

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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17. Advanced Spanish – Episode 010 – Domingo
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Description: Sunday is a very important day in much of Latin America – and today we tell you all about the fascinating customs of that day!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

The family, a very important part of domingo in Latin America. Source: Yesenia603, available here.

Many people in Latin America work six days a week, which means that people’s days without work are even more precious. In this episode, we discuss the variety of events that happen on domingo – from family outings and cultural events to church and food! And Cristian also wonders whether people are particularly ‘relaxed’ on a Sunday… Paola is not impressed!

¿Cuáles costumbres hay en tu país el domingo?

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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18. Advanced Spanish – Episode 009 – Carnaval de Barranquilla
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Description: It is carnival time! And in this episode we look at the second biggest carnival of them all, the Carnaval de Barranquilla!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Comparsa at the Carnaval de Barranquilla in 2009. Available here.

Many of us have heard of the Rio carnival, but far fewer the second biggest carnival. This takes place in the sultry city of Barranquilla, on the northern Colombian coast. In this episode we look at the carnival’s history, some of the fascinating characters who join the parades, as well as the intriguing fantasy parade. We also discuss the fun that people have for 4 days in the heat – or 40 days if you include the pre-carnaval!

¿Hay carnavales en tu país? ¿Son diferentes a los de Latinoamérica? ¡Cuéntanos!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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19. Advanced Spanish – Episode 008 – Cuentos Chinos
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Description: In our most varied episode yet, we start by looking at short-sightedness in China – and how this relates to various topics in Latin America!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

La Gran Muralla. Source: Gustavoaz. Available here.

Cristian shares a fascinating article he recently read about how short-sightedness in children has increased in China due in large part to the amount of time that children study. This leads on to a variety of topics – including how much people read in Colombia and why not many people seem to wear glasses there… Plus so much more!

¿Hay muchas personas con gafas en tu país? ¿Crees que es por razones genéticas o sociales? Compártenos tus respuestas.

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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20. Advanced Spanish – Episode 007 – Gabriel García Márquez
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Description: Today we talk about the life, times and books of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Gabriel García Márquez in 1984. Source: F3rn4nd0, available here.

The Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez was possibly the most important Latin American writer of the twentieth century. His magical realist writing produced such classics as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera. Here, we discuss his fascinating life, books, and how learners of Spanish can benefit from reading his books! Oh and how he knew Fidel Castro...

 

¿Cuál es tu libro favorito de García Márquez? Déjanos tu respuesta en la parte de comentarios.

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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21. Advanced Spanish – Episode 006 – Vendedores
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Description: Vendedores?! Yes, that’s right. We look at the fascinating topic of people who sell incredible and bizarre products in public in Latin America…rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Street scenes. A fruit seller in Encarnación, Paraguay. Source: Pilgrim_, available here.

Many people sell products on the street in Latin America. In this episode we look at this serious issue in a different way… We focus on the people who sell products on public transport. From the charismatic man who spent 30 minutes selling health products on a bus to the popularity of English books, and bus rappers to the very unique way that Coca-Cola is sold, this audio podcast will provide an insight into the innovative ways that people sell!

¿Por qué piensas que hay muchos vendedores en Latinoamérica? Déjanos tu comentario.

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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22. Advanced Spanish – Episode 005 – Coca y Cocaína
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Description: Coca and cocaine are two substances that are often confused as being similar. However, they are in fact very different. In this episode, we discuss coca and cocaine.rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

An image of a poporo, a container used to store lime that helps to chew coca leaves. This image is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source: Kaldari, available here.

Coca is a herb that has a long and mystical history in many parts of South America; whereas cocaine does not. There is much confusion around coca as it is a (very very small) part of the cocaine production process. Partly for this reason, coca is illegal in many countries. In this episode, we explain coca’s fascinating history and important cultural elements.

Some special words we use in the recording… Mambear, chacchar, acullicar, picchar

 

¿Piensas que la coca deber ser ilegal? ¿Por qué? ¡Compártenos tu opinión!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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23. Advanced Spanish – Episode 004 – Mas vacaciones!
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Description: With it still being holiday season in Latin America, we thought we’d tell you about some great unknown places to take a vacation in Colombia!rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

Playa de Ladrilleros near Buenaventura, Colombia. Source: Hertziodj, available here.

We look at the little-visited Pacific coast of Colombia in this episode. With it being difficult to reach, much of the region is largely unknown to foreigners. So in this episode we tell you how to get there and some of Cristian’s adventures in the region – including the little plane, the deserted beach, the incredible heat, and a search for whales…

 

¿Cuál es el lugar menos conocido en tu país? ¡Déjanos tu comentario!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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24. Advanced Spanish – Episode 003 – Año Nuevo
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Description: With the new year approaching, today we look at new year celebrations in Latin America – and the special events that take place during this great time of year! rss feed | iTunes | Audio page with other listening options

New Year 2013 in Mexico City! By Eneas de Troya. Available here.

In the episode we learn about how important New Year is to many people in Latin America. In fact, it is just as important as Christmas for many. We also find out about some very quirky and unusual new year traditions that Paola has been involved in!

¿Cuáles son las tradiciones para el año nuevo en tu país? ¡Déjanos abajo tu comentario!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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25. Advanced Spanish – Episode 002 – Vacaciones!
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Description:

In the second episode of the audio podcast that will greatly help your Spanish, we look at vacaciones! After all, summer is with us in much of Latin America!

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La Piscina en el Parque Tayrona. Source: Karolynaroca. Available here

In this episode Paola tells us about some fascinating places that you can visit in the north of Colombia. These include Cartagena de las Indias and the Parque Nacional de Tayrona in Santa Marta. Cristian tells us of the time he visited the north of Colombia, and how he ended up with water up to his waist, while walking down a tunnel full of snakes and other dangerous animals (well, probably!)…

¿Cuándo es la temporada de vacaciones en tu país? ¡Cuéntanos! ¡Déjanos tu comentario!

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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26. Advanced Spanish – Episode 001 – Navidad
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The first ever episode of the Learning Spanish Fast podcast series has arrived. It is about Christmas – Navidad!

In this episode Paola tells us what happens during Christmas in South America, in particular in Colombia. And Cristian shares his experiences of Christmas in another Latin American country.

¿Qué piensas de la navidad en Latinoamérica? ¿Es muy diferente a la navidad en tu país? Compártenos abajo tu opinión. 

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Santa Claus by Thomas Nast, Harper's Weekly, 1881. But is Santa Claus as famous in Latin America as he is in some Western countries? The audio podcast will tell you!

And finally, just what are our audio podcasts about?

Our audio podcasts are aimed at advanced and intermediate Spanish learners. They cover a wide range of relevant, up-to-date topics so that you can understand Spanish-speaking culture as well as the language. We also think that we are truly unique for two reasons:

1. We speak in the most widely spoken Spanish - Latin American Spanish - and have a particular focus on Colombia

2. We go one step further than your Spanish textbook - and include words that local people actually use

Based on work that we have done before, we know that if you listen to one of our 19-minute audio podcasts each day or each week, it will be a great help on your way to fluency!

 

And remember, the podcast is available here:

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Hasta pronto,

Paola y Cristian

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27. About us / Quién Somos? Un poco mas!
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Description:

Bienvenida a Learning Spanish Fast. Following on from our introduction, today we tell you a bit more about us, our 19-minutes a day concept, and what type of Spanish we focus on.

PS – It is only days until we release our first ever audio podcast!

A papua penguin in Ushuaia, Patagonia, Argentina. By Luis Alejandro Bernal Romero, http://aztlek.com. Available here.

What is the 19-minutes a day to Spanish fluency concept?

The core team who make the site has used its knowledge of teaching and learning Spanish to create a fascinating way to enhance your Spanish.

One of us is an experienced Spanish teacher; the other is somebody who has learned Spanish as a foreign language. Between us we have developed a rather unique way for advanced and intermediate learners to take their Spanish to the next level!

Our experience shows that a little learning each day is the best way to perfect language skills. After all, our brains are programmed to only take in information in short bursts. So it is far better to spend 30 minutes a day learning a language than 4 hours straight on a Sunday afternoon. With that in mind, our audio podcasts are (about!) 19 minutes – the perfect length for you to listen to, and then do something relaxing afterwards. You could even reflect on the key points that you have learned later in the day, and - if you are really keen to improve your Spanish - supplement the podcasts with a bit of light reading from a Spanish-language website!

Then, before you know it, your Spanish should improve greatly!

One other point. We are going to release one audio podcast a week. This means that we’re not going to have a treasure trove of archives to start with, but in time, we shall have a world of fascinating audio for you to listen to! This means that there will be many 19-minute audio podcasts for you very soon...

 

Many countries speak Spanish. Which Spanish do we focus on?

As learners of Spanish know, as well as Spain, Spanish is spoken in most countries in South America and Central America – from Mexico to Peru and Colombia to Argentina. It is also spoken in other territories around the world, including by many people in the USA.

However, the accents that people speak with are different across these Spanish-speaking countries, and sometimes words change too. The biggest grammar and vocabulary differences are commonly found between the Spanish spoken by the approximately 45 million people living in Spain and the approaching 400 million people in Spanish-speaking Latin America.

With that in mind, we decided to focus on Latin American Spanish. Not only do more people speak it, but Latin America is a strongly growing region that provides a plethora of options for working and travelling in. Even so, within Latin America some words, phrases and slang differ, but fortunately, grammar generally does not change too much in Spanish.

We are planning to give you an insight into Spanish across the region, but to start with, we had to choose one country’s Spanish. And we chose Colombian Spanish. Why?

Well, here are a few reasons:

Many people say that the accent from some cities in the interior of Colombia is the most neutral Spanish there isColombia is geographically central in Latin America, meaning that it has influences from some of the other larger Latin American countries and is culturally close to many Latin American countriesColombia has recently recovered from its troubles and provides amazing travel experiences and interesting work opportunitiesThe economy is booming and large, while there is a vibrant cultural sceneThe people of Colombia are renowned for being extremely friendlyColombia is geographically diverse, with mountains, snow, deserts, tropical rainforest, and beautiful coastlineThe people of Colombia are perhaps the most diverse in the region and capture a good microcosm of Latin America – there are people of Indigenous, African, and European descent. Not too many countries in the region have this level of diversityWe have a fantastic Spanish teacher from Colombia!

What does the future hold?

All being well, alongside our audio podcasts, we shall be bringing you more free Spanish language guides as well as transcriptions of our audio podcasts. And – if you really like what we do – we shall be creating a Spanish course with a tendency toward learning about the cultures and peoples of the Spanish-speaking world.

So we hope that you stay with us for all of that!

  

We hope you enjoyed this article! And remember, in a few short days our first audio podcast about Navidad (Christmas!) will be released! See you then…

 

Cristian y Paola



28. About us / Quién Somos?
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Bienvenida a Learning Spanish Fast. In our first ever blog post, we shall be telling you about the site and who we are. And maybe the subject of our first audio podcast too! Que disfruten!

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What do we do?

We’re a site that creates a variety of exclusive content that will excel you to Spanish fluency! We create audio podcasts as part of Learning Spanish Fast, as well as fascinating Spanish guides. By listening to our 19-minute audio podcasts, we think you will become an expert in Spanish faster!

 

Who are we?

Two friends who met in Colombia in 2013.

Dennis Paola es de Bogotá, es decir..¡es rola!, pero en su sangre lleva una mezcla interesante de varias regiones de Colombia. Actualmente, es docente investigadora, es una profe apasionada por los temas culturales y de lenguaje, ha trabajado con prestigiosas instituciones, y ha compartido con estudiantes de todo el mundo. Le gusta nutrirse de nuevas vivencias con gente de diferente procedencia, diferentes ideas, creencias, y generar espacios para el intercambio de saberes. Cree en la importancia de la diversidad, y está aquí para crear con ustedes una  experiencia interesante, en la que no solo se aprenda más de la lengua, sino con ella y a través de ella se comprenda más de todo aquello que encierra pertenecer a esta parte del planeta: costumbres, tradiciones, pensamientos, ritos, historia... Cultura. 

Cristian is from the UK. He started to learn Spanish when he studied his degree for 10 months in Madrid, Spain. Since then, he has made two extensive trips to Latin America, including spending five months working in Paraguay. He tries to keep up with his Spanish through reading articles online, language exchanges, and books. However, at the time of writing he has not lived in a Spanish-speaking country for about 18 months - meaning that his Spanish is probably not as good as it used to be. Hopefully this means that you can learn from his mistakes in our audio!

 

Why did we start the site?

Well, we’re a team who love learning and are passionate about languages and helping people improve their language abilities. After all, with a language you can truly experience, travel or work in another country, which is such an enriching experience. And with Spanish you can speak to over 400 million people. With that in mind, here are our objectives:

1.     Help intermediate and advanced learners expand their vocabulary. In particular, to improve their knowledge of Spanish words that people actually use, rather than just the formal words you learn in textbooks

2.     Allow Spanish learners to improve their ability to listen

3.     Support you on your way to becoming an expert in Spanish grammar

4.     Develop your knowledge of the culture of the Spanish-speaking world – after all, to really know a language you have to know the culture that made it

5.     Create a community of Spanish learners who can help solve problems. Why not post a comment on our Facebook page here right now?

 

Our longer-term aims:

1.     Produce a detailed Spanish course that allows advanced learners to master Spanish and really understand the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries

2.     Create a course that allows all levels of Spanish learners to improve their Spanish - from beginners to advanced learners

 

 

In a few days we shall tell you a bit more about us. And next week our first audio podcast about Navidad (Christmas!) will be released! We hope that you’re excited…

 

Cristian y Paola