Podcast to understand conversations

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In case you don't know, a podcast is a radio or television program that can be downloaded from the Internet and listened to on a computer or portable player. There is podcasts of all kinds and for all tastes, and there are plenty of language learning courses*.

* Haber algo a patadas: haber muchos (colloquial)        

 I (Alberto) especially like to listen to podcast in English, lately I hear Desert Island Discsan interview program of BBC Radio 4. I like listening to it because the interviews are almost always entertaining and interesting and because I can discover new music, one of my passions. And, in general, I enjoy listening to podcast (mainly interview programs with relevant people) because I learn interesting things, listen to different accents and, from time to time, I expand my vocabulary with a new word or expression.          

Are the podcast?

Yes, the podcasts are very useful for learning languages, help you to improve your listening comprehension while having a good time (if they are of good qualityof course).\"microphone-639192_960_720\"

But if you want to start understanding conversations in Spanishthe first thing you have to do is stop listening podcast with monologuesi.e., auditions in which ONLY one person speaks. These recordings are useful (if they are of good quality) to improve some aspects of listening comprehension, but they do NOT help you to understand conversations.

Why?

  1. The first reason is obvious, isn't it? In the conversationsas minimumthere are two peopleThis leads to certain practices that do not occur in monologues, for example: 
  2. Interruptions, overlaps. Especially in Spanish, the turn to speak is like a struggle 😆 so it is highly recommended that you get used to hearing how we interrupt each other and how we sometimes speak at the same time.
  3. Muletillasexpressions of surprise, of denial, etc. They are typical expressions that we make when we talk to another person to check that he/she follows us (right? right? you know? right? ...), and that the listener says to indicate that he/she understands, that he/she follows, that he/she likes what he/she hears, that he/she is surprised... (aha, yes, ok, come on, don't tell me, I have no idea...). It may seem easy if you read them here, but when we say them in a conversation... things change 😯 , it is normal that you do not recognize them and even that they do not help you to understand the general meaning. 

Okay, you know why you shouldn't listen to monologues to understand conversational Spanish...

But if you don't live in a Spanish-speaking country or can't listen to real conversations on a regular basis, the podcast can be your greatest ally, we know. 

That is why we have researched and selected 2 websites that offer podcast with good quality conversations. It is true that they are not exactly the same as street conversations, but they are very close.   

 

Our selection of podcasts to understand conversations

The one we like the most is Podcasts in Spanish. Bea and Reyes, two Spanish teachers, offer 2-3 minute conversations and interviews on a variety of topics. There are three levels of difficulty, and in all three speak at normal speed, something very important to get used to the way people talk in the street.    

Notes in Spanish offers 10-12 minute thematic dialogues and interviews by levels of duration. Its creators are Ben and Marina, a very nice couple who donate part of their profits to different NGOs.  

 

On these pages you can listen to the podcasts free of charge, but the extras (transcriptions and exercises) are paid.

We hope you like either of them! 

And if you want to share your experience with the Spanish podcasts, please do so below in the comments, thank you!

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