Types of real conversations

Do you know what a euphemism is?

I'm sure you know this, because you're a well-read person 🙂 And also because it's a word that changes form very little in many languages.

If you don't know it, with this example you will understand it:

A euphemism is to call spontaneous conversations a stolen conversations.

Exactly, "steal" is not a very nice word so we replace it with "spontaneous", which is nicer, it looks better 😉.

If you follow our blog, you will know that the audios we upload are audios of spontaneous conversations (ahem, ahem... 🙄 ). These are real conversations that we record without anyone knowingusing our cell phone recorder. If you know anything about Spanish politics, you will realize that we are not the only people who like to steal... A little flaw of the national character, I guess.

Yes, we are conversation stealers, dangerous criminals of the highest order. 😎 😎 Y this is what sets us apart of many other websites that offer audios of real conversations.

It is true that after stealing those conversations, either we ask people for permission or we select portions for publication that do not compromise them or give away who they may be.




And the fact is that there are many types of what we call "REAL CONVERSATIONS", and there are many ways to mimic them.


We thought it would be good to classify them and give you some examples, so you can be clearer about them what interests you and is most useful to you to cope with real-life conversations.

We have classified them as follows from less to more spontaneous1 is the least spontaneous and 7 is the most spontaneous. However, in some occasions (or in certain web pages or channels) it may be somewhat different, this is simply a general classification. We believe that what is important and what differentiates them is the intention of the people who speak:

a) I want to be understood (foreign people listening to me).

b) I want to talk for the sake of talking, to communicate with other people.


Language learning videos: fully prepared conversations, actors and actresses (better and worse). They try hard to make you understand them, so it's usually not very natural.


2. Audios of manualsIn prepared conversations, few strive to appear spontaneous, but rather to make sure that what they are saying is perfectly understood.


3. Conversation podcastsMost are prepared conversations that try to appear spontaneous. They make less effort for you to understand them, so some are better than others at preparing you to understand real conversations.


4. Series / MoviesThe script is prepared but if they are good actors/actresses it is very close to reality, and they don't care if you understand them or not, so that helps.


5. Discussions / InterviewsThe conversations are guided, but the interventions tend to have a high degree of spontaneity, nor do they strive to be easy to understand.


6. Real conversations knowing that there is a cameraconversations unprepared and unguided, with a lot of spontaneity. They will be more or less useful depending on whether they have in mind "I want to speak clearly so that foreign people understand me" or "I feel a bit weird knowing that they are recording me, but well, I'll try not to think about it".


7. Stolen Real Conversations (CRR 😎 😎 )totally spontaneous conversations in which people do not know that they are being recorded. In these recordings nobody makes any effort to make you understand them or to use an easier vocabulary, or to use a certain expression. These people speak as they normally speak.


Anyway, this is a general classification based on our experienceand we want to make it clear that we classify them according to their spontaneity, not according to their usefulness or quality, as this is very subjective..


So we encourage you to choose and use the actual materials you are most interested in.


And if the audios you are most interested in are more difficult to understand, to work with and to follow, consider that when you work these audios and understand them, the gratifying sensation that will run through your veins will be wonderful and all the effort will have been worth it.. 😀




For AyA, the best way to listen to conversations in which speakers express themselves naturally is to listen to stolen (sorry, spontaneous 😉 ) conversations However, these have some disadvantages, including:

  • Background noise is unavoidable in these types of recordings, since they are not made in a studio, and sometimes it can become annoying and difficult to understand. We try to reduce it when there is a lot of it, but it is impossible to eliminatelet's say it's the price to pay for being a criminal. :mrgreen:


  • Volume is not high because the cell phone or camera is usually hidden or far away from the people talking. We use the Audacity program to improve this, but still, they will never sound like a conversation recorded in a quiet place with a microphone or camera nearby.


These two drawbacks have an impact on the quality of the audiosso remember that you should always listen to our recordings with headphones. And if possible, of good quality.


Before we finish, we would like to share with you a new conversation. We think you will understand it better than other conversations we have published in previous posts for TWO REASONS.

Do you know what they may be?

If you do, we encourage you, as always, to share it with AyA and others who follow us. leaving a comment.


And, of course, if you have any suggestions for improvement, we'll be all for it. ears eyes.