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Playlist: Real Spanish in Minutes
These videos focus on colloquial language. Some focus on the many different meanings and uses of common words such as leche or various ways to express an idea or an emotion: for example, expressions for talking about speed, or expressions to reject a suggestion or a request. Others consist of excerpts from our full-length lessons based on clips from movies, TV programs, and documentaries. To help you get the most out of these mini-lessons, we have developed a set supplementary learning materials for each video: a complete annotated transcription, a grammar sheet in Spanish and English, and some online activities where you can practise the vocabulary, expressions and grammar highlighted in the mini-lesson. Click on the thumbnail for «Salir rana» below to try a free sample set of the supplementary learning materials.
Playlist: Real Spanish Grammar in Minutes
In each of these videos we explain an aspect of Spanish grammar that many speakers of other languages find difficult, such as the use of the subjunctive, words that can be masculine or feminine (such as el orden/la orden), pronominal verbs, verbs that function like «gustar», and more. Each video comes with a free transcription in Spanish and English.Click on the thumbnails below to choose a grammar mini-lesson.
Playlist: Real Spanish Pronunciation in Minutes
These videos are excerpts from some of our full-length pronunciation lessons. In each video we explain and demonstrate an aspect of Spanish pronunciation that many speakers of other languages find difficult. To get the most out of these videos, we suggest you buy a complete course that comes with an interactive component where you can listen, repeat, record yourself, and compare your pronunciation with that of a native speaker. You can try a free sample of this component for the first mini-lesson, «La erre vibrante simple».
After viewing a video it’s a good idea to listen to the lesson to the audio, reading the Spanish in the transcription or on the screen at the same time. You can also read aloud, chiming in with the audio, to focus on pronunciation, phrasing and intonation. Remember that the secret to improving your listening comprehension, fluency and comprehension is listening and repeating, over and over again.