Notes in Spanish is designed to help you learn the real Spanish you’ll never find in a textbook or classroom.
Whether you’re listening to our Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced or Gold audio and podcasts (free on-line radio shows), we provide authentic listening practice via completely natural conversations and interviews, covering interesting news, Spanish culture, current affairs, and travel.
A full description of our different free Spanish podcasts and audio can be found here.
The accompanying worksheets, and other essential supplementary materials, such as Real Spanish Control, are designed to back up and help you to remember what you learn in the free audio. These can be found in our store
[Please note that we are happy to support individuals who are unemployed or receiving benefits and are unable to afford our paid materials, with generous discounts or free packs from our store. If this applies to you, just contact us here.]
Ben Curtis and Marina Diez live in Madrid, Spain, and have been making on-line podcasts, audio and video since May 2005, with over 31 million worldwide downloads of our Spanish audio since then.
Marina is an original Madrileña, born and brought up in the vibrant city of Madrid, where she worked for an I.T. company before leaving to work full time on Notes in Spanish. Apart from bringing her native-speaker Spanish knowledge to Notes in Spanish, she is also in charge of the design and development of our worksheets and supplementary materials.
Ben is an Englishman who came to Spain in 1998, and didn’t speak a word of Spanish when he arrived! Lots of classes, intercambios, and listening to the locals on buses and in the street soon changed that, and today, amongst other things, he has worked as a Spanish-English translator and interpreter. He has also written and made podcasts about Spain for the BBC, Lonely Planet, and Fodors, and has written in Spanish for Solo Moto 30, a motorbike magazine.
He has written two books about the story behind his time in Spain and the birth of Notes in Spanish (Errant in Iberia and Notes on the Internet Dream – see our Books page) and posts other current creative work at Notes from Ben.
In the press: Ben and Marina have been interviewed about Notes in Spanish in Spain’s El País newspaper, and on Radio Nacional de España, M40, and Cadena Ser national radio stations.
Where Can We Take You With Your Spanish?
You can join us at whichever level is right for you: