About Notes in Spanish

Notes in Spanish is designed to help you learn the real Spanish you’ll never find in a textbook or classroom.

Our free Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced Spanish-learning audio and podcasts provide authentic listening practice via completely natural conversations and interviews, covering interesting news, Spanish culture, current affairs, and travel.

The accompanying worksheet packs in our store are designed to enhance and increase what you learn in the free audios, making you fluent and confident faster.

Over 17,000 Spanish learners like you have used these packs to get fluent faster!

Who are Ben and Marina?


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Ben Curtis and Marina Diez live in Madrid, Spain, and have been making on-line podcasts, audio and video since May 2005, with over 37 million worldwide downloads of our Spanish audios since then.

Notes in Spanish has been our main work since 2006, supported by the purchases in our store. Thank you!

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.

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.

With every purchase in our store, 5% goes to Aldeas Infantiles, a Spanish Charity providing homes and family for children who can no longer live with their parents, and keeping vulnerable families together.