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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.20 – Homenaje a Madrid

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 20 Ben and Marina pay homage to Madrid, the city where Marina was born and Ben has lived since 1998.

We discuss the city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, its classic bars and restaurants, and how the gentle art of meeting friends at one of the many terrazas in the city’s plazas may be where its real magic lies.

Photo: Back street, La Latina, Madrid

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.19 – El Arte de Relajarse

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 19 Ben and Marina discuss the art of relaxation. We look at how the after-lunch ‘sobremesa‘ is one of the most relaxing customs in Spain, and how it resembles an ancient Chinese concept of lazyness.

Plus we reveal all of our relaxation secrets, including walking, reading (travelling by novel! Recently with Isabel Allende…), films, yoga, and much more.

Photo: Calella de Palafrugell, Cataluña

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.18 – Generación Móvil

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 18 Ben and Marina discuss the excessive use of smartphones and social networks in the younger generations, and what effect it can have on our minds, ability to reason, and even our democracy.

We look at how many of the founders of these technologies now reject them for themselves and their children, and ask, is this just progress? Is the human being evolving in new ways? Or should we be looking more closely at this as a society?

Photo: Wall mural, “El que lee mucho y anda mucho, ve mucho y sabe mucho” – Miguel de Cervantes (He who reads a lot and walks a lot, sees a lot and knows a lot).

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.17 – La Etiqueta en España


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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 17 Ben and Marina discuss etiquette in Spain, covering Spanish punctuality, inviting people to your home in Spain, and how to be polite with food.

Are the Spanish generally punctual? How late will people arrive if you invite them to lunch? How late can you arrive at a restaurant? Can you refuse food at a friends house? Should you take the last croqueta on the plate? And what do the Spanish say about people that sing at the table while everyone is still eating?

Photo: Arriving on time by horse in the Jerez fiestas.

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.16 – Saludos Españoles

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 16 Ben and Marina talk about the endless ways of greeting people in Spain – should you shake hands, give two kisses, a hug, or a combination of all of them?

If they are a neighbour, an old friend, an elderly lady? A persona a friend is introducing you to for the first time? How does this all differ for men and women, or from people who aren’t Spanish, like Ben? We hope to clear everything up!

Photo: Plaza Dos de Mayo in Madrid

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.15 – Al Amor Por Los Idiomas


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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 15 Ben and Marina discuss a new device that translates real time conversations into different languages on the go, and ask if it’s the end of language learning – no way!

We also discuss whether learning languages makes you more intelligent, how it helps explore the depths of a culture and can lead to greater acceptance in a community when you life abroad, and how the musicality of another language can reach parts of you that your own language can’t touch.

P.S. Make sure you check out our latest Q and A audio too!

Photo: Las Fallas, Valencia.

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Notes in Spanish Q and A Feb 2018

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Ben and Marina answer questions from listeners about everyday expressions, grammar, and language resources. Below are the notes from the Q and A:

Estoy deseando conocerte – I’m looking forward to meeting you.

No tener dos dedos de frente – Thick as a brick – read about the origin of the phrase here.

Cada quien baila con su propia pañuelo – Everyone is very individualistic.

El mundo es un pañuelo – It’s a small world.

South American Spanish – Ben is reading Mas allá del invierno by Isabel Allende (Contains disturbing scenes).

Tu and usted – what is the rule of thumb? Marina tends not to use ‘usted’ much these days, but would use it in smart restaurants, with a hotel receptionist, the King, an elderly neighbour she met for the first time, and whenever someone addressed her with ‘usted‘ first.

Getting the hang of – coger el truco

E.G. Estoy aprendiendo a tejer y creo que ya lo estoy cogiendo el truco. – I’m learning to knit and I think I’m getting the hang of it.

Lamenting past decisions:

Debería de haber comprobado la documentación correctamente – I should have checked the documentation properly
Debería de haber pedido a un mecánico que comprobase el estado del coche – I should have got a mechanic to check the state of the car
Debería de haberme comprado un coche nuevo – I should have bought a new car
Tendría que haberme comprado un coche nuevo – I should have bought a new car

What else to listen to after Notes in Spanish? If you’ve listened to everything we have (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Gold…) then watch Spanish films via filmin.es, or try the Cadena Ser or RTVE radio podcasts. Marina used to like La Ventana from Cadena Ser.

Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.14 – Paco de Lucia


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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 14 Ben and Marina discuss Paco de Lucia, the famous flamenco guitarist who took this very Spanish music onto the international stage.

We look at his childhood, from how he first picked up a guitar, to his first steps onto the international stage, plus the great influence of Jazz on his work, and his very interesting personality.

This podcast was inspired by the fascinating documentary, Paco de Lucía. La Búsqueda You can watch it here on filmin.es, a service we often use to watch films at home.

Photo: Paco de Lucia by der_makabere

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.13 – Como Sobrevivir El Siglo 21


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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 13 Ben and Marina discuss why everyone is stressed these days, the number of things we have going on in life, the quantity of inputs overwhelming us all, and how to solve this 21st century problem.

We talk about changes in work culture and deadlines, how our parents’ generation faired differently, and how a walk in nature is our solution to everything.

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.12 – Cataluña

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 12 Ben and Marina discuss Cataluña, and the wonders of Catalan cuisine, landscapes, restaurants, pueblos, and of course, the great city of Barcelona.

We talk about how Spain is a nation of huge cultural and geographic diversity, and how our friends Pep and Tom keep us in touch with the joys of life in Cataluña.

Photo: Arenys de Mar port, Cataluña.

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.11 – Niños Felices, País Feliz

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 11 Ben and Marina discuss the idea that Denmark is the happiest country on earth because it brings up happy children that turn into happy adults.

We look at ideas from a new book that attempts to explain how this is done, and compare to our own experiences of life and education in Spain and the UK.

Photo: Happy Children during the fiestas in Jerez.

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.10 – Horarios Locos

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 10 Ben and Marina discuss why Spain still has such a crazy timetable for shops, office work, and meals.

We explore how the roots of this problem lie in Franco’s Spain, when people often had two jobs, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and see if anything can be done to bring Spain into line with the rest of Europe’s timetable.

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Super Useful Spanish Video – The Verb LLevar


In today’s video we look at the verb LLevar! Get the report and check out the extra phrases in this post:

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PDF Download link: Totally Understanding Llevar PDF

All the other llevar phrases used in the video (not all are in the PDF!):

Llevarse bien/mal – To get on well or badly with someone
Llevarse como el perro y el gato – Te get on terribly with someone
Me llevo muy bien con mi vecina – I get on really well with my neighbour
Me llevo fatal con mi tío – I get on terribly with my uncle
Mis niños se llevan como el perro y el gato – My kids fight like cats and dogs
Llevarse un buen recuerdo – To have a great memory of something
Me llevo muy buen recuerdo de mi visita a Paris – I have great memories of my trip to Paris
Llevar encima – To carry something with you
¿Llevas el pasaporte encima? – Have you got your passport with you?
¿Llevas el movíl encima? – Have you got your mobile with you?
Lo llevo en modo avion – It’s in aeroplane mode
Llevo una vida de locos – My life is crazy
Llevarse un susto – To get a big shock
Tuve un accidente y me llevé un buen susto – I had an accident and I got a really big shock
Llevarse un premio – To win a prize
He escrito un libro sobre como sobrevivir el siglo 21 y me he llevado un premio – I wrote a book about how to survive the 21st century and I won a prize.

Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.9 – Musicofília


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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 9 Ben and Marina discuss Musicophilia, starting with the curious case of the man who was struck by lightening and quickly developed a life-changing obsession with music.

Plus, music in our own lives, and musicality in Spain – do the Spanish tend to learn instruments at an early age? Do they love to sing when they get together?

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.8 – Cocido


(Photo: Cocido Madrileño by Tnarik Innael)

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 8 Ben and Marina talk about Cocido.

It’s a typical Spanish dish from Madrid that Marina’s dad would eat 5 days-a-week in post civil war Spain and is now considered high cuisine.

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.7 – La Jungla en la Ciudad

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 7 Ben and Marina discuss the presence of wild animals in cities, comparing Spain to Africa and India.

Plus the scandal surrounding the unfortunate fate of some wild boars in a town near Madrid.

Photo: Wild boars in the Sierra de Cazorla.

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.6 – El Camarero Honesto

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 6 Ben and Marina discuss the odd rituals of Spanish restaurants: customer service, begging for ‘la cuenta’, tipping, and honest waiters.

Plus the ‘simpa’ and Ben´s related confession.

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.5 – Un Mundo Bio

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 5 Ben and Marina discuss the surprising landscapes of Almería, and what shocked them about the cultivation of fruit and vegetables there, compared to the Pyrenees.

Plus, we look at the rise of organic food culture in Spain.

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Ya! A Very Useful Spanish Word

In today’s video we discuss the word ‘ya’, a super useful Spanish word that is incredibly common in day-to-day conversation in Spanish. You can start using it more too!

Notes from the video:

1,2,3…  ¡Ya! – 1,2,3, Go!

Ha subido el precio del café – ¡Ya te digo! – The price of coffee has gone up – You’re right there!

Si le estoy haciendo cosquillas…¡Basta ya! – If I’m tickling Marina. Stop it!

Ya que estás aquí, ¿me puedes arreglar la lámpara por favor? – Seeing as you are here, can you fix the light for me please?

¿Estás ya? ¡Ya Voy! – Are you ready to go yet? I’m coming!

¿Cuando comemos? – ¡Ya! – When are we going to eat? Now!

¡Comemos Ya! – It’s time to eat!

Están pasando una situación difícil… Ya…  – They are having a tough time… I know…

¿Estás ya? Ya estoy – Are you ready yet? I’m ready.

¿Has hecho tus deberes? ¡Ya está! – Have you done your homework? It’s done!

¡Ya me levanto! – I’m getting up! Really!

¡Venga ya! No me cuentes tonterías – Come on, don’t talk nonsense.

Y luego ya – And finally…

Vamos a comer, luego vamos a hacer las compras, y luego ya vamos a casa – We are going to eat, then we are going to go shopping, and finally/after that we’ll go home.

Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.4 – Un oasis de silencio


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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 4 Ben and Marina discuss an article by Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa about his stay in a Benedictine monastery.

Plus the rise of mindfulness in Spain, and the need for oases of peace in our busy world.

¿Te gustaría la idea de pasar 4 días en silencio?

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Real Spanish Christmas – ¡Pelos de Punta!

Given the choice, we’d rather be listening to this song by Paco de Lucia and Camarón de la Isla on Christmas day – ¡Nos pone los pelos de punta! It makes our hair stand on end! (But if you prefer a super well know tacky Spanish carol, see below too, plus our Christmas audios!)


(Song should start at 2m03s)

Christmas Audio Specials Here On Notes In Spanish

If you want to dig deeper into Christmas in Spain, and pick up lots of Spanish Christmas vocab and phrases, then we have special Christmas audio for every level:

Inspired Beginners 16 – ¡Feliz Navidad!

Intermediate 12 – Navidad

Advanced 86 – Feliz Navidad

Do take 10 minutes to listen to the audio for your level with the appropriate worksheet (available in our store), and make this a very Spanish Christmas!

And now for the tacky Spanish carol (you grow to love it over the years!), then a final bit of news…

Campana Sobre Campana

If you feel like supporting our free audios, donations are welcome via the form on our Donate page. ¡Mil gracias!🙂

¡Feliz Navidad para todos!

Ben y Marina

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.3 – España Globalizada

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2In episode 3 Ben and Marina discuss whether Spain is losing its wonderful Spanish-ness, especially in the restaurant sector.

Is the family-run place a thing of the past? Plus other changes ‘que nos chocan’ in today’s Madrid.

¿Ha cambiado mucho tu ciudad en los últimos 10 o 20 años?

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.2 – La Vida Sin Muerte

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2Welcome to Episdoe 2 of our brand new Advanced Season 2 Series! This week we discuss life without death. As scientists promise that by 2040 we’ll be able to live forever, even go back to the age we’d like to stay at, we discuss what this means for the human race, for doctors, religion, and much more.

¿A ti te gustaría poder vivir para siempre?

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Advanced 2: Real Immersion is for Motivated Intermediates Too…


When I learnt Spanish I was thrown in at the deep end, constantly! Here in Madrid every trip to the bank, every night out with Spanish people, every encounter in a shop, every real Spanish situation I walked into was, well, the real thing! Even when I was a complete beginner!

That’s why I say in the blog post for the first Advanced Season 2 episode that these new audios are suitable for Intermediate listeners too: “Don’t panic if the Spanish feels really challenging! It should! Listen to the Spanish conversation, ideally with the transcript from the worksheets – …this ‘real immersion’ is the best possible thing you can do for your Spanish!”

“No te pases” I thought when I wrote that, don’t push your luck, maybe it’s too hard for intermediate learners! But this comment on the first post made me very happy and reassured me that I was spot on:

“I am very much enjoying your new podcast. I’m one of those you describe as a “motivated intermediate”. I want to assure others in that category that this podcast is definitely approachable with the aid of the notes [transcript/worksheet]. I wasn’t surprised that I understood little listening to the podcast without the notes, but I was amazed at how much I could understand having the notes to read alongside.”

Real immersion in a language is ‘reality!’ It doesn’t do you any harm at all if you have the right support. In my case I walked around Madrid with a small dictionary in my pocket (1998, pre Google Translate!) Nowadays, you have our super worksheets to explain all the best bits, making sure you learn the real Spanish you’ll never find in a text book!

Listen to the first episode of Advanced 2 and get the worksheets here. Your Spanish will be zooming ahead whether you are a motivated Intermediate learner or already Advanced.

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Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2 – Ep.1 – Minimalismo y felicidad

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Notes in Spanish Advanced 2Welcome to Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2! We’re back with our best real Spanish conversations to help you stay at the top of real-world Spanish today!

In this first episode, Ben and Marina discuss ‘La Magia del Orden’, by Marie Kondo, a book that has changed their lives, and the relationship between living with minimal possessions and clutter, and our happiness.

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Un Manjar – A Cool Spanish Word!

Queridos amigos,

We’ve got another great Notes in Spanish video for you below, this time connected with food and pronunciation. Either watch the video through once first to see if you understand it all, or if you would like some help, see the context and language notes below first:

Language notes and context:

In this video we discuss the word ‘un manjar’, which means a food which is really special, or a real delicacy, in this case a German blue cheese that Ben bought after not having had any for a long time. We discuss what is a ‘manjar’ for us, and go on to say that Ben learnt the word from his friend Jorge, who only just recently, after about 4 years, taught me to pronounce his name correctly.

Here are some useful phrases from the video:

Un queso exquisito – A delicious cheese
Un queso azul – A blue cheese
(Un queso) que llevábamos sin tomar como ocho años – (A cheese) that we hadn’t eaten for about 8 years
Tengo un manjar – I’ve got a real delicacy
Unas gambas blancas de Huelva a la plancha – Grilled white prawns from Huelva
Me suena árabe, de origen árabe – It sounds arabic to me, of arabic origin
Dices mi nombre mal – You say my name wrong
Estaría el muy orgulloso – He would be very proud
Tiene un sentido del humor muy interesante – he’s got a very interesting sense of humour.

¿Cuál es tu manjar favorito?

Remember! Our new Advanced 2 audios have started! Listen to episode 1 now!

Un abrazo,

Ben y Marina

New Real Spanish Conversation Audio Coming Monday!

Dear friends,

Next Monday November 20th we release the first of our new audio series, Notes in Spanish Advanced Season 2!Update: Episode one is available now!

You have been asking us for ages for new audios, so…

Nos pusimos manos a la obra – We got to work! (that’s one of the many useful phrases we highlight in the worksheet for the first episode!)

Perfect for Advanced and Motivated Intermediates!

The new audios will be the same as the original Advanced series – 10 to 12 minutes of Ben and Marina with our best ever real Spanish conversation on real life, interesting topics – the kind of things YOU want to talk about in Spanish when you have a real Spanish conversation with real people you meet out in the world today.

If you are an Advanced or Motivated Intermediate learner, the combination of the new worksheets and audios will rocket you forward with your Spanish.

The new audios will be released free as a podcast as always, and for those of you that want to double or triple what you get from the audio and really supercharge your Spanish, you will be able to join a special members area where for a small monthly fee you can get the worksheet for every episode as we release them each week (plus another exciting members bonus we’ll announce on Monday!)

As usual the worksheets will include a full transcript of our conversation, a list of the essential vocab and phrases you must know from the audio, plus discussion questions and useful exercises.

As a monthly member you will be hugely improving your Spanish!

Listen to episode one now!

Saludos desde Madrid,

Ben y Marina

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New Audios Coming, Halloween Spanish and Sale and More!

Dear Friends,

Lots of big news for you today!

First of all, we are just a few weeks away from releasing brand new Real Spanish Audios! We’ve recorded the first couple or episodes, our trademark, REAL Spanish conversation on really interesting real-life topics. In the next few weeks we’ll be releasing the first episode, and rolling them out weekly after that!

These new audios will in real-speed, natural conversation Spanish, but the Spanish in every episode will be accessible to everyone with the help of the accompanying worksheets. Stay tuned to the newsletter to find out exactly when the first episode is out soon!

While you wait, get your Spanish ready by listening to our audios and boosting your learning with our worksheets! This should help…

Halloween Vocab and Special 3 Day 25% Off Sale!

Halloween Spanish

Until Midnight Thursday 2nd November you can get 25% off anything in our store with the coupon code halloween17 Head to our store now and use the coupon to get your Spanish flowing in time for our new, real Spanish conversation audios coming soon!

Halloween Vocab! Do you know all of these?

Ghost – Un fantasma

Vampire – Un vampiro

Bat – Un murciélago (one of the few Spanish words to use all the vowels!)

Trick or treat – Truco o trato

I’m frightened! – ¡Tengo miedo!

Don’t frighten me – ¡No me asustes!

What a fright, a vampire! – ¡Qué susto, un vampiro!

You’re really scaring me! – ¡Me das mucho miedo!

Happy Halloween!

Ben y Marina

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Remember, until Midnight Thursday 2nd November you can get 25% off anything in our store with the coupon code halloween17 Head to our store now!

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Cool Spanish Encounter

A great sign I saw this morning – Watch out! Wild boars! Slow down!

Queridos amigos,

It’s time for some more real Spanish for you (and a secret page at the bottom of this post!)

I was walking to my car this morning in a small village near Madrid where I like to come and work some days, when a man approached me and said, ‘Caballero, ¿dónde puedo comprar una baraja?’

I saw his wife packing a picnic in the back of their car and so thought he had asked where he could buy ‘una navaja’ – a pocket knife. So, unsure, I said ‘¿Perdón?’

‘Una baraja’ he repeated, and made the sign of shuffling a deck of cards with his hands.

‘¡Ah!’ I said, ‘Aquí a la derecha hay una papelería’ – Here on the right there is a stationary shop.

‘¡Gracias!’ he said and off he went.

This encounter made me happy for two real-Spanish-related reasons. First of all, I love it how the Spanish will often start an encounter with a complete (male) stranger with ‘Caballero…’ which can be translated as gentlemen, honorable man, or knight!

And I loved the fact that he reminded me of the word ‘baraja’ for a deck of cards. There’s something satisfying about that word! It reminded me too of the verb, barajar, to shuffle, and the phrase ‘barajar varias posibilidades’ – to consider various options.

For example, ’Después de barajar varias posibilidades, acabamos reservando una mesa en La Taberna Miranda’ – After considering various possibilities we ended up reserving a table at La Taberna Miranda.

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Special Spring Sale!

Queridos amigos,

We’ve got some cool Spanish phrases for you, and news of our spring sale.

After a dry start to spring we’ve had a wonderful rainy few weeks in Madrid, full of wild flowers. Here is one of our favourite phrases that we often hear at this time of year:

Hasta el 40 de mayo no te quites el sayo – Don’t take your raincoat off until May 40th!

This wonderful phrase, straight from the streets of Madrid, means that until May 40th, so about June 10th, don’t bet on nice weather, it can still be cold or wet… but after June 10th, watch out… ¡Va a hacer muchísimo calor!

To celebrate this beautiful time of year, until midnight on Wednesday May 24th, you can get 25% off any of the products in our store with the coupon code: spring17

Just head to our store now, select the product you’d like, and use the special spring17 code to get the discount.

More cool weather phrases!

Our Real Spanish Phrase Book is back on the home page of our store, it’s full of all the coolest
‘straight from the streets’ phrases Madrileños use every day. Here are two we love from the weather section:

Llueve a cántaros  – It’s pouring! ‘Cántaro’, means jug, or pitcher, and when it rains this hard it
feels like people are pouring them all over you!

Hace un día de miedo – What fantastic weather! Literally, ‘it makes a day of fear’, in reality this phrase is used when the sun is out, the weather is warm, and the skies are blue!

You can get 25% off our Real Spanish Phrase Book, and all the other products in our store, in our Spring Sale.

Just head to our store now, choose the product you’d like, and use the special spring17 code to get the discount.

Hasta Pronto, y gracias,

Ben y Marina

 

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