Category Archives: Advanced Spanish Audio

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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?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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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?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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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.

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 96 – Los Bomberos


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Marta worked in a UK school for a while this year, and her experiences highlight just why the Brits can be uptight and the Spanish much more relaxed! It’s all about the firefighters!

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 95 – Adopciones


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We discuss adoptions in Spain, and a recent terrible case from Argentina.

¿Sabes si hay muchas adopciones en tu paí­s? ¿De qué paí­s proceden los niños adoptados principalmente? ¿Qué opinas del caso de Marí­a Eugenia Sampallo?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 94 – Ser Mujer en la Epoca de Franco


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Marina talks to Maria Rosa about life as a woman under Franco’s dictatorship.

¿Qué te parece el hecho de que Marí­a Rosa tuviera que contar con el permiso de su marido para abrir y sacar dinero de su cuenta bancaria? ¿Cuál era la situación de la mujer en tu paí­s en esta misma época (años 60-70)?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 92 – Las Olimpiadas de China


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As China prepares for the Olympics, protests erupt around the world. But are we all blameless these days? Listen to the podcast and comment below!

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 91 – El Móvil


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Mobile phone madness in the Metro, golfing in bed, and those infernal ring tones… Click the Play button above to listen now!

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Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 90 – La Oficina


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Does any work get done in a Spanish office? And how do you cope with the boss?

¿Crees que la vida en una oficina española es muy distinta de la vida en una oficina en tu paí­s? ¿En qué? ¿Crees que hay diferencias entre el sueldo de un hombre y una mujer que realizan la misma tarea en tu paí­s?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 89 – El Camino


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Marina talks to her friend Isabel about the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrims’ route across Northern Spain followed by 50,000 people every year.

¿Te gustarí­a hacer el Camino de Santiago? ¿Lo harí­as a pí­e o de alguna otra manera? ¿Te parece una experiencia interesante?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 88 – La Cañada Real


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Once a Royal cattle trail, this stretch of land just outside Madrid has turned into Europe’s biggest shanty town.

¿Crees que habrí­a que eliminar el asentamiento en la Cañada Real? ¿Existen poblados de chabolas o de casas ilegales en tu paí­s? ¿Y cañadas para el ganado?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 87 – Notes from Spain


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Today’s podcast tells the story of when a blog post went very very wrong! ¿Qué te parece el experimento que hizo Ben? ¿Crees que la gente se atreve a hacer cosas por Internet que no harí­a en la vida real?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 86 – Feliz Navidad


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Happy Christmas from Notes in Spanish! Today we have a special festive episode for you … starting with an environmental question of course!

¿Crees que las Navidades son demasiado comerciales? ¿Cómo se celebran las Navidades en tu paí­s?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 85 – La de la verguenza


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How much are you willing to argue over who pays the bill in restaurants and bars? And do you feel bad if you eat the last tasty tapa on the plate?

¿Es habitual en tu paí­s dividir la cuenta a partes iguales cuando sales a cenar con amigos? ¿Cuál es la manera habitual de pagar si quedas a tomar un café o una cerveza con alguien?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 84 – Vegetarianismo en España


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Marina talks to Yolanda and Elena about the tricky job of being a vegetarian in Spain.

¿Hay mucha cultura vegetariana en tu paí­s? ¿Es fácil encontrar restaurantes con opciones vegetarianas en el menú en la zona donde vives?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 83 – Tráfico


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Is the collapse of all conventional traffic systems near?

¿Has tenido alguna mala experiencia con el tráfico recientemente? ¿Crees que el transporte público en tu paí­s es eficiente? ¿Se está promoviendo alguna acción alternativa, como el uso de motos, o la zona de congestión, en tu cuidad o paí­s?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 82 – Blog de la Miss


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Ben and Marina talk to Arturo, who wrote the famous Blog ‘Soy una Miss‘, the daily ramblings of a beauty queen which attracted readers and press interest from all over the world… despite the fact that the Blog de la Miss was written by a Mister!

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 81 – La Psicologí­a de Volar


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To what extent are the powers that be and the airline companies messing with our psychology when we catch a plane?

¿Crees tu que ha cambiado el mundo de los aeropuertos y los vuelos? ¿Te pone nervioso o nerviosa pasar por el control de seguridad de los aeropuertos? ¿Has notado algún truco psicológico del tipo de la música a la entrada del avión en algún sitio?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish podcast 80 – El Sistema Educativo


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Ben and Marina talk to Marina’s sister Marta about the Spanish education system and cheating in exams!

¿Cómo es el sistema educativo en tu paí­s? ¿Alguna vez te has hecho una chuleta para un examen?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 79 – Policí­a Armada


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Gun crime is rising in the UK, but the police still don’t carry guns! Is the tazer the answer?

¿Hay muchos crí­menes con armas entre menores de edad en tu paí­s? ¿Te parecerí­a bien que la policí­a de tu paí­s fuera desarmada?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 78 – Silvia, Bolivia y Madrid


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Today we chat to Silvia, who moved to Madrid from Bolivia around 7 years ago after reading a very inspiring book…

¿Alguna vez has leí­do un libro que te haya impulsado a dar un cambio en tu vida?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Podcast 77 – La Muerte de la Siesta


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In today’s episode Ben and Marina ask, is the siesta really on its way out? What other changes is Europe forcing upon an unsuspecting Spain?

¿Qué opinas de la siesta?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Podcast 76 – Jornada de 4 Horas a la Semana


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¿Pierdes mucho tiempo con el correo electrónico en tu trabajo? ¿Tienes algún consejo para mejorar el rendimiento?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 75 – Doriana y Argentina


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¿Qué te parece el acento argentino? ¿Es difí­cil de entender?

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Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 74 – La Mili


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Ben and Marina talk to Javi about ‘la Mili’ – the obligatory military service that many young Spaniards had to undertake until the year 2000.

¿Qué te parece la idea del servicio militar obligatorio?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 73 – Una Boda Multicultural


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The second of two interviews with Marina’s colleague Antonio.

¿Cómo son las bodas en tu paí­s? ¿Has estado alguna vez en una boda multicultural?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 72 – Las Misses


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¿Te gustan los concursos de Las Misses? ¿Ha habido algún escándalo relativo al tema de las Misses en tu país?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 71 – Sevilla


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Marina talks to her friend Antonio about Seville, the Andaluz accent, and differences between Seville and Madrid.

¿Es la gente en tu ciudad/pueblo muy presumida?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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Advanced Spanish Podcast 70 – Los Toros


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Marina and Ben discuss a new law in Spain aimed to protect some animals… but not all…

¿Que opinion tienes sobre las corridas de toros?

Saludos desde Madrid!

Ben y Marina
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