Shortcuts to talk about the Past in Spanish – Part 1 (Podcast) – LSFB 014

Today we will learn a few shortcuts to talk about the past in Spanish without having to memorize several long lists of verb conjugations. Continue reading “Shortcuts to talk about the Past in Spanish – Part 1 (Podcast) – LSFB 014”

How to Pronounce the letter E in Spanish (Podcast) – LSFB 013

Today we will learn how to pronounce the letter E in Spanish as well as a simple trick to remember the right pronunciation. Continue reading “How to Pronounce the letter E in Spanish (Podcast) – LSFB 013”

Phrases in Spanish you can use at Customs and Immigration (Podcast) – LSFB 012

Today we will learn a few Phrases you can use at Customs and Immigration in a Spanish speaking country, and we will review a short list of examples that will help you practice the right pronunciation. Continue reading “Phrases in Spanish you can use at Customs and Immigration (Podcast) – LSFB 012”

Audio: How to Pronounce the Letter A in Spanish (Podcast) – LSFB 011

Today we will learn how to pronounce the A in Spanish, and we will review a short list of examples that will help you practice the right pronunciation, as well as short list of common mistakes to avoid. Continue reading “Audio: How to Pronounce the Letter A in Spanish (Podcast) – LSFB 011”

Learn Spanish with Coca-Cola – Reasons to Believe in a Better World in Spanish

 

Today we will use a couple of great commercials by Coca-Cola as tools to practice the Spanish. Are you ready to get started? This is how the activity works: Continue reading “Learn Spanish with Coca-Cola – Reasons to Believe in a Better World in Spanish”

Learn Spanish with Oral Presentations – Gaby Vargas at TEDxDF

There are times when finding materials to practice Spanish can seem like a challenge. But in these times of digital abundance, being creative and resourceful can make things much easier. Continue reading “Learn Spanish with Oral Presentations – Gaby Vargas at TEDxDF”

Spanish for Nurses Video: 25 Phrases that can be Useful at Work (Add Yours!)

 

In this post we will take a look at a few phrases in Spanish that are commonly used by nurses at work.

First, you will find a video that will show you how to pronounce each phrase,

and after the video you will find a written version so you can review the spelling of each one and write them down on your notebook so you can use them at work, starting “mañana”! Continue reading “Spanish for Nurses Video: 25 Phrases that can be Useful at Work (Add Yours!)”

Learn Spanish with Coca-Cola Light – Funny Commercials in Spanish

There are many ways to practice Spanish, and when it comes to finding entertaining ways to do it.

Being creative and flexible is an important asset that separates fast learners from those who get bored and quit.

Today we will use a funny Coca-Cola commercial to practice Spanish while discussing a little about Mexican culture.

Although there are many stereotypes about the “Mexican macho”, the role of men in modern society has changed considerably in recent years.

Today we will look at a commercial that talks about this topic from a humorous point of view by making it look like a superhero movie trailer.

To make the most out of this exercise I recommend the following sequence:

First, watch the entire commercial in Spanish without clicking on pause. Try to understand as much as possible (don’t worry too much if there are parts you don’t get, it’s normal).

Second, play the commercial one more time and scroll down so you can read the transcript in Spanish and the translation in English in order to understand what the commercial talks about (don’t be afraid to pause and rewind as much as needed).

Third, watch the entire commercial in Spanish one more time and try to understand as much as possible. If at this point there are still several sections of the commercial you don’t fully understand, go back and read the transcript one more time until you understand the entire commercial without a problem.

And that’s all. It’s easy, huh?

Now it’s time to get started, ready?

 

Here is the commercial in Spanish:

Coca-Cola Light Commercial – Actitud Ligera (Light Attitude)

 

 

Here is a transcript of the commercial in both Spanish and English:

Hoy, ¿quién es realmente un macho?

Today, who is really a macho?

 

El más fuerte, el que no llora nunca, el que sale con 20 mujeres a la vez.

The strongest one, the one that never cries, the one that goes out with 20 women at the same time.

 

No, macho es el que está en pareja hace cinco años. Eso es un macho.

No, macho is the one that is in a couple since five years ago. That is a Macho.

 

Macho, es el que sale a correr en mallas.

Macho, is the one that goes out jogging wearing tights.

 

Es el que acepta que otro hombre está más galán que él.

Is the one that accepts that another man is more handsome than he is.

 

Es el que sabe los programas de la lavadora.

Is the one that knows the programs of the washing machine.

 

Es el que se levanta a las cuatro de la mañana a cambiar pañales, ¡eso es un macho!

Is the one that gets up at four in the morning to change diapers, that is a macho!

 

Es el que hojea revistas de chismes en la peluquería.

Is the one that looks at gossip magazines at the hair saloon.

 

Es el que pone en el estatus de facebook “in a relationship”.

Is the one that changes his Facebook status to “in a relationship”.

 

Esto es un verdadero macho.

That is a true macho.

 

Pero macho, lo que se dice macho, macho, macho…

But macho, what you call macho, macho, macho…

 

Es el que llega con Coca-Cola light a una fiesta y no le importa lo que digan los demás.

Is the one that arrives to a party with Coca-Cola light and doesn’t care what anyone says.

 

Coca-Cola light. Actitud ligera.

Coca-Cola light. Light attitude.

 

Here is a commercial in Spanish one more time.

This time watch it without reading the transcript and try to understand as much as possible.

Ready? Here it is:

 

Coca-Cola Light Commercial – Actitud Ligera (Light Attitude)

 

How did it feel the last time you watched it? Did it feel easier? Do you know of any other commercials in Spanish you would like us to translate? Do you have any questions about learning Spanish you would like to share?

Please let us know using the comments section available at the end of this page. We would love to hear from you.

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5 Things to do in Playa del Carmen Mexico (and Simple Phrases in Spanish for Beginners)

We all have different reasons for learning a foreign language. Some people want a better job, some want to meet new friends, and many want to travel to interesting places and experience the local cultures beyond the typical tourist experience. Continue reading “5 Things to do in Playa del Carmen Mexico (and Simple Phrases in Spanish for Beginners)”

Learn Spanish with Oral Presentations – Michael Rojkind at TEDxPuraVida

There are times when finding materials to practice Spanish may seem like a challenge, but in these times of digital abundance, with a little creativity and flexibility, finding innovative ways to practice is easier than most people think.

In this post, we’ll use an oral presentation in Spanish by Michael Rojkind, an innovative architect from Mexico, to practice your listening and comprehension skills at the same time.

 

This is how it works: play, pause and rewind the video as many times as needed until you understand what Mr. Rojkind says in his oral presentation.

The key to making this happen is activating the subtitles in English so they can be used as a guideline to accelerate the process.

Activating the subtitles on YouTube is easy. You only have to click on the CC (close caption) icon shown near the bottom right corner of the video player as shown in this image:

 

 

Are you ready to get started? Here is the video of the oral presentation:

TEDxPuraVida – Michael Rojkind – Riesgo de Contagio

 

The last part of this exercise is to watch the video again, but this time without showing the subtitles in English. To deactivate them, you only need to follow the same steps you followed to activate them (but in the reverse order of course).

Here is the same video one more time so you can watch it without the subtitle this time:

TEDxPuraVida – Michael Rojkind – Riesgo de Contagio

 

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