As well as being able to speak a language one of the most important and useful skills when learning any language is to be able to listen to and understand native speakers. It is widely known that Spanish people are amongst the fastest speakers in the world therefore it takes a lot of practice to be able to get the grasp of what they are saying. The best way to improve your listening skills is to listen to as many different native speakers as possible as often as you can. People that listen to Spanish audio for just a few minutes a day notice a big difference after a short time. You will also find that your pronunciation will gradually improve. This article will give you some links to some excellent audio and podcasts you can download today.
Notes In Spanish: http://www.notesinspanish.com/spanish-audio/ There are three levels available; beginners, intermediate and advanced. The conversations and interviews cover topics relating to everyday life which also incorporate a lot of cultural information about Spain and lots of authentic Spanish expressions. The podcasts can be downloaded onto iPod, mp3 player or computer. You have to pay for the transcripts.
Audiria: http://www.audiria.com/ Here you can download podcasts on various topics of various difficulty levels. There are also some “slow” podcasts for beginners. Topics include; Spanish cooking, songs, daily scenes, grammar and vocabulary, history, Spain, art, humour, television and radio amongst many others. Some are accompanied by video clips and you can read the script at the same time. There are also follow-up exercises to do.
News In Slow Spanish: http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/ Listen and read about up-to-date news in Spanish. Hover your mouse over the highlighted Spanish phrases in the transcript and you will see the English translation appear. The website also includes grammar, pronunciation and quizzes.
Radio Lingua – Coffee Break Spanish: http://radiolingua.com/cbs-step-1/ Coffee break Spanish features lessons covering everything beginner’s would need to know; greetings, numbers, talking about your family, work, where you live, expressing your likes, dislikes, etc. They are in 15-minute recordings so easy to listen to whenever you have a spare few minutes. The audio is free to download but you have to purchase the lesson guides and accompanying material.
Listening is perhaps one of the most challenging skills when learning a language but if you stick at it you will notice a huge improvement to your ability to understand native speakers. You may also like to read the previous blog article for more tips on how to improve listening skills.