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I decided to learn Spanish Castellano, and looking for free resources on the Internet I found a very nice way to learn a new language: a podcast.

CoffeeBreakSpanish I already listen to podcasts related to technology and .NET development, but I never thought to a podcast as a way to learn a language.

So I subscribed to CoffeeBreakSpanish, hosted by a Scottish Spanish teacher.

I only listened to the first 3 lessons, but seems to be well paced and also teaching things in a friendly and practical way.

The lessons are only 15 minutes long, so I can listen to two of them when going to and coming back from lunch (Yes, I know, half an hour of walk just to go to lunch is a long time).

For those who are not interested in Spanish, the same site also produces an Italian and a German podcast.

I'd also be interested in learning Catalan, the language spoken in Catalunya, the region of Barcelona, but didn't find any online resource for it. But for now, Adios!

posted on Monday, July 23, 2007 3:40 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Learn Spanish with a podcast

Left by Emanuele Ziglioli at 7/23/2007 5:06 PM

Portuguese from Portugal is the real challenge! Spanish though (and everything related to Spain) is my real love from the Erasmus days

# re: Learn Spanish with a podcast

Left by John B at 7/24/2007 1:48 PM

You may also be interested in SpanishSense, which provides new lessons every day on a variety of levels and real-life topics.

# re: Learn Spanish with a podcast

Left by Manny Hernandez at 7/29/2007 9:20 PM

Thanks a ton for sharing this info, Simone. Though I am a native Spanish speaker, I get asked often how to learn Spanish and this method seems to be right on! The concept of delivery via Podcast and the Web 2.0 approach they have to it seems brilliant.

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