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Ben and Marina discuss what makes Madrid so magical - its lively plazas, classic neighbourhoods, bars and terraces, restaurants and centuries-old architecture. Get the transcript and worksheet at notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_20_-_Homenaje_a_Madrid.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Ben and Marina discuss the art of relaxation, the 'sobremesa', walking, reading, watching films, our relaxation secrets and much more. See notesinspanish.com for the the full transcript/worksheet

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_19_-_El_Arte_de_Relajarse.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36am EST

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. See notesinspanish.com for the transcript/worksheet

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_18_-_Generacion_Movil.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:49am EST

Ben and Marina discuss etiquette in Spain, covering Spanish punctuality, inviting people to your home in Spain, and how to be polite with food. See notesinspanish.com for the full transcript and worksheet.

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_17_-_La_Etiqueta_en_Espana.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:21am EST

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? Get the full transcript and worksheet at notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_16_-_Saludos_Espanoles.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:43am EST

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! See Notesinspanish.com for the transcript/worksheet

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_15_-_El_Amor_Por_Los_Idiomas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:07am EST

Ben and Marina discuss Paco de Lucia, the famous flamenco guitarist who took this very Spanish music onto the international stage. See notesinspanish.com for the accompanying worksheets.

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_14_-_Paco_de_Lucia.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:28am EST

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. Get the transcript/worksheet at notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_13_-_Como_Sobrevivir_al_Siglo_21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14am EST

Ben and Marina discuss Cataluña, and the wonders of Catalan cuisine, landscapes, restaurants, pueblos, and of course, the great city of Barcelona. Pick up the worksheets to accompany this podcast at notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_12_-_Cataluna.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:18am EST

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 examine how, and compare to Spain and the UK. Pick up the accompanying worksheet at notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_11_-_Ninos_felices_pais_feliz..mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46pm EST

Ben and Marina discuss why Spain still has such a crazy timetable for shops, office work, meals, the roots of this problem in Franco's Spain, and if it can change. See notesinspanish.com for the worksheet/transcript for all episodes.

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_10_-_Horarios_Locos.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:29am EST

Ben and Marina discuss Musicophilia, life-changing moments and their relation to music, music in our lives, and musicality in Spain. See notesinspanish.com for the transcript/worksheet for this audio.

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_09_-_Musicofilia.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:09am EST

Ben and Marina talk about Cocido, a typical dish from Madrid that Marina's dad would eat 5 days-a-week in post civil war Spain and is now considered high cuisine . See notesinspanish.com for the transcript/worksheet

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_08_-_Cocido.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:39am EST

Ben and Marina discuss the presence of wild animals in cities, comparing Spain to Africa and India, and the unfortunate fate of some wild boars in a town near Madrid. See notesinspanish.com for the transcript/worksheet

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_07_-_La_jungla_en_la_ciudad.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:45am EST

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. See notesinspanish.com for the worksheets.

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_06_-_El_Camarero_Honesto.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24am EST

Ben and Marina discuss the surprising landscapes of Almeria, and what shocked them about the cultivation of fruit and vegetables there, compared to the Pyrenees. Plus organic food culture in Spain. Get the worksheets at notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_05_-_Un_Mundo_Bio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:15am EST

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. Get the transcript/worksheet at notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_04_-_Un_Oasis_de_Silencio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47am EST

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? Get a full transcript of the conversation and much more in the worksheets at notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_03_-_Espana_Globalizada.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16am EST

Ben and Marina discuss the idea that by 2040 humans will be able to live forever, and the repercussions this would have in medicine, religion and all aspects of life as we know it. Get the full transcript/accompanying worksheet at www.notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_02_-_La_vida_sin_muerte.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:17am EST

Ben and Marina discuss 'La Magia del Orden', a book that has changed their lives, and the relationship between living with minimal possessions and clutter, and our happiness. Pick up the worksheets with full transcript at www.notesinspanish.com

Direct download: NIS_Advanced_Season_2_-_01_-_Minimalismo_y_Felicidad.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:16am EST

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! See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv96_bomberos2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

We discuss adoptions in Spain, and a recent terrible case from Argentina. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv95_adopcion.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:55am EST

What was it like to be a young woman in Franco's times? Marina talks to the mother of a great friend. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv94_mujerepocafranco.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:09am EST

What happens when rats take over an entire region in India? See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv93_plagas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47am EST

As China prepares from the Olympics, protests erupt around the world. But are we all blameless these days? See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv92_olimpiadas2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:29am EST

Mobile phone madness in the Metro, golfing in bed, and those infernal ring tones. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv91_el_movil.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:34am EST

Does any work get done in a Spanish office? And how do you cope with the boss? See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv90_oficina.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:59am EST

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. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv89_el_camino.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:56am EST

Once a Royal cattle trail, this stretch of land just outside Madrid has turned into Europe's biggest shanty town. See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv88_canada_real.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:15am EST

When a blog post went very very wrong! - See NotesinSpanish.com to pick up the accompanying transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv87_notesfromspain.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57am EST

Happy Christmas from Notes in Spanish! Today we have a special festive episode for you! See notesinspanish.com to pick up the accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv86_navidad07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:10am EST

Fighting to pay in bars and restaurants in Spain, and never eating the last croqueta. See notesinspanish.com for a full transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv85_la_verguenza.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:41am EST

Marina talks to Yolanda and Elena about the tricky job of being a vegetarian in Spain. See notesinspanish.com for the accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv84_vegetarianismo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

Is the collapse of all conventional traffic systems near?

See notesinspanish.com for more details and to pick up the transcript/worksheet
Direct download: nisadv83_trafico.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:48am EST

Ben and Marina talk to Arturo, who wrote the famous Blog de la Miss... see notesinspanish.com for details and accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv82_blog_miss.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:46pm EST

To what extent are the powers that be and the airline companies messing with our psychology when we catch a plane? See notesinspanish.com for the accompanying worksheet/transcript.
Direct download: nisadv81_volar.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:17am EST

Ben and Marina talk to Marina\\\'s sister Marta about the Spanish education system and cheating in  exams! See notesinspanish.com to pick up the accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv80_marta.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:17am EST

Gun crime is rising in the UK, but the police still don't carry guns! Is the tazer the answer? Check out notesinspanish.com for a full transcript on our accompanying worksheets.
Direct download: nisadv79_policia_armada.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:36am EST

Today we chat to Silvia, who moved to Madrid from Bolivia around 7 years ago after reading a very inspiring book... See notesinspanish.com to pick up the transcript on the accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv78_silvia.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:41am EST

Is the siesta really on its way out? What other changes is Europe forcing upon an unsuspecting Spain? See notesinspanish.com for more details and to pick up the accompanying worksheets.
Direct download: nisadv77_muerte_siesta.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04pm EST

Do you suffer from information overload?! Here are some tips that are helping to reduce ours! See notesinspanish.com for a full transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv76_4horas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:12am EST

Ben and Marina talk to their Argentinian friend Doreana about life in Argentina and Spain. See notesinspanish.com for the full transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv75_doriana.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:38am EST

Ben and Marina talk to Javi about 'la Mili' - the obligatory military service he undertook in Spain. See notesinspanish.com for details and to pick up the worksheet/transcript.
Direct download: nisadv74_lamili.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:18pm EST

Antonio tells Marina about his multi-cultural wedding in Sevilla. See notesinspanish.com to pick up the transcription/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv73_deboda.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

Scandal in the Miss Spain competition! See notesinspanish.com for more details and to download the worksheet/transcript.
Direct download: nisadv72_losmiss.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33am EST

Marina talks to her ex-workmate Antonio about Seville. See notesinspanish.com for the full transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv71_antonio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20pm EST

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

See notesinspanish.com for more details and the full transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv70_toros.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

Marina talks to her mother, Elisa, about Elisa's mother's rather numerous family and times gone by.

See notesinspanish.com to pick up the transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv69_elisa.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:20pm EST

Ben and Marina discuss the subject of domestic violence in Spain and beyond.

See notesinspanish.com for details and to pick up the transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv68_violenciadomes.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:16am EST

The ethics of tourism... see notesinspanish.com for a full transcript/worksheet and to comment.
Direct download: nisadv67_fideliswell.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:21pm EST

Marina talks to Isabel, an expert in the conservation of natural resources. See notesinspanish.com for the transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv66_isabelle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

How did you spend San Valentin this year? See notesinspanish.com for full detials and to pick up the accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv65_stvalentin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:44am EST

Bird flu is back on the agenda, who is going to benefit? See notesinspanish.com for a full transcript/worksheet for today's podcast.
Direct download: nisadv64_gripeaviar.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28pm EST

Do you think it's OK to have twins at 67? The press does... see notesinspanish.com for full details and to pick up the accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv63_sensacionalista.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04pm EST

What are the Spanish drinking these days? See notesinspanish.com for a full transcript/worksheet...
Direct download: nisadv62_vino.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

Ben and Marina discuss Spain's most famous literary figure. See notesinspanish.com for details and to download the full transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv61_quijote.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:04am EST

Marina talks about an explosive New Years Eve that nearly ended in a riot!

See notesinspanish.com for the full transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv60_bengalas.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:52am EST

It's sales time, and Ben is in trouble over his ageing wardrobe! See notesinspanish.com for the full transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv59_gangas.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

The other side of Christmas - keeping the families happy and avoiding divorce! See notesinspanish.com for more details and to pick up the transcript/worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv58_navidad.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:47am EST

Did you here the one about the snow in Lepe? See notesinspanish.com for full details and for the accompanying transcript worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv57_lepe.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

Have you ever had a culture  shock at home or abroad? See notesinspanish.com for full details and the accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nis56_cultura.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:50am EST

Is the diary a thing of the past? Will our grandchildren have photos to remember us by? See notesinspanish.com for full details and to pick up the accompanying transcript and worksheet.
Direct download: nis55_diario.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:33pm EST

This week we discuss the increasing amount of surveillance and security measures in the UK, and other controls on our civil liberties. See notesinspanish.com for full details and to access the accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv54_cameras.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:20am EST

As people all over Spain gather at relatives' graves to celebrate All Saint's day, Marina and Ben take a walk in the park and discuss public holidays and strange naming conventions in Spain. See notesinspanish.com for full details and to pick up the worksheet and transcript.
Direct download: nisadv53_santos.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:01am EST

Are we slaves to all the screens in our lives? See notesinspanish.com for full details and accompanying worksheet.
Direct download: nisadv52_pantalla2.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:53am EST

Ben and Marina discuss status anxiety amongst people in Spain and further afield. See notesinspanish.com for full details
Direct download: nisadv51_estatus.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

Do you have any regrets in life? See Notes in Spanish.com for full details and to comment.
Direct download: nisadv50_sihubiera.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:49pm EST

Ben and Marina discuss this weeks fashion show in Madrid. See notesinspanish.com for full details of this podcast.
Direct download: nisad49_cibeles.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:55am EST

Ben and Marina talk about the Gipsy population in Spain, the social problems they both face and create, and their contribution to Spanish culture. See notesinspanish.com for more details.
Direct download: nisad48_gitanos.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:08am EST

¡Sacando colores a Marina! Well, if she will insist on breaking the law ;) In fact it seems the whole country is at it - there are trapicheos all over the place these days! To download the worksheet and to comment, visit our new site at NotesinSpanish.com
Direct download: nfs47_trapicheos_andnews.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:04am EST

Ben and Marina discuss the increasing problem of house burglaries in Spain, and the sometimes exaggerated measures being taken to prevent them.

See notesfromspain.com for full details and to download the accompanying transcript and worksheet.
Direct download: nis46_atracos.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:01am EST

Marina interviews her father about a classic piece of Spanish history hidden in the garage, and a trip he'll never forget... See www.notesinspanish.com for full details...
Direct download: nis45_seat600.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:25am EST

Ben and Marina talk about a recent wedding in Galicia, and Spanish wedding customs in general. See www.notesfromspain.com for full details
Direct download: nfs44_bodas.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24am EST

Ben and Marina discuss the changes that come over Madrid in summer - loads of great vocab as usual. See notesfromspain.com for full details and to get the worksheet.
Direct download: nfs43_verano.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

Marina interviews Pilar about moving from Madrid to the UK. See www.notesfromspain.com to get the accompanying worksheet and to comment.
Direct download: nis42_pilar.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24am EST

Ben and Marina talk about tourism in Spain, and the Spanish view of different types of tourists from around the world. Comments in the notesfromspain.com forums!
Direct download: nfs41_sol_sexo_sangria.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:24am EST

Marina and Ben discuss the effect of the bikini on life in Spain after Franco died. See www.notesfromspain.com for more details.
Direct download: nis40_destape.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:33am EST

Ben y Marina hablan de algunos choques culturales que han encontrado en España y Inglaterra. www.notesfromspain.com
Direct download: nis39_custums.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:03am EST

Marina y Ben hablan de las cosas que no les gustan de España y Inglaterra.
Direct download: nis38_megusta.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16pm EST

Ben and Marina discuss the topic of dialects and language in Spain.
Direct download: nis37_dialectos.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:47pm EST

Marina and Ben talk about when to use tu or usted, and tipping in Spain.
Direct download: nis36_usted_copy_1.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:21am EST

Ben and Marina talk about the stereotypes associated with Spain and the Spanish. A transcript for this podcast with vocab and exercises is available via Notesfromspain.com
Direct download: nis35_topicos.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:22pm EST

Flying home, and chatting about holidaying with kids in Spain.
Direct download: nis34_kids.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Marina y Ben hablan de la inmigracion
Direct download: nis33_inmigracion.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

Viviendo con los padres en España
Direct download: nisp32_botellon.MP3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20pm EST