Portales: beginners' Spanish: Track 1

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This series of clips covers a variety of issues about Spanish culture and society. Material is taken from The Open University Course L194 Portales: beginners' Spanish.

By: The iTunes U team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 55 mins
  • Updated Wednesday 3rd September 2008
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Languages, Spanish
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Track 1: Beginners' Spanish introduction

A series of short radio documentaries.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Beginners' Spanish introduction    A series of short radio documentaries. Play now Beginners' Spanish introduction
2 Surnames in Spanish    An explanation of surnames in the Spanish-speaking world. Play now Surnames in Spanish
3 The City of Arts and Sciences    All about La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (Arts and Science Museum) in Valencia: one of the most visited attractions on the Mediterranean Coast of Spain. Play now The City of Arts and Sciences
4 Public Sector Employees    What public sector employees do in Spain and their reputation. Play now Public Sector Employees
5 Emblematic Buildings in Valencia    A description of some of the most emblematic buildings in Valencia. Firstly, the barraca or thatched building, typical of the region. Then the palaces in the Calle Caballeros. Finally, the railway station in Valencia, a modernist masterpiece. Play now Emblematic Buildings in Valencia
6 The Bell Ringer    A portrait of the bell-ringer from the tower of Micalet, part of Valencia cathedral. Play now The Bell Ringer
7 The Central Market    A description of the building and atmosphere at Valencia's Market Hall, El Mercado Central. Play now The Central Market
8 Young people in Spain    What are the characteristics of young people in Spain? Play now Young people in Spain
9 La Albufera Nature Reserve    A visit to a nature reserve near Valencia, famous for its birds. Play now La Albufera Nature Reserve
10 Eating Out in Valencia    A description of the cuisine of Valencia and a visit to one of the city's most famous restaurants, La Rosa. Play now Eating Out in Valencia
11 Fiesta in Valencia:Las Fallas    A popular fiesta: Las Fallas, which culminates in the burning of specially-constructed wood and papier mache figures. Play now Fiesta in Valencia:Las Fallas
12 The History of Valencia    A history of Valencia and the surrounding region. Play now The History of Valencia

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