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Portales: beginners' Spanish second edition: Track 1

How do people greet each other and introduce themselves in Spanish? How do they talk about their lives or their everyday activities? This second edition of Portales: beginners' Spanish contains a variety of short conversations covering topics ranging from ordering a meal to discussing holiday plans.

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

  • Duration 45 mins
  • Updated Thursday 10th October 2013
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Spanish
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Track 1: Formal and informal greetings

Formal and informal introductions


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Formal and informal greetings    Formal and informal introductions Play now Formal and informal greetings
2 Introducing yourself    Four people introducing themselves Play now Introducing yourself
3 Where do you live    Saying where you live and giving your address Play now Where do you live
4 My family    A person talking about her family, who they are and what they do for a living Play now My family
5 A day in my life    A person describing a typical day in their life Play now A day in my life
6 Opening times    Opening times in a shop Play now Opening times
7 Spare time activities    Three people saying what they do in their spare time Play now Spare time activities
8 Preferences    What do you enjoy doing? Play now Preferences
9 Invitations    Short dialogues with 4 people accepting or declining an invitation Play now Invitations
10 Booking hotel rooms    Three dialogues between a hotel receptionist and a guest Play now Booking hotel rooms
11 A woman buying fruit at a market stall    Buying fruit at a market stall Play now A woman buying fruit at a market stall
12 Asking a receptionist for directions within a building    Receptionist directs guests to hotel facilities Play now Asking a receptionist for directions within a building
13 Asking for prices in a shop    A young man buying some shoes Play now Asking for prices in a shop
14 Asking for directions on the street    Four people giving directions to different places Play now Asking for directions on the street
15 Deciding what to order in a restaurant    A group discussing the food they want to order Play now Deciding what to order in a restaurant
16 Talking about your holidays    Two women discussing their holidays Play now Talking about your holidays
17 Biography    A woman talking about her life in the past Play now Biography
18 At the chemist’s    Asking for various remedies at the chemist’s Play now At the chemist’s
19 What I’ve done today    A man talking about what he has done so far in the day Play now What I’ve done today
20 Checking in at the airport    A conversation at the check in counter of an airport Play now Checking in at the airport
21 Holiday plans    A man talking about what he is going to do in his next holidays Play now Holiday plans
22 Key events in Spanish History    Five people talking about important moments in recent Spanish history Play now Key events in Spanish History
23 Describing someone in the past    A woman talking about her grandmother in the past Play now Describing someone in the past
24 The house I grew up in    Four people describing the house they used to live to live in when they were children Play now The house I grew up in
25 Where I used to live    A young man talking about where he lived when he was a child Play now Where I used to live
26 What I used to look like    Four people describing what they looked like when they were younger Play now What I used to look like
27 An important person in my life    Three people describing important people in their lives -personal characteristics Play now An important person in my life
28    Play now