I am leaving on Thursday morning for five days in Spain, and along with scouring the city to get myself a good stock of cheap SPF50 lotion, I’ve been finding three new ways to revise and improve my Spanish (last time I only Michel Thomassed myself until my ears were bleeding in Spanish):

  1. Marina and Ben’s podcasts from notesinspanish.com. Marina is Spanish, her husband Ben is English, and they chat for 10 to 15 minutes about different topics, usually contemporary, relevant and interesting. Plus, they are fun, and Ben’s got the faintest trace of an English accent in his excellent Spanish, plus the fact that he is a foreigner living in Spain gives an interesting perspective to what he says. Marina is sweet and warm and bloody clever too.
  2. La sombra del viento (The Shadow of the Wind), a novel by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. It has been described as some sort of Da Vinci Code, only it’s set in Barcelona – and not written by a ten-year-old after one afternoon’s worth of research on Google. I have just started it, and am finding it a bit tough (last year I read a Harry Potter book in Spanish, that was easy once you find out how to say which and wizard).
  3. Spanish Word A Day straight into my feed reader. Slightly below my level, but it’s good revision and they give you examples of use for each word too.