• Get By in Latin American Spanish

  • By: BBC Active
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 23-10-08
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Active
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (5 ratings)


Get By in Latin American Spanish is devised specifically for travellers. The 70-minute download will help you to get to grips with the basics of spoken Spanish, and introduces the most relevant language you'll hear when you're there. Listen to the audio a couple of times to practise the key phrases and vocabulary, and familiarise yourself with Latin American Spanish pronunciation. There are eight sections, covering essential topics such as:

Bare Necessities - greetings, talking about yourself, asking for things, numbers, changing money
Getting Around - asking for directions, buying petrol, travelling by bus and train
Somewhere to Stay - finding somewhere to stay, asking about facilities, checking in, asking for help, checking out
Buying Things - buying groceries, buying clothes, buying souvenirs
Café Life - asking what there is, ordering snacks and drinks, trying local specialities
Eating Out - getting a table, asking about the menu, ordering, paying the bill
Entertainment - finding out what's on, getting more information, buying tickets, sports
Emergencies - getting help, explaining problems to a doctor or a dentist, at the chemist's, car breakdown, at the police station The English narrator and two native Spanish speakers introduce the key phrases and vocabulary. In each section there are a couple of short dialogues where you can check out the language you have heard, with questions to focus your listening. At the end of each section there is the opportunity to practise what you've learned in a guided dialogue 'as if you were there'.
This download comes with a free booklet, which gives the key phrases and dialogues as they appear on the audio. Download the accompanying reference guide.
An accompanying book to Get By in Latin American Spanish is also available. The 160-page book is perfect as a phrase book and a handy language reference guide. With its tourist and travel tips, thousands of essential phrases and words and two-way mini dictionary, you'll never find yourself lost for the right word. Imitated pronunciation techniques make it easy for you to quickly say what you see, and the comprehensive menu-reader will make sure you always get exactly what you expect to eat. You can try out what you've learned with mini role plays and activities. To find out more go to www.bbcactive.com/languages

Also in the Get By series: Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lee on 21-05-15

It's OK

it's OK for getting you started but could be more comprehensive even in such a short book

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