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Friday, January 27, 2006

La Bamba Podcast!

Ok I've decided on the music for this week's podcast: La Bamba!

I'd like to mix it up a little, and integrate some other versions with the Musical Spanish one - but I'm still looking for that, as I've discovered this week that the rights to podcast a song are indeed a bit complicated and by no means something you can ignore just because your podcast is both free and educational. Too bad eh? Would be great to have snippets from Juanes!

I had to delay the broadcast because I've had company in town this week, and as usual I ended up way behind in my household chores, which in turn causes a web chores backup as well :)

I'll keep working in it and within a few days you'll hopefully find our most entertaining podcast yet.


Tuesday, January 24, 2006

¿Qué música vas a usar? - answer to Comment

Thanks for the question! Actually today I've been scouting around trying to find some music to use. While I would love to use pop music from the latest latin music charts - I don't think that's possible without going through some legal business that is a pretty big hassle. But it's something to research - as I'd like the podcast to have some fun stuff in it. I might have to use some clips from Musical Spanish this week (which I own the rights to) - but I'd really like to include a variety of artists in my podcasts, so it's worth it to spend the extra time researching right now.

If anybody knows of some royalty free music clips I can use - or Spanish singing artists who would grant me permission - leave me a note on the blog!


Saturday, January 21, 2006

Upcoming Podcast - Spanish Music!

I'm working on a new podcast for this week (to be released Sunday night hopefully...) - and it should be a lot of fun, as I'm going to do a "teaching Spanish through music" podcast. I'm still deciding which music to use, but for those of you out there who love Latin music - you might want to check back later this weekend, as I think you'll enjoy it!

saludos a todos :)


Wednesday, January 18, 2006

New: Advertise with us - highly targeted Spanish network!

Well as many of you know, the web has become an increasingly competitive place to do business. Also, we are trying to expand our free offerings, particularly with the audio newsletter and podcast, which takes many extra hours a week to put together. I've decided that one way to help keep things moving is to begin doing selected advertising of products and services that may be of interest to my readers. Don't worry, any ads will be subtle and family friendly! To get a look at our ad rate page, click here.


Monday, January 16, 2006

Otro Podcast...and a look at the imperfect v. preterite

I've been delighted with the response from last week's podcast. While it's a lot of work, it seems to add an important dimension to the written newsletter. Listening comprehension is so vital when learning a language, and the podcast is a great way to hone these skills.

You can find this week's newsletter up (#76) - as well as a hangman game, worksheet, and a quiz. If you have any ideas for the podcast, please let me know!


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Nuevo newsletter: practicar tu comprehensión

our new Spanish teaching podcastDespite having an ipod for a while now, it wasn't until I got a video ipod that I began reading about the explosion of ipod related technology, and truly began appreciating how it could be used for language teaching.

Don't worry I'm not going to switch to an ipod only format for my newsletter - but I've started a new audio version that will go alongside the written newsletter. Check out the new newsletter here, and the very cool new podcast page here.


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