• Beyond the Basics: 200 Essential Intermediate Spanish Phrases for Fluent Conversation: Phrases, Figures of Speech, & Idioms to Help Increase Your Comprehension. With Dialogues & Practice Sections

  • By: Orbis Language Center
  • Narrated by: Gryphon Corpus
  • Length: 3 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Take your speaking, listening, and comprehension to the next level. You will master 200 of the most useful phrases that are beyond the basics you learn in basic Spanish classes.

Often what we learn in class isn’t very useful in practicable speech, so we’ve compiled a list of 200 of the most widely used common expressions and phrases that will supercharge your Spanish speaking ability, as well as your vocabulary and comprehension.

This book will provide you with an amazing supply of simple, incredibly useful Spanish phrases (most of which you probably haven’t mastered yet), to help take your conversation skills to the next level.

This book also contains numerous idioms and colloquialisms which you will find both insightful and useful. Hispanic culture is incredibly colorful and each region has numerous local sayings and idioms, so we’ll only focus on really common ones that seem to be pretty universal across all Spanish speaking countries. 

You will learn:
 

  • The English and Spanish version of the idiom/phrase
  • The explanation of how to use this idiom or phrase in common speech and when is an appropriate time to use it
  • Examples of casual dialogue in both Spanish and English to show you the context of how this phrase is used
  • You can practice repeating each phrase to help commit it to memory and work through the pronunciation
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Some good basics but incorrect pronunciation

I'm at level B2-C1 in Spanish. This book was more basic than what I was expecting. Nonetheless I did learn a few new phrases. I was somewhat shocked by the pronunciation mistakes, which were somewhat frequent. I believe I picked up a gramatical mistake here and there as well. Learners beware! However, if you make a study challenging for yourself by identifying all the mistakes, perhaps you'll advance your skills.

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lots of errors, not for advanced learners

with 200 expressions and idioms i thought i could learn something new but there was only a handful of new ones which I think are mostly only used in spain. there is a lot lf repetition and for an advanced learner it was painfully slow so I listed on 1.9 speed and entertained myself by writing down all the errors, most od which have to do with gender, imperativr tense, and pronounciation. this author is clearly intermediate and doesnt know how to put proper stress on proper vowels, no to pronounce u: she says "sigwe" when trying to say sigue etc etc. but the most glaring are the errors, although few, in gender (using la instead of el/lo etc) and verb conjugation: instead of "no vayas" she says "no ve" and instead of "dale" she says "darle". i commend her for writing a book about spanish when she is intermediate level and didnt bother to hire a proofreader. if you want a book that is truly for advanced learners search for megusta spanish and/or Mari Marina books

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Great

Very effective for beginners I'm sure but I was looking for something a little more advanced and it wasn't made all that clear that it was a beginner orientated product.

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Spanish words aren’t always pronounced correctly

Brushing up on my Spanish speaking after years of not. My parents are Cuban. The collection of phrases is great! Just surprised that a few words are pronounced phonetically and not with the proper accents.

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Get it only if you speak good Spanish and want to be entertained

Where do I start? She makes so many pronunciation mistakes in Spanish that the narration makes you laugh. It is actually not funny. If you are a beginner or intermediate Spanish learner, this audio book could actually screw you up. She does not even understand the concept of subjunctive and gives you wrong sentences. She could have checked with Google translate first on some of the examples. It almost seems like an attempt to make a few bucks.

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Excellent intro to Spanish!

I have just started a formal course in Spanish and bought this audiobook to help me start speaking a little quicker. I was able to learn most of the basics for travel in a couple of hours over one day while driving to and from work. Looking forward to sharing my new words and sentences with my Spanish teacher this week!

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Brilliant

This is really well done. I went from knowing just a few words to being able to construct simple sentences in one afternoon. Logically organized to where you start figuring out the next application of the word moments before it is asked.

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It's amazing

it's unreal how fast you can learn another language with his method. highly recommend it.

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EASY TO LEARN THIS WAY...

I love the way the author. I have tried a few places and found this by far the best.

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Engaging, patient, fast.

This learning style is not something I ever would have thought to try, being a mainly visual person. However, the quality of the recording and the clarity of the method is brilliant. I've already bought a further Spanish course in this series and will be on to more languages in no time!

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  • Jordan E
  • 11-18-20

Weird narrator

This woman clearly doesn't speak Spanish. It's painful listening to her read Spanish and not stress the right parts of the words.

Igalmemte
Dezeyeoooonar
Olveeede (not olvidé)
Narda
Qué arrrrses....

The list goes on... Awful.

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  • J Chip
  • 10-22-20

Not quite beyond the basics

Although enjoyable, with the narration breaking down the phrases for easy listening comprehension, I was disappointed that I had to get to around 150 phrases before I felt it was “beyond the basics”
Quite honestly, if you don’t know buenos dias, buenas tardes or buenas noches then I don’t think you really are at an intermediate level.
Shame as the latter part of the book got more interesting. Just wish it was more intermediate and less basic.

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  • Nicole
  • 03-17-20

I really like this audiobook

This is a great alternative for somebody who needs to learn a discussion and way to express words in Spanish. So, I really like this great one book.

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  • Weston
  • 03-17-20

Good one listens to book...

I am a native Spanish speaker, and I absolutely found this book to be useful and a must-have for those who want to learn Spanish and are planning to travel to a Spanish-speaking country. The book starts with the basics

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  • Nicholas Tuff
  • 03-17-20

Perfect for travel

While I agree with the one bad review that this isn't really a book for beginners, I think it's a great tool for those who aren't proficient. great book I love this book so much.

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  • Houghton
  • 03-17-20

Great Supplement!

I've been able to supplement what I'm learning in class with this book, which explains some of the more difficult grammar issues in other words.

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  • Demi L Bartlett
  • 03-13-20

Very informative audiobook

After using this program, I have had several Spanish speakers who were so impressed with my Spanish that they not only asked me where and how I learned Spanish but they also complimented me on how I correctly pronounced the Spanish words and phrases that I spoke.

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  • Jack E Jones
  • 03-13-20

It is a very effective audiobook

It is a very effective audiobook. It contains several great phrases to learn and briefly explains how to form conjugations. So this audiobook helps you to learn the Spanish language.

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  • Savage
  • 03-06-20

Not Easy! But, seems very good

I'm really happy with the layout of this book, and how easy it is to teach from. I use it for my Spanish tutoring students. It's much simpler and easier to understand than the crazy frenetic high school and college textbooks I've seen lately. This is a wonderful book. I am an older adult looking to learn Spanish, and I love the way this "workbook" is organized.

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  • Bentley
  • 03-06-20

Extraordinary..!!

It will get you through most essential ordinary circumstances yet additionally circumstances where you are needing assistance for specialists. To get familiar or have a further developed discussion, you will require more than this book. In any case, it is a decent spot to begin.