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Improve Your Spanish with
Puerta del Sol magazine

Everybody knows that the best way to learn Spanish is to totally immerse yourself in Spanish culture (by spending a lot of time in Spain for instance) and, ideally, find yourself a native Spanish-speaking girlfriend/boyfriend/partner/spouse. Even so, there are plenty of books, kits and programs that promise to teach you to speak Spanish fluently, in no time at all, and with no effort.

Puerta del Sol audio magazinePuerta del Sol, an audio magazine, makes no such promises. What it can do is help you perfect the Spanish you already speak. It is aimed at those who, a) already have a basic knowledge of Spanish, and b) have a genuine desire to understand, speak and write it better.

Champs-Elysees, the American company which produces Puerta del Sol, are the first to admit this is not some sort of lingusitic cure-all. "Puerta del Sol is not for everybody - not even every student of Spanish. But if you've already learned the basics, are fascinated by Hispanic culture, and want to take your language skills to the next level, Puerta del Sol is just the thing for you!"

 

The concept is simple enough. Subscribers receive a bi-monthly print magazine with articles in Spanish on a variety of current topics, ranging from news to culture. There is also a commented glossary of words and phrases. The magazine is accompanied by an audio cassette or CD with the same text, in this case narrated, so you can follow the articles in Spanish as she is spoke. Your host is the well known Spanish radio journalist Iñaki Gabilondo, who introduces the various subjects with his enviably deep voice and impeccable Castilian pronunciation.

You probably won't end up talking like Iñaki Gabilondo, but you will have the chance to improve your Spanish and learn more about Spain into the bargain.

Puerta del Sol is published bi-monthly by the Champs-Elyseés company, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1985, they also produce similar publications in other languages.

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