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Related Podcasts and Vlogs

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A Podcast is, as defined by wikipedia as “a series of digital media files
(either digital or audio) that are released episodically and
downloaded through web syndication.” And a Vlog is “a form of blogging
for which the medium is video, and is a form of internet television.”
This week I will discuss 2 of each with have some type of relevance to
our group blog.

Notes in Spanish is a website with 3 different podcasts for Spanish
learners. It comes in 3 different levels, one for Inspired Beginners,
one for Intermediates, and one for Advanced. The podcasts are by an
englishman and his Spanish wife who live in Madrid. The podcasts come
with complimentary worksheets which are designed to help you learn or
improve your Spanish without a textbook or a classroom. The second
podcast I found is called Programa Erasmus. Here a professional
informed on the subject is interviewed about Erasmus in Spain and all
over Europe. The interview is in Spanish.

Onto vlogs. I found a website called Notes from Spain which had
several vlogs of people speaking in Spanish. It is used so that
students and those interested can practice their listening and
comprehensive skills. The other vlog I came across which has relevance
to our group blog was one on YouTube. This vlog is about a student who is
planning on going to study erasmus in Barcelona. The video is taken
before her departure and is about her expectations on Erasmus.


Written by tony1fcom

October 26, 2009 at 12:26 AM

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Related Podcasts and Videoblogs

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Apart from other blogs already describing experiences on exchange programs or  ones giving advice and help on preparing for such a program, expanding one’s search into the video-blogosphere and the world of podcasts yields even more. Videoblogs is an excellent tool for searching videoblogs, as its name implies; while searching for videoblogs dealing with study abroad programs in Spain, I came across a video posted by the International Relations Department of the University of Navarre in which a few familiar faces from last year appeared. As for podcasts, PodcastAlley helped me find what I was looking for. The user first has to download an aggregator, which effectively allows him to subscribe to podcasts. From there it’s easy, as all one has to do is enter the URL of the podcast, and the aggregator does the rest of the work; it will list all past podcasts uploaded by the author, and the user can pick which he wants. It also updates automatically as new podcasts are uploaded by that same author.


The first podcast I found is titled Studying Abroad, which seemed appropriate enough. The author, a student preparing for her study abroad in Alicante, speaks of the necessary research and preparations for spending time studying in a foreign country. She is certainly no professional, as is evident by her sporadic pauses and stuttering; this, however, does not take away from the validity of some of her points. She insists on the importantce of researching before leaving, to know what to bring. She talks specifically of researching weather and dressing habits in the country of destination, so as to bring clothes that are suited for the weather and that will allow the student to fit into the culture. She also mentions looking for a place to live before arriving, something that is facilitated by the internet, and bringing enough money in local currency to last for at least a day. Something that particularly caught my attention was her mention of bringing some type of food from home to help you when you’re having a hard time; if only I could’ve brought milk in my suitcase…

 Spanish Notes is a podcast meant to help foreigners learn Spanish. It has a number of levels; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each channel to which the user can subscribe includes over a dozen podcasts; each talks about different aspects of life in Spain as tools to help teach the language. By the time the user reaches the advanced level, each podcast is a conversation between a man and a woman who talk about different issues and topics. Listening to these would help incoming students improve their Spanish and get used to the accent they will have to deal with upon their arrival in Spain.


The following video is a vlog of a student who will be studying abroad in Barcelona. Just like she would in a blog, she shares her thoughts about her experience and keeps family and friends updated through it.

While this last video is not quite the traditional vlog in that it is not a user talking about her experiences, I did find it on Videoblogs. It promotes tourism to Spain, in this case Ibiza. As every student coming to Spain wants to first have fun, then travel, and only then study, tourism maintains a high level importance for students studying abroad. 

Written by gstmaurice

October 14, 2009 at 11:56 PM

I-Podcast do U-Vlog?

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I bought an I-pod several months before moving to Spain.  I walk a lot in Spain, so having an I-pod has really made life more enjoyable during my 30 minute walks to work or home from classes.  I-podding isn’t just music;  these days an I-pod can provide you with movies, music videos, and my newest favorite, podcasts.

The term “podcasting” was first used in 2004, and now only 5 years later it is used across the spectrum to create episodic, downloadable, and thematic programs.  Podcasts are created by podcasters.  I-tunes and Winamp are examples of podcatchers, or software that automatically finds and downloads the new episodes as they are released.

I would like to use this website to recommend a few podcasts that I found particularly interesting and pertinent to the topic at hand.   Voices in Español is a bilingual blog and podcast created for intermediate to advanced Spanish speakers.  I found that it has a lot of stories regarding intercultural relations, albeit most are about Latin Americans living in the United States.  These stories and anecdotes told by native Spanish speakers can both help to improve your Spanish speaking, as well as improve your understanding of intercultural interactions.

Another interesting blog/ podcast I found, Notes From Spain was put out by a bi-cultured married couple who now live in Madrid.  Ben from the UK, and Marina from Spain write and speak about Spanish culture, interesting destinations, fiestas, beaches, landscapes and towns around Spain.  They also discuss some of the cultural differences they experience as a married couple coming from two very different cultures.

Vlogs are another form of information and entertainment.  Vlogs are blogs made with videos rather than words.  Vlog International is a fascinating collaboration project made up of many Spanish speaking vloggers from many different countries.  You can read about Vlog International at Global Voices or simply watch the posts on their site.  This site could also help a non-Spanish speaker like me to improve their vocabulary and pronunciation.

Armadillo TV is a video blog created by a Colombian journalist who until recently was living in Spain.  He created this blog to document his personal experiences.  Although he recently moved back to Columbia, his blog has many interesting video anecdotes about his life as a foreigner living in Barcelona.

Written by iamandreaholm

October 14, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Does this blog already exist in the Blogosphere?

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It seems that in this mundo de blogosphere, where there are blogs about scrapbooking, cooking, social media and sports… millions upon millions of them of every detail of every topic imaginable, there probably is already a blog out there about the exact same topic.  Maybe it is.  But that isn’t important.  Instead I have several related blogs and websites to recommend to anyone interested!

Although writing about washing machines in the kitchen and people talking loudly on their cellular phones may sound like a fun, silly topic, writing about the cultural differences you experience while living abroad can actually be a commentary on much deeper issues.  These simple anecdotes can have roots based on the history of our countries, differences in politics, and the resulting sociological outcomes.  Although we have begun the blog with very simple topics, if Gabe and I were to spend many more years here in Spain, or elsewhere in Europe, our commentary would likely begin to uproot more of these deep seeded issues.  I would like therefore, to reference Expat Abroad, a blog I ran across about another ex-pat woman living in the Middle East.  I wanted to show this blog as an example of one direction a blog like ours could take.

Other blogs have a lighter take on the life of an expat.  A good example would be Erik’s Blog– thoughts and photos from an American living in Spain.  Erik uses post titles such as “Thinking in Green”, “Zappatero’s daughters” and “Metric Money” to make comic reference to some of the cultural, and language differences he has encountered while living in Spain.


I have also discovered several websites that speak to the topic of erasmus (Europe’s version of study abroad) or studying abroad.  A good website I have found that help’s to prepare you for the difficulties you will encounter both before leaving the United Sates, and upon your arrival in a new country is in the international travel section of the U.S. Department of State website.  Here you will find advice for getting your student Visa, as well as some great deals for students and teachers while studying abroad.

The last website I would like to recommend is the British Councils website on Erasmus, which explains the concepts behind Erasmus, or studying abroad.  It has case studies, statistics, things to know before you go, and a place to apply.  On this website you can browse all kinds of things you might want to know before embarking on the erasmus (study abroad) experience.

Written by iamandreaholm

September 30, 2009 at 11:01 PM