ilona the pest

insecurity + narcissism = awesome!

Sunday, May 04, 2008


i've been trying to learn spanish for a few months now. to supplement the classes i'm taking, i've been looking for audio lessons i can download to my iphone and listen to for extra practice. most of the free stuff i found sucks, but one podcast is completely super amazing compared to the rest: spanishpod.

i mostly listen to the elementary lessons, and the two hosts, JP and liliana, are so freaking adorable i can't stand it. JP is a huge grammar nerd and linguist like me (except, you know, better educated and more qualified). i basically have a giant crush on both of them. also i just figured out today from google-stalking him that JP has a blog or two. excellent! now i can get my grammar-nerd fix in multiple media.

the show is really high quality, and they have hundreds of lessons available on their website for free, and you can download the latest episodes for free to itunes. i'm not sure how they make money giving all that away, but i'm very grateful that they do.


  • At 3:31 PM, Blogger jp 吉平 said…

    Hi ilona!

    I got google-alerted to your link, and I'm glad to read that you don't think we suck!

    Just to be clear, I totally welcome the completely super amazing review, the giant crush, the google-stalking, and the gracious compliments (educated?! qualified?! who, me?)...

    ...but "grammar nerd?" I like to think of myself as a grammar superhero, myself (ahem).

    In any case, I just wanted to say hello and thanks for listening! I hope to see your comments on our website, since your participation makes the site more valuable to everyone!

    (was that nerdy to say? that was nerdy...)

    ¡Que te vaya bien!

  • At 12:16 PM, Blogger ilona said…

    omg*. que verguenza. eek. :)

    * in spanish, could i write "adm" instead of "omg" -- for "ay, dios mio"? oh, i guess that's the kind of question i should ask in the comments section of your website. right.

  • At 1:35 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    Hi ilona,
    If you are looking for ways to study Spanish on your iPhone, check out It's our mobile site, and we just launched a new version optimized for the iPhone. It's exactly what you are looking for - much better than just downloading the lessons and playing them on the go. I find the flashcards particularly useful.


  • At 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I also use

    They are worth checking out. But so far they are mostly intro level stuff so if you are beyond that it might be as useful.


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