From: Mauricio Evlampieff
Rocket Spanish Tutor
Dear Spanish learner,
Hola! Never has there been a better time to boost your Spanish!
Even as a beginner or intermediate Rocket Spanish learner, you can learn to speak Spanish at a more advanced level in situations that you encounter regularly, and about topics that interest you, and are important to your life and work.
How? It's simple. We've designed Rocket Spanish Platinum, Level 3 of the Rocket Express Learning System, so that you can focus on the topics that interest you most.
Because you have your own unique reasons for wanting to speak Spanish, we give you a choice; you can follow the recommended learning path through your course, or pick and choose the lessons from any level of Rocket Spanish, in the order that suits you.
This is where the final level of the Rocket Express Learning System comes in - Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3).
By extending your vocabulary, and strengthening your understanding of the language, these more advanced lessons will allow you to speak and understand Spanish in more complex situations, and express yourself with more flexibility.
Whether you're interested in traveling; living in a Spanish-speaking country; speaking with Spanish-speaking family, friends or colleagues; or mastering Spanish for any other reason, Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) is packed with even more great conversations that you can take part in to give your Spanish speaking that extra boost
Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) gives you seven additional topics to choose from, which cover traveling, socializing, celebrations, business and more!
“Rocket Languages is our Editors’ Choice for language-learning.”
With Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) you will cover seven practical topics that include:
Parties in Latin America (learn to speak in Spanish about partying Latin-style, birthdays, the piñata, mariachis and the biggest party of all—Carnaval!)
Latin Culture (you will cover everything from fast food, shopping, bargaining, and football, to El Día de Muertos—the Day of the Dead)
Bachelor's Life (this third unit of the course is all about the single life—everything from friendship and dating, to marriage proposals!)
The Adventurer—Trip to the Amazon (Plan your vacation, learn some handy plane conversation, and learn to speak in Spanish about everything from vaccinations to the Amazon rainforest)
Talking Business (boost your Business Spanish with super-helpful lessons about interviews, business meetings and a day at the office)
Places (Join me on adventures to Colombia, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires and Paraguay and learn how to share your tales with friends and family in Spanish)
Socializing (learn to speak in Spanish about social and cultural relationships in Latin America when you attend a family reunion and get to know your new neighbors... and more!)
The 32 Interactive Audio tracks in this third level of the Rocket Express Learning System average 25 minutes in length - that's over 13 hours of audio lessons that you can listen to and practice speaking with as often as you need to feel confident.
Each conversation is broken down into easy to manage parts, and you get written transcripts of each conversation, so that you can keep up with the lesson and get comfortable with written Spanish.
Become the Spanish speaker you've always dreamed of with this super-effective and ever-popular conversational learning tool!
Audio Track 18.1 Latin Partying (22:15)
Our first lesson is about... ¡Fiestas! yes, Parties! and not just any party, but Fiesta latinoamericana or Latin partying! Alejandra has just returned home after many years away, and she's a little rusty when it comes to remembering her own culture. Luckily, there's a party coming up, which will be the perfect opportunity for her to catch up with all her old friends.
Audio Track 18.2 The Piñata / La Piñata (23:54)
We're diving into our Latin cultural heritage and this lesson's topic is the piñata. Our new Chilean friend Alejandra feels like a tourist in her own country after living for years overseas! Luckily, Mauricio is there to help her remember what it means to be a Latina. Listen in as Alejandra and Mauricio meet up and share their memories of birthday parties from the past...
Audio Track 18.3 Happy Birthday / Feliz Cumpleaños (23.34)
Alejandra and Mauricio have just arrived at Mario's 30th birthday party, and it's crazy! Have you ever heard of guests pushing a person's face in their very own birthday cake? Let's find out more about this crazy tradition! ¡Qué locura!
Audio Track 18.4 Mariachis (26:39)
¡Hola! In this lesson, we're focusing on that musical wonder of the Mexican world: Mariachis! As a small token of thanks for being part of this course, both Mauricio and Alejandra are going to sing (again!) for you. Yes, you've heard them singing before, but "Happy Birthday" didn't come close to revealing the depth of their individual talents. So you can be the judge to say who is the better singer! You'll also learn some romantic little phrases that all you die-hard romantics out there should know. Now it's time to hear the beautiful strains of music...
Audio Track 18.5 Carnaval (25:04)
Ready to learn more about what it means to party Latin-style? You're invited to join Mauricio and Alejandra as they head to the biggest party of them all: the Carnival. So what is Carnaval and how do you celebrate it? Let's find out.
Audio Track 19.1 Fast Food / Comida Rápida (24:49)
¿Comida? Food? ¿Alguien dijo comida? Did someone say food? As all good dieters know, the best cure for hunger is a distraction, so why don't we distract you with this conversation on Fast Food?
Audio Track 19.2 Shopping and Bargaining / Compras y Regateo (26:38)
In Latin America, ferias are street markets. Are you looking for purple toilet paper? Go to a feria. Need some underwear? Go to a feria. Socks? Bracelets? - then to the feria it is. I will admit: I've even bought a pair of baby chickens at a street fair, so trust me when I say you can buy literally ANYTHING. And if you don't want to do any bargaining, make sure you take Mauricio with you to do the dirty work for you!
Audio Track 19.3 Football / Fútbol (27:59)
This lesson is all about that most loved Latin American pastime: football! We'll join the debate discussing whether what matters in soccer is someone's skill at sports or someone's looks... Can Mauricio convince Alejandra that his football hero, Maradona, is a true role model?
Audio Track 19.4 Day of the Dead / El Día de Muertos (26:18)
I have to warn you: this lesson might be a little scary as we talk about the Day of the Dead. It can be strange for us to understand how death is celebrated in Mexico, but one thing we do have in common is toasting someone's memory. So let's talk about skeletons!
Audio Track 20.1 Just Friends / Solo Amigos (24:03)
This third unit of the course is all about the single life, and we're going to be hearing a lot of bachelor stories, historias de soltero. Don't worry! we're not going to get all gushy on you and talk about how to confess your love to someone or what to do with a psycho girlfriend. Let's start off with a talk about girlfriends, novias, or rather, potential girlfriends. Specifically, you're going to learn about one of Mauricio's numerous romantic escapades... which didn't quite get off the ground.
Audio Track 20.2 First Date / La Primera Cita (22:59)
Have you wondered about what goes on in Alejandra's personal life? Well, this is your chance to find out! We're also going to review some dating words to make sure you know exactly how to ask people out or break up in Spanish. Do you have any single friends to introduce Mauricio to? Rumor is... he's looking for a pretty girl!
Audio Track 20.3 The Marriage Proposal / La Propuesta de Matrimonio (26:07)
In this lesson, Alejandra and Mauricio have a funny story to share with you about two of our old friends, that you might remember from the previous Rocket Spanish course: how Clarisa and Mario got engaged. It will send thrills down your spine!
Audio Track 20.4 Bachelor party / Despedida de soltero (25:10)
It's the most important day of a man's life: his bachelor party! Some guys can only unleash their creativity when they're drunk, borrachos, so I'm scared to find out what we're going to learn today! What does a traditional Latin American bachelor party look like? It's time to find out...
Audio Track 21.1 Planning the trip / Planear el viaje (25:46)
Are you ready for... ¿Una verdadera aventura? .. A true adventure? Over the next four lessons, you're going to discover what it takes to travel in Latin America. There are going to be lots of surprises along the way. Let's join Mauricio and Alejandra as they start planning their journey across the continent.
Audio Track 21.2 On the plane / En el avión (26.18)
Let's join our brave adventurers, Mauricio and Alejandra, who are setting forth on their journey to the Amazon, accompanied by their friends Mario and Clarisa. We find them sitting on the airplane on their way to Colombia, where they'll start their Amazonian adventure... but it seems there's already someone feeling sick! Who could it be?
Audio Track 21.3 Welcome to the Tropics / Bienvenidos al Trópico (23:19)
Our intrepid adventurers have just got off the plane in Colombia after a bumpy plane ride, and they get their first welcome to the tropics with thunder and rainshowers! Note to self: always bring an umbrella or 'un impermeable' - a waterproof jacket to the rain forest. And, I hope you didn't play dumb - 'hacer el tonto' - when it came to getting vaccinated!
Audio Track 21.4 The Amazonian Jungle / La Selva Amazónica (23:06)
It's our final day on the Amazon with Mauricio and Alejandra. Despite all the humidity and mosquito bites, there must be something magnificent about being in the deepest heart of the Amazon jungle. Listen in as Mauricio and Alejandra give us their first-hand experience of the second longest river on Earth...
Audio Track 22.1 The Work Interview / La Entrevista de Trabajo (25.28)
Over the next four lessons, you're going to be discovering a world of useful information about jobs: how to interview, how to manage a project, business meetings and more. This lesson is "The work interview", or more accurately, a practice work interview. Here's a great interview tip: If you're not sure how you'll do, ask a friend to pretend they're interviewing you so that you can rehearse your answers. That's what Alejandra, the interviewee, and Mauricio, the interviewer, are up to. So is Mauricio able to do it without laughing? Let's find out...
Audio Track 22.2 A day at the office / Un día en la oficina (23.01)
Alejandra got her dream job thanks to Mauricio's great tips! But... what's with the long face? Did she spill coffee on her boss on the first day at work? Let's find out what happened to make this dream job such a nightmare for Alejandra.
Audio Track 22.3 Business Meeting / Reunión de trabajo (23.47)
In this lesson, we're focusing on business - negocios. You'll get to sit in on a business meeting and learn everything you didn't really want to know about budgets!
Audio Track 22.4 Filming of the Commercial / Grabación del Anuncio publicitario (23.46)
Let's find out how Alejandra's project turned out. Did the commercial get filmed without any imprevistos, or unexpected expenses? Not quite... something rather unexpected happens. Ready to have a laugh?
Audio Track 23.1 Colombia (23:07)
Imagine sipping on some peak roasted coffee. My! it is refreshing. And how about some lively latin music in the background... we know you can't resist the temptation to get on that dance floor. I invite you to a coffee lover's journey to coffee heaven! So what is this country that can inspire such yearnings for coffee and dancing? We're about to find out.
Audio Track 23.2 Macchu Pichu (25:01)
In this lesson, we are going backwards in Rocket Spanish time. How could we forget the trip to the Amazon?! I won't forget those anacondas in a hurry. Let's find out how the Amazon journey ended! Take yourself back in time and imagine yourself sitting next to Alejandra and Mauricio as they breathe in the cold mountain air and look out over the stone ruins of Machu Picchu. Everyone in the world knows about this ancient city! Apparently 300,000 people visit it each year. So are you into Inca culture?
Audio Track 23.3 Buenos Aires (24:29)
Mauricio calls it the "home of soccer," while Alejandra says it's the "home of tango".... Well, regardless of whether Buenos Aires is the home of soccer or tango, we're going to visit it in this lesson. It's the capital city of Argentina and lies on the Atlantic Ocean. Find out some more Buenos Aires trivia as Mauricio puts on his Trivial Pursuit hat...
Audio Track 23.4 Paraguay (23:30)
There's a place that some people call "the heart of America." What country might that be? Yes, it's Paraguay! Do you know something about Paraguay? Don't worry if you don't as we're about to fill you in! This lesson will surely spur in you a desire to visit this country.
Audio Track 24.1 The Family Reunion (25:53)
Grandparents and grandchildren play an important role in each other's lives in Latin cultures. And like grandparents everywhere, they love to know how all their family is doing. In this lesson, Mauricio's family is having a reunion, and everyone is there! His cousins, his nieces and nephews, his grandparents...
Audio Track 24.2 Neighbors (23:22)
Times are changing, and modern young people like Mauricio want to strike out on their own. So let's find out what happens as Mauricio leaves home for a new neighborhood. Do you prefer a gossipy neighborhood where everyone is buddy-buddy? Or one where no one knows you?
Audio Track 24.3 America (24:53)
Spain has a unique heritage in Latin America for its historical and cultural legacy. It all started with Christopher Columbus, a guy who got caught up in making history whether he wanted to or not! So was the Spanish legacy in South America a good thing or a bad thing? What would have happened if the Chinese had discovered the Americas? We'd all be learning Chinese right now instead of Spanish!
Audio Track 25.1 All Conversations (49:18)
What was that again? In this portion of your Rocket Spanish course material you'll have the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane, as we reflect on all the events and escapades we encountered during our Rocket Spanish experience. We've assembled all of the conversations in the Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) Interactive Audio Course into one lesson, so you can sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in spoken Spanish. Talk about making things easy...
Audio Track 25.2 All Reviews (57:01)
As we're fond of saying here at Rocket Languages, you often have to go back to go forward. So whenever you're ready to go back to review the words and phrases you learned in each of the audio lessons, we've compiled all of the Rocket Reviews into one tidy track! Enjoy it!!
Audio Track 25.3 and 25.4 Role Plays (49:55)
In these super convenient tracks, we've assembled all of the conversations from the entire course into two lessons. But there's more to this lesson than sitting back and passively absorbing what Mauricio and Alejandra are saying. You are going to participate in the conversations yourself!
Here's how it works. First, you will be hearing ONLY Mauricio's voice, and YOU will be playing the role of Alejandra. When you hear the pause it's your turn to reply. You may have to look at the written transcript to know what to say - unless you have an uncannily accurate memory! Think you can do that? Next, you will only hear Alejandra's voice, and you will be playing the role of Mauricio!
Want to hear one of these lessons for yourself?
In Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3), you'll be joined by native Spanish speakers Mauricio and Alejandra, and your host Amy.
Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) Lesson 18.1: Latin Partying
Remember, every interactive audio lesson in Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) comes with transcripts of the conversation in Spanish and English, so you can keep up with the lessons and get comfortable with written Spanish.
|Mauricio:||¡Hola Alejandra, tanto tiempo! ¿Cómo estás?|
|Alejandra:||¡Agotada! Todavía tengo desfase de horarios.|
|Mauricio:||¿Cuándo llegaste al país?|
|Alejandra:||Ayer en la mañana.|
|Mauricio:||¿Qué tal el vuelo?|
|Alejandra:||Demasiado largo. ¡Hace tres años que no venía! Estaba echando de menos.|
|Mauricio:||¿Sabes que tu viejo amigo Mario celebra su cumpleaños?|
|Alejandra:||¡No! ¿En serio? ¿Cuántos años cumple?|
|Mauricio:||Treinta, por lo que debería ser una celebración grande.|
|Alejandra:||Y con una celebración grande, va a ver mucha carne y vino de calidad. ¡ Voy de todas maneras! ¿Sabes cuándo es?|
|Mauricio:||Mañana en la noche.|
|Alejandra:||¿A qué hora? Estoy libre a las seis.|
|Mauricio:||No, Alejandra, la gente llega mucho más tarde. ¿O ya te olvidaste del horario latino?|
|Alejandra:||Tienes razón. Pero no me he olvidado de lo más importante: ¡los viejos amigos!|
|Mauricio:||Hello Alejandra, it's been so long! How are you?|
|Alejandra:||I'm exhausted! I still have jet lag.|
|Mauricio:||When did you arrive?|
|Mauricio:||How was the flight?|
|Alejandra:||It was too long. It's been three years since I've come back. I've been homesick.|
|Mauricio:||Do you know your old friend Mario is celebrating his birthday?|
|Alejandra:||No! Really? How old is he going to be?|
|Mauricio:||Thirty, for which there's going to be a huge celebration.|
|Alejandra:||And with a big celebration, there's going to be lots of meat and quality wine. I'm going anyway! Do you know when it is?|
|Mauricio:||Tomorrow night (evening).|
|Alejandra:||What time? I'm free at six.|
|Mauricio:||No, Alejandra, the people arrive much later. Or have you already forgotten about "Latin time"?|
|Alejandra:||You're right. But I haven't forgotten the most important thing: the old friends!|
If you want to speak Spanish naturally, it helps to understand the culture and how the Spanish language works...
This is where your 31 Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) Language & Culture Lessons come in!
Featuring Rocket Record voice comparison, Rocket Language Testing Tools, quizzes, and extra vocabulary, these lessons will help you to speak Spanish with more flexibility, and will also give you more confidence reading and writing in Spanish.
Learning about Spanish culture isn't just a great way to get inspired, it's also a good way to understand the Spanish language.
It's not just about what to say, it's about knowing when to say it. And just because a certain expression is polite in English, doesn't mean the Spanish translation will be appropriate – or even makes sense!
Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) will give you insights into a wide variety of situations you're likely to encounter in a Spanish-speaking country, including Latin American cuisine, social gatherings, families, Christianity, piñatas, mariachis, celebrations, Carnaval, football, Latin American handicrafts, the Amazon, the Incas, legends, transport, safe travel, friendships and body language, dating, getting married, Latin American economies, Latin American history, and more...
We've also broken Spanish grammar down into easy-to-manage parts, so you can practice each part individually and then put it all together.
Learn to talk about what HAS happened, what HAD happened, what WILL HAVE happened, and what WOULD HAVE happened...
Get tips on how and when to give formal and indirect commands, use the subjunctive and indicative mood, and the passive voice...
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...And it doesn't matter what level you are currently at, because it’s a part of the Rocket Express Learning System, which means the Rocket Spanish Platinum (Level 3) Language and Culture lessons are packed full of step-by-step explanations to rapidly advance your Spanish!
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Vocab Session 1: Current Events
Vocab Session 2: Socializing
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Vocab Session 4: Feelings
Vocab Session 5: Outdoor Activities
Vocab Session 6: Christmas
Vocab Session 7: Religion
Vocab Session 8: Civilizations
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