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The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad

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jayree

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SJPdP to SdC 2012
Irun to Fisterra 2013
Shikoku 2015
CP 2016
Last Fall I saw a one-time ad in the NYT for this course on sale. I bought the deeply discounted audio download (to my iPhone) and listened to it while walking each day. It is a comprehensive and fascinating history of Spain, “covering the centuries from the first prehistoric settlement of the peninsula to Spain’s 20th century civil war … an overview of Spanish history, culture, artistic achievements and its stunning contributions to the modern world.” I note that it is now on sale again, but only until December 12. Highly recommended. The best overview I have encountered. More info at

https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/the-history-of-spain-land-on-a-crossroad.html
 

intrepidtraveler

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Caminos Madrid, Frances and Finisterre (2015)
Camino Norte-2017; Camino Ingles from A Coruna - 2017
Great Courses typically does a well, great job of talking about/teaching whatever the subject is.
 

t2andreo

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C/M: 2016
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C/I: 2018
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I just downloaded the digital version for USD 19.99! That is 24, half-hour lectures. Here is the direct URL:

https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/the-history-of-spain-land-on-a-crossroad.html

FYI - the non-sale price is USD $149.99...wow!

In the off-season, I spend an hour or two daily on the forum. Then I walk for another 90 minutes or so. As I do, I do two 30- minute Pimsleur Spanish lessons. After I finish the 30 lessons on that course, I repeat them in a cycle. Lastly, once back at home, cooling off, I do another 45 minutes or so, almost daily, on my FREE Duolingo online Spanish course.

Adding this course to the mix will improve the results I think.

I hope this helps.
 

J Willhaus

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24 May- 14 July (2016)CF
Hospitalera, Zamora Dec 15-31, (2017), Hospitalera Grañón Dec 15-31 (2018)
We get the Great Courses streaming on our TV with our Roku device. Have been working through the History of Spain one and agree it is good. We've also been working through the Spainish language one to augment our halting language abilities. We also do Duo Lingo Spanish.
 

C clearly

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
I just downloaded the digital version for USD 19.99! That is 24, half-hour lectures. Here is the direct URL:
I'm not very experienced with podcasts, etc. Does this download as 24 different files that I can put on my phone like music?

Thanks for the help.
 

Pelegrin

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Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
On point 5 I read "As Rome's empire waned, Germanic and Iranian tribal groups besieged Spanish territories"

Maybe they wanted to say "Germanic and Arian" instead of "Germanic and Iranian".
 

Glenshiro

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Le Puy - León, Camino Frances (2012 - 2019)
On point 5 I read "As Rome's empire waned, Germanic and Iranian tribal groups besieged Spanish territories"

Maybe they wanted to say "Germanic and Arian" instead of "Germanic and Iranian".
No, I think he DOES mean Iranian - a reference to the Roman-Persian wars, which lasted for centuries and ultimately brought both empires to their knees.
 

caminoagogo

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés from Leon(2014)
Frances & Sanabres from Ourense (2018)
Portugués (2020)
You can also sign up for Audible for their 30 day free trial and download the audiobook version for free.
 

t2andreo

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C/F: 2013, 2014
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I'm not very experienced with podcasts, etc. Does this download as 24 different files that I can put on my phone like music?

Thanks for the help.
Yes! In fact, after I purchased it, Great Courses sent me a link to access my online library. Clearly, their system is designed for online streaming. But, I do not want to burn through my data allotment when away from home. HOWEVER, they do offer the ability to download each, individual lecture. That would be 24, mp3 or m4b formatted files (your choice).

First, I downloaded each file, in m4b format for my various Apple devices. Then I placed all 24 file into a folder I created for this purpose. Because Great Courses does not have an option to download the entire course in one download, you must create the folder yourself.

Once I was certain I had got everything downloaded and sorted properly, I then copied the entire folder to my iTunes library on my Mac. From there, I copied it to my iPhone.

It showed up on the iPhone and in iTunes as an audiobook. This is important. It took me a while to locate it.

This sounds far more complicated than it really was. The trick to organizing it was to create a folder on my home computer (Macbook) to store all the 24 lecture files in.

I hope this helps.
 

jayree

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to SdC 2012
Irun to Fisterra 2013
Shikoku 2015
CP 2016
HOWEVER, they do offer the ability to download each, individual lecture.
I used The Great Courses app which allows you to download all 24 lectures to your iPhone or iPod/iPad using WiFi, thus avoiding the streaming option. I’m pretty sure there must be an Android app also.
 

Pelegrin

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo June 2013
SJPP - Logroño June 2014
Ingles July2016
No, I think he DOES mean Iranian - a reference to the Roman-Persian wars, which lasted for centuries and ultimately brought both empires to their knees.
Yes. I don´t know if this has to do with the Roman- Persian wars, but the thing is (I found out on Internet) that the Alans had Iranian origin. Actually, there is still an ethnic group in Irak called the Alanis.
So the invaders were Germanic (Visigoths, Suabians and Wandals) and Iranians (Alans).
So, point 5 is correct.
 

C clearly

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
I want to bump this thread... I got this series, The History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad, and am now halfway through listening to the series for the second time. Of course I listen while I am out walking. I have never used audiobooks before, and it took a bit of getting used to, but now I am really enjoying it. I've found the lecturer to be very effective in keeping my attention. I'm learning a lot and may listen a third time before I go to Spain again.
 

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