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General FAQ

  1. What is an audiotext?
  2. Are Audiria contents free?
  3. Is the audiotext only audio?
  4. How frequently are audio texts published?
  5. Do the audiotexts expire?
  6. Which is the difficulty level of the audiotexts?
  7. How are the audiotexts organized? What is a channel?
  8. What does Audiria offer when I click on each audiotext?
  9. How to search audiotexts according to my preferences?
  10. What are the exercises associated to the audiotexts?
  11. Is it compulsory to do the exercises in each audiotext?
  12. Is it compulsory to register? How can I see my statistics?
  13. Difficult vocabulary: what can I do if I dont know a Word of the audiotexts?
  14. What kind of license has Audiria? Can I download the audiotexts? Can I use them in a class?
  15. What are the sources associated to each audiotext?
  16. If I am a teacher, what exercises can I do in class?
  17. How can I subcribe to the podcast using RSS? How can I listen it with iTunes?

Technical FAQ

  1. I can't access to the user's features
  2. I can't change the site's interface language
  3. I can't hear the audio files
  4. I don't know how to type some foreign characters that are not in my keyboard
  5. I can't see correctly some foreign characters

1. What is an audiotext?

An audio text is a text orally expressed, with a duration around 3 or 4 minutes. This means that it has been read aloud and recorded for Audiria users.

The advantage of Audiria is that the audio text is accompanied by the written text so that you can evaluate your comprehension level and discover new words and expressions with which enrich your language skills.

The audio files can be listened to as many times as desired before reading the written text or after reading it to improve your listening capabilities.

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2. Are Audiria contents free?

ALL contents are free for personal use. You can access all audio texts, resources, etc. without any cost. See the question about Audiria license for other non-private uses.

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3. Is the audiotext only audio?

NO, each audio text is accompanied by the written version of the audio text, so that the user can check what he has heard and profit more from the exercise. Moreover, all audiotexts have a number of exercises and complementary activities related to it.

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4. How frequently are audio texts published?

Audiria offers a new audiotext from Monday to Saturday (both included). Moreover, audiotexts are not repeated: the daily audiotexts are different to all previous ones so that you can practice every day your understanding capabilities. You can access easily to the daily audiotext through our home page or through the Chapters section in the menu.

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5. Do the audiotexts expire?

NO. Past audiotexts are kept in our general database and they will be published for long time. For space reasons there will be a time in which we will start removing the oldest ones (approximately one year after publication) to leave space for the new chapters.

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6. Which is the difficulty level of the audiotexts?

Audiria offers audiotexts at different difficulty levels. Audiotexts are classified in 4 levels of increasing difficulty:

  • Level 1: Elemental
  • Level 2: Intermediate
  • Level 3: High
  • Level 4: Advanced
The difficulty level is established considering:
  • The chapter content
  • Its style
  • Grammatical complexity and vocabulary

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7. How are the audiotexts organized? What is a channel?

Audiotexts are organized into CHANNELS.

Audiria offers different types of audiotexts that have been classified into 7 channels with the purpose of offering material of varied sources and themes. Moreover, audiotexts are read by different people so that the listener can get used to different accents and different ways of speaking.

A weekly cycle of audiotexts has been established: every day of the week (from Monday to Saturday) has a channel assigned and the audiotexts of that day will always belong to that channel. Notwithstanding, the difficulty levels of the audiotexts will change to offer, inside the same channel, audiotext with different levels of difficulty.

Each channel has a characteristic icon that will help you to identify it.

The currently existing channels are:

  • Audiotexts of "El Quijote": Here you will find small fragments of which is considered one of the most representative literary works in Spanish: "Las aventuras del ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha". The book is started from its very beginning and its reading will be continued following the same order as in the book. Thus, the first audiotext of this channel irremediably starts with the famous "En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme". These chapters will be published on Saturdays. Every Saturday you will find a new chapter in Audiria. All audiotexts of this channel are of level 4.
  • Audiotexts of "Spanish culture": In this category we want introduce the listener into different aspects of the Spanish culture: history, people characteristics, touristic places worthy to visit, and even more practical questions like "the time that shops open and close" or which is the most popular sport in Spain. These chapters are published on Mondays. Every Monday you will discover a new aspect of the Spanish culture through one of our audiotexts. Spanish culture audiotexts are of levels 1 or 2.
  • Audiotexts of "News": This channel presents small fragments from Spanish newspapers with the purpose of making the listener familiar with the particular language used in the written news. Every Thursday a new chapter of this category is published. These chapters are always of level 2.
  • Audiotexts of "Radio": In this case, we offer small fragments of different radio programs that will allow the listener to increase his listening capabilities related to this difficult media. These chapters are published on Sundays. Radio audiotexts are always of level 3.
  • Audiotexts de "Daily scenes": These audiotexts have a very practical purpose: they reproduce characteristic conversations in different situations and contexts. A market, an airport, a hotel, are scenarios where it is necessary to say certain sentences and where a very specific vocabulary is used. In this case, we reproduce different scenes so to help the listener to easily handle these contexts. The assigned day for this channel is Friday. The audiotexts of this channel can be of levels 1 or 2.
  • Audiotexts of "Language": This channel provides small explanations about the language: grammar, orthography, frequent expressions, idioms, In Audiria, grammar has an important place and that is why a whole channel is completely devoted to it. But, in the same way as the rest of contents, this is transmitted in an oral way, that is, you can listen to the explanation and as in any other audiotext you can have access to the corresponding text. Language audiotexts are published on Wednesdays. The levels of these chapters can be 1 or 3.
  • Audiotexts of "Books": In this case, audiotexts are extracted from different books: from an adventure novel to a technological book going through a biography or an historical assay. This will allow the listener to come into contact with different expression styles and, overall, with specific vocabulary of each field, or characteristic of an author. These chapters are published on Tuesdays. Audiotexts can be of levels 1, 2 or 3.

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8. What does Audiria offer when I click on each audiotext?

When you access any audiotext you will find:

  • The possibility of listening the content
  • The possibility of reading the content (written text)
  • The source used to prepare the audiotext
  • A collection of bibliographic references or web pages that are related to the audiotext content
  • A collection of exercises related to the audiotext
  • A forum for all those users wanting to practice the language writing about the topic of the audiotext

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9. How to search audiotexts according to my preferences?

Audiria allows you to access any published audiotext at any moment, for free and as many times as you like. For that, you have to enter into the Chapters section in the menu on the left. You can search your chapters using different criteria:

  • Criterium "Text": this option is very flexible since it allows you to search for audiotexts whose title contains the word or words that you have specified in this field. Thus, it is a free text field that will allow you to find audiotexts related to a given topic (for example, "Baile flamenco"), or to access an audiotext that you heard a long time ago about Madrid but you cannot remember the date nor the exact title.
  • Criterium "Channel": using the list of channels you can specify the channel on which you want to search.
  • Criterium "Level": equally, you can use the list of levels to select those audiotexts you want to hear.
You can introduce one or several criteria. The search will show all the audiotexts meeting all the conditions.



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10. What are the exercises associated to the audiotexts?

Each audiotext is accompanied by a collection of exercises that can be performed by the listener to test his degree of understanding of what he heard and fix those expressions learnt during the audiotext.

In all cases, the user will have the option of "listening" (resides "Redding") the questions, i.e., to receive in audio format the questions to benefit as much as possible his use of Audiria from the point of view of listening.

For each audiotext several exercises are provided:

  • Test exercises (Chapters test): it is a series of test questions with several answers hmong which you will have to choose the right one considering the auditotext. Only one answer is valid.
  • Exercise "Complete with words": in this case you will see incomplete sentences (some words are missing) and you have to fill in the gaps with the missing words. You can regenerate the exercise and try to solve it with different missing words as many times as you like.
  • Exercise "Place the phrases": In this exercise you have to determine which is the sentence missing in each of the gaps. Again, you can regenerate the exercise and try with different sentences.
  • Practice in the forum: Each chapter has an associated forum in which users can practice their Spanish writing. The Audiria staff as well as the rest of the users can correct the language errors committed by other users. In this way they can improve their writing skills in Spanish.
The exercises have different buttons among them:
  • Regenerate the exercise: most exercises are random so that you can generate many different exercises on the same audiotext. Press this button to solve a new exercise of the same kind.
  • Give me a clue: this button will visualize which of the answers is correct and which is incorrect. When pressing the button the true answers are not given, however since the wrong answers are marked, the user can pay more attention to these questions to correct them.
  • Correct: when pressing "Correct" your exercise will be evaluated and you will see which questions were right, which wrong and the final mark of the exercise. If the user is registered and logged in, this mark will become part of his collection of marks and they can be seen in the Statistics.

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11. Is it compulsory to do the exercises in each audiotext?

NO. Exercises and activities are completely optional, the user can do them or not. Exercises allow fixing vocabulary, expressions, idioms, etc. and provide a better understanding of the audiotexts.

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12. Is it compulsory to register? How can I see my statistics?

It is not necessary to be registered to use Audiria. Without being registered you can equally do the exercises.

However, Audiria offers to registered users a personalized tracking of their performance in Audiria. By identifying yourself, we can associate to each user the statistics of the exercises associated to each audiotext. This will let you know your evolution and establish some general statistics using information from the whole set of users.

Once you have registered you can consult your statistics by introducing your user and password in the menu located in the top part of the screen. From this moment on, the Statistics section is activated for you.

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13. Difficult vocabulary: what can I do if I dont know a Word of the audiotexts?

In each audiotext difficult words have been linked to the Wordreference dictionary. Another possibility is to go to the Multimedia resources section and lookup the word in any of the online dictionaries that you will find there. We strongly recommend to install the Wordreference toolbar that helps a lot in the understanding of new words.

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14. What kind of license has Audiria? Can I download the audiotexts? Can I use them in a class?

Audiria audiotexts are under a Creative Commons license for non commercial use. Therefore, they are free as long as you use them for personal purposes or for the non-commercial diffusion of the Spanish culture. Audiria audiotexts and exercises can be used in Spanish classes. In any case, you must acknowledge the source of the audiotext and exercises, and in the case of using it in Internet you must do the corresponding link to Audiria.

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15. What are the sources associated to each audiotext?

Once you access an audiotext, you will see comments and links about the sources that have been used for its edition, in this way we acknowledge the original authorship and the origin of the information used. The sources are provided either as bibliographic references or as related links. In this way, the user can also have additional information about the content of the audiotext and learn more vocabulary and expressions related to that topic.

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16. If I am a teacher, what exercises can I do in class?

Audiria offers the possibility of performing different exercises with your students:

  • Filling the gaps where some words are missing
  • Placing sentences in the right place
  • Answering test questions about the audiotext
  • Discussing in the forum about the topic of the audiotext
  • Discussing in class about the topic of the audiotext
  • In the grammar chapters, going to the wiki and giving examples of the grammar topic
  • In the daily scenes chapter, going to the wiki and completing the conversation guide
The first three exercises are random, so that it is possible that each student has his own exercise, different to all the rest.



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17. How can I subcribe to the podcast using RSS? How can I listen it with iTunes?

RSS is a subscribe method with wich you can check the latest content from a Web site without visiting it. If you subscribe our RSS feed, you will be able to play audiria's audiotext files from iTunes, and synchronize your iPod and learn spanish while going to work.

You can subscribe our podcast by adding this URL (http://www.audiria.com/podcast.php) to your favourite RSS Feed reader.

If you want to subscribe audiria.com through iTunes you must click Advanced/Subscribe to a podcast in your iTunes menu and type this URL (http://www.audiria.com/podcast.php) in the text field.

If you don't know about RSS aggregator you can learn more here.



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2. I can't change the site's interface language

It could be the same problem with the login access

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3. I can't hear the audio files

In order to play audio files in audiria.com, you should have Adobe Flash Player © installed on your system.

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4. I don't know how to type some foreign characters that are not in my keyboard

You can select foreign characters you haven't on your keyboard using the characters table in your operating system. In Windows © you can access it by clicking Start Menu/All programs/Accessories/System tools/Characters Map.

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5. I can't see correctly some foreign characters

If you can't see foreign characters you should check if your operating system or browser supports charset iso-8859-1.

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