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True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. From the makers of Duolingo, the most popular language-learning app, comes a new podcast that delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language. Hosted by Martina Castro, co-founder of NPR’s Radio Ambulante.
 
Learn Spanish with Stories is the number one podcast for upper beginner to intermediate Spanish learners. The main objective of this podcast is to give students fun and interesting stories from Latin America to help students with Spanish immersion. You can read while you listen if you head over to podcast.lingomastery.com to find the transcript.
 
If you have a passion for the Spanish language, Latin music, and travel, then this podcast is for you. Learn to speak Spanish like a native speaker with weekly conversations and fun, music-based Spanish lessons. If you want to be fluent in Spanish, the best way to learn Spanish is to immerse yourself in the culture. Learn Spanish fast that you can use in real world Spanish conversations and close your Spanish grammar textbooks. Whether you're a Spanish beginner or intermediate Spanish learne ...
 
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Are you going to see extended family this holiday season? In this episode, we'll help you learn how to talk all about la familia política or in-laws and other family members with a fun bachata song. > Did you like this episode? We'd love it if you gave us a rating & review on Apple Podcasts! Just click here to leave a review or go to https://www.le…
 
While it may be one of the most beautiful regions on the planet, it is no secret that most of Latin America is also one very dangerous place. With some of the deadliest cities on the planet and a questionable amount of corruption within governments and law enforcement entities, you wouldn’t be crazy to think twice before heading to the shady areas …
 
In this episode I interview Carolina Quiroga--storyteller, performer, author, and host of the bilingual podcast Tres Cuentos. Tres Cuentos explores historical and literary narratives of Latin America. Last year, the podcast was mentioned by Oprah magazine as one of the best Latino and Spanish podcasts for learning and laughing. In our conversation,…
 
Growing a startup to a billion dollars is already a huge challenge – for any founder on the planet, wherever they are. But we must admit that building a “unicorn” startup in Latin America is much harder than doing the same in London, Los Angeles or New York. Yet somehow, a number of founders have accomplished this goal, taking their companies to a …
 
Since primitive times, man has sought to learn more about the “beyond” – those gods or other supernatural beings that are said to be in other dimensions or worlds we cannot access until we die. In the case of Latin America, a great number of such gods have caused wonder among many civilizations. In modern times, one such interesting goddess exists,…
 
Learn the lyrics to the salsa song El día de mi suerte by Hector Lavoe. You'll learn how to easily identify Spanish verbs in the future tense and imperfect past tense. Plus, there's some tricky grammar in the song that we'll help you identify and learn how to use in daily conversation. Show Notes: https://www.learnspanishconsalsa.com/107 This episo…
 
By now, if you’ve listened to our podcast, you’ll be aware that Latin America has plenty of Spanish, African, Dutch, French, Italian and even British influence which has helped shape the region and make it what it is today… but did you know that Japan has also brought its important share of influence to Mexico and several South American countries, …
 
When it comes to dictators, Latin America has had quite its fair share of these, with both left and right-wing figures having subjugated and terrorized populations of several countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America throughout the decades. The Dominican Republic does not forget its own tyrant – Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, “Generalísim…
 
In this episode, we'll be reviewing a song by Carlos Vives from the Disney movie 'Encanto.' Spanish con Salsa Language Coach Maribel Zapata breaks down the song lyrics and tells us all about Colombian culture. Note: This episode is in Spanish. For a full transcript with English translation, sign up to be a show supporter (learnspanishconsalsa.com/s…
 
Peru is a land of wonderful food, fascinating historic sites and rich traditions… but not all of its history has been a bed of roses. You see, in 1970, a great but terrible event changed everything for this nation: starting as a soft swaying of the ground but soon transforming into the terrifying rumble and ripping of the earth which brought buildi…
 
In this week's episode, you'll learn all about Colombian Spanish and culture through the country's music. Language Coach Maribel Zapata talks about music genres in Colombia from vallenato to salsa. Note: This episode is in Spanish. For a full transcript with English translation, sign up to be a show supporter (learnspanishconsalsa.com/support) > Di…
 
Unless you’ve switched off the news for the past decade, you will probably have heard of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. With tragedies ranging from food shortages in the mid 2010’s to millions of migrants desperately crossing borders all over North and South America, this once wealthy region has fallen to its knees… and all of it tha…
 
Struggling to go from beginner to conversational fluency? In this episode, I talk to Shay Spence, the founder of Español en 3000. We talk all about how he improved his conversational Spanish and some of his tips for how you can do the same. He also shares a little about the culture of Medellín and some Colombian slang that will be good to know if y…
 
After a successful first season, the Learn Spanish with Stories Podcast returns with Season 2! And in this season's premiere, we want to take you somewhere that is almost as unknown as it is underrated. We’re talking about Uruguay, South America’s most underrated nation. Boasting one of the highest levels of human development, tolerance, peace, GDP…
 
From countlessly learning formulated answers on Duolingo to consistently speaking Spanish every week and making measurable progress. This is Rebecca's story of how she decided to switch her approach to learning the language and how this opened the doors to better job and life opportunities. > Did you like this episode? We'd love it if you gave us a…
 
When Julio Cusurichi saw loggers push deeper and deeper into the Amazon, he realized they threatened both the fragile rainforest and the traditional way of life for Indigenous communities in Peru. So he decided to make it his life's work to protect Indigenous lands and rights. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3tVN7f8.…
 
Learn how to use reflexive verbs to describe your daily routine in Spanish with the lyrics to the song No Hago Más Na' by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. Show Notes: https://www.learnspanishconsalsa.com/86 > LEAVE US A RATING & REVIEW < Let us know how we're doing por favor! Leave us a rating & review in iTunes or Stitcher, and we'll give you a shout…
 
When primary school teacher Helena Vilardell’s students told her they wanted to ride their bikes to school, she came up with the idea of the “bicibús.” It quickly took off as a movement to take back the streets, helping create a cleaner environment and better future. A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3b6AA1N.…
 
In 2016, Daniel packed up everything to move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Medellín, Colombia. He soon found that having conversations with the locals in Spanish beyond basic interactions was a challenge. Drawing up his experience with language learning and the tech world, he began to experiment with the idea of creating a solution for interme…
 
In this episode, I answer a listener question about how to understand Spanish when it's spoken at a natural, conversational pace. I review the 6 stages of listening comprehension and what to expect during each phase. I also explain which strategies are the most effective for each stage to get you to the next level. ¡No te lo pierdas! Show Notes: ht…
 
We have reached the Season 1 Finale of our podcast – and this episode is a bit different. Although we have typically told the story from a third-person perspective (apart from Episode 2 – Últimas Horas), this episode is a first-person tale by your narrator, Anthony, in which he explains just how Latin America can take over your heart and mind. With…
 
If you're thinking about traveling to a Spanish-speaking country this summer, I know you'll want to be able to chat with native speakers while you're there. There are specific tactics you can use to help you improve your Spanish so you'll be prepared to chat with the locals. Listen to this episode before you book your next trip abroad. Show Notes: …
 
While Latin America has produced some of the most fascinating people in history, we cannot pretend that it hasn’t spawned its own monsters, as well. Merciless murderers, monstrous hunters of children and even bloodthirsty cannibals(!) have left a mark of pain and death on the Latin American legacy. In this episode of the Learn Spanish with Stories …
 
On March 13, 2013, a massive event took place within the Catholic Church – the first ever South American Pope, and the first from outside of Europe since the 8th century, was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who had resigned earlier. This came as a shock to many – as respectable as he was, Pope Francis, who is actually called Jorge Mario Bergo…
 
Haiti – when you hear the name of this nation, what comes to mind? Usually, you can recall the hurricanes, earthquakes and other horrific tragedies that have hit the island and its people, plunging them further into a state of despair and disaster that they have suffered for decades now. But Haiti is much more than disaster, pain and suffering. It …
 
The deserts across the planet are some of the most majestic and impressive destinations you will ever witness; Latin America is no exception. But there is one specific Latin American desert that has managed to blow the minds of even the highest level of scientists on the globe: The Atacama Desert. Known for being the most arid (driest) desert outsi…
 
Do you want to travel to Latin America, immerse yourself in the culture, make new friends, and practice your Spanish? In this episode, I give you 5 expert tips to turn your next trip into an authentic travel experience, not just a normal vacation. Find out how to prepare in advance to take advantage of the opportunity to improve your Spanish while …
 
When thinking of South America, people across the world typically recall Brazil and its beaches, Argentina’s football and history, or perhaps the beautiful northern coasts of Colombia and Venezuela… but you can bet that hardly anybody remembers that the Guianas even exist! But our goal is to change that: you see, Guyana, Suriname and the French Gui…
 
You may have heard of “The 33”, a group of miners who were unexpectedly trapped in a mine back in 2010… but do you know the full story? It all started with one big uproar – a loud boom of noise and collapse of earth that would set a series of events in motion that would shift all eyes from across the world to a small mine in the north of Chile. A t…
 
Do you ever get nervous when someone asks you a question in Spanish? Has your mind ever gone completely blank when you're trying to respond, even if you KNOW you know what you want to say? In this episode, you'll hear from Dani Dancing -- a Spanish learner like you who was able to shed her fear of speaking Spanish and get more comfortable having co…
 
In the history of world football, we have seen many great legends – men and women who have not only help build the sport, but also bring to it a mythical quality from which the greatest stories have been told. One such figure was Diego Armando Maradona. Born in Argentina to a poor family that lived in a shantytown, this skillful young man would gro…
 
I'm sure you already know how to say yes in Spanish, but nothing causes a conversation to fizzle faster than short, abrupt, one-word answers. When you are first learning Spanish, your natural desire will be to respond with what you are comfortable saying- sí, no, gracias. But if you want to step up your game and venture into a truly meaningful conv…
 
When traveling across Latin America, especially at night, you may find that some towns and small populations will recommend you to stay indoors after the sun comes out, but why? Sure, some countries aren’t as safe as others, but it’s not always -human- threats that they’re worried about… You see, in Latin America, there is said to be a number of da…
 
What type of language learner are you? The type of language learner you are will influence how quickly you reach Spanish fluency. I will help you improve your Spanish and accelerate your path to fluency by helping you identify your language learning type. Take the Quiz > https://www.learnspanishconsalsa.com/typequiz Listen to the Episode: https://w…
 
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