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Do you want to learn Spanish and travel? Learn Spanish and travel the world with Jim and May from Spanish and Go. Advance your listening comprehension through incredible travel stories, cultural conversations, Spanish tips, and interviews with Spanish speakers from around the world. You’ll hear natural conversational Spanish perfect for the intermediate or advanced Spanish learner. With Spanish and Go, not only will you improve your Spanish, but you’ll gain the tools to travel abroad with co ...
 
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“Help! I’m studying Spanish, but I can’t understand native speakers when they ask me something!” or the classic, “I don’t have anyone to practice with!” Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Learning to have a natural conversation is probably the hardest part of learning a language. What the process is really about is finding a balance between genuine…
 
"Are we scared to travel? And how is it if you travel nowadays during Pandemic?" It is not that easy to travel knowing that this Pandemic is going on. So some of the few things that we want to share with you during our travel. The preparations like not leaving the house without disinfectant wipes for the elevator, the bottle with alcohol to disinfe…
 
We started off this week with Valentine’s Day, or “El Día del Amor y la Amistad” in Mexico. Of course, most of us are familiar with celebrating love on this day with gifts or romantic gestures, but how did Valentine’s day come to be? Jim and May run down the list of stories surrounding the origin of Valentine’s Day. Links: Level up your Spanish wit…
 
Where do we find the motivation to do things we want to accomplish in life? How do we stay consistent in order to reach our goals? Jim and May give advice about how to overcome the mental blocks that everyone has. Links: Forbes: The Science Behind Motivation Sign up for our newsletter for motivation, tips, reviews, and more Level up your Spanish wi…
 
Out of the foods that we know and cherish today, how many do we actually know the origins of? Take tamales for example - they are so important to Latin American gastronomy, especially in Mexico. But where did they come from? When were they first introduced to society? Learn about the history and importance of this traditional food in this episode! …
 
Join Jim and May as they chat with Tica Carlota Morales, who breaks down everything you need to know about her country - from ecotourism and typical food, to what makes Costa Rican Spanish so different from other Spanish-speaking countries. If you’ve never been to Costa Rica, you’ll definitely add it to your bucket list by the end of the episode! L…
 
Are you having a hard time expressing yourself in Spanish? Do you get nervous or feel embarrassed about having to speak the language? Have you struggled to find a way to use your Spanish in a real context? Don’t worry, these are common concerns of most people learning a second language and in this week’s episode, Jim and May share their 5 tips to s…
 
Learning multiple languages when you’re young is hard enough, but can you imagine at 70? In this episode, Jim and May interview Steve Kaufmann, linguist, polyglot, and co-founder of LingQ, a platform designed to expand your language skills. Links: Check out LingQ LingoSteve - Steve Kaufmann’s YouTube Channel Level up your Spanish with our Podcast M…
 
January 6th pretty much wraps up the holiday season in most Spanish speaking countries with Día de Reyes, or Three Kings’ Day. It’s a holiday that’s an important part of Mexican culture, showing us how important religion, tradition, and family are to so many across the country. Links: More about Día de Reyes Ep. 038 - Christmas Differences Between …
 
Got any New Year’s resolutions, anyone? Maybe getting back into the gym, taking that trip you’ve always wanted, or even starting a business? People bring in the new year differently all over the world, but the one thing most countries have in common is making New Year’s resolutions. Jim and May chat about different traditions that people have and c…
 
Christmas is finally here after a very long year. Ever wonder how people in Mexico celebrate the holidays? Jim and May compare their own holiday traditions growing up. After listening to the episode, can you name any more differences? How does your personal experience compare? Links: Christmas in Mexico vs US video Podcast Episode 036 - Las Posadas…
 
Around Christmastime in Mexico, you’ll start to hear a lot about “las posadas navideñas” - all the little Christmas parties leading up to Christmas Eve. Learn about these Mexican Christmas parties and how they’re celebrated in this episode. Links: Día de Reyes Video Pedir Posadas song La Guadalupana song Episode 022 - Traditional Drinks of Colima, …
 
Meet Ana and David, creators of How to Spanish. Originally from Mexico City, they have a podcast and two YouTube channels, all focusing on improving your Spanish speaking skills. Jim and May chat with them this week about online entrepreneurship in their experience, and what it's like to be an entrepreneur in Mexico. Links: How to Spanish Podcast W…
 
For all the history buffs out there, we have a fascinating topic this week: The Mexican Revolution. Jim and May dive into the reasons behind the movement and the prominent figures like Porfirio Diaz, Francisco I. Madero, and Pancho Villa. Links: Sign up for the Lingoda Sprint here! Get $11 off your deposit with code WIN22 Read the rules before sign…
 
This week Jim and May chat with Héctor and Beto from No Hay Tos about the Mexican state of Veracruz. Links: “Mi Tierra Veracruzana” by Natalia Lafourcade No Hay Tos Podcast Website No Hay Tos Youtube Channel No Hay Tos Patreon Level up your Spanish with our Podcast Membership Get the full transcript of each episode so you don’t miss a word Listen t…
 
Where does the word gringo come from? Is it offensive? Learn about six popular theories about the origins of the word “gringo.” Which one do you think is true? Links: “Green Grow the Rushes” Song “Green Grow the Lilacs” Song Level up your Spanish with our Podcast Membership Get the full transcript of each episode so you don’t miss a word Listen to …
 
In this episode, Jim and May share what their motto means to them, and why they created Spanish and Go. The process of anything can be beautiful and sometimes people lose sight of that because they’re focused on racing towards the end goal - the destination. Learn to appreciate the journey. It's ultimately what matters most. Links: Spanish and Go Y…
 
Did you know that there’s a country in Africa where Spanish is the official language? Learn all about Equatorial Guinea in this week’s episode featuring YouTuber and Equatoguinean, Monanga Bueneke. Links: Monanga Bueneke’s YouTube Channel La Finca de Sampaka Video Level up your Spanish with our Podcast Membership Get the full transcript of each epi…
 
One symbol you can see a lot in Mexico around this time of year is the skull. But death is not the only meaning behind it. Learn about the history and origins of the famous Mexican sugar skulls in this week's episode. Links: Episode 28 - Día de Muertos Day of the Dead Video Mexico City’s Historic District: Centro Histórico Level up your Spanish wit…
 
El Día de Muertos is celebrated across Mexico on November 2nd. It is believed that around this time, the veil between this world and the spirit world is thinner. Jim and May talk about the significance of the holiday in Mexico and how it’s celebrated. There’s more depth to this holiday than a lot of people realize, so check out the episode to learn…
 
Have you heard of telenovelas? They’re similar to soap operas, but with a couple of key differences. Of course there are crazy plot twists, unrealistic romances, and unexpected drama. But this week, Jim and May go deeper and chat about the origins of these shows and their impact on Latin culture today. Links: List of Telenovelas on Netflix Level up…
 
Moving to another country is something that not nearly enough people get to experience in their lifetime. Jim and May explore some of the pros and cons of living in another country in this week’s episode. They have lived in the US together, and now Puerto Rico, with substantial time in between traveling throughout Mexico. After hearing their experi…
 
Everyone’s favorite dulce, chocolate, is running the show this week. In this episode, Jim and May cover the history and cultural origins of one of the world’s favorite foods. Links: Junajpu: Award-winning Guatemalan Chocolate con Chile Our Trip to Guatemala Mesoamerica Timeline History of Chocolate (Video in English) How Modern Chocolate is Made (V…
 
Is it possible to learn a language in a month? Connor Grooms, the CEO of Baselang, certainly seems to think so. One of the programs his company offers was founded on the guarantee that you can go from “zero to conversational in one month.” Links: Get $10 off your first month of unlimited Spanish lessons with Baselang Connor’s Spanish in a Month Doc…
 
Ever heard of “El Grito?” Does “¡Viva México!” sound familiar? How about Miguel Hidalgo or “el Pípila?” Learn about these important figures in the history of Mexico’s Independence Day in this week’s episode. Links: [Video] “Guanajuato’s Silver Mining History”: https://youtu.be/SzfjTVKCanc Level up your Spanish with our Podcast Membership Get the fu…
 
Tuba, tejuino, tepache... These are just a few of some of the most refreshing drinks you can find in Colima, Mexico. Colima may be tiny, but it’s full of surprises. There’s a drink for everyone here and hopefully you get a chance to taste each of them. Links: “Traditional Drinks You’ve Never Heard of Before” Video Level up your Spanish with our Pod…
 
This week, Jim and May talk about the Spanish from the streets, not from textbooks. How people actually talk in everyday life is not the same as what you tend to find with traditional language study material. Mentioned in this episode: Episode 021 - Muletillas del Español What is the RAE: La Real Academia of Spain Episode 04: Neutral Spanish Radio…
 
Can you have an entire conversation without saying “um” or “like?” These words are examples of filler words, or muletillas, that people use all the time in order to organize their thoughts as they speak. It’s completely natural and learning how to use them in Spanish will actually help you sound more like a native! This week, Jim and May share popu…
 
Obviously, this year has been one for the history books. Both Jim and May check in with everyone this week to reflect on their journey through the pandemic and quarantine. They recognize that the ability to adapt is key in times like this, where the impact of COVID-19 has been felt in everyone’s life. Tune into this week’s episode to check out the …
 
Birthday or block party? There’s always a reason to celebrate, especially in Mexico! This week, Jim and May run down the ways that set Mexican birthdays apart. From the music and food, to the piñatas and cake, check out the latest episode to see how everything goes down. Having just celebrated her birthday a few days ago, listen as May gets nostalg…
 
Burritos. Nachos. Chimichangas. Fajitas. Ever wonder where these dishes came from? Although a lot of Americans tend to think of these items as “Mexican food,” they are in a category of their own: Tex Mex. Find out this week what exactly brought the southern States and northern Mexico together in a way that resulted in its own regional cuisine. Link…
 
When you hear people speaking Spanish, do you often hear them slip in any English words or words that sound just like something you’d say in English? Well, it’s probably code switching you are hearing, which is the topic of the week! In this episode, Jim and May compare code switching to “spanglish” in order to teach us the difference. They in fact…
 
We all know that feeling when someone asks you a question in Spanish that you don’t understand. Or that feeling of anxiety when you want to say something, but you don’t know the words. The good news is, it doesn’t always have to be this way. But you have to take the necessary steps to get over your fear. And that is exactly what Jim and May break d…
 
This week Andrea from Spanishland School and the Españolistos podcast joins us to shed some light on the Spanish spoken in her country: Colombia. May and Andrea discuss regional differences and accents across Colombia, popular expressions, and even a few ways that this accent is different from those you’ll find in Mexico or Puerto Rico. Links: Chec…
 
In this episode, we discuss everyone’s favorite topic: FOOD. Jim and May jump right into what authentic Mexican food is. They cover typical ingredients that you might already know: corn, chiles, avocado; and some that you might not think about like hominy, cactus, and pumpkin. Links: Breakdown of common Mexican food ingredients: https://www.asenzya…
 
What does it mean to be fluent in a language? How long does it take? In this episode, Jim and May dissect what it means to be fluent and how to get there. Jim goes into depth about his own journey and what methods he used to achieve fluency in less than 2 years. Links: State Department of Language Categories [VIDEO] How Jim learned Spanish [ARTICLE…
 
Have you heard the phrases “la carne de burro no es transparente” or “la suerte de la fea, la bonita la desea” before? Literally, the first one translates to “the donkey meat isn’t transparent,” and the other, “the ugly’s luck, the beautiful want.” But what do they truly mean? In this episode, Jim and May break down multiple Spanish idioms: common …
 
This week, Ben and Marina from Notes in Spanish join Jim and May to talk about the differences between Spanish and culture in Mexico and Spain. Ben, an Englishman, and Marina, a Madrileña (from Madrid, Spain), started the first Spanish learning podcast back in 2006. Not only do they host an incredibly popular podcast, their work inspired Jim and Ma…
 
In this episode, Jim and May talk about some of the biggest differences they've noticed between living in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Links: Why Is Puerto Rican Spanish so Hard? Level Up Your Spanish with our Podcast Membership Get the full transcript of each episode so you don’t miss a word Listen to an extended breakdown section in English going over…
 
In this episode, Jim and May discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living the small town life in Mexico. Learn about the typical routine of people living in these pueblos, and how different the lifestyle can be from the big city. Links: Tradition Mexican Drinks You’ve Never Heard of Before Recorded in Comala, Colima Mexico Level Up Your Spani…
 
In this episode, Jim and May discuss how COVID-19 has made an impact in Puerto Rico and the world, and also how they predict it will affect the future of the tourism industry. They go into detail regarding the toque de queda, or curfew, placed on the streets of Puerto Rico from 7pm- 5am. The mission of Spanish and Go has always been bring you close…
 
Do you dread studying grammar, or do you embrace it? In this episode, Jim and May discuss whether or not grammar is necessary to learn a language. Listen as May describes the five stages of language acquisition, so that you can identify the stage you are currently in. Jim explains so many key tools that he used in his Spanish learning journey, incl…
 
Standing before the bus stops? The check at the restaurant never comes? In this episode, Jim and May talk about what cultural differences are and the ones that they have noticed between Mexico and the United States. Listen as they share stories of their experiences and interactions with each other’s cultures. They tackle differences in lifestyle, v…
 
In this episode, Jim and May discuss the concept of “neutral Spanish.” Does it exist? Who speaks it? Do some countries have a more neutral accent than others? Find out here. Links: Related BBC Video Level Up Your Spanish with our Podcast Membership Get the full transcript of each episode so you don’t miss a word Listen to an extended breakdown sect…
 
In this episode, Jim and May talk about Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos. What they are, their differences and similarities, some advantages and disadvantages of the Pueblos Magicos Program, and cultural aspects of life in these towns. Links: Support Us on Patreon Level Up Your Spanish with our Podcast Membership Get the full transcript of each episode so …
 
In this episode, Jim shares some of his tips on what to do when a Spanish native speaker only talks to you in English. Listen in to practice your Spanish, and get even more tips so that you know what to do when you find yourself in a similar situation. Links: The Bioluminescent Bay at Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico Level Up Your Spanish with …
 
In this episode, Jim and May talk about how it all started. May is a teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages Education. She was born in Manzanillo, a small port city of the state of Colima in Mexico. When May had just graduated from college she was looking for a way to keep practicing her English and improving her pronunciation. A fri…
 
Welcome to the Learn Spanish and Go podcast! In this episode, we talk about who this podcast is for, what topics we'll cover, and how to get the most out of each episode. Sign up for our Podcast Membership here! Follow us on social media to stay connected and up to date about new episodes @SpanishandGo. Links: Support us on Patreon Level Up Your Sp…
 
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