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Simple Stories in Spanish is a weekly production of the Small Town Spanish Teacher. Listen along as she tells easy to understand stories to help you learn or practice the Spanish language. Wherever you are in your language journey, Simple Stories will help propel you forward. You can find transcripts of the stories at smalltownspanishteacher.com.You can listen at https://vurbl.com/station/1ho3zVrYEIx/You can support the creation of these stories by buying me a coffee (or taco!) https://www.b ...
 
"Finding inspiration in the everyday." Hello and welcome to my Audio Sketchbook. The purpose of this podcast is just like an artist has a sketchbook that houses the many ideas they have, THIS is my creative sketchbook, just in audio form. This audio sketchbook is inspired by movies, music, podcast, books, by life experiences, daily living, and my daily thoughts… and Just like flipping through an artist sketchbook where you may find sketches, drawings, paintings, and quotes on many different ...
 
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I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 12 - the last chapter! Zunzuncito is reaching the end of his journey. He crossed the grand lake, passed through the land of giants and arrived at the valley of snail…
 
Tonight’s show is all about good times and great music! Roque FM Vol. 21 is the audio from my live radio show on 11.16.21 Broadcasting live out of Los Angeles, 101.5 FM All mixes, audio stories, and production by me, (Jaime) Content for some audio stories found on the interwebs and read by me. Enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The e…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 11! Zunzuncito is getting closer to the magic flower that will grant his wish to be big. He crossed the grand lake and passed through the land of giants. Only one pl…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 10! After crossing the grand lake, Zunzuncito and Monty must pass through the land of giants. The land of giants is fascinating, until Zunzuncito sees something horr…
 
Tonight’s show is all about good times and great music! Roque FM Vol. 20 is the audio from my live radio show on 11.2.21 Broadcasting live out of Los Angeles, 101.5 FM All mixes, audio stories, and production by me, (Jaime) Content for some audio stories found on the interwebs and read by me. Enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The ea…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 9! Zunzuncito and Monty fell into the grand lake. Thankfully, a turtle came to save them. Once they cross the grand lake, they will reach the second leg of their jou…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 8! Zunzuncito is a tiny hummingbird. His friend, Monty, is an even smaller frog. The two animals are searching for a magic flower. Zunzuncito hopes that the magic fl…
 
I recently found my old CD case 💿 And it took me down memory lane! Tonight’s show is all about what songs were in that case and how this was the last CD case I ever owned, as streaming, downloading, and the iPod became a thing! Roque FM Vol 19 is the audio from my live radio show on 10.19.21 Broadcasting live out of Los Angeles, 101.5FM All mixes, …
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 7! Zunzuncito is on a mission to find the magic flower that will grant his wish to be big. He spoke with the wise snake Majá and now he knows where he must go, but h…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 6! Zunzuncito is a tiny hummingbird. His friend, Monty, is an even smaller frog. The two animals are searching for a magic flower. Zunzuncito hopes that the magic fl…
 
Join me as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic film, Y Tu Mamá También! We will explore the soundtrack and I’ll share some of my favorite moments from the film. Roque FM Vol 18 is the audio from my live radio show on 10.05.21 Broadcasting live out of Los Angeles, 101.5FM All mixes, audio stories, and production by me, (Jaime) Content fo…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 5! Zunzuncito is done dealing with the small life. He wants to be big. Luckily, his new frog friend Monty knows about a special magic flower that might be able to gr…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 4! It’s not easy being the smallest bird in the world. You have to deal with bigger bully birds, bees that don’t want to share and spiders that want to suck your blo…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 3! Zunzuncito, a tiny bee hummingbird, just wants to suck delicious nectar from beautiful flowers. But he is not the only one hunting for food. After being chased aw…
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 2! Zunzuncito, one of the tiniest hummingbirds in the world, flits from flower to flower in search of delicious nectar. However, some flowers are occupied by larger …
 
I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish, I will be sharing a chapter from the novel each week. This week is chapter 1! Zunzuncito is one of the tiniest hummingbirds in the world. Some might think he spends all his time happily sucking nectar from flowers, and they are not wrong. H…
 
Welcome to the fifth season of Simple Stories in Spanish! The island nation of Cuba is full of amazing animals. One of the most fascinating is the tiny bee hummingbird, also called the zunzuncito. I was inspired by this little hummingbird and, with some motivation from my students, I wrote a short novel called “La aventura de Zunzuncito”. For this …
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. While not necessarily historically accurate, January 6th marks the day that the wise men gave their gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh to the baby Jesus. This moment is celebrated as “el Día de los Reyes Magos”. While other kids around the world get presents from Santa …
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Semana Santa, or “Holy Week” occurs the week before Easter. While it is a religious celebration all over the world, the most grand Semana Santa arguably is in Sevilla, España. The week is filled with processions of penitents and pasos that depict the events leading to the …
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. ¡Hola y bienvenidos a este episodio de Simple Stories in Spanish! Saint Thomas, or Santo Tomás, is the patron saint of Chichicastenango, Guatemala. The locals celebrate their patron saint with a variety of dances. Each dance has its own origen and theme, although with some…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. While it is not a big, crazy party, the Día de la Virgen de Suyapa is an important celebration in the nation of Honduras. La Virgen de Suyapa was the name given to a small statue of the Virgin Mary that a boy discovered on the outskirts of the capital Tegucigalpa. Today, t…
 
Roque FM Vol 13 The audio from my live radio show on 3.09.21 Broadcasting live out of Los Angeles, 101.5FM All mixes, audio stories, and production by me, (Jaime) Content for some audio stories found on the interwebs and read by me. Enjoy! A lot of great changes coming to the channel and I can't wait to share starting on Aug. 1st 2021! Stay Tuned!!…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. In the last 70 years, Panama has made a big effort to preserve its past. One way to remember the customs of the past and ensure their existence in the future is to create celebrations centered around them. Thus we find celebrations about agriculture, greetings and even clo…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. El Día de los Muertos, is a celebration most commonly associated with the county of Mexico. However, Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” is actually celebrated throughout Central America as well. While some of the traditions and beliefs are similar, each region gives …
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. The celebration of Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, is a bright, colorful festivity to remember and honor those who have passed away. To celebrate deceased ancestors, graves are cleaned and decorated, altars with offerings of food and drink are constructed, and faces ar…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. During the traditional celebrations of Carnaval in the country of Uruguay, two nights stand out for their energy and uniqueness. El Desfile de Llamadas, or Parade of the Calls, showcase el candombe, a unique rhythm created by three drums that originated with enslaved Afric…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Many countries celebrate Carnaval and they all have their own twist. In a previous episode, I told the story of Carnaval en la República Dominicana. Today I will tell the story of Carnaval en Guaranda, Ecuador. Like the Carnaval Dominicano, El Carnaval de Guaranda combines…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. “Las Fiestas de San Fermín” are more commonly known as “The Running of the Bulls”. These eight and a half days involve so much more than the 3 minute sprint from the Ayuntamiento, or City Hall, to the Plaza de Toros. There are parades, music, giant paper maché heads, brill…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. To visit Costa Rica is to experience la pura vida, or pure life. While it is known mostly for nature and coffee, the celebrations of Costa Rica make you feel alive. They are full of that “pura vida”. The biggest celebration in Costa Rica is Fiestas de Palmares - two weeks …
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Oaxaca, México is best known for its celebration of Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. However, there is another festival in Oaxaca that bears mentioning: La Noche de Rábanos, or Night of the Radishes. This colorful evening of radish and vegetable sculptures is a feast fo…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Northern Chile embraces more than Chilean culture. In this region you can find Bolivian, Peruvian, and indigenous influence. This combination of cultures is presented each year in the Fiesta de la Tirana. While “Tirana” means “tyrant” the festival actually celebrates the V…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. La Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia is the second most popular fiesta en Argentina. Vendimia means “grape harvest” and the province of Mendoza has a lot of grapes. This 10-day festival includes parades and presentations that represent the rich culture and heritage of wine ma…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Inti Raymi was the most important celebration of the Incas. People came from every corner of the Incan empire to pledge their allegiance to the Sapa Inca and to honor Inti, the god of the sun. The Spanish occupation put an end to Inti Raymi, but 400 years later it was rebo…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Carnaval is a popular celebration throughout Latin America. Each country has its own special way to showcase their local culture during this multi-day party of food, music, and dancing. Carnaval originated as a three day party before Lent, but has since evolved into vibran…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Medellín, Colombia is already a vibrant city, but somehow it becomes even more vibrant and lively during “La Feria de las Flores”. The entire city is decorated by carnations, lilies, orchids, roses and more as the Department of Antioquia, of which Medellín is the capital, …
 
Life As I See It: Roque FM Vol 13The audio from my live radio show on 3.09.21 Broadcasting live out of Los Angeles, 101.5FMAll mixes, audio stories, and production by me, (Jaime)Content for some audio stories found on the interwebs and read by me.Enjoy! Remember, this is life as I see it, what about you?--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: Th…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. Latacunga, Ecuador is the home of a celebration in honor of la Virgen de las Mercedes (The Virgen Mary has many names and many faces in Hispanic cultures, in this instance, she is the Virgen of Merced, or “Mercy”). They celebrate with a large parade. At the center of this …
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebrations. One of my favorite fiestas occurs in March in the city of Valencia, España. San José (St. Joseph) is the patron saint of Valencia and in his honor, they build impressive life-like sculptures. They also decorate a tall statue of the Virgen María with sweet-smelling carnatio…
 
This fourth season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on celebration. It is said that every day there is a celebration somewhere. This is especially true in the Spanish-speaking world. With patron saint festivities in every city, celebrations of independence and various sacred native ceremonies, there are many opportunities to witness festiva…
 
Life As I See It: Roque FM Vol 13The audio from my live radio show on 2.23.21 Broadcasting live out of Los Angeles, 101.5FMAll mixes, audio stories, and production by me, (Jaime)Content for some audio stories found on the interwebs and read by me.Enjoy! Remember, this is life as I see it, what about you?--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: Th…
 
This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Mate is a popular drink in South America and is becoming ever more prevalent around the world. Known for its high caffeine content and, some claim, health properties, it is possible to find cans of Yerba Mate in health shops and even on grocery store shelves. The original mate, …
 
This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. There are many legends of monstrous women that roam the streets looking for victims. We have already heard the stories of la Llorona, la Patasola and la Tunda. Today’s legend of la Siguanaba has many similarities. Like the three other women, she did not begin as a monster, but b…
 
This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Today’s legend comes from Perú. Huatyacuri lived a lonely life in the Andes mountains. While his father, Pariacaca, the god of wind and storms, loved him, he could not physically hug him, as he only existed in the wind, rain and snow. Huatyacuri longed for ams to hold him. Then …
 
This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Today’s legend comes from the African communities on the Pacific coast of Colombia and Ecuador. According to legend, the diablo, or devil, seduced a beautiful African princess who arrived on a slave ship. Not knowing he was the devil, she loved him and had many children. One of …
 
This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Few Hispanic legends have spread as far as the rather recently discovered “chupacabras. Formed from the words “chupa”, meaning “sucks” and “cabras”, meaning goats, this legendary creature sucks the blood of animals and leaves their corpses behind. I hope you enjoy today’s overvi…
 
This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Listener discretion is advised for this episode. El Coco, el Cuco y el Cucuy are the Spanish equivalent of the Bogeyman. Parents tell stories of this creature to scare their children into behaving. But el coco is not just a myth. This character is based in a very real, very dist…
 
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