63 episodes

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.

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    • Education
    • 4.4, 608 Ratings

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.

    Los niños de los desaparecidos (The Children of the Disappeared)

    Los niños de los desaparecidos (The Children of the Disappeared)

    As the child of adoptive parents in 1980s Argentina, Tatiana Sfiligoy knew her family situation was unique. But it would be another decade before she uncovered the truth about what happened to her biological parents — including the role her country played in their disappearance.
    A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

    • 26 min
    La vida en los tiempos del coronavirus (Life in the Time of Coronavirus)

    La vida en los tiempos del coronavirus (Life in the Time of Coronavirus)

    Like many others around the world, Spanish speakers on both sides of the Atlantic have responded to the coronavirus pandemic with exceptional acts of courage and kindness. In this special episode, we’ll hear stories of people who have stepped up to serve their communities with creativity, ingenuity, and solidarity. We dedicate this episode to the global community of front line workers who have worked tirelessly to keep others safe.
    A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com

    • 23 min
    Tejiendo un legado (Weaving a Legacy)

    Tejiendo un legado (Weaving a Legacy)

    In El Salvador, waist loom weaving is a revered craft, historically undertaken by women—until Ronald Vega had to take over the job from his sick mother, becoming the first man in his family, and his country, to practice this ancestral technique.
    A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

    • 19 min
    Un cocinero para la gente (A Cook for the People)

    Un cocinero para la gente (A Cook for the People)

    After an impressive career of cooking in some of the world's best restaurants, Marco Quelca decided to dedicate his life to bringing gourmet cooking to lower income communities in his native Bolivia, pioneering a new kind of performance art: high-end street cooking.
    A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

    • 23 min
    Mi abuela la curandera (My Grandmother the Healer)

    Mi abuela la curandera (My Grandmother the Healer)

    As a child, Dr. Linda Valencia was fascinated by her grandmother, a traditional healer in Guatemala. But after choosing a different path and becoming a medical doctor, Linda realized that she could integrate the best parts of her grandmother's practices into modern medicine, in order to transform healthcare across Guatemala.

    A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

    • 23 min
    Un hogar en tierra prohibida (A Home on Forbidden Land)

    Un hogar en tierra prohibida (A Home on Forbidden Land)

    When María Elena Paz moved to a plot of land on the outskirts of Mexico City, she was shocked to find no water, electricity, or roads. She and her neighbors weren't even supposed to live in the ecologically protected zone. But María Elena was ready to move mountains to show her community that the power to improve their living conditions was in their hands.
    A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
608 Ratings

608 Ratings

SM Laneu ,

Great stories / Excelentes historias

I love the stories and often will do more research on the individual. As podcasts progress and If at all possible can less English be used?

Yo estudio español y a mi me gusta mucho las historias pero sí pueden hablar menos englis será mejor para practicar a escuchar español.

Gracias / thank you
Shirley L

Please take this nickname... ,

Duolingo Podcasts...

Overall these are a great addition to the Duolingo language learning offering. The blend of intermediate Spanish and English context allows intermediate learners to keep up and learn as well as polish their listening and comprehension skills. They are interesting and well delivered.

I do, however, have one caveat. The subject matter does not appear to be politically neutral. There is a strong progressive, left wing tone to many of the subjects and their treatment. If this were a podcast with an explicit intent to discuss those issues and to let listeners know in advance that was the aim, then that would be fine. But instead they are meant to be simply educational and focused on learning language, albeit with cultural context. I believe that this places a greater responsibility to ensure a degree of neutrality and to not represent a particular view without exposure to multiple perspectives. It feels too much like sneaking a particular political perspective in under the radar as opposed to allowing real debate of issues.

The language learning is good nevertheless.

kaycanvan ,

Such a wonderful and important podcast

Not only has this helped me with my listening but I love the stories. Learning about many Latino cultures on top of learning this wonderful language has been a big eye opener for me. I highly recommend!

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