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.
Costumbres - Casitas in the Bronx
Leonor Torres finds a sense of community and a way to preserve customs from Puerto Rico at El Flamboyan garden and its casita in the Bronx, but it almost gets destroyed.
A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3K3yUC0.
Costumbres - Chapitas in Venezuela
Growing up in Venezuela, Gyorgy Aponte played a makeshift version of baseball, “chapitas,” using bottle caps and a broom. With his family and baseball buddies dispersed around the world, he decides to pass on the custom to his son in Canada.
A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/37m6vKs.
Costumbres - La once in Chile
Journalist Kalú Downey and her friend worried that Chilean teatime known as “la once” was fading, so they launched a social media project to celebrate it, only to discover deeper meanings behind the custom.
A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3v3ZIMX.
Costumbres - Quinceañeras in the U.S.
As the daughter of recent immigrants from Ecuador, Francis Gortaire didn’t get to have a traditional quinceañera when she turned 15. But, for her 30th birthday, she decided to host the quinceañera she never had and shared an important announcement with her community.
A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3x8n1bc.
Costumbres - Piñatas in Mexico
Julián Meconetzin Rangel Sosa learned how to craft piñatas when he was a kid. So when he launched his own business, he also taught children in schools how to make them, passing the custom onto the next generation.
A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3JIGfHV.
Costumbres - Asadoras in Argentina
An asadora — a woman grill master — in Argentina breaks into the male-dominated field of barbecuing, creating an entire movement.
A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/34V2nzO.
Gracias poresto (thanks for this).
Ola, este Porto es cenial may incanta eso es cenial Gracias poreso. Isme faboriso. Eso es henial. Es briante. 😀😉😜😄😃😋✅ I love this podcast and I spoke Spanish in nursery when I was in mid London but forgot it when I moved to Kingston upon Thames. Now I have started listening to this I remembered it all again! Kaalllaa Don’t you say that just get used to it but at least you said good as the title! Also I am learning Japanese on Duolingo as well as listening to this podcast.
I have loved the podcasts I have heard and it is useful having the English part to cue you in.
The subjects I have listened to so far are really interesting . Great to get your ear in and listen to spanish in conversation rather than the duolingo exercises.
These podcasts are too difficult
Having just graduated from the beginner section, these podcasts are far too big a step forward from them in my opinion, and also too long. I think there should be some more intermediate ones in between to work up to these.