Learn Spanish with Doorway to Mexico, a fun language learning podcast for intermediate and advanced Spanish students. In our first 22 episodes, we listened to native Mexican Spanish teacher Paulina and her real-life students as they traveled through Mexico exploring the country's rich language and diverse cultural history. Now they’re back together again, interacting in Spanish with friends, work colleagues and other native Spanish speakers in their own neighborhoods. Not just for tourists, Season 2 explores the living Spanish language through a wide range of topics. After each dialogue, Paulina presents an in-depth review of the episode's challenging vocabulary and colloquial expressions to help you develop essential conversational skills to communicate confidently in Spanish, whether you’re exploring Mexico, Latin America… or your own neighborhood. Visit us a www.DoorwayToMexico.com
The Car Crash
Buckle up and find out what happens when the Baxters get rear-ended by a Mexican woman who doesn’t have any auto insurance. In the round table discussion afterward, Paulina will review some of the more advanced vocabulary from this engaging conversation to help you become better prepared for all kinds of interactions with native Spanish speakers.
Pets | Discussing Pets in Spanish
Everyone loves to talk about their pets, learn how to use your Spanish to talk about the appearance, feeding, care and behavior of the animals around you. In this episode, the Baxters hire a Spanish speaking pet sitter to take care of the pets in their home. In the round table discussion, we go way beyond talking about dogs and cats, we dive into more advanced Spanish vocabulary that you can use in everyday conversations.
High School Crush | A Spanish conversation about relationships, dating and social media
Join Dani and her charismatic friends on their drive home from school gossiping about crushes, dating, and the latest high school obsessions. We’ll introduce you to a wide range of popular Spanish slang terms and Paulina prepares a number of useful lessons to help your Spanish sound as natural as possible.
Telenovelas vs Mexican Cinema
Michael’s obsession with Mexican telenovelas has his Mexican work buddy, Luis, up in arms. Luis dares us to leave the trashy telenovelas behind and open up to the world of authentic Mexican cinema, where we’ll discover some of the most cherished Spanish language movies of all time. In the round table discussion afterward, Paulina reviews some of the challenging language from the dialogue including common Spanish phrases like: Te pasas, No hay bronca, Ya ni la amuelas, and much more!
The Nanny - Speak Spanish with the babysitter or caregiver
The Baxter family hires a Spanish speaking babysitter to watch their infant niece for the evening. Even if you don't have children of your own, take this opportunity to liven up your Spanish vocabulary in this episode which is full of phrases and expressions you can use in all kinds of real life situations. Join Paulina in the round table afterward,when she reviews Spanish words and phrases such as rollo, recostar, igual, caer el viente, and much more!
The Gardener - Speaking Spanish with the Landscaper
Michael and Julie have a Spanish conversation with their gardener about the various landscaping improvements they’d like to make in their yard. It’s not just about weeds, sprinklers and gophers, in this episode we cover a number of very useful Spanish phrases and expressions that are used in everyday conversations. Join Paulina in the round table portion of the podcast where she’ll break down the challenging vocabulary from episode and show you how to use it confidently when you speak.
Keep ‘em coming!
I really appreciate this show because it requires understanding real people speak in a real way. This is clearly harder than listening to teachers speak in a studio, and is very helpful as the hosts talk through the conversation at the end of the show. Keep ‘em coming!
Cultural reinforcement prejudice indoctrination
Very insulting to hear. All the English speakers are in dominate right position and all Spanish speakers subordinate wrong do-ers. Take for example car crash, spanish speaker is unemployed, uninsured, non citizen and accident faulted person. All of the check boxes, really? Car wasnt loaded with people or vegetables? The roles could be easily be reversed on the script. Also a Sad story of personal strife too. Where is the english speaker sad story. English speaker can be unemployed, uninsured, college student, on probation, or narcotics addicted. Lazy and/or unimaginative and/or lack experience or plain racism. Who runs this podcast? Do you really expect this low from all Spanish speakers? If this is all one should expect from Spanish speaker , then it is no wonder laws and justice cannot be just. Who try’s when media, podcast and English speakers hear or reinforce this stuff. I can’t imagine how Afrikaans or Cantonese podcast describe situations. Dry cleaning or whatever storylines….
Consider Interesting story lines. Visit Mexican dentist, or doctor , Asking for job from Spanish speaking manager, discussing matters with Mexico president, telling English speaker restaurant issues with ice tea and or Spanish speaker manager telling English speaker to get moving. Laying off english speaker worker. Or flip roles at every self interest intuition. Is it ridiculous to interact with Spanish speaker in dominate position?
If Spanish speaker is docile and self deprecating then the English speaker can equally express common traits like arrogance , egocentric, exaggeration, over spending in Amazon, being cheap on paying living wage to a citizen, or Karenism. Air out dirty laundry equally. Is it you cannot imagine or you won’t do it? Can you address in follow up podcast ?
This podcast is exactly what I have been looking for! I get bored after a while of most podcasts that are in the very typical “talk about a topic for half an hour” style. Because this is real conversation, it feels so much more functional and entertaining to listen to! I like that there’s a story and it feels like I’m listening to a tv show. Thank you for continuing this!