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.
It’s pretty good.
Duolingo’s Spanish podcasts are nice and even though I don’t understand any of the Spanish, I still pick up words I didn’t know and ask my parents what it means.
Really enjoying this podcast!
Touching and interesting stories that force you to pay attention and learn. I’m barely on episode 6 but I’m in it for the long haul!