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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.

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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@duolingo

Language:

English


Episodes

Una maestra en botas (A Teacher in Army Boots)

4/1/2020
In 1961, 15-year-old Norma Guillard left her family behind and ventured into rural Cuba as part of a nationwide campaign to teach people how to read. Her eight-month journey would culminate in a historic accomplishment for her country—and give Norma an opportunity to leave poverty behind. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:23:48

"Lo que puede un cuerpo" (“What the Body Can Do”)

3/25/2020
For 30 years, Ana Larriel struggled with her weight and her body image. Until she decided her body wasn't what needed to change. The cultural perspective she had grown up with was what needed changing. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:22:05

Trailer Season 7

3/18/2020
The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting March 26, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!

Duration:00:02:01

Jaime, el artista (Jaime, The Artist)

2/5/2020
A Spanish fashion designer works hard to give her autistic son every opportunity—then discovers that he has a special talent and makes him her business partner. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:23:53

El embajador del Mofongo (The Mofongo Ambassador)

1/29/2020
A young Puerto Rican man takes a dish from his homeland and creates a global food sensation. But when Hurricane Maria hits, he finds a new way of using food to help the island he loves. A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:23:21

La herencia del mezcal (The Mezcal Inheritance)

1/22/2020
Yola grew up watching her grandfather make mezcal. When he died, she took up the mantle. But how would she transform her grandfather’s hobby into a mezcal for the masses? Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:19:31

El paraíso del chef (The Chef’s Paradise)

1/15/2020
Rodrigo Pacheco worked in some of the world's best restaurants, but he never truly felt like the chef he aspired to be until he found himself far from the culinary scene on the Ecuadorian coast. That's where his quest to build a 100% sustainable restaurant began. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:20:42

La isla olvidada de Venezuela (Venezuela's Forgotten Island)

1/8/2020
Working as a nurse in Venezuela during the worst economic crisis in the country's history, Fabiola Molero is used to seeing hardship. But when she and her team saw a photo of a girl suffering from extreme malnutrition on a nearby island, they knew the crisis had reached a tipping point. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:20:02

Estar en las nubes (Head in the Clouds)

1/1/2020
Eréndira Sánchez is a young skydiving apprentice in Mexico when a world-famous skydiver offers her a chance to train at his facility in the U.S. But after a tragic accident, Eréndira is forced to choose between a life of freedom in the sky or one of safety on the ground. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:24:03

Drag queen de nacimiento (Born to Drag)

12/18/2019
In 1980s Quibdó, a rural, Afro Colombian city, homophobia was a part of everyday life. But when Erlin Mena found the courage to put on heels and dance in drag, he helped create a thriving queer community that endures to this day. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:22:55

La rebeldía mariachi (The Rebels of Mariachi)

12/11/2019
Growing up as the daughter of a mariachi, Mireya Ramos learned early on that mariachi was a male-dominated world. But after moving to New York City, Mireya decided to challenge tradition and create an all-female mariachi group, opening doors for other musicians and redefining the genre. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:24:13

Trailer Season 6

12/4/2019
The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting Thursday, December 12. Listen to the trailer now!

Duration:00:01:58

La lucha por la identidad (The Fight for Identity)

10/23/2019
It took Vincenzo Bruno years to fully embrace his trans identity. But the moment he did, he became a fierce advocate for other LGBTIQ Costa Ricans, helping to launch a campaign that would end up altering the course of Costa Rican history. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:22:00

Una victoria en la cancha (A Victory on the Soccer Field)

10/16/2019
In May 2019, twenty Paraguayan soccer players traveled from their hometown to Asunción, the nation’s capital, to play the most important game of their lives. Led by their captain, José Elías Argaña, they were the first indigenous team to qualify to Paraguay’s national soccer league. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:24:39

El Woodstock chileno (Chilean Woodstock)

9/25/2019
In 1970, in a country polarized by cold-war politics, Jorge Gómez organized an outdoor music festival. But what he expected to be a peaceful gathering turned into a life-defining moment that would become an enduring myth in his country. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:24:09

El tenor mexicano (The Mexican Tenor)

9/18/2019
Mexican tenor Javier Camarena discovered he wanted to sing Opera the first time he heard it. His passion for singing Opera lead him to test his strengths and determination over and over. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:20:38

La reina del pelo bueno (The Queen of Good Hair)

9/11/2019
All her life, Cirle Tatis Ariza had been taught to think her curly hair was something to hide. But after years of harsh chemical treatments, Cirle learned to love her hair, and taught other women to do the same. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:21:16

De México a Marte (From Mexico to Mars)

8/28/2019
Ever since she was a little girl, Carmen Félix knew she wanted to work on something related to space. So she defied cultural expectations, became one of the first Mexican scientists to work for NASA, and helped create and participate in some of the first simulations of missions to Mars. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:21:12

Colores del Maíz (Shades of Maize)

8/21/2019
Fernando Laposse is a Mexican designer with a particular obsession: corn. It’s an obsession that began in his childhood and would lead him to create a project that would not only help save the diversity of native corn in Mexico, but also revive a small farming town that was about to disappear. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:22:54

Igualdad en la pista (Equality on the racetrack)

8/14/2019
Tatiana Calderón is the only female driver in Formula 2 racing, and she’s poised to make it to the top: Formula 1. In her career, she’s had to overcome many obstacles of a sport built by and for men–but now, she’s leading a revolution to go even further, and adapt racing cars’ design to the female body. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are available at https://podcast.duolingo.com.

Duration:00:19:54