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Do you want to learn Spanish and travel? Learn Spanish and travel the world with Jim and May from Spanish and Go. Advance your listening comprehension through incredible travel stories, cultural conversations, Spanish tips, and interviews with Spanish speakers from around the world. You’ll hear natural conversational Spanish perfect for the intermediate or advanced Spanish learner. With Spanish and Go, not only will you improve your Spanish, but you’ll gain the tools to travel abroad with co ...
 
Ben and Marina bring you real conversations and natural language to help you start speaking the Spanish you'll never find in a text book. With over 100 Spanish podcasts to their names with the popular Intermediate and Advanced series, the "Inspired Beginners" podcasts are for motivated learners who want to sound like pros! See notesinspanish.com for full details and the accompanying worksheets.
 
Hablah's Spanish Idioms in the News is a podcast for anyone who wants to learn Spanish through bite-sized chunks of language, delivered to you in audio format. Each episode is kept short and to the point, so you can fill in with Spanish those free minutes in your day, no matter how busy you may be! Every program uses a simple formula, "one short news story, one Spanish idiom", and it is structured as a mini-lesson: (1) First the news is read in Spanish by Alfonso Olmedo, the Spanish teacher ...
 
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El Día de Muertos is celebrated across Mexico on November 2nd. It is believed that around this time, the veil between this world and the spirit world is thinner. Jim and May talk about the significance of the holiday in Mexico and how it’s celebrated. There’s more depth to this holiday than a lot of people realize, so check out the episode to learn…
 
Moving to another country is something that not nearly enough people get to experience in their lifetime. Jim and May explore some of the pros and cons of living in another country in this week’s episode. They have lived in the US together, and now Puerto Rico, with substantial time in between traveling throughout Mexico. After hearing their experi…
 
Everyone’s favorite dulce, chocolate, is running the show this week. In this episode, Jim and May cover the history and cultural origins of one of the world’s favorite foods. Links: Junajpu: Award-winning Guatemalan Chocolate con Chile Our Trip to Guatemala Mesoamerica Timeline History of Chocolate (Video in English) How Modern Chocolate is Made (V…
 
Is it possible to learn a language in a month? Connor Grooms, the CEO of Baselang, certainly seems to think so. One of the programs his company offers was founded on the guarantee that you can go from “zero to conversational in one month.” Links: Check out Baselang: https://www.spanishandgo.com/get/baselang Use our link to get $10 off your first mo…
 
Ever heard of “El Grito?” Does “¡Viva México!” sound familiar? How about Miguel Hidalgo or “el Pípila?” Learn about these important figures in the history of Mexico’s Independence Day in this week’s episode. Links: [Video] “Guanajuato’s Silver Mining History”: https://youtu.be/SzfjTVKCanc Level up your Spanish with our Podcast Membership: https://p…
 
Tuba, tejuino, tepache... These are just a few of some of the most refreshing drinks you can find in Colima, Mexico. Colima may be tiny, but it’s full of surprises. There’s a drink for everyone here and hopefully you get a chance to taste each of them. Links: “Traditional Drinks You’ve Never Heard of Before” Video: https://youtu.be/kCnM0OWOfbM Leve…
 
This week, Jim and May talk about the Spanish from the streets, not from textbooks. How people actually talk in everyday life is not the same as what you tend to find with traditional language study material. Mentioned in this episode: Episode 021- Muletillas del Español: https://spanishandgo.com/podcast/filler-words-in-spanish What is the RAE: La…
 
Can you have an entire conversation without saying “um” or “like?” These words are examples of filler words, or muletillas, that people use all the time in order to organize their thoughts as they speak. It’s completely natural and learning how to use them in Spanish will actually help you sound more like a native! This week, Jim and May share popu…
 
Obviously, this year has been one for the history books. Both Jim and May check in with everyone this week to reflect on their journey through the pandemic and quarantine. They recognize that the ability to adapt is key in times like this, where the impact of COVID-19 has been felt in everyone’s life. Tune into this week’s episode to check out the …
 
Birthday or block party? There’s always a reason to celebrate, especially in Mexico! This week, Jim and May run down the ways that set Mexican birthdays apart. From the music and food, to the piñatas and cake, check out the latest episode to see how everything goes down. Having just celebrated her birthday a few days ago, listen as May gets nostalg…
 
Burritos. Nachos. Chimichangas. Fajitas. Ever wonder where these dishes came from? Although a lot of Americans tend to think of these items as “Mexican food,” they are in a category of their own: Tex Mex. Find out this week what exactly brought the southern States and northern Mexico together in a way that resulted in its own regional cuisine. Link…
 
When you hear people speaking Spanish, do you often hear them slip in any English words or words that sound just like something you’d say in English? Well, it’s probably code switching you are hearing, which is the topic of the week! In this episode, Jim and May compare code switching to “spanglish” in order to teach us the difference. They in fact…
 
We all know that feeling when someone asks you a question in Spanish that you don’t understand. Or that feeling of anxiety when you want to say something, but you don’t know the words. The good news is, it doesn’t always have to be this way. But you have to take the necessary steps to get over your fear. And that is exactly what Jim and May break d…
 
This week Andrea from Spanishland School and the Españolistos podcast joins us to shed some light on the Spanish spoken in her country: Colombia. May and Andrea discuss regional differences and accents across Colombia, popular expressions, and even a few ways that this accent is different from those you’ll find in Mexico or Puerto Rico. Links: Chec…
 
In this episode, we discuss everyone’s favorite topic: FOOD. Jim and May jump right into what authentic Mexican food is. They cover typical ingredients that you might already know: corn, chiles, avocado; and some that you might not think about like hominy, cactus, and pumpkin. Links: Breakdown of common Mexican food ingredients: https://www.asenzya…
 
What does it mean to be fluent in a language? How long does it take? In this episode, Jim and May dissect what it means to be fluent and how to get there. Jim goes into depth about his own journey and what methods he used to achieve fluency in less than 2 years. Links: State Department Language Categories: https://www.state.gov/foreign-language-tra…
 
Have you heard the phrases “la carne de burro no es transparente” or “la suerte de la fea, la bonita la desea” before? Literally, the first one translates to “the donkey meat isn’t transparent,” and the other, “the ugly’s luck, the beautiful want.” But what do they truly mean? In this episode, Jim and May break down multiple Spanish idioms: common …
 
This week, Ben and Marina from Notes in Spanish join Jim and May to talk about the differences between Spanish and culture in Mexico and Spain. Ben, an Englishman, and Marina, a Madrileña (from Madrid, Spain), started the first Spanish learning podcast back in 2006. Not only do they host an incredibly popular podcast, their work inspired Jim and Ma…
 
In this episode, Jim and May talk about some of the biggest differences they've noticed between living in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Links: Why Is Puerto Rican Spanish so Hard?: https://spanishandgo.com/learn/puerto-rican-spanish Level up your Spanish with our Podcast Membership: https://premium.spanishandgo.com/p/podcast-membership Get the full trans…
 
In this episode, Jim and May discuss the advantages and disadvantages of living the small town life in Mexico. Learn about the typical routine of people living in these pueblos, and how different the lifestyle can be from the big city. Links: Tradition Mexican Drinks You’ve Never Heard of Before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t&v=kCnM0OWOfbM Record…
 
In this episode, Jim and May discuss how COVID-19 has made an impact in Puerto Rico and the world, and also how they predict it will affect the future of the tourism industry. They go into detail regarding the toque de queda, or curfew, placed on the streets of Puerto Rico from 7pm- 5am. The mission of Spanish and Go has always been bring you close…
 
Do you dread studying grammar, or do you embrace it? In this episode, Jim and May discuss whether or not grammar is necessary to learn a language. Listen as May describes the five stages of language acquisition, so that you can identify the stage you are currently in. Jim explains so many key tools that he used in his Spanish learning journey, incl…
 
Standing before the bus stops? The check at the restaurant never comes? In this episode, Jim and May talk about what cultural differences are and the ones that they have noticed between Mexico and the United States. Listen as they share stories of their experiences and interactions with each other’s cultures. They tackle differences in lifestyle, v…
 
In this episode, Jim and May discuss the concept of “neutral Spanish.” Does it exist? Who speaks it? Do some countries have a more neutral accent than others? Find out here. Links: Related BBC Video: https://youtu.be/MCmqUp2XTPY Level Up Your Spanish with our Podcast Membership: https://premium.spanishandgo.com/p/podcast-membership Thank you to our…
 
In this episode, Jim and May talk about Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos. What they are, their differences and similarities, some advantages and disadvantages of the Pueblos Magicos Program, and cultural aspects of life in these towns. Links: Support Us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/spanishandgo Level Up Your Spanish with our Podcast Membership: https://…
 
In this episode, Jim shares some of his tips on what to do when a Spanish native speaker only talks to you in English. Listen in to practice your Spanish, and get even more tips so that you know what to do when you find yourself in a similar situation. Links: The Bioluminescent Bay at Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico: https://spanishandgo.com/t…
 
In this episode, Jim and May talk about how it all started. May is a teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages Education. She was born in Manzanillo, a small port city of the state of Colima in Mexico. When May had just graduated from college she was looking for a way to keep practicing her English and improving her pronunciation. A fri…
 
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