Duolingo Spanish Podcast

Duolingo Spanish Podcast

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.


February 15, 2024 18 mins

It’s impossible to talk about Spanish-language movies and not talk about the one and only Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish director and icon of cinema. So, for today’s session of Duo’s Film Club, we’re going to introduce you to Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, a screwball comedy that takes us inside Almodóvar’s dramatic and colorful universe.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3uCcmXr.

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Today's film has all the makings of a classic Mexican telenovela: forbidden love, revolution, delicious food, and a dash of magical realism. Como agua para chocolate is a treasure of Mexican cinema that pays homage to the country’s rich cuisine and culture.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/49wMU4F.

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February 1, 2024 18 mins

Duo’s Film Club goes to Argentina for Relatos salvajes, a thought-provoking dark comedy. With a stellar cast and biting social commentary, the movie explores human behavior when it’s pushed to its limits and showcases Argentina’s unique humor and culture.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/48XZXMj.

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January 25, 2024 17 mins

We asked and you answered! The Duo fanbase has spoken and chosen El laberinto del fauno as the winner of our first movie selection. Join our host, Martina Castro, and movie critic, Ana Laura Pérez Flores, as they delve into this masterpiece of Spanish-language cinema!

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3OgYVCX.

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January 8, 2024 54 secs

The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with an all new season starting on January 25th! We’re headed to the movies with Duo’s Film Club. With critics as our guides, we’re exploring six of the most iconic films from the Spanish-speaking world. Listen to the trailer now!

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A Bolivian biologist studies a lone frog named Romeo, who's in danger of extinction — until she makes him a dating profile and starts an international fundraising campaign to find his Juliet and save the species.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://podcast.duolingo.com/episode-145-una-rana-llamada-romeo-a-frog-named-romeo-revisited.

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María Campos falls in love with a stray dog who has a knack for leading protests — and becomes a global symbol of unity and strength in Chile's historic social uprising.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3tgFPpc.

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A Bolivian scientist sets out to study a species of bears critically endangered by drought and loss of habitat. Along the way, she shows the local community how helping the bears can protect their livelihood and the forest against climate change.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3NeCca4.

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Ever since he was a kid, Rafa Millan-Garcia got through tough times by getting on his bike and pedaling alone for miles. But after one very long bike ride took him 1,700 miles from his home in Mexico City to Colorado, this nomad found a community that he never wanted to leave.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3N8eOef.

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Juan Pablo grew up fascinated with bullfighting, a tradition in his home country of Spain. But when he discovers recorte — the art of bull dodging — he sees it as a thrilling, more humane alternative. He throws himself into the dangerous sport, risking his life every time he faces a bull.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/40PKwml.

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Photographer Aldo Gracia shows us why the leafy, relaxed enclave of La Condesa has become the canine capital of Mexico City.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3SJQhjf.

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The giant Galápagos tortoise is one of the most endangered animals in the world, and Lonesome George was the last of his particular species when he met conservationist Washington Tapia. They would go on to develop a bond that would inspire Washington to dedicate his life to protecting the tortoises of the Galápagos.

A transcript of this episode is available at podcast.duolingo.com.

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November 2, 2023 22 mins

In Perú, writer Marco Avilés and his dog Piji were inseparable. But when Marco decided they should pursue better lives in the United States, and Marco found himself working for a top chef, their bond and sense of adventure would be tested in ways he had never imagined.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3QGLYnz.

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October 26, 2023 1 min

November marks National Pet Awareness Month, a time to celebrate our furry and four-legged friends. The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is bringing back our favorite tales of these companions and their owners. Our new season kicks off on November 2nd! Listen to the trailer now!

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As a child, Dr. Linda Valencia was fascinated by her grandmother, a traditional healer in Guatemala. But after choosing a different path and becoming a medical doctor, Linda realized that she could integrate the best parts of her grandmother's practices into modern medicine, in order to transform healthcare across Guatemala.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/42fEwT6.

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In El Salvador, waist loom weaving is a revered craft, historically undertaken by women — until Ronald Vega had to take over the job from his sick mother, becoming the first man in his family, and his country, to practice this ancestral technique.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3MKjZBs.

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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. 

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3BhJ8Nj.

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Dr. Magaly Blas trades the security of a city hospital job for a post in the Amazon, where she serves pregnant women who don't have access to modern healthcare. But when Magaly discovers that she, too, is pregnant, her work takes on a whole new level of meaning.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3Lz086z.

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April 27, 2023 21 mins

A group of indigenous women from Bolivia go to great heights to show the world that mountaineering is for everyone — including cholitas who wear their traditional skirts and shawls with pride.

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/449EAWr.

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April 20, 2023 25 mins

A young Mexican man discovers that he can use rap as a tool to help save his native language. But can he convince a new generation to love this new form of rap, too?

A transcript of this episode is available at https://bit.ly/3Al1v3e.

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