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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 ...Show More

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El secuestro

22:42 | Feb 1st, 2018

In 1996, Luis von Ahn left Guatemala to study in the United States and never moved back. That's partly because of something that happened just before his departure, something that changed his life forever: the kidnapping of his aunt.

En el camino

15:54 | Jan 18th, 2018

Fabián Mauricio Martínez discovered his love for travel through his other passion – literature. So when he first read Jack Kerouac’s novel, “On the Road”, he dreamed of crossing the United States from coast to coast as the main characters in the book...Show More

Memorias y milanesas

15:20 | Dec 20th, 2017

Roberto Herrscher was one of the many Argentinians who fought against Great Britain in the Falklands War in the 1980s. Decades later, Herrscher returns to the islands to confront his memories and ends up making an unlikely friend. The Duolingo Spa...Show More

Sin miedo

16:24 | Dec 14th, 2017

When Belén Fernández Llanos turned 28, she decided to move from Chile to Argentina with her boyfriend of ten years to start a new life together. Belén was ready for an adventure, but the one that awaited her in Buenos Aires would turn out very differ...Show More

El rescatado (The Rescued)

21:53 | Jan 10th

Cristian Gorbea had been running long-distance races for 20 years when he decided to enter his first ultramarathon. The race would begin at the base of a mountain in Argentina and last 24 hours — at least, in theory. For Cristian, the experience woul...Show More

Mis dos papás (My Two Dads)

21:24 | Jan 3rd

Ana María grew up without a father. All she knew about him was his name, but when she set out to find him she discovered that even his name led her astray. Ana María’s endeavor to fill in the blanks her father left in her life story leads her to surp...Show More

El regalo (The Gift)

20:39 | Dec 20th, 2018

When David Martínez was four years old, he and his parents took a bus to the north of Colombia to visit extended family for Christmas. They had many gifts with them, including a ham for the family dinner. But what should have been an uneventful trip ...Show More

Autostop en Afganistán (Hitchhiking in Afghanistan)

22:05 | Dec 13th, 2018

After the September 11th attacks in 2001, Juan Pablo Villarino was dismayed to see how people were starting to lose trust in the ultimate good of humanity. So he figured the best way to prove he was still right to trust total strangers was to hitchhi...Show More

La nana (The Nanny)

22:52 | Dec 6th, 2018

When she was growing up in Santiago, Chile, Yasna Mussa says it was common for her friend’s families to employ nannies. Even though these workers, mostly women, spent most of their days caring for these families, Yasna remembers them being somewhat i...Show More

Antártida (Antarctica)

20:57 | Nov 28th, 2018

Federico Bianchini had always dreamt of traveling to Antarctica from his native Argentina. But little did he know that the great white continent had a plan of its own for him once he got there. Study materials and a transcript of this episode are ...Show More

Flamenco

19:05 | Nov 20th, 2018

Flamenco is famous for the emotional intensity of its songs and dances. Argentinian Samanta Gamarra discovered that this ancient art from southern Spain has another quality that is less known for, the ability to heal wounds, the deepest ones. Stud...Show More

La testigo (The witness)

20:57 | Nov 15th, 2018

When Andrea Krichmar was a girl, she spent an afternoon at her friend’s dad’s house. This was during the dictatorship in Argentina, and that afternoon, without knowing it, Andrea witnessed a scene that would change her life and make her key to the c...Show More

Trailer Season 3

01:33 | Nov 9th, 2018

The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting Thursday, November 15th. Listen to the trailer now!

Aventuras con mi padre

21:40 | Aug 23rd, 2018

When Sonia González was a child, her father was the center of her universe, always leading the family on adventures to different parts of Venezuela. But one day, all of that changed and Sonia and her siblings became the leaders of the most challengin...Show More

Shakespeare en la montaña

17:11 | Aug 16th, 2018

When Nicolás Barreto went up the mountains of Venezuela for the first time, he was chasing after a girl. There he worked alongside her for a month putting together a play that would inaugurate the highest theater in the country. He came down from tha...Show More

Nuestro Naranjito

19:34 | Aug 9th, 2018

Classifying for the World Cup is an emotional roller coaster for most soccer fans, but in 2018, that was especially true for Peruvians, who hadn’t seen their country compete on the world stage in over three decades. What did it take for Peru to quali...Show More

Piji y yo

20:17 | Aug 2nd, 2018

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 ...Show More

Refugiados

19:50 | Jul 26th, 2018

Stella Forner will never forget her first wedding anniversary. It was March of 1976 and she spent the day at the Mexican consulate in Montevideo, Uruguay, which was in the midst of a military dictatorship. She, her husband and their baby weren’t ther...Show More

Sin vergüenza

17:14 | Jul 19th, 2018

Maria Murriel used to struggle with living between languages and cultures, and for many years tried to hide that she was an immigrant in the United States. Eventually, she realized that what she had been treating as a challenge was actually a key par...Show More

La voz de la calle

19:57 | Jul 12th, 2018

Fabio Manuppella used to walk by homeless people on the streets of Buenos Aires thinking they must have done something to deserve their fate. Until he had to learn first-hand what it means to lose everything you have. Study materials and a transcr...Show More

Los guerrilleros

19:07 | Jul 5th, 2018

María Clara Calle grew up hearing about the atrocities committed by the FARC rebels in Colombia. She never imagined that one day she would not only meet them, but eat and sleep among them, deep in their territory, as they thought about their role in ...Show More

La maleta azul

15:54 | Jun 28th, 2018

A mother and her young daughter leave Mexico, escaping violence in search of a better life. It’s a trip with a few unexpected turns that ends up taking longer than planned. But their constant companion was there for them whenever they needed to escap...Show More

Las cartas de papá

18:41 | Jan 25th, 2018

Growing up in Ecuador, Carolina Loza-León didn’t feel particularly close to her father. He was withdrawn and not very affectionate; a military man who loved reading American books. But while Carolina felt distant from her dad, he in turn was close wi...Show More

Helen Brown

19:27 | Jan 11th, 2018

Actress Trinidad Piriz traveled to Berlin to study theater, hoping to fall in love and improve her quality of life. But six months later, she returned home having only accomplished one thing: to get scammed by a woman whose name would forever be etch...Show More

Una chilena en China

13:10 | Jan 4th, 2018

María Elizabeth Soto had never traveled to Asia before her office sent her on a three-week business trip to China. She wasn't prepared for the culture shock she'd face there. But the real surprise wouldn't come until she returned home to Chile. The ...Show More

Mi héroe, mi amigo

14:36 | Dec 6th, 2017

The Duolingo Spanish Podcast brings you true stories in English and Spanish about what can happen when we are far from home. In this first episode, we head to Veracruz, México to hear how Rodrigo Soberanes managed to meet his childhood hero. You c...Show More