Podcast Episodes by Topic

Episodes by Topic

Episode 131: The Smart Way to Master the Past Tense

Episode 131 The Smart Way to Master the Past Tense Do you struggle to think of the *right* verb conjugation during a conversation? Unlike English, Spanish has different verb forms when you're speaking in the past tense. In this episode,...

Episode 130: Backpacking and Slow Travel in Ecuador and El Salvador (Part 2)

Episode 130 Backpacking and Slow Travel in Ecuador and El Salvador (Part 2) This week you get to hear part 2 of my conversation with Melissa Neacato from Traveling Wallet. In our conversation we talk about slow travel, her #1 travel hack to offset costs and get deals on airline tickets, and...

Episode 129: Backpacking and Slow Travel in Ecuador and El Salvador (Part 1)

Episode 129 Backpacking and Slow Travel in Ecuador and El Salvador (Part 1) Imagine if you could spend 4 months traveling to ALL the countries on your bucket list. Our guest this week, Melissa Neacato, did just that with her family of four. Melissa, her husband, and 2 children took a...

Episode 128: How to 10X Your Spanish Vocabulary with Audiobooks

Episode 128 How to 10X Your Spanish Vocabulary with Audiobooks Learning new words is undoubtedly the foundation of learning any new language. Expanding your vocabulary enhances your ability to express yourself and understand others. Most language learners tend to rely...

Episode 127: 3 Things You Should Stop Doing at the Intermediate Level

Episode 127 3 Things You Should Stop Doing at the Intermediate Level Are you spending most of your time watching telenovelas or racking up points on a language app? If so, and you're no longer at the beginner level -- then you might...

Episode 126: Learning Spanish through Story (Interview with Olly Richards, StoryLearning)

Episode 126 Learning Spanish through Story (Interview with Olly Richards, StoryLearning) Our guest this week is polyglot Olly Richards. He is a language educator and author from the UK who speaks 8 languages. Olly started a blog called I Will Teach You A Language, and since then he’s developed the StoryLearning®️ method...

Episode 125: Dancing for a Cause (Interview with Alex Morel and Desiree Godsell)

Episode 125 Dancing for a Cause (Interview with Alex Morel and Desiree Godsell) Note: This episode is in English & Spanish. To get the full transcript and English translation, sign up to be a show supporter. Nuestros invitados de este episodio son Alex y Desiree, bailarines profesionales...

Episode 124: The Black Expat: Living in Puerto Rico (Interview with Tennay Davis Porter and Troy Porter)

Episode 124 The Black Expat: Living in Puerto Rico (Interview with Tennay Davis Porter and Troy Porter) In this episode we continue the Black Expat series with an interview with Tennay Davis Porter and Troy Porter. In our conversation, Tennay and Troy explain how they started traveling and why they decided to move to Puerto Rico. They...

Episode 122: Learning Mexican Spanish through Culture (Interview with Nayeli Mulato, Zaloa Languages)

Episode 122 Learning Mexican Spanish through Culture (Interview with Nayeli Mulato, Zaloa Languages) En este episodio nuestra invitada es Nayeli Mulato, ella es mexicana y COO en Zaloa languages. Ella nos cuenta cómo fue que decidió aprender otros idiomas y a enseñarlos a las personas. Hablamos sobre las principales culturas indígenas de México, las diferentes lenguas...

Episode 121: Decoding ‘Despacito': An Oral History of Latin Music (Interview with Leila Cobo, Author and Vice President at Billboard)

Episode 121 Decoding 'Despacito' (Interview with Leila Cobo, Author and Vice President at Billboard) Leila Cobo es la autora del libro La Fórmula Despacito y vicepresidenta y líder de la industria latina en Billboard.  Ella comparte una mirada entre bastidores de algunos de los mayores éxitos latinos de los últimos cincuenta...

Episode 120: 7 Habits of Successful Language Learners

Episode 120 7 Habits of Successful Language Learners Do you feel like you will always be a beginner? Are you afraid to talk to a native Spanish speaker? Or have you been learning Spanish but are still embarrassed to speak it?  In this episode, we'll give you some tips to help you...

Episode 118: Learn 3 Ways to Say ‘To Have' in Spanish with Timba Music [Me Dicen Cuba]

Episode 118 Learn 3 Ways to Say 'To Have' in Spanish with Timba Music [Me Dicen Cuba] In English, we use the verb ‘to have’ in many different ways -- from ‘I have a new job’ to ‘I have been there before’ or ‘I have to go.’  But in Spanish, there’s more than one verb for ‘to have’ -- and...

Episode 117: 10 Palabras españolas que sólo se escuchan en Cuba (Entrevista con Yohenia Irma Mengana: Parte 2)

Episode 117 10 Palabras españolas que sólo se escuchan en Cuba (Entrevista con Yohenia Irma Mengana: Parte 2) En este episodio centramos nuestra conversación en cómo se habla el español en Cuba, que es de donde es Yohenia. Ella nos comparte 10 palabras y expresiones diferentes que son exclusivamente cubanas. Note: This episode is in Spanish. To get a copy...

Episode 116: Como Yohenia aprendió a hablar cinco idiomas en Cuba (Entrevista con Yohenia Irma Mengana: Parte 1)

Episode 116 Como Yohenia aprendió a hablar cinco idiomas en Cuba (Entrevista con Yohenia Irma Mengana: Parte 1) Yohenia es una hablante nativa de español de Cuba que ha aprendido a hablar y hacer negocios en 5 idiomas diferentes, nos cuenta cómo aprendió a hablar cinco idiomas y habla sobre lo que la motivó a aprender idiomas y cómo...

Episode 115: Language Stories from One Year of Traveling Around Latin America

Episode 115 Language Stories from One Year of Traveling Around Latin America When Lindsay Williams decided to spend a year traveling throughout Latin America, she had a desire to connect with people and experience the real culture of every country she visited. Driven by a desire to learn the lyrics to her favorite Shakira song, Lindsay learned Spanish and talks...

Episode 114: Learn How to Use the Preposition ‘De' with Music [Medicina de amor]

Episode 114 Learn How to Use the Preposition 'De' with Music [Medicina de amor] We're breaking down the lyrics to the song Medicina de Amor by Dominican singer Raulín Rodríguez. Learn different ways to use the Spanish preposition de, and how to recognize the future tense in Spanish.

Episode 113: The Black Expat: City Life in Mexico (Interview with Adalia Aborisade)

Episode 113 The Black Expat: City Life in Mexico (Interview with Adalia Aborisade) Adalia Aborisade is not your typical expat. She left the US in 2016 and moved with her daughter and dog to Honduras. She has since settled in Mexico City, opting to retire to city life instead of white sand beaches. In our...

Episode 112: Celebrando el Día de la Independencia en República Dominicana

Episode 112 Celebrating Independence Day in the Dominican Republic En este episodio, regresa Kesia Sosa para compartirnos como se celebra el día de la independencia en la República Dominicana.    Ella explica un poquito sobre la historia de República Dominicana y la relación complicada entre el país y su vecino Haiti que comparten la misma isla. Esucha temporada 2 del...

Episode 110: From Study Abroad Student to Entrepreneur (Interview with Latasha Moore, Tasha Teaches Spanish)

Episode 110 From Study Abroad Student to Entrepreneur (Interview with Latasha Moore, Tasha Teaches Spanish) Latasha Moore went from waiting anxiously to finding out if she qualified for a study abroad program to applying for her first bilingual job, and finally starting her own business. Tasha obtained a BA in Spanish from Arkansas State University. After graduation she lived in Spain...

Episode 109: The Secret to Unlock Your Spanish Listening Skills (Interview with Daniel Raynaud, Jiveworld)

Episode 109 The Secret to Unlock Your Spanish Listening Skills (Interview with Daniel Raynaud, Jiveworld) Daniel Raynaud is a linguist, techie, adventurer, and entrepreneur. He spent years traveling the world as a musician, living in different countries, and learning languages along the way. In 2016, Daniel packed up everything to move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Medellín, Colombia. He...

Episode 108: How to Get Started as a Translator or Interpreter (Interview with Jamila Ball, Jamii Linguists)

Episode 108 How to Get Started as a Translator or Interpreter: Interview with Jamila Ball, Jamii Linguists In this episode I interview Jamila Ball, founder and executive director of Jamii Linguists. Jamila is a Spanish linguist specializing in Black-centric language coaching that promotes intercultural connections in the African diaspora. In this interview, Jamila talks all about why your identity and...

Episode 107: Learn Spanish Verbs with Music [El día de mi suerte]

Learn Spanish Verbs with Music [El día de mi suerte] Episode 107 Learn the lyrics to the salsa song El día de mi suerte by Hector Lavoe.  You'll learn how to easily identify Spanish verbs in the future tense and imperfect past tense.  Plus, there's some tricky grammar in the song that we'll help you identify and learn how to use in daily conversation.

Episode 106: The Black Expat: Finding Peace of Mind in the Dominican Republic (Interview with Kayla Rodriguez)

Episode 106 The Black Expat: Finding Peace of Mind in the Dominican Republic (Interview with Kayla Rodriguez) In this episode we continue the Black Expat series with an interview with Kayla Rodriguez, a member of Spanish Con Salsa who started learning with us and has recently moved to the Dominican Republic. In this interview, Kayla talks all about why she...
Learn Spanish Con Salsa Podcast Episode 104: Commonly Confused Spanish Verbs [Baila esta cumbia by Selena]

Episode 104: Commonly Confused Spanish Verbs [Baila esta cumbia]

Episode 104 Commonly Confused Spanish Verbs [Baila esta cumbia] Do you know the difference between quedar and quedarse? How about when to use sentir vs. sentirse? If you're not 100% sure, listen to this week's episode. I'll be breaking down the differences between some of this commonly confused Spanish verbs the the lyrics to the song Baila esta...
Puerto Rican Spanish Greetings

Episode 103: Puerto Rican Spanish Greetings

Episode 103 Puerto Rican Spanish Greetings Have you ever wondered what 'wepa' means? Well, you're in luck. Spanish Con Salsa language coach Nahomy Irizarry is from Puerto Rico and she fills us in on the 2 ways this familiar phrase is used. She also shares common Puerto Rican Spanish greetings and how to respond like a native speaker.
The Black Expat: Colombia

Episode 102: The Black Expat: Redefining a Successful Life in Colombia (Interview with Jamarr Black, Part 2)

Episode 102 The Black Expat: Redefining a Successful Life in Colombia (Interview with Jamarr Black, Part 2) Can you imagine living on only $300 USD/month? That's exactly what Jamarr Black did when he first moved to Cali, Colombia. In part 2 of our conversation, Jamarr shares how much money you need to live comfortably in Cali--including the cost of...

Episode 101: The Black Expat: Spanish Language Immersion in Colombia (Interview with Jamarr Black, Part 1)

Episode 101 The Black Expat: Spanish Language Immersion in Colombia (Interview with Jamarr Black, Part 1) The Black Expat series continues with a spotlight on Colombia. In my interview with Jamarr Black, he shares why he decided to leave his job as a technical writer in Washington, DC to move to Cali, Colombia and how he got there on a $5 flight.

Episode 100: Learn Spanish & Japanese with Music [Bachata en Fukuoka]

Episode 100 Learn Spanish & Japanese with Music: Bachata en Fukuoka This week, we're celebrating our 100th episode! Our listeners share their favorite moments from the show, and we break down the lyrics to the song Bachata en Fukuoka by Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra with a very special guest. Learn about the passive voice...

Episode 99: Balancing Business and Motherhood in a Multilingual Household (Interview with Errol de Jesus)

Episode 99 Balancing Business and Motherhood in a Multilingual Household (Interview with Errol de Jesus) Interview with Errol de Jesus, a trilingual copywriter, author, and translator who speaks English, Spanish, and Japanese. Errol is the founder of Morenita Mommy, a blog where she shares her experiences as a Black mother raising a multicultural family. She's also the author of the new...

Episode 98: Learn Spanish with Salsa Music: El cura vs. La cura

Episode 98 Learn Spanish with Salsa Music: El cura vs. La cura Learn about words that are both masculine AND feminine in Spanish with the salsa song La cura by Frankie Ruiz.  You'll also learn an easy hack for how to form adverbs--words that describe actions.

Episode 97: Learn the Spanish Future Tense with Music [Llorarás]

Episode 97 Learn the Spanish Future Tense with Music: Llorarás Learn how to use the future tense in Spanish with the salsa song Llorarás by Oscar D'Leon. We'll also review some common phrases in the future tense from the song lyrics, and an opportunity for how you can take your Spanish learning further.

Episode 96: The Black Expat: Creating a New Life in Spain Part 2 (Interview with Kai Cesaire, Kai's Foreign Adventures)

Episode 96 The Black Expat: Creating a New Life in Spain Part 2 (Interview with Kai Cesaire, Kai's Foreign Adventures) This week you get to hear part 2 of my conversation with Kai Ceasire from the YouTube Channel Kai's Foreign Adventures where you can find anything and everything you want to know about moving to Spain. We talk...

Episode 95: The Black Expat: Creating a New Life in Spain Part 1 (Interview with Kai Cesaire, Kai's Foreign Adventures)

Episode 95 The Black Expat: Creating a New Life in Spain Part 1 (Interview with Kai Cesaire, Kai's Foreign Adventures) Do you dream about leaving everything behind and moving to a Spanish-speaking country? If you're thinking about taking the leap, then you'll want to hear Kai Cesaire's story. Kai runs a YouTube channel called Kai's Foreign Adventures where you can find...

Episode 94: Exploring Afro-Latino Culture through Travel: Interview with Kim Haas (Part 2)

Episode 94 Exploring Afro-Latino Culture through Travel: Interview with Kim Haas This is part 2 of my conversation with Kim Haas, Executive Producer, Host & Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas. (Listen to part 1 here). Kim takes us behind the scenes of her travel series. She shares how it all got started, the history afro-descendants in Central...

Episode 93: Exploring Afro-Latino Culture through Travel: Interview with Kim Haas (Part 1)

Episode 93 Exploring Afro-Latino Culture through Travel: Interview with Kim Haas Kim Haas, Executive Producer, Host & Creator of Afro-Latino Travels with Kim Haas. Premiering on PBS during Hispanic Heritage Month, this groundbreaking TV series captures the heart and soul of Afro-Latino culture by exploring the history, art, music, dance, cuisine, and more that African descendants brought to Central and South America...

Episode 92: Learn Puerto Rican Spanish with Music [Mi gente]

Episode 92 Learn Puerto Rican Spanish with Music: Mi gente Learn Puerto Rican Spanish from the lyrics of an amazing salsa song by Héctor Lavoe. Spanish Con Salsa team member Nahomy Irizarry joins us to break down the meaning of the lyrics to Mi gente. She also gives us the meaning of the uniquely Puerto Rican...

Episode 89: Learn Spanish with Salsa Music [Cali Pachanguero]

Episode 89 Learn Spanish with Salsa Music [Cali Pachanguero] In this episode, you'll learn new vocabulary from the salsa song Cali Pachanguero by Alberto Barros. We'll explore a few uses of the subjunctive, and different ways to use the word "que" in Spanish. Get the full lyrics to the song, plus translation and quizzes, at https://yabla.com/salsa

Episode 87: ¿Para qué? vs. ¿Por qué? [Periódico de Ayer]

Episode 87 ¿Para qué? vs. ¿Por qué? con la canción Periódico de Ayer You probably learned there are 5 question words: who (quién), what (qué), where (dónde), when (cuándo), and why (por qué). But did you know that there are actually 2 ways to ask the question WHY in Spanish? In this episode, we'll explore when to...

Episode 86: Learn Spanish Reflexive Verbs with Music [No Hago Más Na']

Episode 86 Learn Spanish Reflexive Verbs with Music: No Hago Más Na' Learn how to use reflexive verbs to describe your daily routine in Spanish with the lyrics to the song No Hago Más Na by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. Related Episodes

Episode 85: From Beginner to Conversational Fluency in 90 Days (Interview with Ryan Chindavong)

Episode 85 From Beginner to Conversational Fluency in 90 Days (Interview with Ryan Chindavong) Do you freeze up when talking to a native Spanish speaker? Is it hard to find someone to speak to in Spanish where you live? If you're struggling to reach conversational fluency in Spanish, or feel nervous about talking to native speakers, this...

Episode 83: Dominican Spanish Greetings [Introducing the Dominican Spanish 101 Podcast]

Episode 83 Dominican Spanish Greetings [Introducing the Dominican Spanish 101 Podcast] We're excited to feature the premiere episode of the Dominican Spanish 101 podcast. Tamara and Kesia will share common greetings you'll hear in the Dominican Republic (hint it's not ¿Cómo está usted?). You'll also learn a few phrases you can use to respond so you'll sound...

Episode 82: Learn Spanish Expressions with Salsa Music [La vida es un carnaval]

Episode 82 Learn Spanish Expressions with Salsa Music [La vida es un carnaval] Learn how to use the word 'hay' in Spanish with the lyrics to the song La vida es un carnaval by Celia Cruz. We'll review several expressions that use hay from the song, and some ways you can incorporate them into your everyday conversations in Spanish.

Episode 81: How to Get Started Raising Bilingual Children, Interview with Dr. Kami Anderson (Bilingual Brown Babies)

Episode 81 How to Get Started Raising Bilingual Children, Interview with Dr. Kami Anderson (Bilingual Brown Babies) If you're an adult learning Spanish, you might regret that you didn't start when you were younger. And if you have children of your own, you may want them to grow up bilingual so they have an advantage you might not have had.

Episode 80: [Q&A] How do I understand the natural speed of Spanish?

Episode 80 Q&A: How do I understand the natural speed of Spanish? In this episode, I answer a listener question about how to understand Spanish when it's spoken at a natural, conversational pace. I review the 6 stages of listening comprehension and what to expect during each phase. I also explain which strategies are the most effective...

Episode 79: 7 Cuban Expressions from the Telenovela Celia

Episode 79 7 Cuban Expressions from the Telenovela Celia Learn 7 Cuban Expressions from the first episode of the telenovela about iconic Afro Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz. You'll also learn the lyrics to the opening song, and my best tips for learning Spanish with TV series and telenovelas like Celia.

Episode 78: 15 Africanismos en el idioma español

Episode 78 15 Africanismos en el idioma español ¿Sabías que hay palabras españolas que vienen de África? Y que, además, el español es un idioma oficial de Guinea Ecuatorial, que queda en la costa oeste de África. En el episodio de hoy, hablamos sobre los africanismos--palabras africanas que aparecen en el idioma español.

Episode 77: Un cubano con pasión por los viajes (entrevista con Andy Guitierraz de Arriba de la bola)

Episode 77 Un cubano con pasión por los viajes (entrevista con Andy Guitierraz de Arriba de la bola) En este episodio, les traigo una entrevista con Andy Guitierraz. Él es Youtuber, tiene un canal llamado Arribadelabola, el cual tiene que ver con sus viajes por todo el mundo. Andy es de Cuba, así que hablamos sobre la...

Episode 76: Learn Spanish Expressions with Salsa Music [Valió la Pena]

Episode 76 Learn Spanish Expressions with Salsa Music [Valió la Pena] Learn Spanish expressions with the salsa song Valió la Pena by Marc Anthony. This is an upbeat song that's fun to dance to, plus you'll learn some useful expressions you can use in daily conversation. I also give a few tips to understanding...

Episode 75: 5 Rookie Mistakes Spanish Beginners Should Avoid

Episode 75 5 Rookie Mistakes Spanish Beginners Should Avoid Do you feel like you'll always be a beginner? Or have you been learning Spanish but are still too embarrassed to speak Spanish? It may be because your current learning strategy is keeping you stuck at the dreaded beginner phase. In this episode, I explain...

Episode 74: Explore Latin American Culture through Stories Pt. II (Interview with Carolina Quiroga, Tres Cuentos)

Episode 74 Explore Latin American Culture through Stories Pt. II (Interview with Carolina Quiroga, Tres Cuentos) In this episode, I interview Carolina Quiroga--storyteller, performer, author, and host of the bilingual podcast Tres Cuentos. Tres Cuentos explores historical and literary narratives of Latin America. Last year, the podcast was mentioned by Oprah magazine as one of the best Latino...

Episode 73: Explorando la cultura de América Latina a través de sus cuentos (entrevista con Carolina Quiroga, Tres Cuentos)

Episode 73 Explorando la cultura de América Latina a través de sus cuentos (entrevista con Carolina Quiroga, Tres Cuentos) In this episode I interview Carolina Quiroga--storyteller, performer, author, and host of the bilingual podcast Tres Cuentos. Tres Cuentos explores historical and literary narratives of Latin America. Last year, the podcast was mentioned by Oprah magazine as...

Episode 71: How to Stop Mixing Up Masculine and Feminine Words

Episode 71 How to Stop Mixing Up Masculine and Feminine Words Are you confused when trying to decide the correct article, la or el, to precede a noun in Spanish? How do you decide which one to use? In Spanish, nouns are either masculine or feminine. It's easy to picture gender when we talk about...

Episode 68: Learn Spanish and Travel the World (Interview with Jim and May from Spanish and Go)

Episode 68 Learn Spanish and Travel the World (Interview with Jim & May from Spanish and Go) In this episode, I interview Jim and May from Spanish and Go. We talk about how they met, why they started Spanish and Go, and how they're adjusting to life since they moved to Puerto Rico. They also talk about the...

Episode 67: Aprende español con la música [Bajo la tormenta]

Episode 67 Aprende español con la música: Bajo la tormenta Let's learn Spanish with an uplifting salsa song by Salsa Giants called Bajo la tormenta (Under the Storm).  We'll explore how to use el que in Spanish with the letra (lyrics) from the song's chorus. I'll also give a few phrases you can use in conversations with your language ...

Episode 66: Conversación: Las diferencias entre Colombia y Venezuela [Nivel intermedio]

Episode 66 Conversación: Las diferencias entre Colombia y Venezuela [Nivel intermedio] In this episode, we're going to listen to a conversation between Laura (from Colombia) and Lino (from Venezuela). They talk about the differences between the culture, food, and life in the 2 countries. This conversation comes from our friends at Español en 3000.
Spanish in Latin America vs. Spain

Episode 65: What is the Difference Between Spanish in Latin America vs. Spain?

Episode 65 What is the Difference Between Spanish in Latin America vs. Spain? In this episode, we're going to explore the differences between how Spanish is spoken in Spain and Latin America. Learn the pronunciation and vocabulary differences in this conversation with Carlos (from Colombia) and Xavi (from Barcelona).  Get...
Learn Spanish with the Narcos Theme Song

Episode 64: Aprende español con la música: pronombres posesivos con el tema musical de Narcos

Episode 64 Aprende español con la música: pronombres posesivos con el tema musical de Narcos If you're stuck in the house, now is the perfect time to improve your Spanish.  After you binge watch some Spanish-language shows on Netflix, check out this week's episode of the podcast where I break down the lyrics to one of the most addictive...
Learn Spanish Con Salsa Podcast Episode 61

Episode 61: Learn Spanish through Immersion (Interview with Jessica Taylor, For the Love of Bachata)

Episode 61 Learn Spanish through Immersion Interview with Jessica Taylor, For the Love of Bachata Do you have to move to a Spanish-speaking country to achieve Spanish fluency? In this episode,  I sit down with Jessica Taylor, widely known as DJ Tay, who shares how immersion helped her improve her conversational Spanish fluency beyond formal education.   She...
Learn Spanish Con Salsa Episode 60

Episode 60: Learn Spanish with Reggaeton Music [Corazón]

Episode 60 Learn Spanish with Reggaeton Music: Corazón Song Breakdown with Desta Haile, Languages through Music In this episode, we're translating the lyrics to a bilingual reggaeton hit with Desta Haile from Languages through Music.  We give you a breakdown of the meaning of the song Corazón by Maluma featuring Brazilian artist Nego do Borel. ...

Episode 59: Effective Language Learning Habits and Venezuelan Spanish

Episode 59 Effective Language Learning Habits and Venezuelan Spanish Interview with Mari Polyglot In this episode, I interview polyglot Mari Salvestrini.  Mari is originally from Venezuela and speaks Spanish, English, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, and German.  In our conversation, Mari shares her advice for...

Episode 58: Learn Spanish with Bachata Music [Vocales de Amor]

Episode 58 Learn Spanish with Bachata Music Vocales de amor In this episode, we'll be reviewing the lyrics of one of my favorite bachata songs by Joan Soriano: Vocales de amor (Vowels of Love). Learn how reflexive verbs are used in Spanish and the differences between the...

Episode 57: Learn Spanish with Merengue Music [Tu sonrisa]

Episode 57 Learn Spanish with Merengue Music Tu sonrisa Learn how to use verbs like gustar and other Spanish expressions from the lyrics to the song Tu sonrisa by Elvis Crespo. You'll also learn about a different genre of Latin music from the Caribbean

Episode 56: Learn Spanish with Salsa Music [Todo tiene su final]

Episode 56 Episode 56: Learn Spanish with Salsa Music Todo tiene su final In this episode, I'm sharing the lyrics to one of my favorite salsa songs: Todo tiene su final by Hector Lavoe and Willie Colón. You'll learn new vocabulary from the song lyrics and...

Episode 40: El mejor lugar para aprender español

Episode 40 El mejor lugar para aprender español Entrevista con Andrea Alger, Spanishland School (Parte 2) ¿Quieres saber el mejor lugar para aprender español? En parte 2 de la conversación con Andrea Alger de Spanishland School, hablamos sobre los acentos de español y cual es...

Episode 39: 3 Claves para llegar al siguiente nivel de español

Episode 39 3 Claves para llegar al siguiente nivel de español Entrevista con Andrea Alger, Spanishland School (Parte 1) ¿Quieres mejorar tu español, pero te sientes estancado? En esta entrevista con Andrea Alger de Spanishland School, hablamos sobre las 3 claves para superar los obstáculos y...
Letra de Rebelión por Joe Arroyo

Episode 37: Aprende español con la música (Rebelión por Joe Arroyo)

Episode 37 Aprende español con la música (Rebelión por Joe Arroyo) En este episodio, revisamos la letra de la canción Rebelión por Joe Arroyo. Aprende vocabulario nuevo, un poquito sobre la historia de Colombia, y como se usa el imperfecto en español.

Episode 36: From English-Speaking Latina to Confident Solo Traveler: Kayla's Story

Episode 36 From English-Speaking Latina to Confident Solo Traveler: Kayla's Story Interview with Kayla Rodriguez, Winner of Spanish Con Salsa Challenge Puerto Rico Vacation (Part 2) In this episode, we talk about a how Kayla went from responding in English to gaining the confidence to speak Spanish...

Episode 35: Are You Nervous Talking to Native Spanish Speakers?

Episode 35 Are You Nervous Talking to Native Spanish Speakers? Interview with Kayla Rodriguez, Winner of Spanish Con Salsa Challenge Puerto Rico Vacation (Part 1) In this episode I'll be sharing a conversation with Kayla who joined the Spanish Con Salsa community and started our...

Episode 32: 5 Travel Tips to Create the Perfect Spanish Immersion Experience

Episode 32 5 Travel Tips to Create the Perfect Spanish Immersion Experience Do you want to travel to Latin America, immerse yourself in the culture, make new friends, and practice your Spanish?  In this episode, I give you 5 expert tips to turn your next trip...
Puerto Rican Spanish

Episode 31: What's Different about Puerto Rican Spanish?

Episode 31 What's Different about Puerto Rican Spanish? Interview with Jen Ruiz: Travel Blogger, Amazon Bestselling Author, and TEDx Speaker This is part 2 of a 2-part conversation with Jen Ruiz (listen to part 1 here), travel blogger and bestselling author.  In this episode, we'll...
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Episode 30: Puerto Rico Beyond San Juan (8 Must-See Destinations)

Episode 30 Puerto Rico Beyond San Juan: 8 Must-See Destinations Interview with Jen Ruiz: Travel Blogger, Amazon Bestselling Author, and TEDx Speaker In this episode of the podcast I'll be talking to Jen Ruiz, a lawyer turned solo travel blogger and Amazon bestselling author. She is...

Episode 29: The Best Way to Reach Conversational Fluency

Episode 29 The Best Way to Reach Conversational Fluency Interview with Shay Spence, Español en 3000 Struggling to go from the beginner level to conversational fluency? In this episode, I talk to Shay Spence, the founder of

Episode 27: Build Your Spanish Conversation Skills

Episode 27 Build Your Spanish Conversation Skills One of the hardest skills to build as a Spanish learner is the ability to have a conversation with a native Spanish speaker. In episode 26, we talked about how to lose your fear of speaking Spanish. This week, we'll give you...

Episode 26: How to Lose Your Fear of Speaking Spanish

Episode 26 How to Lose Your Fear of Speaking Spanish Interview with Translator Lindsay Griffiths Lindsay Griffiths is a doctoral student in the English department at Princeton University. She earned her BA in English Literature and Spanish/English Translation from CUNY Hunter College. She is a published translator and is...

Episode 25: La fugitiva negringa en Rio

Episode 25 Travel Stories: La fugitiva negringa en Rio This is part 1 of the new series: Historias de viaje (Travel Stories). I'm sharing my real life (crazy) travel stories. In this first installment, I talk about my trip to Rio de Janerio. I wanted to...

Episode 24: My 5 Favorite Resources for Intermediate Spanish Learners

Episode 24 My 5 Favorite Resources for Intermediate Spanish Learners In this episode, I share my favorite resources for intermediate Spanish learners. Once you get beyond the beginner phase, you'll need resources to help you get to the next level and make continuous improvement. Listen for how to use the...

Episode 23: The 5 Best Spanish Resources for Beginners

Episode 23 The Best Resources for Spanish Beginners If you're just getting started with Spanish and aren't sure what to do first, this episode is for you. I break down my 5 favorite free and low-cost Spanish resources for beginners, and why you should use them. I also...

Episode 22: The Fastest Way to Learn Spanish (Interview with The Urban Eve)

Episode 22 The Fastest Way to Learn Spanish: An Interview with The Urban Eve You may know my guest in this episode from her YouTube channel The Urban Eve where she talks all about travel and language learning.  Eve speaks 8 languages and she’s going to share with us her...

Episode 19: [Cultural Immersion] Exploring Dominican Bachata with Carlos Cinta

Episode 19 Cultural Immersion: Exploring Dominican Bachata with Carlos Cinta  This week, we're continuing our theme of cultural immersion in our conversation with Carlos Cinta.  Carlos is dance instructor, DJ, and music editor.  He's most known in the dance community for his expertise in musicality, especially when it comes to...

Episode 18: Immerse Yourself in Latin Music, Dance, and Culture (Interview with Moshe Rasier from Aventura Dance Cruise)

Episode 18 Immerse Yourself in Latin Music, Dance, and Culture Interview with Moshe Rasier from Aventura Dance Cruise Have you ever wanted to learn how to dance, visit the Dominican Republic, or go to the concert of your favorite Latin music artist? 

BONUS Episode: Song Breakdown of Inmortal by Romeo Santos

BONUS Episode Song Breakdown of Inmortal by Romeo Santos In this episode, I breakdown the lyrics of the song "Inmortal" by Romeo Santos featuring Aventura. I also give you some vocbulary and grammar tips along the way. Enjoy! 
Interview with Desta Haile, Languages through Music

Episode 14: How to Fast Track Your Fluency with Music (Interview with Desta Haile, Languages through Music)

Episode 14 How to Fast Track Your Fluency with Music: Interview with Desta Haile, Languages through Music Is your Spanish progress slow because you’re learning in a way that’s boring, ineffective, or culturally irrelevant? In this episode, Desta Haile from Languages...

Episode 13: Aprende español con la música: Cómo expresar deseos con el subjuntivo

Episode 13 Aprende español con la música: Cómo expresar deseos con el subjuntivo [Nivel Intermedio] Aprender cómo se usa el subjuntivo en español para expresar deseos.  Vamos a ver ejemplos de la canción "Ojalá que llueva café" por Juan Luis Guerra.

Episode 12: Lost in Translation: How to Avoid Confusion and Communicate Effectively in Intercultural Relationships

Episode 12 Lost in Translation: How to Avoid Confusion and Communicate Effectively in Intercultural Relationships An Interview with Maribel Quezada-Smith from the podcast Diferente Learning Spanish goes hand-in-hand with learning about Latino culture.  As we learn the language, we meet new people,...

Episode 11: 7 Cuban Spanish Words You Didn’t Know

Episode 11 7 Cuban Spanish Words and You Didn’t Know Like most dialects of Spanish from the Caribbean, Cuban Spanish is different than other forms of the Spanish language.  Cubans have a unique accent and also words and expressions that are unique to the island.  In...

Episode 10: 5 Must-See Attractions to Experience the Real Cuba (Interview with Devyn and Tracey Benson from Conocer Cuba Travel)

Episode 10 5 Must-See Attractions to Experience the Real Cuba: Interview with Devyn and Tracey Benson from Conocer Cuba Travel If Cuba is on your travel bucket list, this episode is for you. In our conversation with Devyn and Tracey Benson from Conocer Cuba Travel, we talk...

Episode 09: 7 Dominican Spanish Words and Expressions You Didn’t Know

Episode 09 7 Dominican Spanish Words and Expressions You Didn’t Know It’s not only the accent that makes Dominican Spanish unique.  There are hundreds of words and expressions that you’ll only hear in the DR.  In this episode, we’re joined again by Kesia from the Spanish Con...

Episode 08: Learn Spanish with Bachata Music: Talking about Future Plans (Voy Pa’lla by Antony Santos)

Episode 08 Learn Spanish with Bachata Music: Talking about Future Plans (Voy Pa’lla by Antony Santos) Did you know you can learn Spanish grammar with music?  In this episode, we’ll explore how to use the Spanish future tense with the Dominican music genre bachata.  We’ll review 2 ways to talk about...

Episode 07: How to Improve Your Spanish Listening Skills (Interview with Shahidah Foster from Black Girls Learn Languages)

Episode 07 How to Improve Your Spanish Listening Skills: Interview with Shahidah Foster from Black Girls Learn Languages Do you have a hard time understanding native Spanish speakers?  Does it sound like they just speak way too fast for you to catch every word?  Well, we’re here...

Episode 06: Lessons Learned from 6 Million Language Exchanges (Interview with Tobias Dickmeis from Tandem)

Episode 06 Lessons Learned from 6 Million Language Exchanges: Interview with Tobias Dickmeis from Tandem What if there was a way to make friends with a native Spanish speaker and practice at any time and any place for free? This week we are joined by our guest...

Episode 05: 5 Steps to Get Effective Spanish Conversation Practice for Free

Episode 05 5 Steps to Get Effective Spanish Conversation Practice for Free Learn how to find reliable conversation partners to improve your Spanish speaking skills for free.  In this episode, we’ll review how to determine if you’re ready for a language exchange, its benefits and challenges,and how to get the...

Episode 03: Why It's Easier for Salseros and Bachateros to Learn Spanish

Episode 03 Why It's Easier for Salseros and Bachateros to Learn Spanish 5 – 6 – 7 – 8! What if I told you that dancing salsa could help you with your Spanish? In this week’s podcast, we dive into the specifics of...

Episode 02: Why You Can't Understand Dominican Spanish Speakers

Episode 02 Why You Can’t Understand Dominican Spanish Speakers You may have noticed that Dominicans don’t speak the same way you may have been taught in your Spanish classes.   You might even feel like they’re speaking an entirely different language...

Episode 01: 3 Spanish Hacks You Didn't Expect to Learn from Despacito

Episode 01 3 Spanish Hacks You Didn't Expect to Learn from Despacito Learn Spanish with music by exploring 3 ways you can use Spanish from...

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