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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.
73 Episodes
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
Irma Silva was born on a ranch, married young, and raised a large family — the traditional life of a rural Mexican woman. At 80 she thought that was it for her…until her grandson made an offer she couldn't refuse, and invited her to be the lead singer of his band. A transcript of this episode is available at
There are two places Teresa Valcarce calls home: Spain and the United States. But after discovering that one of her countries never fulfilled a centuries-old promise to the other, Teresa sets out on a mission to track down a missing portrait, and restore it to its rightful home. A transcript of this episode is available at
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
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
Alejandro Méndez's new boss, café-owner Federico Bolanos, is obsessed with one thing: training Alejandro to compete in the world's toughest barista competition. But can a country like El Salvador hold its own against prevailing champions like Australia and the United States? Federico is convinced they can — and inspires Alejandro to believe the same. A transcript of this episode is available at
In 1973, 16-year-old Víctor Yáñez travels from his home in Chile to the former USSR to study agriculture. But when a military coup strikes at home, he's stranded in Communist Russia…for the rest of his life. A transcript of this episode is available at
Growing up in a house without books, Ana Sicilia always dreamed of having her own library. Years later, after teaching a writing workshop in a nearby prison, her dream would come true — just not in the way she'd imagined. A transcript of this episode is available at
Trailer Season 8

Trailer Season 8


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting  July 2, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!
In this special episode, we answer your most burning questions about the Duolingo Spanish Podcast! Listen as host and executive producer Martina Castro takes you behind the scenes of this one-of-a-kind podcast — with a little help from some friends. And for those listeners who asked about starting your own podcast (there were a lot of you!), Martina recommends these resources:,, and A transcript of this episode is available at
As the child of adoptive parents in 1980s Argentina, Tatiana Sfiligoy knew her family situation was unique. But it would be another decade before she uncovered the truth about what happened to her biological parents — including the role her country played in their disappearance. A transcript of this episode is available at
Like many others around the world, Spanish speakers on both sides of the Atlantic have responded to the coronavirus pandemic with exceptional acts of courage and kindness. In this special episode, we’ll hear stories of people who have stepped up to serve their communities with creativity, ingenuity, and solidarity. We dedicate this episode to the global community of front line workers who have worked tirelessly to keep others safe. A transcript of this episode is available at
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
After an impressive career of cooking in some of the world's best restaurants, Marco Quelca decided to dedicate his life to bringing gourmet cooking to lower income communities in his native Bolivia, pioneering a new kind of performance art: high-end street cooking. A transcript of this episode is available at
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
When María Elena Paz moved to a plot of land on the outskirts of Mexico City, she was shocked to find no water, electricity, or roads. She and her neighbors weren't even supposed to live in the ecologically protected zone. But María Elena was ready to move mountains to show her community that the power to improve their living conditions was in their hands. A transcript of this episode is available at
Francisco Sanclemente is on the verge of professional soccer success when a serious illness leaves him wheelchair-bound. Without the use of his legs, he's forced to redefine what it means to be an athlete. A transcript of this episode is available at
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
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
Trailer Season 7

Trailer Season 7


The Duolingo Spanish Podcast is back with new episodes starting March 26, 2020. Listen to the trailer now!
Comments (193)

Duo Cam


Sep 12th

Zohreh Monem Motamedi

Im enjoying listening to your stories, thank you 🙏🏻

Sep 6th

Влада Колесник

i cryed, its too cute!

Aug 26th

ismail kaçar

me encantó esta historia

Jul 19th

Zoi Koraki

Excellent story!

Jul 9th

David West

This podcast bathes Communism in a positive light. Even the end of the Soviet Union was presented as a loss.

Jul 9th

Kate Benson


Jun 23rd

Kate Benson

wow that is inspiring

Jun 23rd

Elisha Hardy

Este episodio es muy intersante pero es muy triste cuando(how) Martin hacer Belin muy malo pero estey Feliz para Belin

Jun 21st

polie the poker bear

better not miss your spanish

Jun 17th

David Jacob

Thank you so much for these episodes! Especially for the ones regarding social justice and more difficult subjects on the history of Latin America. I would love to hear a more advanced version, possibly with less English.

Jun 14th

ismail kaçar

historia increíble que me gustó mucho, pero sería mejor si el nivel fuera mas avanzado. i would love to hear this story in advanced Spanish.

Jun 11th

Marija Slijepcevic

this podcast is amazing! the stories are so diverse and unusual; they often sound like a thriller movie. i love the diversity and the topics. i think that methodology of spanish+english+transcripts and the usage of real people stories is fantastic. i have listened to everything they recorded + some stories multiple times, and i googled a lot of these topics. this podcast is a great adition to my spanish learnig process.

May 28th

Marika Martini

I love duolingo podcast, they are easy to understand and the stories are so interesting! I had relatives in Argentina that now live in Spain and I never knew much about the situation in South America, it's a good way to learn a new language, study a bit of history and it opens up your mind about other cultures! Can't wait for the new season! Would love to have the same podcast for who is learning Italian!!

May 23rd

Lillian Thomas

mi favorito

May 15th


I love the simplicity but the vivid detail and audio you put in your podcast. I was following along with the transcript as well and it was that much more vivid and vibrant. I feel like I was part of those stories.

May 14th

Karen Gonzalez

I really enjoyed this story I wan to follow up on how HolaCode does!

May 8th

Juanita Rodriguez

Me encantó la historia de Marco de La Paz , Bolivia!...

May 5th

David West

Sreading abortion throughout the country doesn't make her of a heroine in the good book.

Apr 23rd
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Michael Doran

Whaaaaat? Another story about something related to SJW agenda. Noooo way...

Apr 10th
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