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Spanish and Go

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 confidence. May is a Spanish teacher from Mexico, and Jim is a gringo with a passion for adventure. Together they’ll help you take your Spanish to the next level. Get the most out of each episode by signing up at https://spanishandgo.com.

  • 29 minutes 40 seconds
    La Vida de Pablo Escobar - The Life of Pablo Escobar

    We take you through Pablo Escobar's journey from humble beginnings to becoming the leader of the Medellín Cartel. Discover how he built a billion-dollar empire, his influence in politics, and the violent conflicts that marked his reign. Learn about his complex legacy, both as a feared criminal and a controversial benefactor, and the lasting impact on Colombia and beyond.

    Key Takeaways:

    • The rapid rise of Pablo Escobar from petty crimes to leading the powerful Medellín Cartel.
    • The duality of Escobar's legacy as both a ruthless drug lord and a benefactor to the poor.
    • Insights into the media portrayals of Escobar’s life and their blend of fact and fiction.

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    18 June 2024, 8:00 am
  • 39 minutes 29 seconds
    Sobre Colombia - About Colombia

    In this episode, we dive into the vibrant country of Colombia, exploring its rich history, diverse geography, and bustling economy. We'll guide you through must-visit cities like Cartagena and Medellín, highlight Colombia's famous coffee and cuisine, and offer insights into the best times to visit. Plus, we'll share our personal tips and experiences to help you make the most of your own adventure. Tune in to get inspired for your next trip!

    Key Takeaways:

    • Learn about Colombia’s geographical and cultural diversity, including its key regions and cities.
    • Understand the economic landscape and practical travel tips, such as currency and climate.
    • Discover the rich cultural heritage and local cuisine that make Colombia unique.

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    11 June 2024, 8:00 am
  • 32 minutes 15 seconds
    La Música de Banda - El Sonido de Sinaloa - Banda Music - The Sound of Sinaloa

    In this episode, we're in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, where banda music fills the air. We discuss the genre's origins, its wide appeal, and its growth beyond Mexico, especially in U.S. communities with Mexican heritage. Learn about the different instruments, famous bands, and how banda music has shaped local and international cultures. Whether you're a fan or new to the genre, this episode offers fascinating insights into the lively sounds of banda.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Understand the historical roots and cultural significance of banda music.
    • Discover the different styles and famous bands within the Mexican regional music scene.
    • Gain insight into the international popularity and influence of banda music.

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    4 June 2024, 8:00 am
  • 33 minutes 44 seconds
    Explorando la Política Mexicana Parte 2 - Exploring Mexican Politics Part 2

    Get an in-depth look at Mexico's upcoming presidential election as I and Nat discuss the leading candidates: Claudia Sheinbaum from MORENA, Xóchitl Gálvez from the PRI, PAN, and PRD coalition, and Jorge Álvarez Máynez from Movimiento Ciudadano. We explore their political backgrounds, campaign strategies, and the challenges they face, including cartel violence and economic issues. Learn how these candidates’ ideologies and tactics are shaping the electoral landscape and what it means for the country.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Understand the political backgrounds and ideologies of the top presidential candidates.
    • Learn about the various campaign tactics used in Mexican elections.
    • Gain insights into the pressing issues influencing voter decisions in Mexico.

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    28 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 25 minutes 32 seconds
    Explorando la Política Mexicana Parte 1 - Exploring Mexican Politics Part 1

    Curious about the political landscape in Mexico? This episode is perfect for you! We discuss the dominant political parties, historical shifts, and notable figures like Vicente Fox. Learn about the PRI's long-standing influence, the conservative stance of the PAN, and the emergence of newer parties like MORENA and Movimiento Ciudadano. Our conversation with Nat provides a clear comparison of Mexican and U.S. politics, highlighting the strategic alliances that shape election outcomes. Tune in to understand the unique aspects of Mexican political campaigns and propaganda, setting the stage for a deeper dive in our next episode.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Understanding the history and main political parties in Mexico.
    • Insights into notable political figures and their impact.
    • The role of propaganda and strategic alliances in Mexican elections.

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    21 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 31 minutes 13 seconds
    La Cultura de las Propinas en México - The Culture of Tipping in Mexico

    Join us as we dive into the tipping customs in Mexico. Drawing from May's experience in hospitality, we delve into the discretionary nature of tipping, emphasizing its basis on service quality rather than obligation. With insights into regional variations and practical tips for travelers, this episode offers invaluable guidance for navigating tipping customs with sincerity and respect.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Tipping in Mexico is discretionary, reflecting the quality of service rather than an obligatory gesture.
    • Regional variations exist within Mexico, influencing tipping expectations in different areas.
    • Practical advice is provided for travelers, including currency conversion and navigating tipping etiquette in various scenarios.

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    14 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 26 minutes 54 seconds
    Hablando Sobre la Familia - Talking About the Family

    Discover the heart of Spanish-speaking culture as we delve into family terminology in this episode. From "tatarabuelo" to "bisnieto," unravel the familial connections and learn how to navigate conversations about family in Spanish-speaking communities, starting from generations past to present. Join us as we explore the richness of familial relationships and language, offering insights into the cherished traditions and customs that define Spanish-speaking cultures.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Understanding the depth of Spanish family terminology beyond the nuclear family.
    • Insight into the complexities of blended family dynamics and cultural variations in family structures.
    • Appreciation for the social and historical contexts shaping familial narratives and the importance of preserving cultural heritage.

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      • Get the full transcript of each episode so you don’t miss a word
      • Listen to an extended breakdown section in English going over the most important words and phrases
      • Test your comprehension with a multiple choice quiz

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    7 May 2024, 8:00 am
  • 36 minutes 11 seconds
    Nuestra Boda Maya - Our Mayan Wedding

    Join us as we reminisce about our wedding day journey, from navigating planning challenges to embracing the beauty of Mayan traditions. Experience the serendipity of our impromptu ceremony in Playa del Carmen and discover the magic of blending authenticity, community involvement, and love. Tune in for insights on infusing cultural integrity and genuine connections into your own celebrations.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Get a glimpse into the excitement of planning intimate ceremonies.
    • Learn about the modern twists on traditional Mayan weddings.
    • Explore the importance of keeping celebrations genuine and involving the community.

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    30 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 18 minutes 55 seconds
    Cómo Navegar Conversaciones Confusas en Español - How to Navigate Confusing Conversations in Spanish

    In this episode, we emphasize the significance of understanding and being understood in Spanish conversations, especially in critical situations like dealing with immigration paperwork. We share a variety of useful phrases for seeking clarification, ranging from simple inquiries to more detailed requests. Additionally, we offer tips for politely asking for slower speech to aid comprehension in noisy environments or when confronted with unfamiliar accents. Through personal stories, we highlight the potential consequences of misunderstandings and stress the importance of active engagement in conversations. You will walk away with practical language tools to enhance your Spanish communication skills.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Learn essential phrases for seeking clarification in Spanish conversations.
    • Understand the importance of clear communication, especially in critical situations like dealing with paperwork.
    • Gain insights into navigating conversations effectively to ensure mutual understanding.

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    23 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 19 minutes 57 seconds
    Cine y Series Para Mejorar tu Español - Movies and Series to Improve your Spanish

    In this episode, May and I delve into our proactive approach to using Spanish movies and series for language learning. From selecting suitable content to utilizing Spanish subtitles and actively engaging with the material, we share valuable insights and practical tips to help you make the most out of your language learning experience. We also offer recommendations of must-watch Spanish-language shows and films, providing a diverse range of options to suit various preferences and proficiency levels. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced learner, this episode offers actionable advice and inspiration to take your Spanish skills to the next level.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Explore Spanish-language movies and series as a dynamic and immersive way to enhance your language skills.
    • Gain insights into practical strategies for active language learning, including selecting appropriate content, utilizing subtitles effectively, and engaging with the material through discussion and note-taking.
    • Discover a variety of Spanish-language shows and films that not only entertain but also provide valuable cultural insights, enriching your understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures.

    Relevant Links And Additional Resources:

    • Level up your Spanish with our Podcast Membership
      • Get the full transcript of each episode so you don’t miss a word
      • Listen to an extended breakdown section in English going over the most important words and phrases
      • Test your comprehension with a multiple choice quiz

    If you enjoy Learn Spanish and Go, please consider subscribing, rating, and reviewing our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or Pandora. This helps us reach more listeners like you. ¡Hasta la próxima!

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    16 April 2024, 8:00 am
  • 27 minutes 45 seconds
    El Camino a la Visión 20/20 con Jaime - The Path to 20/20 Vision with Jaime

    Discover the decision-making process behind seeking LASIK surgery south of the border and the experience of navigating through multiple clinics in Guadalajara and Tijuana. Learn about the surgical procedure, from initial hesitation to immediate post-operative results, and gain insights into the costs and affordability of medical treatments in Mexico.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Explore the considerations and factors involved in choosing LASIK surgery in Mexico.
    • Gain insights into the surgical procedure and post-operative experiences, including improvements in vision.
    • Learn about the affordability of LASIK surgery in Tijuana compared to other locations, highlighting potential cost savings for prospective patients.

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    9 April 2024, 8:00 am
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