Doorway To Mexico - Spanish Podcast
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Learn Spanish with Doorway To Mexico. A fun Spanish podcast designed for intermediate and advanced students who want to learn Latin American Spanish from Mexico. Join Paulina and her students as they travel through Mexico and engage in Spanish conversations with locals from different regions of the country. Along the way, we'll explore the rich language and diverse cultural history that Mexico has to offer. Visit us at DoorwayToMexico.com
||CleanTourists Stopped by Police in Mexico||Find out what happens when our family of tourists is pulled over by a police car in Mexico. Enjoy our fun exploration of the myths and truths behind what some people call the most corrupt police force in North America, la policía de México.||4/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Drive through Mexico City with a Spanish Language Tour Guide||A Spanish conversation while touring the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City. During the round table discussion, Paulina addresses the myths and realities about tourist safety in Mexico.||4/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Doctor Visit - Spanish Lessons to Describe Aches and Pains||What happens if you suffer an injury while traveling in a Spanish speaking country? Today we review more intermediate and advanced Spanish grammar for increased fluency. This episode focuses on aches, pains and ailments.||4/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearn Conversational Spanish on the Metro in Mexico||A Spanish conversation on the Metro in Mexico City, for intermediate and advanced students. Today the Baxter family speaks with a local passenger about the challenge of pickpockets, the crushing crowd, rush hour and much more.||4/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLatin American Spanish for Travel: Renting a Car||This Spanish conversation takes place in a Rental car agency in Mexico and features Spanish grammar and vocabulary related to driving, reservations, tourism and rental services.||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpanish Conversation at a beach store||Learn how to ask for items at a Latin American market. Join us as we stop into a Cancun beach store to buy supplies for a day at the beach.||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdvanced Spanish for Dating and Relationships||Listen to a Spanish conversation with a friendly patron at a local bar who tells us a little about her relationships with men and about the dating scene in Cancun, Mexico.||3/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearn to Speak Spanish with the Cleaning Lady||Today's dialogue is filled with useful Spanish vocabulary related to the home and general house cleaning. Learn common Spanish phrases to help you speak with someone cleaning your home.||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVacation Rental Spanish||For their stay in Cancun, the Baxters opt for a short-term vacation rental in a high-rise condo complex rather than a hotel. In this Spanish conversation a Mexican Real Estate agent uses a wide range of Spanish vocabulary related to the home.||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpanish Curse Words||Learn Spanish curse words listening to a lively discussion with a couple of loose-lipped party goers who drop a wide range of Spanish swear words at each other. Afterward, we translate some of the more colorful Spanish expressions from the dialogue.||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeens using Mexican Spanish Slang at a Fiesta||We'll review popular Mexican Spanish slang words after we get a chance to eavesdrop on two teenagers having a youthful conversation which is full of colloquial phrases and Mexican slang expressions.||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpanish for Tourists - Asking to Take a Photo||While visiting the ancient Mayan pyramids in Chiapas, Mexico, the Baxter family asks a local teenager to take their picture and Dani ends up making a new friend.||2/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAt the Pharmacy in Mexico - a Spanish podcast for travel sickness.||Julie comes down with a bad case of Montezuma's Revenge, so the family heads to a local pharmacy in search of a remedy. Did she get sick from drinking the water? We'll find out when we address the facts and myths about drinking the water in Mexico.||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaxi Ride in Mexico||The Baxter family is taking a taxi to a local restaurant and chat with the driver about various topics along the way. Afterward, Paulina addresses the customs and safety concerns about taxis in Mexico.||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearn Spanish Phrases for Shopping - Intermediate and advanced||Latin American Spanish phrases and expressions related to clothing, how items fit and much more. Today Julie and Danielle are out window shopping and use their Spanish with the sales clerk at a trendy boutique in Mexico City.||1/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrdering Food in Spanish at a Mexican Restaurant||Learn Spanish for your next visit to a Mexican Restaurant. In this episode, we'll learn different ways to order food in Spanish and we'll discuss related topics, such as how to ask for substitutions and side dishes.||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAsking For Directions in Spanish||Even with a GPS app on every smart phone, tourists in Latin America may still need to ask a local for directions. In this episode, Michael gets directions to a restaurant from a vendor at a Mexican street market.||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNegotiating Prices in Spanish at a Mexican Street Market||We're going to learn Spanish negotiation vocabulary as Michael attempts haggle prices with a vendor at a local street market in Mexico. In this episode, we cover how tourists can sharpen their negotiating skills in Spanish.||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntermediate and Advanced Spanish for Travel. The Hotel Check-In||Michael and his family check into their hotel in Mexico and work with the receptionist to upgrade their room. In this episode, we cover useful vocabulary for hotel travel and look at the translation of several other travel related Spanish expressions.||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Coffee Shop. Learn Spanish phrases for ordering drinks at a cafe||The Baxter family stops in a trendy coffee house or -cafecito- in Mexico City to sample a delicious cup of Mexican coffee. In the bonus discussion, we talk about Mexico's coffee culture, delve into the Mexican slang word "güey," and much more.||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStreet Food - Spanish Lessons||The Baxter family is venturing out in search of authentic street tacos. Join us as we examine different ways of ordering food in Spanish and explore the traditions and culture of street food in Mexico and Latin America.||12/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAt the Airport in Mexico City||The Baxters' Mexican vacation begins! Michael and his family arrive at the airport in Mexico City and meet the driver they hired to take them to their hotel. They discuss their flight, passing through customs and other travel related topics.||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A Different Approach for Spanish Learners
I've just started listening to Doorway to Mexico and I'm already hooked! Even though I'm still new to learning Spanish, I love hearing the dialogues and listening to the Spanish teacher Paulina, whose voice sounds like Salma Hayek and makes me feel like I'm chatting with a fun friend, not a teacher. The format is unique, too: a long dialogue that's set in a coffee shop or whatever, with Paulina's student Michael and his family trying to communicate with locals on a trip to Mexico (so it's an 80/20 blend of Spanish and English in some cases), followed by a discussion between Paulina and Michael (and sometimes Julie, his wife, who doesn't speak any Spanish, asking about cultural differences, etc.). The discussion is cool because Michael asks grammar questions in English, trying to figure out the differences and nuances in the words, slang, idioms and grammatical choices that Mexicans may use (compared with the Castellano Spanish that most kids learn in high school, or with American English), then Paulina answers him almost exclusively in Spanish. Even though I don't speak Spanish (yet!), I found myself listening more intently and comprehending what she was saying.
I haven't bought the upgrade to the "bonus" materials yet, because I'm not at the level or point where I think I can fully appreciate them yet. But still, I'm considering it because it's clear Doorway to Mexico wants their audience to truly play with the language and excel in communicating with Mexican or Latin American people in a culturally sensitive way.
In short: Great podcast! I can't wait for new episodes!
As a native English speaker living in Mexico City I love these podcasts!!! I learn so much. And I can relate to many situations that Paola shares. Gracias!!
Nice way to refresh your Spanish before a trip
Fun to listen to and I feel like this is what I'll be listening to on the airplane the next time I take a trip anywhere in Latin America. I also really like that it foucses on Spanish from Mexico because most of the people I use my Spanish with are from Latin America.
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