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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 supercharge your Spanish, but you’ll gain the tools to travel abroad wit ...
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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 conversa…
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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 tippi…
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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 relatio…
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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 gen…
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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 as…
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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…
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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 Mexic…
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We delve into the colorful "La Feria del Ponche, Pan y Café" discussing its significance in preserving the gastronomic traditions of Comala and promoting community cohesion. From the bustling atmosphere of the main square to the diverse array of local products showcased, we paint a vivid picture of this cherished event. Get ready to immerse yoursel…
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Explore the remarkable journey of Benito Juárez from adversity to becoming Mexico's first indigenous president, as we reflect on his enduring impact on Mexican society and governance. Additionally, immerse yourself in Mexican idioms influenced by Juárez's legacy, enhancing your understanding of the cultural nuances of the Spanish language. Key Take…
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In this episode, we delve into the complexities of multiple citizenships, shedding light on the various ways individuals can acquire citizenship and the countries where it's granted automatically. We discuss the practical benefits, such as increased job opportunities and easier travel, while also addressing potential drawbacks like administrative c…
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Dive into the behind-the-scenes journey with us as we unravel the intricate art of producing the Learn Spanish and Go Podcast while navigating the globe. Delve into the technicalities of our recording setup, the reliability of our equipment, and the collaborative efforts with our amazing team. Uncover the nuances of crafting engaging content on the…
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Join us for the third installment of our Airbnb Nightmares series, where we share the recent escapades from our travels. In this episode, we recount our adventures in two South American cities, navigating stormy weather, relocation surprises, and unmet expectations. If you've ever wondered about the untold side of Airbnb stays, this episode is your…
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Explore the enchanting world of Cuenca's real estate with us! Liliana and Roberto spill the beans on property prices, ranging from opulent residences to affordable apartments. Get the lowdown on Airbnb regulations, cultural nuances, and the significance of "alícuota" (HOA fee). Whether you're dreaming of a penthouse or a cozy home, this episode is …
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In the first part of the episode with guests Roberto and Liliana from REMAX Destiny, dive into the world of Ecuadorian real estate. They guide us through the typical buying process, shedding light on necessary documents, legal nuances, and financial considerations. Learn about the role of an attorney, taxes associated with property purchases, and d…
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Have you ever pondered the roots of machismo and its influence on gender roles in Hispanic and Latino cultures? In this episode, we engage in a thought-provoking conversation, tracing the historical origins of machismo and delving into its modern-day implications. From the persisting gender wage gap to evolving language dynamics, discover the compl…
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Discover the lesser-known attractions, including rural areas and festivals like Las Fallas, in this fascinating episode with Sara. Sara's candid insights into the Mediterranean diet and transportation in Spain provide a genuine perspective, dispelling myths and offering practical tips. Explore the rich cultural diversity and daily traditions like m…
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Join us as we share essential tips and tricks for stress-free travel. Discover the transformative power of noise-canceling headphones, the efficiency of packing organizers, and must-have items for a nomadic lifestyle. Hear firsthand from the students who joined podcast membership about their favorite episodes, language learning strategies, and how …
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In this episode, we share our exercise tales – the good, the sweaty, and the downright funny. We're breaking down yoga, Zumba, and calisthenics, giving you the lowdown on what's worth a try. Get ready for some exercise vocabulary, goofy stories, and tips on making workouts a joy. Tune in for inspiration and encouragement to kickstart your own fitne…
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Are you familiar with the Spanish expression "mande"? Join us as we delve into the historical roots of this term, tracing it back to the arrival of Spanish colonizers in Latin America. Discover the societal dynamics and regional variations that make "mande" more than just a phrase, offering practical insights for navigating diverse Spanish-speaking…
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Ever pondered the idea of adopting a new name when speaking Spanish? I, who embraces the name Jaime in Spanish-speaking settings, share my journey, emphasizing the voluntary nature of this decision. Discover the significance of two names and two surnames, laugh along with anecdotes of name confusion, and glean practical advice for your own language…
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In this first episode of 2024, we reflect on extensive travels through Mexico and beyond, exploring vibrant landscapes in Costa Rica, Argentina, and Chile. Candidly sharing personal challenges and unexpected moments, we create an engaging and relatable atmosphere. From the most popular episodes to personal resolutions, join the conversation as we r…
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Get ready to dive into Mexican Christmas vibes with us! We're chatting about Ponche, the cozy holiday drink that's a must in every celebration. Join us as we unfold its story, cultural awesomeness, and spill the secrets on how to whip up this heartwarming sip. From its cool origins to why it's the perfect winter go-to and the fun of grabbing ingred…
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Explore the ins and outs of buying a house in Mexico with Joel Zárate and real estate agent Patricia Graveley. Get practical insights into negotiations, interest rates, down payments, and property taxes, offering valuable advice for potential buyers navigating Mexico's real estate market. This conversation sheds light on the challenges and essentia…
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Jump into the third installment of funny Spanish sayings with us! We're tossing around expressions that caution against unnecessary drama, advocate for actions over words, and spill the beans on bending societal norms. Stroll that talk with us, savoring the quirky phrases that add a real-life kick to your language-learning adventure. Stick around a…
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Uncover the secrets of crafting traditional Mexican mole. May delves into its origins, sparking a lighthearted conversation about its complexity. Explore Oaxaca's mole varieties, from the daily Mole Amarillo to the festive Mole Manchamantel. Gain insights into their preparation, flavors, and cultural importance. Prepare to tantalize your taste buds…
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Explore the dominance of WhatsApp in Latin American communication, its features beyond texting, and its role in daily life. From prepaid plans to personal anecdotes, we dissect its influence. Gain practical tips for travelers, discover why we're moving our group to WhatsApp, and tune in for insights that go beyond the expected. Key Takeaways: Under…
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Dive into a linguistic journey with us as we explore the diverse landscape of Spanish learning for expatriates. From decoding slang to mastering regional variations, we navigate through the complexities, sharing practical advice and relatable anecdotes. Gain a deeper understanding of speech speed nuances and the art of effective communication, espe…
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In this episode, we guide you through the diverse landscapes, culinary adventures, and unique cultural nuances of our recent travels in Chile. From the fusion of German and Chilean traditions to navigating linguistic subtleties and discovering the humor in Chilean "hand rolls," join us for a detailed and immersive experience that goes beyond the ty…
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In this episode, we delve into Spanish tongue twisters, sharing popular examples and explaining their linguistic intricacies. Discover the value of practicing these twisters to improve your Spanish-speaking skills. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced Spanish learner, our playful banter and practical exercises will make your learning experience…
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In this episode, we reunite with Oliba, May's mom, for a second insightful interview, delving into Día de Muertos, a treasured Mexican tradition celebrated across regions, including Comala, Mexico. Explore the emotional and cultural richness of this tradition, its pre-Hispanic roots, and the distinctive fusion of indigenous and Spanish customs. Joi…
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Get to know me, Jim, on a deeper level as I open up about my childhood, adolescence, and the pivotal moments that led me to the world of Spanish and Go. From my early days exploring the outdoors to my transition into music and my life as a digital nomad, I'll provide personal stories and insightful reflections. You'll also learn about my favorite d…
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In this insightful episode, we take a deep dive into May's life, her changing views on the beach versus the mountains, her love for city life, and her favorite foods and drinks. May also shares her thoughts on music, movies, and the profound influence of Mexican culture on her worldview. Don't miss her valuable advice for Spanish learners and the j…
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Get ready for an exciting virtual journey to Mendoza, Argentina, where we explore vineyards on rented bicycles, indulge in mouthwatering alfajores, and soak in the natural beauty of Cerro de la Gloria and Parque General San Martín. Discover the magic of Mendoza through our eyes as we recount affordable adventures and diverse culinary experiences, m…
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In this entertaining part 2 of the episode “Dichos Graciosos en Español”, we continue to decode the meaning and origin of various Spanish sayings, shedding light on the playful yet profound nature of these expressions. Discover how these sayings reflect cultural nuances and the art of communication in Spanish-speaking countries. Tune in to broaden …
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Get ready for an exhilarating journey with us as we guide you through the enchanting and historically significant Mexico City. From its transformation over the centuries to its vibrant cultural scene, we uncover the city's treasures, including world-renowned museums, the bustling Zócalo, and lesser-known gems like the Metropolitan Cathedral and Rui…
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Ever wondered what lies beyond the horizon in the world's longest country? Get ready to discover the wonders of Chile with us! Join us as we delve into Chile's captivating culture, geography, economy, and so much more. From the mysteries of Easter Island to the flavors of Chilean cuisine, this episode has it all. Whether you're planning your own Ch…
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In this episode, we delve into the heart of Argentina. Discover the unique linguistic variations, from Mendoza's distinct accent to the warm embrace of its people. We unveil the convenience of Argentina's transportation system and the affordability that makes it a dream destination. Get ready to savor the flavors of European-influenced cuisine, exp…
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Discover the history and culture of Argentina's national beverage, yerba mate, in this episode. Learn about its Guarani origins, its role in South American society, and its unique regional variations. Join us as we explore the lush Paraná Rainforest, delve into its health benefits, and anticipate another insightful interview with Diego, an Argentin…
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Join me as I sit down with Diego, my former Spanish teacher, to explore the captivating nuances of Argentine Spanish. Discover how the use of "voseo" instead of "tú" shapes communication, and explore the impact of Italian influence on the language. Dive into the intriguing expressions like "che" and "boludo" that add flair to conversations. Learn a…
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Step into our travelogue as we touch down in Argentina after globetrotting from Mexico to Bogotá. Explore Argentina's rich cultural tapestry, diverse climates, and top tourist destinations, including the bustling Buenos Aires, picturesque Patagonia, and the awe-inspiring Iguazú Falls. Discover the secrets behind the unofficial "blue rate" currency …
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Join us as we step into the ring of lucha libre, Mexico's traditional wrestling spectacle. From the thrill of the matches to the colorful personas of "técnicos" and "rudos," we uncover the intricacies of this sport that's part athleticism and part performance art. Explore the various match types, like the legendary "máscara contra cabellera," where…
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Discover how the encounters of Moctezuma II, the emperor of Mexico-Tenochtitlan, with the Spanish during the conquest led to the infamous Moctezuma's Revenge, a traveler's diarrhea that continues to affect foreigners visiting Mexico. Uncover his role in shaping the Aztec empire, while also gaining practical insights to protect yourself from this hi…
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Discover the intriguing differences in pronunciation, vocabulary, and verb tenses between Spanish spoken in Latin America and Spain as we take you on a language journey, exploring regional variations that make each variant unique and valuable. Learn how embracing diverse accents and idioms enriches your language experience. Whether you're a languag…
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Building on the insights from the previous episode, we address the concerns raised about the expat lifestyle and aim to inspire you to embrace the world with curiosity and openness. We highlight the benefits of living in places with a vibrant expat community, including the diverse cultural exposure and the supportive network available to newcomers.…
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In this insightful episode, we candidly discuss the downsides of residing in cities teeming with expatriates. From the soaring cost of living to overcrowding, we shed light on the impact of tourism and the loss of cultural authenticity. Tune in to gain a balanced perspective on expatriate life in multicultural cities, and stay tuned for Part 2 wher…
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Join us in this episode as we discuss our visits to doctors and clinics in Mexico, including dental appointments, consultations with specialists, and experiences in emergency situations. We share insights into the cultural perspectives on healthcare, the affordability of medical treatments, and the quality of care received in different settings. Ga…
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In this captivating episode, we delve into a world of weather-related idiomatic expressions in Spanish. Through entertaining examples and cultural insights, you'll gain a deeper understanding of these expressions and expand your language skills. Whether you're a language enthusiast or simply curious about the richness of idiomatic expressions, this…
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Discover the frosty side of Mexico as we uncover the icy charm of its coldest towns. While Mexico is often associated with warm weather, there are regions that offer a refreshing change. Join us as we discuss our personal preferences, essential tips, and the surprises that await in these chilly paradises. Key Takeaways: Explore the lesser-known coo…
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Making local friends can be the key to unlocking the true essence of a Spanish-speaking country. In this episode, we share personal stories and insights on the power of forging connections with locals. From the rich tapestry of cultural experiences to the profound understanding gained, this episode offers practical strategies for making friends abr…
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In this episode, May shares her firsthand experience of undergoing surgery and her journey to recovery. We discuss the symptoms that prompted medical intervention, the procedure itself, and the challenges faced during the healing process. Gain valuable insights into medical conditions, learn medical vocabulary, and discover the importance of priori…
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