Culture episodes

Language learning goes hand in hand with culture. In these episodes we discuss many aspects of the Mexican society and lifestyle so you can learn vocabulary and some of the most important expressions in the right context of our daily life. You’ll gain confidence to express yourself and hold conversations about these topics in native-like Spanish

Learn what is considered rude and polite in Mexican culture

Episodio 133: Juegos de mesa

In this episode we talk about 3 common board games in Mexico and we share vocabulary about playing in Spanish.

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Episodio 132: Tacos (parte 2)

In this episode we continue talking about the variety of tacos in Mexico!! How many have you tried? Which one would you hate to try?

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Episodio 131: Tacos (parte 1)

In this episode we talk about TACOS, the types, the origins and how to order.

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Episodio 127: La moda mexicana

Learn Spanish with this conversation about fashion and clothes. We talk about fashion, how it has evolved in Mexico, some famous Mexican designers and what we like to wear now. This episode is intermediate level, B2.

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Episodio 125: La relación entre corazón y cerebro

In this episode we share with you interesting facts about how the heart and the brain work together. We also discuss why a heart is the international symbol of love.

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Episodio 122: La navidad en latinoamérica

This is how Latin America celebrates Christmas!

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Episodio 121: La inteligencia y el éxito

En este episodio nos preguntamos qué es la inteligencia y qué tan relacionada está con tener éxtio o no en la vida. 

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EP 119: Bodas mexicanas

In this episode we talk about things that every Mexican wedding has! Also learn about how common it is to get married and when in Mexico.

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EP 118: El viernes negro mexicano

In this episode we talk about El Buen Fin, the Mexican Black Friday. Learn know how the pandemic has shaped commerce and what Mexican consumers are more interested in buying this year. We also talk about actual Black Friday, its origins and how it has expanded to the rest of the world.

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EP 117: El Boom Latinoamericano

In this episode we discuss a literary movement known as Latin American Boom. Many world-known writers began their career during that movement and they incorporated many interesting characteristics to literature. Learn vocabulary related to books, writers and more in Spanish

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EP 116: La vida minimalista

In this episode we talk about minimalism. This tendency goes beyond having a clutter-free home. Have you heard the term frugal hoarder? Well, now you will know what it means…

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EP 115: La muerte en la cultura mexicana

In this episode we explore the reasons why death has such a particular impact in Mexican culture. We teach your several expressions in Spanish to talk about death. Learn more about the learning experience we offer here

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Ep 114: El cine mexicano

Learn more about the Golden Age in Mexican cinema, world-famous directors and the top 100 Mexican movies of all times.

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EP 113: Tesoros mexicanos en el extranjero

Some ancient Mexican treasures are scattered all around the world. Should Mexico claim them back?

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EP 112: Impuestos locos

Taxes are a necessary evil, but you have to admit that some of them are just nuts.

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EP 110: Los mejores lugares para vivir en México

Find out which places are the best in terms of life quality, safety and services.

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EP 107: Los preppers (preparacionistas)

People known as preppers are ready for anything! Let´s learn about them.

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EP 106: Convertirse en adulto en México

Mexicans can vote among many other things when we turn 18… but how does the life if an adult really looks like? We also talk about the military culture.

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EP 105: Tener un coche en México

Let´s talk about owning, selling and buying a car in Mexico. Learn specific slang and the Mexican culture around cars

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EP 103: ¿Por qué comemos hamburguesas en México?

When hamburgers first appeared in Mexico, they were considered a refined and exclusive meal by some and a threat to Mexican authentic culture by others.

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EP 102: El sorprendete origen de estas palabras

Have you ever wondered why we say certain things? In this episode we share the origin of words such as bueno, adiós, chido and gringo.

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EP 101: Cómo discutir y pelear en español

An important part of improving in a language is being able to express different such as anger and disagreement. In this episode we show you how to argue in Spanish (clean version)

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EP 100: Enfermedades y síntomas en mexicano

In Mexico we have a lot of funny words to describe symptoms such as feeling down, being surprised, being in shock and many other things. Learn all this slang in this episode.

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EP 99: Palabras que no pueden traducirse

These words convey more than just a meaning, they convey a culture! We will learn some unique words in Spanish and other languages.

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EP 97: Las increíbles e inteligentes abejas

Did you know bees make bread? Did you know they know how to add and substract?

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EP 94: El cerebro bilingüe

Do you know what goes on in the brains of bilinguals? There are at least 3 types of bilingual people… which one are you? Do you have an accent? What do you think about accents?

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EP 93: La clase media en México

How do people live in Mexico? Learn 2 new words that are everywhere in Mexican news and politics ¨fifí¨and ¨chairo¨

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EP 92: Cosas que pasan en las grandes ciudades

Let´s talk about good and bad things that happen in big cities, such as Mexico City.

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EP 90: La vida estudiantil

How many students in Mexico leave home to study college? What do students eat in Mexico? We also talk about types of college students.

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EP 89: Las propinas

Do you know how much to tip in Mexico and other Latin American countries? We also share fun stories about this topic!

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EP 88: Canciones que los mexicanos cantan

Find out what songs have passed from one generation to another and have become part of the Mexican identity

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EP 87: Cosas únicas en la cocina mexicana

We share with you some interesting Mexican kitchen gadgets and we tell you how Mexicans behave in the kitchen!

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EP 86: Vecinos mexicanos (special episode live episode)

We all have neighbors. What type of neighbor are you?

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EP 85: Hablemos sobre café

Let´s talk about coffee, its origins and cool facts!

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EP 82: ¿Qué y cómo comen los mexicanos?

Mexicans certainly eat different food, but also they eat at different times! Learn all about it in our cultural episode.

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EP 80: Hablemos del coronavirus en español

With everyone talking about this new virus, it is important to know how to talk about it in Spanish.

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EP 79: Cómo reconocer una casa mexicana

Get a glimpse of what a common Mexican house looks like. The story behind some trinkets is really hilarious.

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EP 77: Cómo invitar a alguien

You wil learn several ways of inviting someone. We will also teach you how to accept or decline an invitation the Mexican style.

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EP 76: Sonidos y ruidos en español mexicano

We share common onomatopoeias used in Mexico. This episode is a blast!

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EP 75: Series en español (parte 1)

We talk about some series in Spanis: La niña, Velvet, El Gran Hotel, Narcos México and Ingobernable. We discuss the type of Spanish used and what to expect

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EP 73: Lugares mágicos en México

You asked for it, we record it. Let’s talk about world heritage sites in Mexico. These are beautiful places considered vital for culture and nature. Take note and plan your next trip to Mexico!

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EP 71: Medicinas Mexicanas

Mexicans have unique ways of treating certain ailments that have passed from one generation to the next. Learn all about it.

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EP 70: Feliz Navidad 2019

Learn strange things Mexicans do related to Christmas and the culture surrounding this holiday.

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EP 68: Buenos y malos modales mexicanos

Each culture has a unique set of good and bad manners. In this episode we tell you what to do, not to do and what to expect when you have encounters with Mexican people.

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EP 67: Comidas mexicanas exóticas

Every country has its share of exotic. Have you tried these Mexican dishes? Do they sound exotic to you?

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EP 66: La evolución de México

Let´s talk about the changes Mexico has experience throughout these last couple of decades. Changes go from the territory, political order, social thinking, and economy.

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EP 63: Las horribles juntas

We all hate meetings! But why? Let´s talk about the types of meetings, how to make them better and the type of people who go to meetings

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EP 59: ¿Los mexicanos hablan inglés?

Do you know how many mexicans can actually speak English? Learn the most common words Mexican people use in English in daily life and the Spanish translation.

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Ep 58: Café Tacvba (descubriendo música en español)

This is a very extravagant bad that almost every Mexican has heard about or sang along to. They have been called the embodiment of current Mexican culture. Let´s talk about them and how you can use their songs to practice grammar.

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Ep 57: Tecnología móvil – México vs the world

Do you know how expensive is Internet in Mexico and around the world? What brand do Mexicans prefer? How do we communicate with each other? Learn all this interesting cultural facts.

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Ep 54: Natalia Lafourcade

A Mexican Grammy-winner singer who is deeply connected to her roots and who is considered a gap between generations.

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Episode 51: Inventos mexicanos

Podcast: Listen to 10 mexican inventions or contributions that changed the world one way or another.

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Episode 50: Jorge Drexler (descubriendo música en español)

Podcast: This is the first of a series of episodes where we will introduce a Spanish-speaking artist whose lyrics and music are high quality and good for students to really advance their Spanish level and vocabulary. Jorge Drexler, from Uruguay, is a doctor, writer, poet, and musician whose lyrics combine topics such as life, love, science and current events. Interesting, huh?

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Episode 48: Canasta básica y salario mínimo

Podcast: Join us to learn more about Mexican economy, the minimum wage in comparison to other countries, as well as the food products that are considered vital by Mexican people.

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Episode 44: Fiesta de cumpleaños

Podcast: There is a lot to learn when it comes to Mexican etiquette for birthdays. Links to videos showing real-life examples of the things we talk about in the episode.

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Episode 43: Relación México-Centroamérica

Podcast: Learn all about the story of Central American countries and the complicated relationship with Mexico. Listen to what some people think about the immigration crisis.

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Episode 41: Compras en línea

Podcast: Do Mexicans buy online? The answer might shock you. If you live in Mexico, this episode will help you learn where to buy what.

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Episode 40: Transporte público (parte 2)

Podcast: Now we will talk about taxis and digital platforms such as Uber and the polemics in Mexico City and Querétaro + tips on how to travel safe.

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Episode 39: Transporte público (parte 1)

Podcast: You will learn about public transportation in Mexico city: how much it costs, the good and the bad + tips on how to use transportation like a local.

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Episode 38: El día de las Madres

Podcast: Family is a huge deal for Mexicans, but mothers are THE most important. Learn all about Mexico´s matriarchal culture + funny mom phrases.

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Episode 37: Cinco de mayo

Podcast: Do you know what Mexicans really celebrate this day? The story behind this popular celebration might shock you.

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Episode 36: Aprender un idioma

Podcast: Let´s talk about the process of learning a new language, the good and the bad. We will share our top tips to find a right teacher and improve your level.

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Episode 35: Comprar en mercados y tianguis en México

Podcast: If you´re planning to visit or live in Mexico, this episode is what you need to learn how we buy things and where and what we say. This is all you need to get started and buy things like a local in Mexico.

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Episode 34: Ordenar comida en México

Podcast: Learn the phrases you will encounter when ordering food in Mexico. You will learn what to say depending on the type of restaurant you go to. We will guide you from the moment you first say hello to the host until you pay the check and leave a tip.

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Episode 32: Los lords y ladies mexicanos

Podcast: Mix technology, social justice and social media and you get this very interesting phenomenom. You will get a better understanding of Mexican culture.

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Episode 31: Enfermarse en México

Podcast: Learn how the health system works in Spanish and what are the options when seeking medical attention.

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Episode 30: Manejando por México

Podcast: Get local insight on what it is like to drive around Mexico, is it safe? is it expensive? Listen to our stories and you ´ll be ready to hit the road.

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Episode 29: Adjetivos para describir personas

Podcast: This is not your normal adjective lesson. During this episode you will learn completely new ways of describing a person like a Mexican would.

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Episode 28: Adjetivos para describir lugares (Querétaro)

Podcast: Improve your story telling skills with all the new words and 8 key structures you will learn on this episode + get to know one of the fastest growing cities in Mexico: Querétaro.

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Episode 27: La universidad en México

Podcast: Learn how the education system works in Mexico and the process through which students go through to enroll in one of the most prestigious public universities in Mexico.

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Episode 26: Leyendas mexicanas

Podcast: Listen to stories and urban legends that have been important throughout mexican culture and that have inspired movies and music too.

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Episode 25: Adictos al trabajo

Podcast: Are you a workoholic? How´s the work culture in your country? Let´s talk about work and its impact. You will be able to practice your listening skills with some numbers and names of countries and nationalities. Can you get them all?

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Episode 24: Títulos de películas

Podcast: Do you know why some movie titles get translated while others don´t? Sometimes the title in English is so different from the Spanish title… who makes that call and why? Listen to this episode to find out about this very interesting process of translating movies.

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Episode 20: El primo de un amigo (la familia)

Podcast: Family is a huge deal in Mexican culture. We have names for people who are not even part of our family! You will learn a lot of new concepts that are everyday stuff for Mexicans.

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Episode 17: Palabras que NO conocías

Podcast: As new technology appears, new concepts and therefore new words appear too. The thing is that those words are usually in English, so… what happens when we adapt them to Spanish? Learn new words that have been officialy accepted by the RAE in Spanish. Also learn common abbreviations for long words that natives use ALL THE TIME.

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Episode 16: No viajes a México: mito o realidad + Q&A  (video)

Podcast: They say going to Mexico is DANGEROUS… is it true? Get some tips to travel safe and listen to our opinion regarding hotels vs Airbnb.
Q&A: On the last part of the episode, you will listen to our listener´s questions: when to use tú or usted and when to use pretérito or imperfecto.

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Episode 15: Maratón Guadalupe- Reyes

Podcast: Did you know that from Dec 12 to Jan 6 Mexicans party almost every day?! We´ll explain each of these celebrations.

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Episode 14: Supersticiones

Podcast: We talk about strange beliefs people have!

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Episode 13: Privacidad y redes sociales

Podcast: Is your information really private? What do you think of systems that assign a score to their citizens depending on their behavior on social media?

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Episode 12: Me anda del 2 (frases con números)

Podcast: Mexicans use a lot of expressions with numbers. We can express luck, basic needs and even quality just by using numbers. Learn how on the podcast.

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Episode 11: El radio y el pánico

Podcast: Let´s talk about the radio and its evolution. You will listen to some interesting data as well as a famous story of a collective suicide caused by a radio program.

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Episode 10: Ahorita y tantito

Podcast: These words are SOOO common in Spanish, yet the meaning can be truly confusing. Listen to the podcast to learn the possible meanings and how to understand native speakers better.

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Episode 9 ¡No!

Podcast: Have you heard that Mexicans have a hard time saying no? Well, this is a cultural feature that affects how Mexicans relate to each other, to foreigners and even the government. After listening to this podcast, you will be able to understand Mexican culture better and not be confused ever again.

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Episode 8 Refranes mexicanos

Podcast: Learn common mexican sayings and how to apply them to sound more like a native speaker!

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Episode 6 La basura

Podcast: Let´s talk about trash! Do you know how much it costs to transport waste? Listen to some ridiculous stories of people loosing valuable things in the trash.

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Episode 5 La educación en México (Ft. 6 year old Sam)

Podcast: Let´s hear how the Mexican education system works and get insight from a 6 year old studying in Mexico.

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Episode 4 La fiesta de independencia

Podcast: Learn cool facts about Mexican Independence Day (not 5 de Mayo, btw) and hear us talk about this very important celebration.

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Bonus Episode Una obsesión del mexicano: chile y limón

Podcast: Learn why Mexicans seem to be obsessed with spicy food and lime. Listen to some theories and the cultural facts behind this well known stereotype.

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Episode 3 Mascotas y perrhijos

Podcast: Learn about the growing market of pets and pets services, how much mexican spend and some interesting facts about how we used to treat animals in the past.

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Episode 2 Los godinez y las oficinas en México

Podcast: Learn about corporate life and work culture in Mexico.

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Episode 1 Costumbres mexicanas extrañas 

Podcast: Learn funny cultural things Mexicans do.

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