History episodes

How could we understand Mexican culture without knowing its origins? Join the quest to unveil the different historical events that shaped who we are now and that influence the language that we speak. Not only will you gain cultural insight, but you will also expand your Spanish vocabulary. 

Episodio 135: Porfirio Díaz, ¿villano?

In this episode we have a casual debate in SPANISH about a Mexican dictator, Porfirio Díaz!

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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 126 Los mayas: Grandes científicos

In this episode we help you improve your Spanish listening skills by talking about the incredible Mayan culture. Learn Spanish with us!

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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 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 108: Las mujeres en la guerra de independencia de México

Women´s role in history has been often overlooked. We tell you about the women who played a part in the Mexican War of Independence.

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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 sorprendente 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 96: El emperador extranjero que amaba México

Mexico was invaded by the French. Once more, Mexico had a foreign emperor: an enemy… or maybe not?

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EP 84: La red de espías nazis en México

Did you know there were Nazi spies in Mexico during WW2?

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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 78: La malinche: la mujer que cambió la historia de México

Considered by many as a traitor, we will dive into the astonishing story of this indigenous woman whose character and language skills helped her become one of the most powerful woman in her time. Let´s learn how she played a crucial part during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

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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 60: La caída de los aztecas

This is part 2 of our episode about the Aztecs. We will discover how and why their empire collapsed. Was it because the Spanish people had guns and numbers? Maybe they didn’t have as many guns and numbers as you thought.

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Ep 56: Los Aztecas (history of Mexico)

The Aztecs were a huge Empire that managed to change the political order of America in less than 100 years. They were able to build a city in the middle of a muddy lake and their buildings methods were innovative. Find out about Mexican culture with this really interesting podcast.

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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 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 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 21: De la ficción a la realidad

It´s 2019 and there seems to be a new technology before we can even blink! We talk about two revolutionary systems that use AI and that were also thought of years and years before they became real.

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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 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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