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DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
In our first episode of this series, the Baxters visit a Día de los Muertos street festival. With ghostly imagery and colorful symbols of death everywhere, family friend Tatiana guides them through the vibrant festival while relaying information about the traditions behind this beloved Mexican holiday.
Michael’s obsession with telenovelas has his Mexican work buddy, Luis, up in arms. Will Michael dare to turn off the telenovelas and leap with us into the realm of world-class Mexican cinema? Join us and discover some of the most celebrated Spanish language movies of all time!
Everyone loves to talk about their pets. Listen and learn as the Baxters hire a Spanish speaking pet sitter to take care of their pets. In the round table discussion, we dive into more advanced vocabulary related to the feeding, care and behavior of your favorite pet.
THE CAR CRASH
Find out what happens when the Baxters get rear-ended by a Mexican woman who doesn’t have auto insurance. Join as we review the more advance passages in this engaging conversation to help you become better prepared for all kinds of interactions with native Spanish speakers.
HIGH SCHOOL CRSH
Get prepared to be introduced to a wide range of popular slang terms as we listen to a group of charismatic teenagers gossiping about crushes, dating, social media and their latest high school obsessions.
Join us as the Baxter family hires a Spanish speaking babysitter to watch their infant niece for the evening, and Michael gives her instructions on how to care for the baby. Even if you don't have kids, you'll want to tune in to the round table where we focus on the usage of several advanced Spanish verbs.
Michael, Julie and their gardener have a conversation about the various landscaping improvements they’d like to make around their home. It’s not just about weeds, sprinklers and squirrels, in this episode we cover a number of very useful Spanish phrases and expressions used in everyday conversation.
SOCCER vs FÚTBOL
Millions of Latin Americans live and die with every win or loss of their favorite soccer team. Listen in as Michael and his work buddy have a lively debate about the traditions, customs and importance of fútbol in Mexico.
DIET & WELLNESS
Get your Spanish into shape listening to this spirited conversation about the importance of finding the right diet. Dani’s friend Licha shares her views on the best way to lose weight and why most diets are doomed to failure.
Grab your aprons and get ready because cooking has a whole vocabulary of its own. A pinch of this, a dash of that… In this podcast episode, you’ll get an opportunity to listen to the owner of a Mexican restaurant share her secret family recipe for homemade guacamole!
THE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT
What’s it like to live in the United States without legal status? Find out as a valet attendant tells us a little about the challenges and hardships he faces living in the U.S. as a newly arrived immigrant.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
We'll teach you how to use your Spanish to describe all of the wondrous things you see in nature. In this episode, the Baxters enjoy a day-hike in the wilderness with a Spanish speaking guide who navigates them through the winding trails with information about the nature and wildlife on offer.
CROSSING THE BORDER
What’s it like to cross the Mexican border on foot? Find out as one of the Baxter’s employees tells us about her harrowing journey crossing the border from Mexico into the United States through the Southwestern desert.
In season one we taught you how to sound natural when ordering food in Spanish, now we’re going even deeper into the restaurant experience as a Mexican waitress shares stories with us about the rich history behind some of Mexico’s most beloved dishes.
When Michael and Julie pick up a day laborer to help them with a household project, they get a chance to hear a story of what it was like being deported back to Mexico. This conversation features a lot of colloquial expressions and advanced grammar, but don’t worry if your Spanish isn’t up to the challenge just yet, we review it all in the bonus materials!
MEXICAN ARTS & CRAFTS
The Baxters stop into a store that sells handmade Mexican handicrafts. The shopkeeper tells us about the history and ingenuity behind Mexico’s cherished tradition of handmade arts and crafts.
Use your Spanish to talk your home improvement specialist! This episode features a conversation with a local handyman who comes to provide an estimate to do the repairs needed in the Baxter's home.
THE FRESA STEREOTYPE
Fresa means strawberry in Spanish, but it’s also a very colloquial way to refer to a certain kind of stereotype in Mexico. Find out what’s going on with this fun Spanish slang term as we get a firsthand explanation of what it means to be fresa in Mexico.
The Baxter’s car breaks down and they need to call for roadside assistance. Michael’s mechanic saves the day and gives them some advice on how to get their old car back into shape. In the round table afterward, we get the opportunity to review a few more of Mexico’s most popular colloquial expressions.
Julie and Danielle visit Tatiana at the salon to get a makeover. But hang in there guys, it’s not just about hair, nails and makeup, we review a lot of advanced Spanish vocabulary in this episode that can help everyone.
Plunge with us into the rich and descriptive world of contemporary fashion. In this episode, Danielle and her high school friend, Licha, rant and rave about popular fashion trends, and hatch a plan that they hope will allow them buy brand names for less.
THE BUSINESS MEETING
In this episode, Michael’s associate pitches a new business strategy. With Mexican Spanish often considered as the standard in international business, this episode is a must for anyone considering doing business in a Spanish speaking country.