https://www.duolingo.com/naticast

Announcing the Duolingo Spanish Podcast!

Duolingo is launching a bilingual podcast for Spanish learners today! In creating this, we wanted to combine great storytelling with language learning: each episode of the podcast features compelling, true stories that are told in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration throughout. Although the vocabulary used is linked to the CEFR, these are not your standard language lessons, but rather captivating stories designed to help learners improve their listening comprehension throughout their daily lives.

There are currently nearly 110 million English speakers learning Spanish on Duolingo, and we believe this weekly podcast will push intermediate and advanced learners in particular to the next level. So, whether you are nearing the end of your Spanish tree or just looking for great stories to listen to on your commute, download the Duolingo Spanish Podcast from your favorite podcast provider!

You might also like: Learn Spanish with this innovative podcast (Mashable)

Links to specific providers:
- iTunes
- Google Play Music
- Spotify
- Stitcher
- Overcast
- RSS feed

Enjoy!

PS: You can also access it via Duolingo Labs

December 7, 2017

183 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

I'm SO excited about this latest offering from Duolingo! Thank you! It's like Christmas has come early :)

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Speir_

Yay--I can't wait to try this out, even though I don't speak Spanish. I'm super glad that this is now being offered to learners.

I'm looking forward to seeing the future of this edition!

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

Do you have already plans what will be the 2nd or 3rd target language?
Maybe Portuguese like Duo Labs stories?

Well, we know you have some Spanish and Portuguese internal resources available ;)
.........and yes, there are million of Spanish learners on DuoLingo according to the Incubator statistics....acknowledged.


Nice that your team has new ideas and brings them to life for first tests....

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/YozakuraHime

Yes! Hoping if the Spanish podcast does well they might make one for Portuguese one day.

December 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Edward482260

Yes. I hope the three target languages will be :Spanish, Portuguese and French! I think these are the languages with the most learners anyway.

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Fillmoe

Just when I thought that Duo was becoming stale for me, you raised the bar. First, I attended a Duo event here in San Francisco, una buscada, a scavenger hunt! Muy divertido, even though I was the least fluent. Then the stories, which I have followed almost every day, added a new dimension.

But now, the podcasts! I was feeling almost weepy listening to the story of meeting one's sports idol and could follow most of the words. This is exactly the type of exercise my Spanish teacher at community college has been suggesting - listening to Spanish with Spanish subtitles.

Thanks for pulling me back to Duolingo!

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/judi322388

Buenas noticias! Perfect next step para mi, mil gracias Duolingo!

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio

Those are amazing news! But I just got ERROR 404! 404 Not Found

The resource could not be found.

https://www.duolingo.com/podcast.duolingo.com

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HelpfulDuo

This was fixed, please reload the post and you should be seeing an updated link!

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinRaym4

Amazing !! Thankyou :) :)

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellis930361

Cool! But will Duo stop and add more languages to the features they already have before adding more new things?

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Speir_

Only if it's successful--but it'll stick around for a while before the staff decides to either invest time into expanding it into more languages or to simply abandon it. Let's hope it'll be successful and graduate from Beta. :)

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Brittany129770

Dear Duolingo.....I love you so much :-* !!!! Thank you for all that you do and these great resources!! I have listened to both podcast and they are great!! After a brief hiatus, I have recently re-immersed my self in duolingo. GREAT to be back! I just keep discovering new resources!! It's great!

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/.i.am.smol.bean.

I just want to say, I know that most people choose to learn Spanish here at Duolingo, but does Spanish always have to be the first language? Maybe you could do something with French or German. While all of your updates are great, a lot of people can't access any of them. For instance, stories is only available to Portuguese (YAY!) and Spanish speakers, and I understand that that's in beta. But maybe next time you make a feature, consider starting it with a language such as French.

Anyway, with my annoying complaining out of the way, onto the praise! This sounds like a great option for Spanish learners. I think once I become a bit better at Esperanto, I'll want to find podcasts to listen to as well, so I don't annoy my mom by being on the computer so much. This is a great opportunity, and I hope you go farther with it! Thank you!

(Also, sorry if the first part came off as rude, I didn't know how to put that specific feedback in a suitable wording, but I still wanted to get the message across. Looking back at it, it looks incredibly rude. Sorry!)

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Edward482260

Personally, I would love to have the duolingo stories in French!

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Miss_Pasko

French is available, and German! Enjoy!

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WaterPolyglot

French podcast s'il vous plait? And Japanese? And Korean? And Vietnamese? And Chinese? And Italian? And German? And Guarani? And Dutch? And Irish? And Danish? And Portuguese?

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FabianoRO9

...

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cazort

This is great, and I think this is fantastic news. I really enjoyed listening to the first one and I hope you can keep this up! Thank you!

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ClarkStephen

The podcast is a fabulous addition to Duolingo. Congratulations.

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Wow! Awesome!

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

I've listened to the first episode twice. Not only is it very engaging, but I've managed to pick up more vocabulary the second time! A wonderful idea, and I can't wait to see how it develops over time.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Great to hear, Luke_5.1991! Stay tuned for the next episode, coming next week, hopefully it will be just as enjoyable! =]

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Ellis930361

How come there's always more features for Spanish, but these features aren't available to many other languages?

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AELauren

My guess it is has something to do with interest. Perhaps there is a larger number of people learning Spanish than the other languages? Supply and demand!

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Perhaps there is a larger number of people learning Spanish than the other languages?

Spanish is definitively and by far the language(°) to which the largest number of accounts have subscribed(°°). You can see here that

Rank| #Subscribers (in Millions) Target language(°)
1. 109 Spanish
2. 64 French
3. 39 German
4. 25 Italian
5. 10 Portuguese
6. ... ...

(°) Only speaking about courses for English speakers here, otherwise it'd be the second one, the first one being its reverse course (with more than 142M subscribers).
(°°) impossible (for us) to know the data about #accounts "actively" learning each language, so we're left with the number of subscribers.

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

a lot of those might possibly be like me, who are simply taking both courses to improve your Spanish skills.

The same argument applies for the Spanish from English course: a lot of those might possibly like me, who are simply taking both courses to improve your English skills. ;)

December 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jpobregonsr

You are right. The one with the most subscribers is actually the English course for Spanish speakers. Although, a lot of those might possibly be like me, who are simply taking both courses to improve your Spanish skills.

December 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AlwynM

The creator of Duolingo is a native Spanish speaker, the original course was only Spanish & English. The new features will probably spread to the other languages in time.

December 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/drstevens14

There are already a couple great free podcast series for German from Deutsche Welle. Unfortunately there just isn't that much really great, free material for Spanish, so I'm glad that they started with Spanish here at DuoLingo.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NikaashDas

Spanish is more popular that's why

December 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Edward482260

Probably because Spanish has the most English learners. Therefore, more people would use this feature.

December 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JessicaMor743048

Your languages are very impressive.

December 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Larisa_L

I agree with Luke, having funny and interesting podcasts is awesome. That is exactly what people need (and I believe even beginners can benefit from listening).

Feedback:

Just as with stories, I would encourage you to increase reusability of your content (which is not cheap to produce). English interruptions might be useful (though I doubt that), but they limit the audience of the podcast to English speakers only. If you had an uninterrupted audio of the story (maybe as a separate file), then anyone could listen them. For instance our users of Spanish for Russian speakers would be happy to listen them, I'm sure.

It is really great, that you'll share the text of the story. Speakers of any language can use it. Users of any Spanish course on Duoingo can create a discussion on the forum to translate the text or discuss podcast's grammar and vocabulary.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

I agree with your feedback, but at least this first one wouldn't really work without the narration (be it in English or whatever language) -- there's not enough context for the Spanish bits if you take the narration out. That's easily tweaked for future stories, of course.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Trofaste

One solution for this I've been thinking about suggesting is having a second file with the narration in Spanish. I'm still pondering the pros and cons, but I'll put the idea out there so if anyone has any brilliant thoughts about it, they can share them. :)

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

Yup, but that's essentially NPR's Radio Ambulante. :-)

(Although I do enjoy that show, which is a suitable step up in complexity and length from this first Duolingo podcast, I have to say that the themes of Radio Ambulante are often very dark and depressing. I hope the Duolingo podcasts will be more varied and suitable for all ages.)

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ignatznkrazy

And Radio Ambulante features speakers talking at a natural speed with normal cadence not at "training-wheels speed" with perfect enunciation.

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

@ignatznkrazy: Indeed!

(Although since I'm more used to hearing Spanish from Spain, even the stuff on Radio Ambulante seems not-too-fast to me... :-) )

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikaashDas

I agree. Duolingo should also focus on language learners who don't already speak English.

December 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyWalli

What would you say is the level of the Spanish in the podcast?

January 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Intermediate, based on CEFR, a B1 is intermediate. You can read more about what the levels mean Here. :)

January 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo

Duolingo says Intermediate without a CEFR specification (AFAIK).

I would say it is somewhere between A2 and B1. At B1 the input should be clear but at a more normal pace. These podcasts are clear but Spanish is spoken slower than normal.

It is so slowed down that I can do shadowing exercise without losing sync (repeat what the Speaker said while continuing to listen).

January 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/VickyAsp

What does that mean in terms of the Duolingo tree?

December 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FabianoRO9

...

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/QuadraticLingual

Pretty cool.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Xingaling

I normally listen to web developer podcasts on the way to work so it's interesting to see Duolingo step into the realm of podcasts.

Would love some Italian ones though in the future. Show this feature some love Spanish learners! Its success depends on you. :)

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Yes! You can help out by downloading/subscribing and rating it -- that will help boost the podcast and make it more likely to expand. (∩^o^)⊃━☆゚.*・。゚

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Maisie07

I would love some italian podcasts too.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/VWieVendetta

im waiting for dothraki podcasts, personally

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/susie519433

i would if it worked on android :(

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/zanzaboonda

It does. :)

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/art47538

Good story. Just what I needed at this point in my study.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

I listened to the first episode, which was pretty nice. It's really useful to have the transcript readily available -- with it, this is probably a pretty good level for someone just finishing their Duolingo Spanish tree and not having a whole lot of listening experience from elsewhere. (The jump in complexity is pretty huge, but the Spanish speaker spoke very clearly, and I guess the idea of a podcast like this is to be able to follow the story, as opposed to analyze the details of the grammar involved.)

You mentioned that the vocabulary is linked to the Common European Framework levels -- what does this mean in practice? I was expecting to find some indication of the level of the first story, but couldn't find it.

Overall, it felt very "Radio Ambulante:ish", although easier because of the narration being in English. Which of course isn't surprising if some of the same people work on this. I'm surprised Duolingo entered the pretty crowded market of language podcasting, but will be looking forward to future episodes.

Edit: Oh, and I get a "Podcast series currently not available" or something similar when I try to add in using Google Play Music.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Found the transcripts! Turns out, I had immediately clicked into one of the advertised players for it, instead of scrolling down to the rest of the duolingo.podcast.com page where there is both a player and the transcripts in English. ^_^

Hi annika_a, I haven't been able to find the transcripts. Would you share where you located them? I'm using the Google Music route to access it. If you're using something else, will you still share where you found them? There might be other people using the same as you who are also looking for them.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Hi Usagiboy7 ,

The transcripts are on the website.
For instance, for the first episode, it's here.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/HelpfulDuo

"You mentioned that the vocabulary is linked to the Common European Framework levels -- what does this mean in practice? I was expecting to find some indication of the level of the first story, but couldn't find it."

Hi annika_a! My understanding is that most of the vocabulary used is targeted at intermediate level learners, as defined by the CEFR. For example, we typically don't use words like "cataclismo," since that's a word used by advanced Spanish speakers. Instead, we use simpler words that Spanish learners at an intermediate learners would most likely understand. I hope that helps explains a little bit of what this looks like in practice!

Are you still getting the error on Google Play music?

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mrtn081

I get the same error for the Google Play Music link.

January 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AldrichHer1

You are angels! Thank you Duolingo team. I sincerely love you all. Free education rocks and rules!

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/daKanga
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Thank you for creating this resource ! And I agree with Lrtward. It is like an amazing early Christmas present !

I am so looking forward to it being about to rolled out for many more languages in the year to come.

Also I want to congratulate the team who have produced this for creating the associated transcript ,
AND
Tinycard deck !

Thank you !

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BeCreative__

When will their be Português and Francais!!!?!? :D

Also good work.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/zanzaboonda

Guys, this is so well done and professionally produced. Bravo! I encourage everyone to check it out, whether you're learning Spanish or not. That will give you an idea of what to expect if it expands in the future and will also help show support for this new venture.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SummersMeltMe

That's great!! Keeping up with - - Google Play and other Podcast providers... I'm going to consider this a Xmaxx/Hannukah gift from Duo.. Thanks!!!

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mk939

Recommendation: Earn points by taking a quiz on Duolingo based on the podcast. Receive 2 XP (or whatever amount) per question answered correctly.

Thrilled about the new feature :)

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisHighcock

Thanks for doing this. It is a really useful addition. I listened to it last night and it really stretched me but helped a lot. Reading the transcript after helped too.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Medard

Great effort! Although I think it would be much better if I could follow the text in the app.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis

I listened to the first podcast. It's engaging and interesting, but I have one BIG problem with it. I have to switch my listening from English to Spanish too often - takes a couple of words to go to Spanish for me. It would be better, I think, to have the narration in Spanish, since the transcript is available if needed. I think progress would be faster that way, as it would allow you to truly immerse yourself in the language. The narration should translate into fairly simple Spanish. It is actually more difficult to switch like this than to listen to a strictly Spanish narration. LOVE LOVE LOVE the innovations.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DoomBom

I agree that narration in simple Spanish instead of English would be enough and also solve localization issues for speakers of other languages.

December 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MissSpells

I reallly enjoyed this podcast, I felt like the story was engaging and I found it interesting that having the narration in english. I managed to stay interested more than if the narrator had simply translated the story. At first I thought the switching between languages might get akward but it managed to keep a nice flow.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Anja51349

I agree. I only started learning Spanish a while ago and don't understand much (just the basics), but the combination of both languages made it perfect for me to actually understand the gist of the story. I will certainly use this feature. Good work and thank you.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo

I listen to a lot of podcasts for language learning. In the last 4 years I have probably listened to around 1000 hours of podcasts. I have added Duolingo Spanish podcast to my collection of podcasts.

Having just listened to the first episode, I recognize it as a podcast in the style of Radio Ambulante except that the narration is done in English and Spanish is clearer and somewhat slower, making it more suitable for early intermediate students.

I wished there was a version where the narration was done in Spanish as well. That would actually make the podcast suitable for all learners of Spanish, not just English speakers learning Spanish.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lynne_p

Love it

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dbenoit3

I love the new stories so much 'cause I can engage and understand how to speak and write in Spanish.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ChilledChild

For an intermediate learner, the vocal speed is very acceptable. It would be interesting to see variants of accents or speeds (Spain, Ecuadorian, Argentine, Mexico, Chilean).

Perhaps a background photo behind the text would be useful in adding context clues, unless it should feel more like NPR. Providing font colors to different languages could be a possibility.

Maybe in the future, users could create their stories and type it up for submission.

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/timoth.gher

Trying it out for the first time...

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/VakkerKriger

I wasn't into Duolingo Stories, but the podcast is awesome. I don't even like Spanish, but have been learning it a long time... this is the first time I was enthralled by something in Spanish that was recorded. I am actually excited for the next ones! Also greatly dislike the use of English in foreign language podcasts generally, but this is the first time I've heard it done really well. I didn't like it here either at first, but I think it helped me follow along and enjoy it. If you can add something like this for the languages I DO like, I will be even more excited! And radio with transcripts is how I learned French, and became semi-fluent in it with a decent accent without ever visiting a French-speaking region. So love that there are transcripts here. I don't know if I like Spanish enough to really bother with them, but I definitely would with other languages.

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

dreamconsciously, one thing I know is that if the Spanish podcast doesn't get enough downloads/listens, there's no chance of it adding other languages. So, what I've been doing is playing it from different download sources listed on its page, boosting it on social media, and asking my friends to go play it too. I Like Spanish. I'd also like it to eventually be available in other languages too, like Japanese. It's gotta succeed in Spanish to even have a chance though, same with Duolingo Stories. crosses fingers :)

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Gaius_Plinius

Telling others about it is great, but listening to it yourself repeatedly in a manner that you wouldn't normally only to boost the stats will skew the data. If they make a decision based on incorrect data about expected listener numbers, it could have a deleterious effect on the potential to monetize the podcast. It's happened before. Several times I have seen businesses launch something based on what seemed to be wide-spread interest only to see it fizzle. True enough, you'd probably have to be pretty intensely dedicated to gaming the system (or you'd have to build a bot, as seems to have happened in the cases that I witnessed), but... (I recently started doing data for a living, so it is close to my heart.)

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

At the onset, a big wave makes a big splash with good ripples. If people share it through social media more people will find it. And if the numbers are good at the onset, media will boost it bringing in more listeners. I'm aiming for the ripple effect. At the moment, mostly people on the website will find it. Most of Duolingo's users are not on the website. It's a sound strategy. :)

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Arachnje

Most of Duolingo's users are not on the website

Then perhaps the podcast should not be announced only on the forum, but also through email notifications to all users to widen its reach.

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Arachnje, I don't know why they haven't. But, if there isn't a significant reason not to, I hope they will. :)

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/VakkerKriger

Okay. I already shared it on Twitter last night. :)

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ignatznkrazy

I listened to part of the first episode, and my suggestion would be to have the interviewee speak at normal speed and cadence. I have been able to understand this sort of slow speed, perfect enunciation narration for years, but I don't believe that has gotten me any closer to understanding normal speech, which would be the goal.

Having English narration and a readily available transcript will guide people even if they miss something. If you are going to climb Everest, you will want to practice in the Rockies, not the steepest hill in Iowa.

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.

Just listened to the first one. I love them! Awesome!

December 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NikaashDas

It's really cool! I tried it, and even though I'm on level 5 on Spanish, it still was worth listening to! Too bad I don't even have 15 minutes in my life to listen to a podcast though.

December 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Roxie534480

cool i'll try it out sometime.

December 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GergelyLazar

Will there be podcasts of Portuguese as well? Because I need to improve my oral skills.

December 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/oateasse

Always excited to try out a new feature! My Spanish isn't good enough to follow very well, but I did not see the transcription of the podcast till nearly the end, so that helped just a little.

As an English native speaker, I just wanted to point out for anyone who might be using this for learning English from Spanish, in the 4th to last paragraph in the sentence "Rodrigo was relieved and happy to hear these news", since news isn't a typical plural, 'these' should be 'this'.

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LucasGoett1

The PodCast was very helpful. I feel like it helped me learn better. Thanks!

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

What I really like about this podcast is that I get exposure to the tense used to tell stories! :D

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GoDaBears

Hola

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

@All: FYI, a new story has been released in the Duolingo Spanish Podcast.

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Norak13

Wow! I just listened to the first episode and it is great! Thanks for doing the Duolingo! Yet another way to keep on learning!

December 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mercutio

Is there an app and why aren’t the cefr grades listed?

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

@All: FYI, a new story has been released in the Duolingo Spanish Podcast.

Memorias y milanesas

Roberto Herrscher was one of the many Argentinians who fought against Great Britain in the Falklands War in the 1980s. Decades later, Herrscher returns to the islands to confront his memories and ends up making an unlikely friend.

December 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Okapio

Absolutely LOVING the podcasts, wish there were more!!!! Please start churning these out, French and Hebrew would be great too! Thanks so much Duolingo, you are amazing.

January 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Sarah310835

when will we get one for french?

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Lividy

I would love to see a French podcast sometime soon!

January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kike983114

It sounds amazing, I hope it will be available for French very soon :)

January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Leah956349

I am loving this new feature, but a little disappointed with the content of the first four podcasts. There have been two non-romantic stories about men, and two stories with women protagonists which were both about heterosexual romance. I hope to see more content with women acting as more than love interests, perhaps even something that passes the Bechdel test (a very low bar for gender equality).

January 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Stephanie814131

I, like others, would love to see a French podcast. It would be a perfect addition to my language learning!

March 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hellotamara

How long will this last as sounds great but would have to ask mum is it just for today?

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

How long it lasts will depend on how successful it is (i.e. how much it gets used). If folks use it a lot, then Duolingo will commit the resources needed to maintain and grow it. If it doesn't get used, they will abandon it.

But it will be around longer than just today :)

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/stichlover2595

wow so cool are there any other languges on the podcast?

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/art47538

Just click on the 'Labs' tab. You can now access from that page.

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Joslin,

You'll want to go to http://podcast.duolingo.com :)

December 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Desdichado_

rad

December 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GregZdep

Cant seem to find the pod cast on my i phone

December 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hi GregZdep, it should be available through this link to iTunes. :)

December 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IndaImmega

This is fantastic, and probably just what I need at this stage in my learning (just beginning to nudge toward intermediate). I don't think I understand enough to get along without the English narration. I have listened twice so far, once just with the audio and then with the transcript (to pick up words that went by too quickly). I also did the tinycards.

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/land_dolphin

Have to pay? D:

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/zanzaboonda

No, this is free!

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mangomaddie

hello

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CynthiaRobertson

Can't wait for the French version!

December 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosRese374001

hi

December 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BobOsgood

I listened to the first one on the way to work today and it was very helpful. Still not getting everything, but I feel like I am close to being able to listen to the story and get most of it. Thanks....its a great idea!

December 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Boujleba

Love it. Can't wait for it to come out in Portuguese and French (hopefully soon), and hopefully Arabic one day (one can dream!).

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lukas_Mongolpe

Loved it.

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/rparghi

I listened and read transcript of the first podcast story. It is really very interesting and getting closer the understanding spoken Spanish by native speakers. I wish there was a two way communication so I could speak as well. Speaking Spanish is my weak point.

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/verenice0902

I can't wait for the weekend to roll around so I could have the chance to listen to this! Although Spanish is my first language, I was never properly taught grammar topics or tenses so with the help of Duolingo and their various separate services, I'll be on the road to speaking perfect Spanish!

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mshobbs

I love the new podcast! It is the perfect mix for me of English and Spanish and the narrator has a very professional audio voice. Well done. It was also kind of an unexpected tear jerker - but I don't want to spoil it for the rest of you!

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ginquill33

You say this is for intermediate learners, but what does Duolingo consider intermediate to be? Which lesson or checkpoint should I have reached before starting the podcast?

Currently, I have everything from Basic 1 to Present 2 at maximum strength, with 39% fluency.

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

ginquill33, personally I think it'd be good for everyone learning Spanish to listen to it, even if they are still working on basics1. It's listening comprehension and reading comprehension practice. When I think of "intermediate" I think of someone who has completed the Spanish tree. I wouldn't let that deter anyone from listening to it though. It think it would help people advance more quickly.

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Miss_Pasko

I agree with Usagiboy7. I am at a similar level to you, and I enjoyed listening to the first episode. I was pleased to simply be able to hear/understand single words and short phrases within the full sentences. I will keep the podcasts to use again when I've advanced further.

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo

If you are able to listen to Spanish and understand about 80% of the spoken Spanish than you should be OK. If not, you probably need to improve a bit more. However, listening podcasts is a great idea. I have been doing it since 2014 (every day) and it has helped me tremendously. If Duolingo podcast is difficult listen to more basic podcasts. There are a ton of them.

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dennis367678

when i click on the link i get redirected to another site, where it wants me to log in. I get nervous when I am logged into a site, and i get redirected to re-enter my log on. Is this correct??

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hi dennis367678,

If the website is for Medium, it's the correct place. Medium is one of the places hosting the podcast. If you go there, ignore the sign in button unless you want to create a Medium account. Scroll down instead and you will see the current two episodes of the Duolingo Spanish Podcast. You can listen to them without making an account. :)

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

No more details yet on what you mean with the vocabulary being linked to the CEFR levels?

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jorgeclavellina

Hey, I didnt perceive the value proposition till now that I read the post

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/susie519433

when can i get it on my android tablet or my pc please?

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/zanzaboonda

The podcasts are available in a variety of ways, including Google Music. On the web, you can access it from the Duolingo Labs tab. https://www.duolingo.com/labs (I can on my see this when I view my browser app in desktop mode.) Use the links in the post to find it on Google Music, Stitcher, and others. It's accessible to just about everyone, on any device. :)

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Anytime! As long as you have software or an app to listen to podcasts (mostly linked above), it should work now!

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Isabella783492

is is an AWSOME idea. I love doing it

December 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zwei_Katze

Yay! look forward to trying out the podcast

December 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sarah965557

cool

December 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nomaila

NICE

December 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/nomaila

I LOVE WHAT YOU WROTE KEEP UP THE WORK AWESOME

December 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Horako224

Perfect, however i it has one flaw is it possible to listen to it ONLY in spanish?

December 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

however i it has one flaw is it possible to listen to it ONLY in spanish?

Not a flaw as it is a SPANISH podcast.
The day there will be French podcast, that one will be in French, the day there will be English podcast (for non English speakers), that one will be in English, etc.

December 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/annika_a

I don't think that's what Horako224 meant.

This podcast has a lot of English in it -- it's reasonable to ask for a Spanish podcast which is completely in Spanish.

December 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Oh you're probably right.
A dot was missing between "flaw" and "is" ("Is") and, on my side, I didn't see the final "?". leading to my probable misreading.

Thx for pointing that out annika_a.

December 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/strange_grey

Awesome! I needed a way to speak to others bilingually. It will also keep me inspired to learn spainish!

December 21, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Shatorah

I love this sooooooooooooooooooo much! I can't wait until the next podcast episode. This was genius!

December 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Drew561

\,,/

December 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mercutio

Is there a way to make the video parts play on an app for iPhone? The podcast app just plays the audio but I like to see the words on screen also to improve reading and listening

December 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Are there video on the webversion?
I thought the[se] podcasts were only audio (+ transcript on the webpage).

December 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dlhgl

There are videos on Vimeo. Links to the videos are here:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25687520$comment_id=25689302

December 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Thx for the information!

December 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo

Please keep the podcasts audio only. With video on podcasts you cannot listen to podcast while simultaneously active on another app or with screen locked (running, doing other chores etc).

If you want to make videos, put them on you tube or the Duolingo web. Keep the podcasts audio only!

January 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

tolunayo, the podcast was not created for only the hearing members of our community, but also for our deaf and hard of hearing members. So, the podcast includes audio, video, and transcripts.

@naticast, are there any solutions that would make it possible to post audio, video, and transcripts in same place while solving tolunayo's difficulties?

Thanks! :)

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Miss_Pasko

I downloaded through iTunes and it is audio only. I have a seven year old iPod touch (no smartphone). I can view the transcript or video on websites on a computer.

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo

However, I am not opposed to having another parallel feed with video. I am also not opposed to having multiple formats being offered to cater for other needs and I see it is offered in various formats on the https://podcast.duolingo.com which is the right way. This is exactly what I told in my previous post. «Put them on youtube or Duolingo web).

However, podcast is born on original iPod as an audio only platform. When they have video they are really no longer true podcast but anyway that is a technicality. The podcast application as it exists today on the popular iPhone is still optimized for audio only podcasts. When a podcast has video component, you cannot play it in the background, as soon as you lock the device or switch application it stops playback. Not to mention that video makes the downloads much slower, consume more of your mobile data allocation, occupy much more storage on the device and video playback drains the battery faster. Maybe one day it may change so that we can have the option to just listen to an video podcast in the background but until then podcasts carrying video on Apple device platform is less desirable especially if that is going to be the only feed on iTunes.

I have 45 podcast channels on my iPhone (most of them are for languages) and only 1 has video and that is the one that I can listen to least often because most of my podcast listening is when I am commuting or running/doing exercise. Most podcasts have their corresponding website with additional material such as transcripts, additional exercises/bonus material, some have video versions or YouTube channels etc. So, the hearing challenged community is taken care of. While making it accessible for special needs please do not take away from the experience of the general user base.

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I don't know if you realize how much audism is in your post. I think you don't realize. That isn't a matter of your intelligence but I would wager lack of contact with the issue, same as most of us. And, I feel that leaving it unaddressed would be abandoning a portion of our community in looking the other way. I could delete it, but, I think doing so would become a confrontation. Also, you've brought valuable information that Duolingo could benefit from. So, instead I'll address some points that came up. It is not my intent in doing so to cause a fight or argument. But, rather to raise awareness because I was right there too until I became aware.

  1. Deaf and hard of hearing people are members of our general userbase.
  2. Hearing people are accommodated far more often than d/hh folks, and as such are the real recipients of special treatment.
  3. To have access to 45 podcasts is awesome! And also a sign that you already have more access to language resources than d/hh folks who are regularly de-prioritized in favor of hearing people. They will not have access to those 45 podcasts, while your access to Duolingo's podcast is just somewhat hampered. You are already in the better situation.
  4. Being a "true podcast" is not the priority here. Language access is.

The best solution as you've said is one that makes clear, unhampered access for folks. If Duolingo can spare the resources, excellent!

However, I hope that it will not require clicking into the podcast where one group gets to immediately enjoy the content and another group is from there asked to click yet another link. The amount of extra waiting and extra clicking and in general just extra barriers for minority groups who face access barriers accumulates to mind-numbing levels over time. So, I hope Duolingo will be mindful in not contributing to more if that can at all be avoided.

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenyee1

Love this feature. Following along with the transcript is super helpful

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ebrahimfaros

hi

January 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/josephsaou

How can i find a conversation partner who can help me practice Spanish? I am on Duolingo level 13

January 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/potentialfudge

I listened to the first episode, and it's really good! Thank you for making this!

January 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/IndaImmega

I have just listened to the 4th podcast (the one about China). I liked the new feature of showing the transcript in a video window -- less scrolling. However, because this an image and not text, I cannot as easily copy out the vocabulary that I want to review later. Also, in this podcast, the Spanish was spoken very slowly. At my level of understanding, this does help but I think I would be better off with faster audio, even if I struggle.

January 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

Hi Indalmmega,

Each episode contains audio, video subtitles, and text transcripts. If you go to https://podcast.duolingo.com/episode-4-una-chilena-en-china-cc355caadfba, keep scrolling down the page and you will find the text transcripts. :)

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Seattle_scott

A little slow for me, but I love the stories! I follow some other Spanish podcasts that are a little over my head, but it forces me to listen better.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RuhiQuazi

Gracious Duolingo team.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/johnhannahs

The Duolingo podcast program is excellent! I am using a four-step method for each episode to increase my comprehension.

  1. I listen to the podcast episode with out aids.
  2. I read the full transcript.
  3. I listen to the podcast a second time while reading the transcript simultaneously.
  4. I listen for the third time without the transcript.

And these stories are pretty entertaining as well. Nice job Duolingo!

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/justlisax8

This is the best thing ever - I love that it is spoken at rate that allows for the listener to hear and comprehend and also the narrators voice is just very engaging. I hope these stories continue - I learn more each time I re-listen.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/johnhannahs

IHeart Radio also has it. I'm subscribed on IHeart, Google Play & ITunes. And I download the website transcripts to offline Chrome files.

I always have the materials available for review or work in progress.

January 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ChillyenChili

Hi,

First of all the podcasts are great. I have listened to them many times so that I can increase my understanding of what's being said. Now maybe this shows my lack of understanding but it's never mentioned in the first podcast what book Belen read that she was so immersed in? Any way to find out?

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jorma1998b

I love the first stories. And I'd like to record one of those myself in Spanish. Perhaps you guys can organize it with basic guidelines so that native speakers can record their own contributions and you choose the best.

January 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchusero

Fantastic podcast! When does the next season start?

February 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/yankeyesfan

I’ve listened to all the episodes now, within a week! I felt they were well put together and easy to learn from. The stories were engaging as well. Unfortunately, it looks like there are no episodes past January, and it is already April. I hope this is not the end of the podcast, as it has been great for learning.

April 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Slimdude21

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why there have not been any more Spanish Duolingo Podcast since January? I really enjoyed them and have eagerly been waiting for more.

April 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/corsig

Please do this for French too!!

May 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Fallabrine

When I try to listen to this on Google Play Music from Japan, it doesn't show up. Other than a VPN, is there any way to make it available?

June 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cyndi459893

I am enjoying listening to the podcasts, although there is much I don't understand as I am just beginning. Do you have any accompanying vocabulary lists for the podcasts? I think it would help me with the story if I could preview some of the words specific to each story.

July 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Miss_Pasko

Hi Cyndi, There is a transcript: https://podcast.duolingo.com/

There are videos on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/246224922

https://vimeo.com/247261531

https://vimeo.com/248341729

I hope that these help you.

July 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nicolas127684

When will the podcasts for French come ?

July 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Misty255179

My husband's family escaped El Salvador during a time of great unrest 40 years ago. The story would make a great podcast. Is there a place to submit podcast story ideas?

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Misty255179

My husband's family escaped El Salvador during a time of great unrest 40 years ago. The story would make a great podcast. Is there a place to submit podcast story ideas?

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jalcruces

Is, or will this be available to radio broadcasters for terrestrial and or online streaming? This would be great for local community radio and or college stations to play.

September 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Hats4u2

I've never used podcast. Is there a cost? How do I use it?

December 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Elisabeth3789

There is no cost. You can find it all on http://podcast.duolingo.com, complete with transcripts...

December 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I love that it's accessible in different forms! :) Also thank you for linking them Elisabeth!

December 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/cvernicek

@duolingo, can you do this for french and italian!? This would be very helpful!

January 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Santana.S.B.

This podcast has been invaluable for my listening comprehension! When will the new season be released? I've already binge listened to all of the episodes thus far.

February 25, 2019
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