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VEE #065 – Un viaje a Lilliput

2011-02-19 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 13s

Un viaje a Lilliput (de “Gulliver’s Travels” de Jonathan Swift) Capítulo 1 Mi padre tenía unas pequeñas tierras en Notthinghamshire y yo fui el tercero de sus cuatro hijos. Me envió a Cambridge a la edad de catorce años y, después de estudiar allí durante tres años, trabajé como ayudante del señor Bates, un eminente cirujano de [...]…

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VEE #064 – El mito de Narciso

2011-01-28 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 2s

El mito de Narciso según Oscar Wilde Narciso, era un hermoso muchacho que todos los días iba a contemplar su propia belleza en el río. Estaba tan fascinado por sí mismo, que un día se cayó en el río y murió ahogado. En el lugar donde se cayó, nació una flor a la que llamaron narciso. Pero Oscar [...]…

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VEE 063 – El loro que pide libertad

2011-01-03 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 3s

El loro que pide libertad Ésta es la historia de un loro muy contradictorio. Desde hacía un buen número de años vivía enjaulado, y su propietario era un anciano al que el animal hacía compañía. Cierto día, el anciano invitó a un amigo a su casa a deleitar un sabroso té de Cachemira. Los dos hombres pasaron [...]…

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VEE #062 – El Otro Yo

2010-10-31 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 4s

de Mario Benedetti Se trataba de un muchacho corriente: en los pantalones se le formaban rodilleras, leía historietas, hacía ruido cuando comía, se metía los dedos a la naríz, roncaba en la siesta, se llamaba Armando Corriente en todo menos en una cosa: tenía Otro Yo. El Otro Yo usaba cierta [...]…

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VEE #061 – Hablando de Madrid

2010-10-21 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 4s

Música de despedida: “Hoy llueve, hoy duele” de Alejandro Sanz En Madrid hay de todo. Aquí conviven las enormes avenidas y los barrios de callejas estrechas, los edificios modernos de acero y cristal y las viejas casas, las autopistas y los parques, los madrileños “de pura cepa” y miles de personas venidas de otros lugares que [...]…

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VEE #060 – Ante la Ley

2010-09-03 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 5s

“Ante la Ley” de Franz Kafka Ante la ley hay un guardián. Un campesino se presenta frente a este guardián, y solicita que le permita entrar en la Ley. Pero el guardián contesta que por ahora no puede dejarlo entrar. El hombre reflexiona y pregunta si más tarde lo dejarán entrar. -Tal vez -dice el centinela- [...]…

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VEE #059 – Hablando de Castilla y León

2010-07-24 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 5s

Castilla y León es la comunidad autónoma más grande de España. En su largo recorrido por las nueve provincias puedes encontrar una tierra con mucho encanto con castillos, lagos y monumentos espectaculares como el acueducto de Segovia y la catedral de  Burgos. La ciudad monumental y universitaria de Salamanca es famosa y es un lugar genial [...]…

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VEE #058 – Hablando de Andalucia

2010-07-07 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 7s

Andalucía es un crisol de culturas. Durante siglos distintas culturas y religiones como la judía, la católica y la musulmana, han dejado aquí lo mejor de su arte. En Sevilla, la catedral y sobre todo su torre, la Giralda, es el símbolo más conocido de la ciudad. La Giralda es, en realidad, una torre de [...]…

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VEE #057 – Instrucciones para subir una escalera

2010-06-25 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 3s

de Julio Cortázar Nadie habrá dejado de observar que con frecuencia el suelo se pliega de manera tal que una parte sube en ángulo recto con el plano del suelo, y luego la parte siguiente se coloca paralela a este plano, para dar paso a una nueva perpendicular, conducta que se repite en espiral o en [...]…

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VEE #056 – Instrucciones para dar cuerda al reloj

2010-06-09 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 4s

Instrucciones de Julio Cortázar Preámbulo a las instrucciones para dar cuerda al reloj Piensa en esto: cuando te regalan un reloj te regalan un pequeño infierno florido, una cadena de rosas, un calabozo de aire. No te dan solamente el reloj, que los cumplas muy felices y esperamos que te dure porque es de buena marca, [...]…

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VEE #055 – Instala el amor

2010-05-10 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 7s

“Instala el amor” Autor desconocido (Música: “A la dirección” by Montoto) Mujer: Centro de Atención al Cliente: ¿En qué puedo ayudarle? Hombre: Acabo de adquirir el nuevo programa llamado AMOR. No soy muy técnico, pero creo que sería capaz de instalarlo con su ayuda…. ¿Qué es lo que debo hacer primero? M: Lo primero que tiene que hacer [...]…

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Felipa, la princesa (Minicuento #15)

2010-05-01 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 7s

Today’s podcast is a reading of Felipa, la princesa, written by Patricia Archanco. It is read by the husband and wife team Fati Sfiligoi and Charles Mister who compose and perform fun, original songs in Spanish for children and families. Their company is called Abbasubi and they have a CD out called “El Baile del [...]…

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VEE #054 – La nueva gramática española de la A a la Z

2010-04-17 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 7s

This podcast is a reading of a newspaper article which took a creative approach to informing its readers about La nueva gramática de la lengua española. Click here to find the complete text. …

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Luis Rojas from La Casa Rojas reads minicuentos #13 and #14

2010-04-07 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 7s

Luis Rojas from Peru is the reader of this episodes two short stories. Luis and his wife Joan are the architects of  the marvelous La Casa Rojas, a tremendous educational online Spanish resource for motivated language students. Dejar de ser mono de Augusto Monterroso EL espíritu de investigación no tiene límites. En los Estados Unidos y en [...]…

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Como acercarse a las fábulas (Minicuento #12)

2010-04-05 :: voicesenespanol.com

Matthew Bennett from England is the reader of today’s minicuento by Augusto Monterroso. Matthew has lived and worked in Spain for more than a decade as a translator and language teacher. He has written extensively about the highs and lows of his career on his blog, from launching a business in Spain to selling it and [...]…

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El mono y el cocodrilo (Minicuento #11)

2010-04-01 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 5s

This is an Indian folktale read by Raji Krishnamoorthy. She’s an IT (information technology) engineer in Chennai, India. She’s also a big fan of the Spanish language and Pedro Almodóvar’s movies. You can find the complete text of “El mono y el cocodrilo” on Raji’s blog, Spanish Learnings, where she writes in both Spanish and English [...]…

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Diez años después (Minicuento #10)

2010-03-28

Luis de España es el lector de este cuento. Click here for the audio. Diez años después Un cuento hindú El monarca de un reino de la India tuvo noticias de que había en la localidad un faquir capaz de realizar extraordinarias proezas. El rey lo hizo llamar y, cuando lo tuvo ante él, le preguntó: -¿Qué proezas puedes [...]…

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El doble para sus vecinos (Minicuento #9)

2010-03-28

Donizetti, el lector de este cuento, es de Colombia. Click here for the audio. El doble para sus vecinos Zeus, el dios que reinaba sobre todos los dioses griegos, salió a dar un paseo por la tierra pues sentía curiosidad por las cosas de los hombres. En su paseo llegó a una aldea donde parecían reinar la [...]…

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El dedo (Minicuento #8)

2010-03-28

El lector de este cuento es Eugenio de México. Click here for the audio. El dedo Un cuento chino Un hombre pobre se encontró en su camino a un antiguo amigo. Éste tenía un poder sobrenatural que le permitía hacer milagros. Como el hombre pobre se quejara de las dificultades de su vida, su amigo tocó con el [...]…

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3 Minicuentos

2010-03-28 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 6s

This podcast contains three short stories about la avaricia (greed). They are: El dedo (read by Eugenio of Mexico) El doble para sus vecinos (read by Donizetti from Colombia) Diez años después (read by Luis from Spain) You can find the complete texts of these stories by clicking on the individual story titles above. …

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La ventana (Minicuento #7)

2010-03-25 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 4s

Today’s story is read by Dr. Molly Martin of the Medical Spanish Podcast. Dr. Martin also has an indispensable Spanish grammar podcast called Spanish Grammar Review. You can find info about both of her podcasts on Facebook and Twitter, as well as on her website: Medical Spanish Podcasts.com. LA VENTANA Autor desconocido Había una vez dos hombres, los [...]…

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Final para un cuento fantástico (Minicuento #6)

2010-03-20 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 3s

Karen Bryant from the Teaching & Learning Spanish blog is the reader of this episode’s minicuento. Her first contact with Spanish was in high school and before her senior year she did a study abroad program in Spain. She then went on to study the language in college but, unfortunately, her Spanish got rusty after [...]…

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El niño al que se le murió el amigo (Minicuento #5)

2010-03-11 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 7s

This story is read by Viviana Mejenes-Knorr. Originally from Mexico City, she currently lives in Schiedam, Holland, where her translation business Art of Words is based. El niño al que se le murió el amigo de Ana María Matute Una mañana se levantó y fue a buscar al amigo, al otro lado de la valla. Pero [...]…

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Mira (Minicuento #4)

2010-03-06 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 3s

This story is read by Marie-Soleil. She is from Montréal, Canada. ¡Mira! Author unknown Había una vez un hombre muy rico. Y había también un hombre muy pobre. Cada uno de ellos tenía un hijo y cada uno de ellos vivía a un lado de una hermosa colina. Un día, el hombre muy rico subió con su [...]…

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Lyrics for “Emocionado” from Minicuento #3 podcast

2010-03-04

Emocionado by Fidel Nadal Me siento emocionado, por la vida que me ha tocado, mucho tiempo la he desperdiciado, pero hoy, la he abrazado si… Me siento emocionado, por la vida que me ha tocado, mucho tiempo la he desperdiciado, pero hoy, la he abrazado… Me acuerdo de los días de bajón, cuando solo en mi vida había tribulación, no había alegría en mi corazón, hasta que [...]…

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La partida (Minicuento #3)

2010-03-04 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 7s

Benny Lewis from Ireland is our reader of this micro relato written by Franz Kafka. At last count Benny, aka the Irish Polyglot, spoke eight languages, but I think he’s currently working on his ninth, Thai. In any case, the Spanish language is near and dear to his heart because it was one of the [...]…

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La escuela del hambre (Minicuento #2)

2010-03-01 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 6s

This story is read by Ramses Oudt of Spanish-Only.com. He is Dutch and three years ago he didn’t speak a lick of Spanish. Today he is fluent. On his blog Spanish-Only.com, Ramses writes about the effective methods he has used to gain this fluency and he also gives language learners advice on different ways they [...]…

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Instrucciones para llorar (Minicuento #1)

2010-02-26 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 6s

INSTRUCCIONES de Julio Cortázar Instrucciones para llorar. Dejando de lado los motivos, atengámonos a la manera correcta de llorar, entendiendo por esto un llanto que no ingrese en el escándalo, ni que insulte a la sonrisa con su paralela y torpe semejanza. El llanto medio u ordinario consiste en una contracción general del rostro y un [...]…

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Lyrics for “La mujer”

2010-01-29

A few of you emailed me asking for the lyrics to “La mujer,” the closing music at the end of podcast #53. The song was written and is sung by Kharisma Montes de la Oca. I’m usually a stickler about promoting grammatically correct Spanish. But I liked Kharisma’s voice so I went ahead and put this [...]…

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VEE #053 – La muerta

2010-01-17 :: voicesenespanol.com

What do you guys think this story means? Do you agree with the author that people, women in particular, are spiritually/emotionally dead when they lead a sheltered life? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. La muerta de Juan José Millás Cierto día, un compañero de colegio señaló en la calle a una mujer, diciéndome: -Mírala, está [...]…

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VEE #052 – La corrección en el lenguaje

2009-11-04 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 4s

La corrección en el lenguaje de Juan José Millás ( “Cuerpo y prótesis”) Un chico y una chica muy jóvenes, de instituto, discutían acaloradamente en el metro. Me acerqué disimuladamente a ellos en el momento en el que la chica decía: -¿Y por qué las mujeres tenemos que tomar somníferos en lugar de somníferas? Lo lógico es que [...]…

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VEE #051 – Spanish is dangerous

2009-10-06 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 17s

This podcast contains three excerpts from the excellent program “Race Bridges for Schools,” an online resource of audio and written materials designed to increase teenagers’ understanding of different races and cultures. If you are a high school or middle school teacher of language arts or social studies, I highly recommend this web site. Included in this [...]…

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VEE #050 – El curioso caso de Benjamin Button

2009-07-05 :: voicesenespanol.com

One of the best ways to keep your Spanish skills sharp is to read in Spanish. And what better way to do that than to pick a story that you’re already familiar with the plot and the characters. This podcast is a reading, in Spanish, of the first chapter of the novella “The Curious Case of [...]…

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VEE #049 – Mr. Taylor, Part 2

2009-06-13 :: voicesenespanol.com

Listen to Part 1 Mr. Taylor, Part 2 By Augusto Monterroso Contados meses más tarde, en el país de Mr. Taylor las cabezas alcanzaron aquella popularidad que todos recordamos. Al principio eran privilegio de las familias más pudientes; pero la democracia es la democracia y, nadie lo va a negar, en cuestión de semanas pudieron adquirirlas hasta [...]…

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VEE #048 – Mr. Taylor, Part I

2009-06-05 :: voicesenespanol.com

“Mister Taylor” Escrito por Augusto Monterroso -Menos rara, aunque sin duda más ejemplar -dijo entonces el otro-, es la historia de Mr. Percy Taylor, cazador de cabezas en la selva amazónica. Se sabe que en 1937 salió de Boston, Massachusetts, en donde había pulido su espíritu hasta el extremo de no tener un centavo. En 1944 aparece por [...]…

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VEE #047 – Un hispano en USA, Part 2

2009-05-07 :: voicesenespanol.com

This is the second part of an interview with Luis Rojas of Rojas Spanish. In this chat Luis shares his opinion of Pres. Barack Obama and we also talk a little about U.S. foreign policy as it relates to Cuba. My thanks to Luis for spending so much time with me on Skype recording this [...]…

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VEE #046 – Introducing ReVerb Spanish

2009-04-30 :: voicesenespanol.com

This podcast is an introduction to my latest web project: ReVerb Spanish. If I do it right, it is going to help you review, relearn and remember the different meanings and conjugations of Spanish verbs. This podcast contains 3 separate ReVerb Spanish episodes in one sitting. It includes the general introduction, a segment about Conocer [...]…

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VEE #045 – ¡Piratas!

2009-04-18 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 10s

(Almost) everything you ever wanted to know about Somalian pirates but were too afraid to ask. Why are young Somalian men turning to piracy? How much money does a Somalian pirate make? What exactly does a pirate spend his cut of the ransom money on? Get the answers to these questions and more in this podcast. (P.S. Based on the [...]…

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VEE #044 – La Última Cena

2009-04-08 :: voicesenespanol.com

Another history podcast, this time about Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, “The Last Supper.” Prof. John Varriano, whose research is what prompted me to do this podcast, is an art history professor at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Want to learn more about Leonardo da Vinci, the original Renaissance Man? The Museum of Science in [...]…

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VEE #043 – El miedo al mono

2009-03-29 :: voicesenespanol.com

Una charla con Luis, (uno de los lectores de Cody’s Cuentos) sobre la historia de Darwinismo en España. If you look closely at the bottle’s label you can see the funny inscription ["Es el mejor. La ciencia lo dijo y yo no miento"] on the monkey’s parchment. The monkey man is obviously a simian version of [...]…

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VEE #042 – El talentoso Sr. Huntington

2009-03-18 :: voicesenespanol.com

Uno de los mecenas de arte y cultura españoles más importante en la historia no es un español ni un europeo sino un norteamericano filántropo llamado Archer Milton Huntington. Nacido en Nueva York en 1870, Huntington fue un apasionado por la cultura y el arte españoles de todas las épocas. Hijo adoptado de un magnate [...]…

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Glossary for “Las medias de los flamencos”

2009-03-03

Although Horacio Quiroga wrote this story for kids, there are plenty of words in this tale that may be unfamiliar to even advanced Spanish speakers. Here are a few definitions. The words are listed in order of their appearance in the story. víbora: viper, a very poisonous snake yacaré: caiman (a reptile that looks a lot like [...]…

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VEE #041 – Las medias de los flamencos

2009-03-03 :: voicesenespanol.com

Un cuento uruguayo, escrito por Horacio Quiroga Click here for a Spanish-English glossary of some words in this story. Cierta vez las víboras dieron un gran baile. Invitaron a las ranas y a los sapos, a los flamencos, y a los yacarés y a los peces. Los peces, como no caminan, no pudieron bailar; pero [...]…

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Glossary for “Un día de estos”

2009-02-19

Here is a list of words and their meanings in English from the podcast “Un día de estos.” The following words are listed in order of their appearance in the story. dentista sin título: dentist without a degree madrugador: an early riser, a person who gets up early in the morning gabinete: office vidriera: a glass [...]…

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VEE #040 – Un día de estos

2009-02-18 :: voicesenespanol.com

Listen to the complete podcast. After the reading there is an analysis of the story that does not appear here on the blog. By the way, in this story, the word “fresa” means “dentist’s drill” not “strawberry.” A glossary of words is here on the blog. A short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez El lunes [...]…

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VEE #039 – Casa tomada

2009-01-27 :: voicesenespanol.com

Un cuento de Julio Cortázar Nos gustaba la casa porque aparte de espaciosa y antigua (hoy que las casas antiguas sucumben a la más ventajosa liquidación de sus materiales) guardaba los recuerdos de nuestros bisabuelos, el abuelo paterno, nuestros padres y toda la infancia. Nos habituamos Irene y yo a persistir solos en ella, lo que era [...]…

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VEE #038 – Hablando con mi portero

2008-12-31 :: voicesenespanol.com

Photo of Ávila, Spain Matias, the superintendent of my apartment building, always has a smile and a positive attitude. He genuinely likes his job and helping people. When I initially asked him to do an interview, he said yes, but then wanted to back out when he found out that I would be recording his voice. [...]…

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VEE #037 – Del solomillo a la sopa de ajos

2008-12-16 :: voicesenespanol.com

Spanish author Miguel Aranguren looks for the silver lining in the current economic recession. The title “Del solomillo a la sopa de ajos” refers to the change in economic status of many middle-class Spaniards in recent months where people have gone from being able to afford many things to having to cut back and tighten [...]…

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VEE #036 – SpanishPodcast.org

2008-11-28 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 17s

Part 2 of a conversation with Mercedes León of SpanishPodcast.org. In this episode she talks about the development of her podcast for Spanish language learners and gives us some general advice. Check out Part 1 of the interview, if you previously missed it. Click below to purchase the complete Spanish transcript of the entire conversation. Transcript for Part [...]…

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VEE #035: La fiebre de la propiedad

2008-11-16 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 15s

In this interview with Spanish podcaster, Mercedes León, we talk about economic hard times in Spain, brought on by rampant real estate speculation. Later on in the conversation we switch gears and Mercedes takes us on a wonderful audio tour of her favorite sections of Barcelona. It’s a great interview, if I must say myself.  [...]…

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VEE #034 – Cine Prado

2008-10-06 :: voicesenespanol.com

A short story by Elena Poniatowska Señorita: A partir de hoy, debe usted borrar mi nombre de la lista de sus admiradores. Tal vez convendría ocultarte esta deserción, pero callándome, iría en contra de una integridad personal que jamás ha eludido las exigencias de la verdad. Al apartarme de usted, sigo un [...]…

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VEE #033 – Continuidad de los parques

2008-09-22 :: voicesenespanol.com

By Julio Cortázar Había empezado a leer la novela unos días antes. La abandonó por negocios urgentes, volvió a abrirla cuando regresaba en tren a la finca; se dejaba interesar lentamente por la trama, por el dibujo de los personajes. Esa tarde, después de escribir una carta a su apoderado y discutir con el mayordomo una [...]…

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VEE #031 – Los pollitos dicen

2008-09-09 :: voicesenespanol.com

Cuban-American entreprenuer Carrie Ferguson Weir talks about growing up in two cultures: Anglo and Latino and also about her business, Los Pollitos Dicen, a T-shirt line for babies. This is the longest podcast I’ve published to date. Carrie and I spoke in a little bit of Spanglish so I did an exact word-for-word transcript of [...]…

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VEE #030 – Viva Las Vegas

2008-08-29 :: voicesenespanol.com

Yeah, this epi is long, long overdue. Sorry about that folks. This is (was?) part three of the trip to the U.S. with mi amiguete, David. In this episode we talk about seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time and gliding along the SkyWalk and then taking in a flashy, splashy Vegas show and [...]…

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Don Quijote de la Mancha

2008-07-31 :: voicesenespanol.com

El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha de Miguel de Cervantes PRIMERA PARTE CAPÍTULO 1: Que trata de la condición y ejercicio del famoso hidalgo D. Quijote de la Mancha En un lugar de la Mancha, de cuyo nombre no quiero acordarme, no ha mucho tiempo que vivía un hidalgo de los de lanza en astillero, adarga antigua, rocín [...]…

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VEE #029 – Immigration in Spain

2008-07-27 :: voicesenespanol.com
Length: 7s

Mexican writer Juan Manuel Villalobos tells us about his experience being an immigrant in Spain. In an earlier podcast, episode 19, Juan Manuel talked about his novel “La vida frágil de Annette Blanche.” …

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Spanish pronunciation 101: Vowels

2008-07-15 :: voicesenespanol.com

Martín Ventola’s 3 rules to remember about Spanish vowels: They are short sounds They are “pure” sounds They start and end differently from English vowels. Visit Martin’s blog, Spanish Pronunciation 101, for a detailed description of the correct pronunciation of Spanish vowels. Vowel A : In Spanish, the “a” is similar in sound to the “a” in the English word [...]…

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VEE #028 – Yerba mate

2008-06-27 :: voicesenespanol.com

La yerba mate (An Argentine legend) De noche Yací, la luna, alumbra desde el cielo misionero las copas de los árboles y platea el agua de las cataratas. Eso es todo lo que conocía de la selva: los enormes torrentes y el colchón verde e ininterrumpido del follaje, que casi no deja pasar la luz. Muy [...]…

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VEE #027 – Big Apple visit

2008-06-07 :: voicesenespanol.com

[See post to watch QuickTime movie] Part 2 of Going 2 America Above, video of Grand Central Station in Manhattan. Below, view of Central Park from Top of the Rockefeller Center. David calls a scavenger hunt a ginkana. He also uses the expression dejar a la altura del betún when comparing Whole Foods, a U.S. grocery store, to El [...]…

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VEE #026 – La ciudad de Esteco

2008-05-26 :: voicesenespanol.com

La ciudad de Esteco era, según la leyenda, la más rica y poderosa de las ciudades del norte argentino. Se levantaba en medio de un fértil y hermoso paisaje de la provincia de Salta. Sus magníficos edificios resplandecían revestidos de oro y plata. Los habitantes de Esteco estaban orgullosos de su ciudad y de la riqueza [...]…

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VEE #025 – La noche de los feos

2008-05-17 :: voicesenespanol.com

La noche de los feos por Mario Benedetti 1. Ambos somos feos. Ni siquiera vulgarmente feos. Ella tiene un pómulo hundido. Desde los ocho años, cuando le hicieron la operación. Mi asquerosa marca junto a la boca viene de una quemadura feroz, ocurrida a comienzos de mi adolescencia. Tampoco puede decirse que tengamos ojos tiernos, esa suerte de faros [...]…

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VEE #024 – Going 2 America

2008-05-09 :: voicesenespanol.com

[See post to watch QuickTime movie] David, el Cántabro, is back. This time he’s going to talk about stereotypes that exist among the Spanish regarding mi “pueblo,” the United States, and explains what he’s looking forward to seeing during our vacation there. Music featured in this podcast: Big George Jackson “If I Could Change” (mp3) from “Big Shot” (Black and [...]…

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VEE #023 – Acciones Plásticas

2008-04-25 :: voicesenespanol.com

In this podcast I chat with Maya Escobar, a performance artist from the U.S. Her culturally-diverse family background (Dad is Guatemalan and Mom is Jewish) has inspired her to create a series of photos and satirical videos about stereotypes related to Latina and Jewish women. Maya says her work “Acciones Plásticas” is a “commentary [...]…

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VEE #022 – Working abroad

2008-04-07 :: voicesenespanol.com

Here’s Part 2 of my chat with Teresa Córdova from Middlebury College. In this podcast Teresa talks about the ways some American university students have found to work legally in Spain. You can find more info about the Language Assistants program she mentions here. Also, Julie Espinosa, a current language assistant in Madrid, gives advice [...]…

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Spanish pronunciation 101: Spanish consonants

2008-04-04 :: voicesenespanol.com

Today’s episode of Spanish Pronunciation 101 is about Spanish consonant sounds that don’t come naturally to English speakers. Martín Ventola, our Spanish instructor from Buenos Aires, has written a detailed post on his blog about the subject but here is a summary of today’s topic: There are five Spanish consonant sounds that sometimes throw a wrench [...]…

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VEE #021 – Study Abroad

2008-03-28 :: voicesenespanol.com

Teresa Cordova, a coordinator for Middlebury College’s program in Spain, talks about the benefits and challenges of studying abroad. Teresa is from Puerto Rico and a graduate of Tufts University. …

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VEE #020 – Introducing Cody’s Cuentos

2008-03-19 :: voicesenespanol.com

Cody’s Cuentos is my new podcast featuring children’s stories in Spanish. Cody, a mischievous, lovable puppy, serves as the mascot to this new program. Every month Cody and one of his human pals from Spain, Mexico or Argentina will present to you a well-told tale in Spanish. Spanish-speaking and bilingual families everywhere can now [...]…

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Spanish pronunciation 101: English consonants

2008-03-15 :: voicesenespanol.com

The first step to improving your Spanish pronunciation is to isolate and eliminate the sounds from your native language (in my case, English) that don’t exist in Spanish. In this podcast Martín Ventola talks at length about some of these sounds from English that interfere in pronouncing Spanish correctly. You can get more details here. …

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Excerpt from “La vida frágil de Annette Blanche”

2008-03-09 :: voicesenespanol.com

Era un tipo guapo Santonni. Siempre con jeans y zapatillas blancas percudidas. Y siempre con esa mirada ausente, introspectivas, que tienes los ojos que no son verdes, ni azules, ni grises, sino una mezcla de los tres, esos ojos que miran hacia adentro como escudriñando el alma para reporcharle al mundo y a su madre [...]…

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VEE #019 – La vida frágil de Annette Blanche

2008-03-07 :: voicesenespanol.com

Juan Manuel Villalobos, a writer and journalist from Mexico City, talks about his novel, “La vida frágil de Annette Blanche.” Click here for more details. …

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Spanish pronunciation 101

2008-02-29 :: voicesenespanol.com

Today’s podcast is an introduction to a series of podcasts I plan to do with Martin Ventola, a Spanish teacher from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Martin has studied English phonetics, so that background, combined with his experience teaching Spanish to extranjeros in Buenos Aires, makes him the ideal guide for those of us who want to [...]…

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Book excerpt from “El corrido de Dante”

2008-02-17 :: voicesenespanol.com

“Remember that we’re in the U.S.,” Dante Celestino is told by his friends and neighbors when his daughter Emmita runs away. Dante had told Emmita to date only respectable, Spanish-speaking boys but she doesn’t listen to him and runs away from home in the middle of her quinceañera. To make matters worse, Dante is living in [...]…

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VEE #018 – El corrido de Dante

2008-02-17 :: voicesenespanol.com

Interview with Eduardo González Viaña, author of El corrido de Dante. Eduardo is from Peru and in this podcast he talks about the inspiration of this book and the current situation of some Hispanic immigrants in the United States. …

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VEE #017 – El mate

2008-02-06 :: voicesenespanol.com

Porque el mate no es solamente una bebida by Javier Luis Guastavino (Read by Dolly from Uruguay) El mate no es una bebida. Bueno, sí. Es un líquido y entra por la boca. Pero no es una bebida. En este país nadie toma mate porque tenga sed. [...]…

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VEE #016 – Blogs Exchange

2008-02-01 :: voicesenespanol.com

In this Spanish podcast, Gabriel Guillén tells us all about Blogs Exchange, a new web site that helps native Spanish and English speakers improve their respective second languages through blogging. It’s easy. First you create a blog on the Blogs Exchange platform, then you start posting in the language you need help with. The site will [...]…

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VEE #015 – The Mixxer (Language Intercambio)

2008-01-29 :: voicesenespanol.com

In today’s podcast I introduce you to The Mixxer, a language exchange web site. If you’ve never done an intercambio (a language exchange) I highly recommend it. It’s an easy way to meet native Spanish speakers eager to help you with your Spanish. In exchange you agree to help them with their English (or German, [...]…

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VEE #014 – Middlebury College in Spain

2008-01-23 :: voicesenespanol.com

In today’s podcast, we hear from Kim Griffin, director of Middlebury College’s Spanish school in Spain. Middlebury is a U.S. college located in the state of Vermont. It offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in Spanish in Spain and in this interview Kim talks about the unique challenges of maintaining a language immersion environment away [...]…

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VEE #013 – Arte Callejero, Part 2

2008-01-17 :: voicesenespanol.com

In the second part of this Voices en Español interview, Javier Barros del Villar talks about the different styles of street art he found in Europe, specifically Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. There’s a word that Javier uses frequently in this podcast. It’s cuate. And it means buddy, friend or dude. Also, the names of the [...]…

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VEE #012 – Arte Callejero

2008-01-09 :: voicesenespanol.com

Javier Barros del Villar from Mexico City talks about Arte Callejero, his Spanish-language blog. What started out as a hobby photographing images he saw on the streets of Mexico City, has now become the largest photographic archive of street art in Mexico. In this podcast, Javier talks about the differences between street art and graffiti [...]…

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Transcripts available

2007-12-28

Transcripts of the first six Voices interviews (Cantabria, La Política, the Voiceover Artist, Raising Bilingual Kids, Parts 1 and 2), are now available in the Voices store. Only podcasts conducted in Spanish have transcripts, so there will be no transcripts forthcoming for the Alison Mackey (Raising Bilingual Kids, Part 3) and Neil Hohmann (Ritmo Latino) [...]…

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VEE #011 – Constitution Day

2007-12-20 :: voicesenespanol.com

Lydia, my landlady, is back for another conversation about Spanish holidays. In this podcast, Lydia talks about the 6th of December, Spain’s Constitution Day, and tells us about the ripple effects this historical day has had on Spanish society. Lydia is from Madrid, Spain. …

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VEE #010 – Feliz Navidad de España

2007-12-18 :: voicesenespanol.com

My landlady Lydia tells us about some of the religious holidays in Spain and how things have changed and become more commercial over the years. She mentions Semana Santa but focuses on the Christmas season in Spain which starts around December 6, with the Día de Constitución, and ends a month later on January 6, [...]…

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VEE #009 – Ritmo Latino – Part 2

2007-12-12 :: voicesenespanol.com

In Part 2 of the Ritmo Latino interview, Neil Hohmann gives his opinion about crossover musicians (groups that start their careers in Spanish and then “cross over” to the English-speaking market). He also gives us recommendations of singers and groups he likes. Interview is in English. Music featured in this podcast From Spain: Ojos De Brujo “Sultanas [...]…

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VEE #008 – Ritmo Latino – Part 1

2007-12-05 :: voicesenespanol.com

Neil Hohmann, creator and producer of Ritmo Latino talks about the origins of this latino music podcast and the diversity of the music. This is the first part of a two-part interview with Neil. Part 2 will be podcast next week. Interview is in English. Music featured in this episode: Manu Chao “Me Llaman Calle” (mp3) from “La [...]…

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VEE #007 – Raising Bilingual Kids, Part 3

2007-11-29 :: voicesenespanol.com

Alison Mackey, co-author of “The Bilingual Edge: Why, When and How to Teach Your Child a Second Language,” dismantles some of the myths related to raising bilingual children and gives us advice on how to create a bilingual environment for children. This is the third and final interview of the “Raising Bilingual Kids” series. Interview [...]…

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VEE #006 – Raising Bilingual Kids, Part 2

2007-11-27 :: voicesenespanol.com

Penny Lara was born in the U.S. but she grew up in Mexico. Today she lives in the U.S. and is the proud mom of two bilingual teenagers. In Part 2 of my special series “Raising Bilingual Kids,” Penny talks about how she did it and how she overcame some of the obstacles that popped [...]…

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VEE #005 – Raising Bilingual Kids, Part 1

2007-11-25 :: voicesenespanol.com

Paola, a telecom engineer in Seattle and working mom, has a strong desire to raise her daughter bilingually. In this interview, Paola talks about the steps she has taken to make this a reality and she gives some advice to other parents who would like to do the same. Paola is a native Spanish speaker [...]…

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VEE #004 – The Voiceover Artist, Part 2

2007-11-20 :: voicesenespanol.com

In the second part of the Voices en Español interview with Zuleika Deciga, she talks about the competition and how she prepares for different roles. Interview also includes the return of “Pongo un circo.” This is the part of the podcast where we talk about slang or funny colloquial expressions in Spanish. In this episode, [...]…

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VEE #003 – The Voiceover Artist

2007-11-18 :: voicesenespanol.com

Growing up in Distrito Federal (that’s Mexico City), Zuleika Deciga was crazy about radio. She loved listening to radio programs and when she got to college she choose journalism and communications as her major. After graduation, she spent two-and-a-half years taking voice lessons and acting classes with reknown instructor Tena Curiel in Mexico [...]…

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VEE #002 – La Política

2007-11-12 :: voicesenespanol.com

Luis Clemens, a Cuban American and editor of La Política, introduces us to this new publication about Hispanic voters in the U.S. In this podcast, he talks about the reasons why 2007 is a good year to launch such a specialized publication and politlcal blog. He also discusses what he found when he visited the [...]…

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VEE #001 Cantabria

2007-11-09 :: voicesenespanol.com

Cantabria, a region in northern Spain, is an area that doesn’t generally come to mind when most foreign tourists think of Spain. It is, however, an area filled with beautiful landscapes and a history that goes way back in time. Its most famous historical artifact are the cave paintings of Altamira, which date back to [...]…

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Introduction to the Voices en Español podcast

2007-11-05 :: voicesenespanol.com

Welcome to Voices en Español, a Spanish podcast for advanced students of Spanish. Every week Voices en Español brings you interviews in Spanish with native Spanish speakers from Spain, Latin America and the U.S. …

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