Doorway To Mexico | Learn Spanish with Intermediate and Advanced Conversations

Doorway To Mexico | Learn Spanish from Mexico

Learn Spanish with Doorway to Mexico, a fun language learning podcast for intermediate and advanced Spanish students. In our first 22 episodes, we listened to native Mexican Spanish teacher Paulina and her real-life students as they traveled through Mexico exploring the country's rich language and diverse cultural history. Now they’re back together again, interacting in Spanish with friends, work colleagues and other native Spanish speakers in their own neighborhoods. Not just for tourists, Season 2 explores the living Spanish language through a wide range of topics. After each dialogue, Paulina presents an in-depth review of the episode's challenging vocabulary and colloquial expressions to help you develop essential conversational skills to communicate confidently in Spanish, whether you’re exploring Mexico, Latin America… or your own neighborhood. Visit us a

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Buckle up and find out what happens when the Baxters get rear-ended by a Mexican woman who doesn’t have any auto insurance. In the round table discussion afterward, Paulina will review some of the more advanced vocabulary from this engaging conversation to help you become better prepared for all kinds of interactions with native Spanish speakers.

Jun 1

20 min 37 sec

Everyone loves to talk about their pets, learn how to use your Spanish to talk about the appearance, feeding, care and behavior of the animals around you. In this episode, the Baxters hire a Spanish speaking pet sitter to take care of the pets in their home. In the round table discussion, we go way beyond talking about dogs and cats, we dive into more advanced Spanish vocabulary that you can use in everyday conversations.

May 24

23 min 18 sec

Join Dani and her charismatic friends on their drive home from school gossiping about crushes, dating, and the latest high school obsessions. We’ll introduce you to a wide range of popular Spanish slang terms and Paulina prepares a number of useful lessons to help your Spanish sound as natural as possible.

May 17

18 min 29 sec

Michael’s obsession with Mexican telenovelas has his Mexican work buddy, Luis, up in arms. Luis dares us to leave the trashy telenovelas behind and open up to the world of authentic Mexican cinema, where we’ll discover some of the most cherished Spanish language movies of all time. In the round table discussion afterward, Paulina reviews some of the challenging language from the dialogue including common Spanish phrases like: Te pasas, No hay bronca, Ya ni la amuelas, and much more!

May 10

22 min 47 sec

Spanish conversation and lessons. The Baxter family hires a Spanish speaking babysitter to watch their infant niece for the evening. Even if you don't have children of your own, take this opportunity to liven up your Spanish vocabulary in this episode which is full of phrases and expressions you can use in all kinds of real life situations. Join Paulina in the round table afterward,when she reviews Spanish words and phrases such as rollo, recostar, igual, caer el viente, and much more!

May 3

23 min 7 sec

Michael and Julie have a Spanish conversation with their gardener about the various landscaping improvements they’d like to make in their yard. It’s not just about weeds, sprinklers and gophers, in this episode we cover a number of very useful Spanish phrases and expressions that are used in everyday conversations. Join Paulina in the round table portion of the podcast where she’ll break down the challenging vocabulary from episode and show you how to use it confidently when you speak.

Apr 26

20 min 43 sec

Join Julie and Dani as they visit their stylist Tatiana at the salon to get a makeover. But don’t think this episode is just about hair, nails and makeup. In this lively conversation, we’ll cover popular Spanish expressions like ¿te late? and ¡va que va!, as well as several other advanced Spanish verbs and adjectives that can help prepare you for all kinds of situations and interactions with native Spanish speakers.

Apr 19

21 min 48 sec

Learn Spanish slang. Fresa literally means strawberry in Spanish, but it’s also a very colloquial way to refer to certain kinds of stereotypes 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.

Apr 12

21 min 3 sec

Learn Conversational Spanish from Mexico. What’s it like to live in the United States as an illegal alien? 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 Spanish lessons in the round table include a review of popular Spanish expressions, phrases and vocabulary, plus a special focus on using the subjunctive in the past tense.

Apr 5

22 min 4 sec

Learn Spanish from Mexico. What’s it like for an undocumented immigrant 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. After the dialogue, we’ll listen to the first part of the round table discussion where Paulina will give us an in-depth review of the challenging vocabulary from today’s episode. Some of the Spanish lessons in this episode include how to know the difference between the Spanish verbs Engañar and Estafar, plus the variety of ways people in Mexico use the Spanish verb Tocar.

Mar 29

21 min 41 sec

Grab your aprons and get ready because cooking has a whole vocabulary of its own. In this episode, you’ll get an opportunity to listen to the owner of a Mexican restaurant share her secret family recipe for homemade guacamole! In the round table discussion afterward, we examine some of episode’s colloquial expressions and challenging phrases and Paulina gives us more examples of how to use them in real Spanish situations.

Mar 22

17 min 20 sec

Michael’s associate Luis, a Mexican businessman, pitches a new business strategy to help the Baxter’s family firm change direction. 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. Some of the more advanced Spanish lessons in this episode include how to use the Spanish gerund as an adverb, the difference between the verbs Recurrir and Recorrer, and much more!

Mar 15

18 min 45 sec

The Baxters stop into a local store that sells handmade Mexican arts and crafts and the shopkeeper engages them in a conversation about the history and ingenuity behind Mexico’s cherished tradition of handmade arts and crafts. In the round table discussion afterward, Paulina gives us several lessons on a number of challenging Spanish verbs and expressions, and teaches us how to use them in real life situations.

Mar 8

20 min 48 sec

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 (twice!). We’ll meet Vicente, a hardworking man from Mexico who talks about being held in a detention center for months, losing his business and his income, and why he hangs out on street corners every morning waiting for someone to give him a job.

Mar 1

24 min 52 sec

In season one we taught you how to sound natural when ordering food in Spanish, and now we’re going even deeper into the restaurant experience. Join us as the Baxters visit their favorite Mexican restaurant, and while ordering, their waitress shares stories about the rich history and tradition behind some of Mexico’s most beloved dishes. Are nachos and burritos even from Mexico? Find out in this lively conversation.

Feb 22

20 min 39 sec

Get your Spanish into shape listening to this spirited conversation about dieting and wellness. Dani’s friend Licha shares her views on the best way to lose weight and why she feels that most diets are doomed to failure. This episode is packed with popular Spanish expressions that Paulina helps us examine in the round table portion of the podcast, some of the lessons include expressions ¿a poco? ¡cómo crees! ¡no inventes! And much more!

Feb 15

19 min 50 sec

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. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be a sports fan to enjoy this colorful episode. In the round table discussion afterward, Paulina reviews some of the more advanced vocabulary from this engaging conversation to help you become better prepared for all kinds of interactions with native Spanish speakers, both on and off the field.

Feb 8

26 min 44 sec

Learn how to use your Spanish to describe how someone’s dressed. Do you know how to say a garment is loose-fitting, striped, bright, fancy, flattering or hideous looking? In this episode, Danielle and her high school friend, Licha, rant and rave about current popular fashion trends. Plunge with us into the rich and descriptive world of Spanish vocabulary related to contemporary clothing. In the round table discussion, we’ll also focus on some fun Spanish terms like poca madre, no manches, ni de chiste, and a host of others!

Feb 1

24 min 7 sec

The Baxter’s car breaks down and leaves them stranded. Michael’s mechanic saves the day when he shows up with his tow truck and toolkit. While doing a diagnostic on the car, the mechanic offers some advice on how to get the old car back into shape. In the round table discussion afterward, we get the opportunity to review several popular Spanish terms, such as carajo, fregado, and much more!

Jan 25

21 min 19 sec

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. Learn how to use your Spanish to talk about all of nature’s splendor in the great outdoors.

Jan 18

23 min 23 sec

Use your Spanish to talk your home improvement specialist! This episode features a conversation with a local handyman who comes to give the Baxters a quote to repair the broken and damaged items in their home. The Spanish vocabulary key included with this episode features a wide variety of words and phrases related to home improvement and Paulina has prepared a quiz for us at the end of the bonus version of the audio podcasts.

Jan 11

23 min 1 sec

With ghostly imagery and colorful symbols of death everywhere, family friend Tatiana guides the Baxter family through a vibrant Día de los Muertos street festival while relaying information about the rich traditions and lively culture connected with this beloved Mexican holiday. In the round table discussion afterward, Paulina breaks down some of the many ways to describe something as dead or dying in Spanish, plus there are several in-depth lessons on the challenging words and phrases from the dialogue.

Jan 5

19 min 59 sec

A short welcome to the beginning of our second seaons of Spanish podcasts.

Jan 5

1 min 30 sec

Learn advanced Spanish while enjoying our fun exploration of the myths and truths behind what some people call the most corrupt police force in North America, la policía de México.

Apr 2017

19 min 58 sec

The Baxters hire a driver for a tour through trendy neighborhoods within the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City. During the round table discussion, Paulina addresses the myths and realities about tourist safety in Mexico.

Apr 2017

26 min 17 sec

Michael suffers a mild injury while on vacation and Julie insists that he see a local doctor in Mexico City. During the platica with Michael and Julie, Paulina discusses some of the options tourists have if they get injured while traveling in Mexico.

Apr 2017

20 min 6 sec

The Baxters venture underground to ride on the Mexico City Metro, one of the largest and busiest subway transit systems in the world. We discuss the challenge of pickpockets, the crushing crowd, rush hour and much more.

Apr 2017

29 min 31 sec

The Baxter family wants to see more of the Mexican Riviera so they head to a car rental agency and choose a Jeep for the road trip. Later, we talk about common challenges tourists face when driving in Mexico.

Mar 2017

20 min 21 sec

Today the Baxter family stops into a local shop in Cancun to buy a few beach supplies in preparation for a day at the beach.

Mar 2017

21 min 10 sec

Julie strikes up a conversation with a friendly patron at a local bar who tells us a little about her relationships with men and about the dating scene where she lives.

Mar 2017

21 min 49 sec

Today's dialogue is filled with useful Spanish vocabulary related to the home and general house cleaning. Learn common Spanish phrases to help you speak with someone cleaning your home.

Mar 2017

17 min 49 sec

For their stay in Cancun, the Baxters opt for a short-term vacation rental in a high-rise condo complex rather than a hotel. This Spanish conversation features una agente de bienes raíces (a real estate agent) who uses a wide range of Spanish vocabulary related to the home.

Feb 2017

18 min 20 sec

Learn Spanish curse words when Michael has a lively discussion with a couple of loose-lipped party goers who drop a wide range of Spanish swear words at each other. Afterward, we have a fun time translating some of the more colorful Mexican Spanish expressions from the dialogue and Paulina helps us distinguish the mild Spanish curses from the more vulgar ones.

Feb 2017

40 min 49 sec

We'll review popular Mexican Spanish slang words after we get a chance to eavesdrop on two teenagers having a youthful conversation which is full of colloquial phrases and Mexican slang expressions.

Feb 2017

20 min 17 sec

While visiting the ancient Mayan pyramids in Chiapas, Mexico, the Baxter family asks a local teenager to take their picture and Dani ends up making a new friend.

Feb 2017

15 min 14 sec

Julie comes down with a bad case of Montezuma's Revenge, so the family heads to a local pharmacy in search of a remedy. Did she get sick from drinking the water? We'll find out when we address the facts and myths about drinking the water in Mexico.

Jan 2017

21 min 47 sec

The Baxter family is taking a taxi to a local restaurant and chat with the driver about various topics along the way. Afterward, Paulina addresses the customs and safety concerns about taxis in Mexico.

Jan 2017

21 min 47 sec

Latin American Spanish phrases and expressions related to clothing, how items fit and much more. Today, Julie and Danielle are out window shopping and stumble onto a sale at a trendy boutique in Mexico City. We'll examine several common Mexican Spanish phrases and expressions that you can use in everyday situations.

Jan 2017

16 min 1 sec

Learn Spanish for your next visit to a Mexican Restaurant. The Baxter family sits down to lunch at a sidewalk patio of a restaurant in Mexico City. In this episode, we'll learn different ways to order food in Spanish and we'll discuss related topics, such as how to ask for substitutions and side dishes.

Jan 2017

22 min 29 sec

Even with a GPS app on every smart phone, tourists in Latin America may still need to ask a local for directions. In this episode, Michael gets directions to a restaurant from a vendor at a Mexican street market.

Jan 2017

20 min 43 sec

We're going to learn Spanish negotiation vocabulary as Michael attempts to show off his Spanish skills by haggling prices with a vendor at a local street market in Mexico. In this episode, we cover how tourists can sharpen their negotiating skills in Spanish.

Dec 2016

22 min 43 sec

Michael and his family check into their hotel in Mexico and work with the receptionist to upgrade their room. In this episode, we cover useful vocabulary for hotel travel and look at the translation of several other travel related Spanish expressions.

Dec 2016

22 min 12 sec

The Baxter family stops in a trendy coffee house or -cafecito- in Mexico City to sample a delicious cup of Mexican coffee. In the bonus discussion, we talk about Mexico's coffee culture, delve into the Mexican slang word "güey," and much more.

Dec 2016

20 min 46 sec

The Baxter family is venturing out in search of authentic street tacos. Join us as we examine different ways of ordering food in Spanish and explore the traditions and culture of street food in Mexico and Latin America.

Dec 2016

21 min 14 sec

The Baxters' Mexican vacation begins! Michael and his family arrive at the airport in Mexico City and meet the driver they hired to take them to their hotel. They discuss their flight, passing through customs and other travel related topics.

Dec 2016

25 min 31 sec