¡Bienvenidos al TellittomeWalking.com Travel Blog and the Dímelo Caminando Spanish Language Learning Podcast!
Much, I say, much love for stopping by and checking out the site.
Here you will find the home of my travel blog that documents some of my adventures throughout Latin America, along with spanish language learning resources, tips, and — what I’d like to introduce as the Dímelo Caminando Spanish Language Learning Podcast.
You can check out a little introduction podcast above announcing the project, which features the music of Humberto Pernett, a contemporary Colombian cumbia musician, and of some of the sounds from Calle 13’s newest album “Entren Los Que Quieran.”
This podcast was inspired by the simple realization that the Spanish you learn in a formal language course is far different from what you’ll learn out there in the real world, in real life situations, in markets, buses, or, let’s say, in New York restaurant kitchens — that the varying degree of language differences in popular speech and words based on country and region alone are MINDBLOWING!!!
If you haven’t seen the video “que dificil es hablar el español” by los hermanos Ospina lamenting how hard it is to speak and understand the varying definitions and changing meanings of Spanish words throughout Latin America and Spain — even for native bogotanos! — I suggest you check it out below (after listening to the podcast above first, claro).
And so after finally graduating from University this past December I sat back and thought to myself:
Why don’t you sell everything you have, buy a one-way ticket to South America, and travel — see what kinds of things you can learn. Go straight to the source and try to discover exactly how each country and its people give life to this language that for the past 3 years you’ve been trying to get your head around.
Why not travel to search for words and themes, people and connections in order to experience and try to understand these different realities — let the spanish language be the point of entry into more than 20 different and unique worlds, and then podcast about your findings; create a resource for those interested in learning about the language and people from these different parts of the planet.
That was the idea that sparked this website and podcast.
And so for the past 6 months I’ve been traveling, trying to do exactly that all throughout Colombia. I’ve tracked down experts and local slang masters, interviewed people, investigated themes, and explored all sorts of cultural, historic and linguistic topics to explore with you in future podcast episodes.
You can find a little more info regarding the project and podcast here.
And this post marks the beginning, el comienzo…
For now, I say thank you, thank you, thank you (gracias, muchas gracias, muchísimas gracias) for checking out the introductory episode and the site.
I plan on releasing a new episode every 2 weeks, so keeps your eyes and ears peeled.
Please, If you have any suggestions, tips, concerns or comments, don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, If there are any themes or subjects you’d like me to explore, please just let me know.
And remember, nothing about this project is set in stone, it’s a work in progress — just like my Spanish — and I’d love to mold it around your interests as much as possible.
I ask you to comment, leave reviews in iTunes, let me know what you think. I’d love to start a dialogue with you and if I can help you in any way with your Spanish, the better.
¡Hasta muy, digo, muy pronto!
And stay tuned for the first episode featuring the popular spanish of Bogotá, Colombia broadcasting October 1, 2012.