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Duolingo Launches Bilingual True Crime Podcast for Spanish Speakers

Irene Hawkins

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Duolingo Launches Bilingual True Crime Podcast for Spanish Speakers

Duolingo has launched the world’s first bilingual true crime podcast, titled El Gran Robo Argentino, to help learners practice their Spanish.

Never forget your Spanish lessons again. Duolingo is releasing the world’s first bilingual true-crime podcast to help you polish your Spanish. According to Duolingo, the podcast’s title is El Gran Robo Argentino or The Great Argentine Heist. 

The Great Argentine Heist

The Verge reports that the podcast tells the story of a 2006 Buenos Aires robbery. During the robbery, five men stole $20 million from the Banco Rio bank. The robbery also became a movie, called El Robo del Siglo, earlier this year. Moreover, the robbers also became folk heroes in the country. Read this GQ article to know how the story went.

Duolingo Podcasts

Duolingo will feature El Gran Robo Argentino as part of its Spanish podcast. The show will run for six episodes. If you listen to the show, you’ll hear interviews with the people involved with the heist. These people include journalists, detectives, and even one of the bank robbers. Moreover, the journalist Martina Castro will narrate the episodes.

Launched in 2017, Duolingo’s Spanish podcast already has 39 million unique downloads. El Gran Robo will mark the podcast’s ninth season. Moreover, El Gran Robo is also the podcast’s first serialized show. 

On the other hand, Duolingo also offers a French podcast for French learners. Spanish speakers could listen to an English podcast as well. 

El Gran Robo Podcast

You can follow El Gran Robo through Castro’s English narration. Brush up on your skills by following the show’s simple Spanish. Even if you don’t plan to learn Spanish, you can still follow the plot. Storytellers also speak slower than normal. The show also uses vocabulary that meets the CEFR for intermediate-level Spanish speakers.

You can start listening to El Gran Robo today.

Irene grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and now lives in New York as a full-time environmentalist and a part-time journalist. She was previously an editor at local online newspaper, where she wrote about topics including technology, finance and the media industry.

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