Un Día En Español 7: ‘Taking’ The Subway In Buenos Aires

In this episode of our Spanish learning podcast, an exchange student in Argentina makes a mortifying mistake.
Un Día En Español 7: ‘Taking’ The Subway In Buenos Aires

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Episode 7: “Taking” The Subway In Buenos Aires

Daphene, a Puerto Rican exchange student in Buenos Aires, is trying to navigate the big city that she temporarily calls home. One day, while taking the subway to school, she realizes that she has to adapt her Puerto Rican Spanish, and that even native speakers of Spanish can make hilarious mistakes. Listener beware: you may feel some second-hand embarrassment for Daphene!

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Key Vocabulary

mudarse  to move (houses)
el intercambio de estudios  student exchange program (lit. study exchange) 
el barrio  the neighborhood 
el/la estudiante de intercambio exchange student 
lejos  far
cerca near
autobús, guagua (Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic)  bus 
tren, ferrocarril  train
metro, subte (Argentina)  subway 
a pie  on foot 
todo recto  straight ahead 
girar  to turn 
hasta  until 
la calle the street 
subirse al metro  to get on the subway 
bajarse del metro to get off the subway 
chistoso  funny
vergonzoso  embarrassing 

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Show Notes

Un día en español is produced by the language experts at Babbel. The show is hosted by Sebastian Escobar. Editing and sound design by Iván Simonovis Pertiñez. Our producers are Elin Asklöv, Carmela López, Dylan Lyons, Andy Nielsen and Madeleine Townsend-Clark. Our executive producers are Jen Jordan and Daniel Meehan. Special thanks to Daphene Marie Vélez for sharing her story on this episode.

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Dylan Lyons
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.

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