Lupa was designed with the intermediate or advanced learner in mind, say, with a year or more of serious study.

We don't offer structured lessons that teach basic vocabulary and grammar. Rather we focus on training your ear to understand real-world Spanish, spoken at native speed in a variety of accents, and broadening your colloquial vocabulary as you hear words and phrases in a natural context.

If you are "advanced beginner" there are ways of using Lupa. Try this:

  • Keep speed at 0.7x
  • Show all the Spanish transcript (keep the "abc" button on)
  • For the first listen, read along the English translation so you get a good feel for the story
  • Listen at least three times to each chapter -- for the final listen, increase the speed a little and use the partial redaction (with some, not all words showing in the transcript)

The key is not to get hung up understanding every word. You'll understand the story from the translation, and you'll pick up a lot of useful common vocabulary and expressions on the way — but you want to keep some momentum.

It's not for everyone, but a lot of language learners who like to get going with authentic content early on so they can develop a natural ear. Or maybe you are fluent in a close language, like Portuguese or Italian. There's no harm trying it with the free stories provided in Lupa: you may be surprised at what you can handle, and how much fun it is learning with true stories told by real people.

If it's not for you yet, we'll be here when you're ready later on. And if simplified Spanish is what you need right now, there are other products (like "News in Slow Spanish") and some excellent free podcasts.

Write to us at if you want recommendations for getting started in Spanish, and hopefully, with some study, you'll be ready to try Lupa soon.

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