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Learn Spanish the way it's really spoken. Lupa trains you to hear language like a native speaker while you listen to captivating stories recorded in Spanish-speaking communities all over the world. The interactive audio player — something you won't find anywhere else — focuses your ear so you can understand real-world accents at natural speeds, and build a robust colloquial vocabulary. Lupa fills a crucial gap for intermediate-level learners who've hit the "sound barrier" — where the Spanish they've learned in the classroom doesn't resemble what they encounter at street level. Lupa is the result of a deep collaboration between Radio Ambulante and Jiveworld.

The Lupa app hosts a selection of audio stories from Radio Ambulante, an award-winning long-form journalism podcast distributed by NPR. These stories are recorded in the field all over Latin America and normally require native-level Spanish fluency to understand. But with the Jiveworld audio player and ear training method they are now within your reach. The player gives you just enough help to keep you on the edge of understanding: your ear will quickly adapt to different regional accents and styles, and your vocabulary will expand fast. And because our study-relisten cycle is based around your natural concentration span, you can retain more, study longer, and learn more Spanish.

Listening and understanding is the foundation for true fluency (more than speaking and being understood). You can spend years on drills, flashcards, and grammar study, only to stumble when you encounter a native speaker in the wild: you can't understand the answer to the question you asked (where IS that bathroom?), you fear answering the phone in Spanish, can't follow a story on the radio or TV, or engage in meaningful social interactions. You may miss things that a native four-year-old would catch.

The problem is that your ear has been trained on "Slow Spanish" — the artificial, curated speech used by teachers in most language study products. "Slow Spanish" is not "Real Spanish". It's not even about the speed: rather it's about the local accents; the way sounds run together in natural speech; colloquial use of words; and how it all changes from region to region.

Listening in Lupa, you're getting real language in its full complexity and beauty. Radio Ambulante's stories will transport you into Spanish-speaking communities all around Latin America and beyond. You'll be captivated by tales of love, adventure, soaring success, and sometimes devastating heartbreak, told by the very people who experienced them. With the help of the Jiveworld player, your ear gets the practice it needs so that it can lock into a wide variety of accents and styles of speaking, whether it is a bookseller in Bogotá, a Chilean football star, a bee professor in Puerto Rico, or a poet from Buenos Aires.

Lupa offers you many types of assistance while you listen. You can use any or all of them — whatever your level of Spanish requires:

- Show just the words you need, and hide the others for your ear to figure out (so it's not just a reading exercise)
- Titles and hints help you stay on-track in the story
- Speed control for the more challenging passages
- Vocabulary that you can tap for instant help
- Language notes about accents and idioms
- "Tricky bits" — we identify spoken phrases that may be harder to decipher by ear
- Intuitive controls for easy navigation within the story
- Bios for the speakers, alerts on non-standard usage, and more

You always have immediate access to both the full Spanish transcript and the English translation when you need the extra boost.

Practicing regularly, even a few minutes a day, you will find yourself getting comfortable listening to native voices speaking at natural speed, and you will build up a robust vocabulary so you can handle yourself with confidence in any Spanish conversation.

Finish your journey to real-world Spanish fluency with Lupa today.

What’s New

Version 5.4.0

Catalog Search: a much requested feature now that we have over a hundred stories. Find what you’re looking for by typing the first few letters of the country, theme, or a keyword from the title or description.

Other improvements:
- Support for upcoming themed collections
- Clearer messaging when access expires
- Various bug fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
270 Ratings

270 Ratings

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Where has this been all my life

Omg, I am SO happy I found this app. Everything about it is amazing, from the stories, the artwork, the design, to the goal progress. It is everything an intermediate learner needs to truly advance. After reading about the philosophy behind this program, it completely makes sense why I've been studying Spanish for years and still struggle to understand natives. This has been missing the whole time! Like one of the other reviewers said, I am also a nurse and nurse practitioner and my patients always say they can understand me during clinic visits, but I get so incredibly frustrated that I can't fully understand them and have to bring in an interpreter to help me (which wastes valuable time).

This app makes learning so much more enjoyable and I find myself way more motivated to study with this method. After listening to 1 full story I got so excited and immediately bought the full membership. I take Spanish lessons via Skype with a native speaker at least twice a week but I love that I have this easily at my fingertips if I'm on my break at work or killing time to listen for a few minutes every day. I am so excited to see where my progress will be a few months to a year from now. Thank you so much for your genius in developing this app and thank you to NPR for these amazing stories!! You will not regret buying this app if you're serious about learning Spanish

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This app really is amazing for those trying to get comprehensible input. There are so many little features of design in this app that help improve your ability to focus on the dialogue. The fact that interviews are chopped up into 2 to 3 minute sections, that within each 2 to 3 minute segment there are further sections with summaries to orient you to the story. You have access to, but is otherwise hidden away, a full translation of the story, and when you request it, it pops up to that exact spot that corresponds to where you are instead of having to search for it. Having blanked out dashes for your eyes to follow really helps you focus on the audio. I find that when I listen to podcasts while going about my day as soon as the language gets a bit tricky it’s easy to lose focus and then you are lost, but the lines for your eyes follow really helps. Having available the option to keep track of vocabulary that you like as well as to export it to a spaced repetition app is also a very nice feature. There’s just a lot of thought that went into this that makes it very helpful.

karn-sune ,

Very engaging Spanish learning experience!

I've been using Lupa for 3 months for Spanish learning. The way Lupa is positioned, as a way to facilitate the learning experience that people already practice using podcasts (frequent pauses and transcript reference) was entirely on point. I've wanted to listen to Radio Ambulante but could never quite get the nuances of the stories.

This app allows you to control listening speed with a transcript that follows the audio, highlighting phrases or words that you probably don't know and are earmarked for later study. The fact that one podcast tends to repeat the same new vocabulary introduced by a particular topic is great for reinforcement, and even small idiosyncrasies in speech are explained.

There is some friction from the performance of the app-- it takes a long time to load, and sometimes the audio, transcript highlighting, and responsiveness of controls are just laggy enough that you're a couple words off. But these are ultimately very minor aspects of a thoughtful language learning interface.

App Privacy

The developer, Jiveworld, SPC, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Purchases
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  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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