Podcast – Episode 1: “Chicas super poderosas de El Salvador” – girls changing El Salvador

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Girls changing El Salvador ¡Qué emoción! Get inspired by the following stories of some chicas salvadoreñas inspiradoras in our first episode of Spanish Listening Podcast 'understanding native Spanish speakers' by Fluent Spanish Today.

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Marzo, mes de la mujer. What a better way to start this series of podcasts with a very unique and special first episode.

I want to share with the world the lives of five salvadoran women that I consider are “Chicas súper poderosas”.

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In the central american culture women are taught to be submissive, fragile, stay-at-home moms, etc. I consider it’s very positive to tell the world that las mujeres Salvadoreñas are capable of doing any type of work and break the stereotype. So, today we’re proud to have the following chicas: fuertes y valientes making their own way and contributing to change El Salvador positively.

Las chicas

These chicas are from different cities in El Salvador, want to know them better?

Becky Soundy - deaf Salvadoran youtuber

Becky Soundy is my shero! She is a chica muy valiente and trabajadora. She is 27 years old and she dreams of making El Salvador society more inclusive. When she was just 18 days old, she got an infection and unfortunately ended up losing her hearing.  However, being deaf didn’t interfere with her willingness to get ahead. She went to a private University in San Salvador and got a major in Education with a specialization in Special Education. Now she’s planning to get a Master’s in a Costa Rican University(We really hope she achieves this dream!) .  Becky is also very greatful for her family support, ever since I remember I have seen Becky with her mom and sister. They founded a sign language academy in San Salvador called Manos Mágicas, and Becky has an online project where she teaches LESSA(salvadoran sign language) and ASL (American Sign Language).

Make sure to follow this Chica ULTRA SUPER poderosa on her social media and youtube channel!

Aleja Menjivar: First trans woman candidate - Primera mujer trans candidata

El Salvador is known to be a religious country with almost 7 million habitants, the 81.4 % of the population identifies as a religious person. 45.9% Roman Catholic and 35.5% evangelical Protestant. You can imagine now how hard it is for the LGBTQ+ people to have equal rights!?

Alejandra Menjivar A.KA. Aleja is a chica luchadora who deserves to be in this list.  She made headlines when she became the first openly transwoman to be part of a political party. Then, this year 2021, on February 28th she ran as a candidate for the Central American Parliment (PARLACEN) with the political party FMLN  (left wing party in El Salvador). She got 18,437 votes! wohoo ¡muy impresionante!

Transwomen in El Salvador is the minority who have been suffering violence and discrimination the most. Unfortunately, their life expectancy living in El Salvador is only 40 years.

We hope this change for the best in the upcoming years. Aleja Menjivar will continue fighting for equality and the rights of the LGTBQ+ people and Salvadorans in general. We consider Aleja Menjivar to be “una Chica Super Poderosa de El Salvador”.

Maria Jimenez: Cancer survivor

“Equilibrio, Tranquilidad, Positividad: pequeñas grandes cosas” that’s how Maria Jimenez @CoachMjimenez identifies with. Maria is from Santa Ana city, she graduated from the university and got a bachelor in Clinical laboratory sciences. And now she is counting the days for her graduation ceremony of a Master’s in Leadership and Coaching.

I know Maria for years, she is the friend I wish everyone had! Maria is well known for always smiling and having a positive attitude even when things don’t go that well …

She has been fighting cancer for a couple of years now, and she might have lost her hair but she never lost her faith.

I know that when she goes to chemiotheraphy she tries to cheer up the other patients even if she is not feeling that well. Maria will never let you feel alone or sad, she always has something good to say to people…

Estoy feliz de conocerte and call you my amiga Maria Jimenez, you truly are “una chica poderosa de El Salvador”


These are some expressions I used in this episode, is there anything that you would like me to explain? let me know on the comments or social media.

  1. “Qué tal” expressions in Spanish

¿Qué tal? is a colloquial synonym of  “¿cómo estás?”. It is very common to greet people like this: “Hola! ¿qué tal? ¿cómo estás?”.

“Qué tal si ….” this “if” structure is used like a conditional in a colloquial way, for example: “¿Qué tal si te pasa algo?” what if something happens to you?.

“Qué tal” can be a synonym of  “¿cómo te va …” for example:  ¿qué tal en la escuela? (meaning: ¿cómo te va en la escuela?)

Qué tal can be followed by “con” … ¿Qué tal con el novio? which means: how are you doing with your boyfriend?

Qué tal can also mean: ¿qué te parece? which means what do you think about … ? for example: (someone is doing something and is asking for your opinion). ¿Qué tal la carne? this person wants to know if it tastes good or bad.

2.  “Romper los esquemas” meaning in Spanish

You have to conjugate the verb ROMPER according to the tense you want to use (present, past, future, imperfect etc.) Rompe, rompió, romperá, rompia los esquemas: “break down preconceptions of ” / “to set new standards”.

This expression can be said/written in two ways: “romper los esquemas de la sociedad” or “romper los esquemas mentales” … if the context is too obvious then you can just say “romper los esquemas”

3. Expressions with “Razón” meaning in Spanish

The following expressions are used to explain why something is being done or justification for an action or event.


“Razón por la que”

example: Se identificó un sospechoso en la escena del crimen. Razón por la que decidimos hacer una investigación.

Razón por lo que”

saying “lo” here may be incorrect but natives can say it in natural conversations.

“Con razón”:

Juan José es el estudiante más destacado en la clase de matemáticas, su papá es un ingeniero químico. – “¡Con razón!”. Con razón means: with all reason he is good at math.

“La razón de ser”

example: La razón de ser de los Bancos Centrales es exclusivamente política. the reason why something/someone exists

Dar la razón:

Te doy la razón. You are right.

Tener razón:

you can conjugate the verb tener in any tense yu want with any subject you want: ¡Tengo razón! – I am right. ¡Tienes razón!

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