Lupa Review (Advanced Spanish Listening): My Honest Opinion

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Finally an app that caters for intermediate to advanced Spanish comprehension building.
Lupa Review (Advanced Spanish Listening): My Honest Opinion

Lupa: Advanced Spanish Listening
Lupa: Advanced Spanish Listening
Pricing: $12 per month or $99 per year
  • Tailored for advanced Spanish learners
  • Great comprehension focus
  • Assisted reader concept
  • Pure native speaker dialogue
  • Way overpriced
  • Topics may be uninteresting for some


Lupa's an advanced Spanish literacy app for iOS and Android that teaches listening and reading comprehension using Radio Ambulante episodes. It's essentially an assisted reader with interactive text and hints.

DepthThis is 'content' richness. How comprehensive is Lupa: Advanced Spanish Listening and does it take you far in terms of levels, or is it more suited to low level/tourist learners?
UniquenessIs Lupa: Advanced Spanish Listening innovative or is it just an imitation? Does it have a unique selling proposition (USP) that makes it stand out among competitors?
QualityOverall product quality indicator that covers everything from video/dialogue clarity, authenticity, explanations, and effectiveness.
CostIs Lupa: Advanced Spanish Listening acceptably priced and how does its pricing compare to market competition?

Let’s face it: Spanish apps and courses have been done to death.

Most products these days lack innovation and seem to target the same learner demographic (beginner) and recycle learning trajectories and methods.

Lupa is a breath of fresh air for intermediate to advanced learners.

This is an app by Jiveworld and Radio Ambulante (NPR) that is tailored specifically for improving listening comprehension of authentic Spanish (Latin American).

It’s kind of reminiscent of LingQ as an assisted reader, but what it does differently is follow the text as it reads an NPR story, while hiding chunks of the text to force you to listen closely.

You can tap on words to see expanded definitions or save the word for later memorization.

The audio quality is outstanding with 100% local, natural Spanish (different flavors from all over Latin America).

The biggest downside to Lupa is its price: way too expensive for what it offers.

But it’s so nice to see an app that targets advanced learners AND the most difficult language skill (under-represented in most apps), listening comprehension.

Overall, a very handy tool that I highly recommend (but do check out my alternatives).

Lupa: Advanced Spanish Listening
Pricing: $12 per month or $99 per year

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