La Leyenda del Coco

This third season of Simple Stories in Spanish is focusing on legends. Listener discretion is advised for this episode. El Coco, el Cuco y el Cucuy are the Spanish equivalent of the Bogeyman. Parents tell stories of this creature to scare their children into behaving. But el coco is not just a myth. This character is based in a very real, very disturbing event from Spain in the early 1900s. I hope you enjoy today’s exploration of the origin of “el coco”. This legend is told in the present, past and future tenses. Repeated words and phrases include “comerá” (will eat), “lleva” (takes, carries), “sangre” (blood), “fue” (was/went), “llegó” (arrived). No matter where you are in your language journey, stories will help you on your way. You can find a transcript of the story and read along at Happy listening!

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