Destinos Telenovela Resources

Hi. This site provides resources for Spanish students who are interested in learning Spanish using the Annenberg Learner Telenovela named Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish.

One of the most valuable resources available here are transcripts that I developed for each Destinos episode. Scroll down to the Tom’s Destinos Dropbox link to access the transcripts and other resources.

The videos for each episode are available in the same location as the transcripts. You can also access the videos with all associated features by going directly to the Annenberg website and accessing the videos there. Here is the link to Annenberg site:

Annenberg Videos
Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish


Follow the link(s) provided below to access a variety of useful resources related to Destinos and other resources useful to those learning Spanish. Some published resources which are out of print are included, such as the Destinos textbook, associated audio files, the Workbook/Study Guide resources and audio files for each episode, and other useful resources.

As of today …. Saturday, September 2, 2017, the following resources are available:

  1. Spanish-language typed transcripts in both MS Word and PDF format for:
    • All episodes (1 through 52)
      • (Note: It took me many months to transcribe all of the videos. It was a labor of “love” and I learned a lot in doing this. I hope you enjoy the transcripts and that they make watching the episodes more fulfilling and help you do the exercises.)
  2. Workbook/Study Guide resources for:
    • All episodes 1 through 51 (Ep. 52 does not have associated resources)
    • Destinos audio files, referenced in workbook/study guide, for all episodes
    • Table of Contents and Appendices for all lessons/episodes
      • Answers to episode questions and self-test
      • Index
  3. Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish Text Book (1992 Version)
    — All chapters of the text book are available at the locations indicated below
    — All associated textbook audio files for all episodes/chapters are available

    • Note 1: Vocabulary & Cast of Characters is located in folder for episodes 1 & 2 and also in the Org-by-artifact area
    • Note 2: Answers are included at end of each chapter/episode. Complete list of answers is located in Org-by-artifact area as well.
  4. Vocabulary and questions for each episode – a useful teaching resource
  5. Abbreviated versions of episode questions and activities for all episodes
  6. An original and annotated (by hand) family tree (useful for figuring out who is whom)
  7. Brief summary of each episode (in English)
  8. Destinos WikiPedia description

Updates will be posted as additional resources are completed and added.

Access the resources listed above at this location:

Location of Tom’s Destinos Files

Tom Kessler (


Note: My files were shared via DropBox until Aug 20, 2017. DropBox decided to stop letting its users publicly share files. So I shifted the files from DropBox to Google Drive. The link above should work and direct you to my Google Drive sharing location. If you have problems please send me an e-mail. Gracias! However, some international locations restrict access to Google drive so I am still making the files available via DropBox, but you must have a DropBox account to use this link.

Other Destinos Resources

1. DESTINOS Flash Card Sets

Other Info About Destinos

1. DESTINOS WIKIPEDIA REVIEW: If you are interested in a high-level overview of the plot and characters (which makes it easier to understand the Spanish learning elements), check out the Wikipedia posting for Destinos:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2. ANOTHER DESTINOS REVIEW: Here is an interesting review written by someone who uses Destinos for learning Spanish. She clearly noticed a great deal more about the actors’ early 1990s hair and clothing style than I did, lol, likely because of that “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” thing. But from an overall perspective, this review is interesting:

Destinos Review: How I’m Learning Spanish
With Cheesy Dialogue, Big Hair and Shoulder Pads

Other Spanish
Learning Resources

Para la clase del “Cultural Center of Port Charlotte” solamente ….


New as of June 10, 2017: How Diplomats Trained for Spanish-Speaking Assignments

(cortesía de Priscilla L. Galey – muchas gracias Priscilla!)

The US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute has trained diplomats and employees for overseas assignments for many years. This material was created by the US government from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, and it’s all out of copyright
now. Baron’s actually sells it, but it’s all free on the internet. The
purpose is to teach diplomatic personnel to speak like a native as
quickly as possible, and they know how to get it done efficiently with
no frills. This is mostly audio content as they drill/brainwash you into it
so that you’ll probably never forget it. Here is a link to the resources:

Foreign Service Institute Spanish

Spanish Basic is full blown and in depth and time-consuming. Recommend the Head Start series, because it gets you going right away with
necessary useful conversation. Resources are oriented to
different areas–Puerto Rico, Spain, and Panama (Latin America).


Check out this link for a fantastic series of MP3 immersion audio files. For each dialog there is a fast/slow/fast sequence. Be sure to listen to the dialogs before reviewing the included PDF transcript document … you will learn more that way! Enjoy.

Immersion Plus Spanish

NEW: A useful PDF verb table … see example below the link ….

        Other Spanish Resources


Title: Notes in Spanish Audios

Overview: Husband and wife team discuss many topics dealing with life in Spain. Husband (Ben) is British and wife (Marina) is from Madrid. Even with the “Castellano” accent, Marina is actually easier to understand than Ben!

Most topics are about everyday life in Spain with some great historical background about how the Franco dictatorship continues to affect Spanish life of today. Typical topics are:

Spain’s immigration policy
The tapas tradition of Spain
Tourism in Spain
How Spaniards celebrate Christmas, New Year’s and the 6th of January (Día de Reyes)
The Spanish cinema
Weather in Madrid
The Madrid traffic
Plus much more.

This is a great way to learn much about the culture and daily life in Madrid. There are 4 formats of the conversations: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and Gold. Beginner level has more English and covers some grammar (por vs para, ser vs estar, etc.). Intermediate and Advanced files are about 100% en español with the same vocabulary level. The speed of the conversation is the real difference in these 2 levels. Gold format is 10 minutes in Spanish and 10 minutes analyzing Spanish vocabulary in the conversation.

All audio files are all free and are available in podcast and .mp3 format. All pod casts are also available FREE from the iTunes Store. Search for Notes in Spanish. Each of the levels has an album icon at the top of the iTunes page as Notes in Spanish Beginner, Notes in Spanish Intermediate, Notes in Spanish Advanced and Notes in Spanish Gold. Clicking each album icon will provide all free podcasts for that level.


Title: Notes in Spanish Videos

If you like the Notes in Spanish audios above you might want to watch their Notes in Spanish free videos. Ben and Marina provide videos with a vocabulary guide after each one. Some of the video were filmed on location throughout Madrid.


Title: Spanish Audio Gazette

Overview: The University of Toronto has offered this collection of free audios and transcripts on a variety of Hispanic cultural topics. The audios are grouped according to the speaker’s Spanish.

Click on a topic to open the window to the transcript. Double click on the links for the audio either in the wav or mp3 format. Audios can only be downloaded from the website. Right click on the wav or mp3 format link and select download.


Title: Weekly News in Slow Spanish

There is a separate tab for Latin American and España.

Overview: Audio files for students that want to begin listening to audio files at a slower than normal rate. The news topics are directed to listeners with a basic vocabulary and grammar. The Latin America tab is the sister site of the original España site and the format is the same for both. The Latin America tab contains news articles exclusively from the Americas.

The free weekly podcasts are about 8 minutes. These free audio files are also available at the iTunes Store for free download. Search with News in Slow Spanish.


Title: Coffee Break Spanish


Overview: This site is produced by Radio Lingua, which provides audio files in many languages.

The Coffee Break Spanish is designed for Beginners/Intermediate students. At the top of the page is a link for “Free Lessons”. From the drop down menu select Coffee Break Spanish. There will be links for Section 1, 2 or 3. Click on the Lesson number and title to change to the audio page. The download link is under the audio player. All podcasts are also available FREE from the iTunes Store. Search with Coffee Break Spanish.


Title: Radio Lingua Coffee Break (English Q&A)

Overview: This site is produced by Radio Lingua. This is mostly in English answering questions about Spanish from listeners. Typical questions involve grammar, numbers, directions, etc. There are many conceptual ideas presented on how to learn Spanish.

The link to the 5 files is indexed on the right of the web page. To listen to the audio, click the Download mp3 file link. All podcasts are also available FREE from the iTunes Store. Search with Café Cortado.


Title: Radio Lingua Show Time Spanish

Overview: Produced by Radio Lingua. The 2 commentators are Mark (from Scotland) and Alma (from Barcelona, Spain) and Carolina (from Bogatá, Columbia after episodes #31). Mark’s English with a Scottish accent is harder to understand than his Spanish!

To listen to any of the 40 lessons, click on the mp3 link in the Basic Main Podcast column. Each episode is divided in 3 parts. The first part is 100% en español. The second part is a quick lesson in 2 or 3 phrases that are commonly used and can make a person sound more…”Spanish”! The third part is a review or a discussion of some part of grammar. Every 5th episode there is a “telenovela” to an ongoing story called Verano Español. All podcasts are also available FREE from the iTunes Store. Search with Show Time Spanish.


Title: Basic Spanish: SPN101, SPN102, SPN103

Overview: These iTunes podcasts are produced by the De Paul University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to support their basic Spanish courses. These are directed to beginners and provide excellent listening comprehension. Most of the podcasts have very little English as an introduction. The majority of the podcasts are in Spanish.

To listen to the podcast place the mouse over the title and click on the play icon that  appears the left of the title. These free podcasts are available from the iTunes Store. Search with Basic Spanish: SPN101,


Title: Destinos: An introduction to Spanish

Overview: This is a collection of video files that are played from streaming video from the web site.

The program was originally broadcast on Public Broadcast Stations (PBS) as a teaching tool for The format is a telenovela (Spanish soap opera) providing dialogue to increase vocabulary and listening comprehension. There are 52 episodes and each is 30 minutes.

There is no capability to download these videos, and the free videos must be played on a computer. Each video has a gold box labeled “VoD”. Double click on the VOD link to open a new video window, which begins the episode. The Spanish spoken will include accents from throughout Latin America and Spain.


Title: Nuevo Destinos

Overview: This is a follow-on series of the original Destinos above. The plot retraces the events of the original series many years later upon the notice a letter that Pedro has died.

There is no capability to download these videos, and the free videos must be played on a computer. Each video has a gold box labeled “VoD”. Double click on the VOD link to open a new video window, which begins the episode.


Title: Cadena Hoy por hoy

Overview: Cadena SER is one of Spain’s major radio stations and has been broadcasting since 1926 and has 4+ million listeners. All the latest podcasts are available to listen via streaming audio on the websites below. To download any audio, right click the play icon and select the download option. These free podcasts are available from the iTunes Store. Search with the name of each program below.

These audios are interviews with prominent people who are subject matter experts. The speed is real time Spanish from Spain. All of Spanish language accents are represented with many guests from Latin America.


Title: Ser Historia

This is a talk-radio history program that explores many historical topics in the 55 minute program. To download any podcast right click the play icon and select download. These free podcasts are available from iTunes Store.


Title: Pretérito Imperfecto

This is a talk-radio history program produced for Cadena Ser radio. Podcasts are about 15 minutes and cover a variety of subjects. Free audios may be played via streaming audio on a computer or downloaded via the iTunes Store.


Title: Nomadas

Overview: This is a talk-radio travel program produced by Radio Nacional de España (RNE).

To listen to the podcast click on the title. Click the play button labeled “Reproducir”. To manually download, right click the link titled “Llévatelo en mp3” and select the download option. These free podcasts are available from the iTunes Store. Search with Nómadas.


Title: ¿Eres Tú, María?

Overview: This is a series of videos produced by Prentice Hall Publishers for the textbook Realidades. These videos are used for Spanish I classes to develop listening comprehension. The story line is used to connect the 10 videos.


Title: Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)

Overview: This is a free series of 21 interactive videos filmed in Spain to teach “survival Spanish”.

There is a story line and this is a great way for beginners to get started or people who are re-connecting with Spanish to see how much they remember. The website offers links to the videos, the entire transcript, lists of grammar notes and vocabulary lists sorted by episode. All text material can be printed for free if the person wants a copy to make notes.


Title: Madrileños por El Mundo

This is a regular series produced by TeleMadrid. The format is to interview people who live in other parts of the world who that were originally from Madrid. Double click on the title to play the video.


Title: Españoles en el Mundo

Overview: This is the same format that became popular in with other stations in Spain. There are interviews of Spaniards who live in different countries. This series is produced by Radio y Televisión Española or RTVE.


Title: Andaluces por el Mundo

Overview: Canal Sur Andalucía has used the same popular format of interviewing people from Andalucía who live in outside of Spain. If you were ever curious about the Andalucían accent this is the place to listen to it.

63 thoughts on “Destinos Telenovela Resources

  1. G

    Tom, you are a hero for taking the time to transcribe episodes and provide additional resources for the Destinos series. I’m on episode 22 and very much enjoying the cheesy 90’s telenovela. The course combines watching, reading, listening and writing in an entertaining way and I would recommend it anyone looking to learn Spanish. I tried a few courses before before finding Destinos and it’s the only one I’m happy to stick. Thanks again, I’m sure there are others finding this info very useful too.


  2. K. Law

    This resource is pure gold. Thank you for all your effort to provide this. I especially appreciate the Destinos workbook audio files, as I don’t have a CD player to use the workbook CDs. Well done!


    1. kesslertg Post author

      Thanks, K.L. I’m getting ready to add more resources for learning the Spanish subjunctive in case you are interested. T.


  3. Benbobbi

    Thank you so much for all the time you’ve put into this fantastic resource. I’ve been frustrated by my inability to follow the dialogue after episode 38 or so, so your work will be essential for my continuing with the series.


  4. Martine Goddard

    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for all the material you provided. I have the Destinos textbook, purchased used, but not the accompanying CDs. Do you have any suggestion where to find the audio for the “actividades” in the textbook? Thanks.


    1. kesslertg Post author

      Martine, ¡hola! ¿Qué tal?

      I have the 1992 first edition of the text as well. But I have been unable to locate the audio files for this version of the text. ¡Lo siento!

      But the audio files for the workbooks are available here on this site.



  5. deiness

    This is FANTASTIC!!! I just started Destinos and came across your resources…absolutely amazing and thank you so so so so so so much!!! Muchas gracias y lo aprecio


  6. Kylie

    Hi Tom,
    Thank you so much for the upload! I do have an issue, and i’m wondering if i’m not doing something correctly. Whenever i try to play the audio file, it does not work. Is this an issue for anyone else? Thanks


  7. Lizette

    do you have the isbn number for the workbook/study guide 1 and 2? I’m trying to see if buying it used costs less than printing it. These resources are wonderful!


    1. kesslertg Post author

      ISBN: 978-0-07-249711-3
      ISBN: 978-0-07-249712-2

      They sell for about $20 each. Audio files are not included, but you can get them from my DestinosTelenovela site. : )


      1. Rob

        Please advise where can I get the workbooks for $20.00? Barnes and Nobles is $97.00 for the first ISBN and cannot find the second ISBN in a search. Thank you kindly.


  8. The Striker

    This is webpage is goldmine..i am very glad i found this within first month of my Spanish learning journey…thanks man….


  9. david chen

    Thank you so much for your labor of love! The transcripts are so helpful in my Spanish learning through watching the Destinos. Gracias un millón!


  10. justinusrex

    You are the man! I’ve bought a used copy of the textbook, but prices for the workbooks and audio are exorbitant. They really price gouge textbooks these days. I’m the father of 5 children and we want to teach them Spanish but the budget is tight. Thanks again!


    1. kesslertg Post author

      Thanks for the kind comments. If you find anything missing let me know. Also, if you move on to Nuevo Destinos, the videos have been pulled from Annenberg, but I can give you access to the WP4 versions. Tom


  11. Layne Ainsworth


    ¡This is a real treasure trove! My one problem is that the Destinos videos in the .zip file play fine for the first few minutes, then go to super slow-motion. They also look like they are 2 hours and 45 minutes long in the Quicktime player on my Mac. (Mojave OSX 10.14.2)

    ¿Anyone else have this issue?


    Liked by 1 person

  12. Michael Jackson

    Tom, I have already completed the entire Destinos course once and I’m going to do it again with the help of your transcripts. YOU ARE A GODSEND!

    Thank you so much for everything you did to transcribe the episodes. And, BTW, the extra resources on this page are incredible.

    Again, THANK YOU!


  13. Priscilla L Galey

    Yes, this site has been a real blessing for me while I was away from my hard copy Destinos books for over a year. Now what I’m looking for, if anyone can help, is where might I find the videos that go with Puntos de Partida: An Introduction to Spanish? (Not the greatest Spanish text in the world, maybe, but I used it in a Spanish college course, and it has its good points.) It seems that at least some of the videos were on the 5th ed cd-rom. There is a cd set available with the all the videos for the 7th edition, (which cd I used to own, but can no longer locate). There may have been a place to download them on the internet, because I have a few saved in my computer. The videos are short and are the same in all editions 5-8, but I notice that for the 10th edition, there are some new videos available that simulate a telecast–these are not what I’m looking for. I did find transcripts for the videos online if those might help someone else.

    Priscilla G.


  14. Nicole Payette

    Thank you so much for this great resource, you have gone above and beyond and shows your love of the language and of people. I was trying to find the Faculty Guide for Destinos, hoping to find it here, but I don’t see it. Do you know where I could find it? I am a volunteer in a Spanish class (not a teacher/ but am learning Spanish) and using Destinos for our class and thought this tool might help me “teach” /lead this class. Thank you a million times! Nicole


  15. Joyce

    Thank you so much for all the useful resources. I crossed over this site when looking for Destinos related materials and this is heaven!


  16. Al

    Hi Tom, thanks for making the Destinos resources available. I’ve just finished watching the last episode and the series has definitely helped with my Spanish comprehension.
    I’d like to watch Nuevo Destinos next but, as you said above, the videos have been pulled from Annenberg and the CDs are no longer available. Could you let me know how I can get access to the MP4 videos please? Thanks. Al


  17. Ania

    Thanks a lot! Annenberg videos are no longer available in my location, but I’ve downloaded them, though without subs. Thanks to your transcripts, I’m able to check vocab – they’ve basically made the it possible for me to enjoy the videos fully. I’m at ep. 27 and I’m loving it. Greetings from Poland!


  18. Amy

    Thank you so much for putting these resources out there. Finding them as a complete set (textbook with cds/workbook/etc) is extremely difficult these days. I am trying to learn to teach my children. I needed this exact series to help me get a handle on the basic language. Thank you for putting all this out there. It must have been a tremendous undertaking. ❤


  19. Margaret Gillen

    Hi Tom, You mentioned above that you have answer keys and I’m trying to look for the answers to the ‘questions for each chapter’. Can you guide me as to where I can locate those?

    Mil gracias!
    Margo Gillen


    1. kesslertg Post author

      For the textbook chapters and questions, the answers are located at the end of each chapter. Just open the chapter and you will see the chapter and questions. Go to the end of the file for the answers.

      For the workbook activities, the answers are in the files that say (Answers) at the end of each file title.

      Hope this helps.



      1. kesslertg Post author

        Those are general discussion questions for teachers to use when discussing episodes with students. There are no answer keys to those questions. I obtained them from a teaching aides website.


  20. Margaret

    Fantastico! I’ve been doing Rosetta Stone for the last year and these are a great supplement to give me badly needed practice listening to Spanish. Thanks for all your work on this.


  21. Kim Wright

    How amasing is this that I just happened upon it after utilising so many different resources and now searching for a good series with basic-ish standard use of lingua de Española. There are a few but just seeing what’s out there and ones that are very suitable to follow and for semi-beginner Spanish.. I’ve been learning Spanish to help my son in year 9. I thought I’ve got to engage him otherwise he just won’t learn. I’ve been trying to find Destinos (which all the episodes are now on Youtube) and Nuevo Destinos which I now have and can now incorporate all into his studies as we learn together. His teacher thinks he can take his GCSE a year ahead as he finds Spanish easy-ish (down to me to be honest). With furlough and the kids being off school these resources really help their education. The Annenberg Learner Spanish section is such a waste just sitting in the archives probably when it could be helping these children. The 52 series advertised are such a tease as when you click on them none of them work and they look like they will play. Yet strangely enough some people it would appear are still able to play them in VOD!!! Anyway, the many gorgeous souls out there giving their time to help people learn various subjects is truly special and this site, Tom is one such person. Suffice to say “muchos gracias Tom por tu ayuda para aprender español”.


  22. kokonut2015

    This is amazing. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and generously making this available to those of us who cannot afford the Destinos materials. I’m so grateful. This is truly a game changer for me.


  23. James Bruce Ioppini

    Hi, U just acquired Destinos which I plan on learning, but what I need to know, I do have the CD’s as well as the workbook/study guide I. My question is there a separate textbook I will need in addition to what I already have?? Thanks, Bruce


    1. kesslertg Post author

      Bruce, hi. There is a text. It is available on my site or you can buy an old copy from a used online bookstore most likely. But it is just another resource. You should be fine with the videos, my transcripts, and the workbook. Tom



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