Lupa was designed with the intermediate or advanced learner in mind, say, someone with a year or more of serious study.
We don't offer structured lessons that teach basic vocabulary and grammar. Rather, we focus on training your ear to understand real-world Spanish, spoken at native speed in a variety of accents, and broadening your colloquial vocabulary as you hear words and phrases in non-contrived contexts.
If you are an "advanced beginner," there are ways of using Lupa. Try this:
Keep the speed at 0.7x
Show all the Spanish transcript (keep the "abc" button on)
For the first listen, read along the English translation so you get a good feel for the story
Listen at least three times to each chapter — for the final listen, increase the speed a little and use the partial redaction (with only some words showing in the transcript)
The key is not to get hung up on trying to understand every word. You'll understand the story from the translation, and you'll pick up a lot of useful common vocabulary and expressions on the way — but you want to keep some momentum.
It's not for everyone, but many language learners embrace authentic content early on so they can develop a natural ear. Or maybe you are fluent in a close language, like Portuguese or Italian. There's no harm trying Lupa with the free stories provided: you may be surprised at what you can handle, and how much fun it is learning with true stories told by real people.
If you are not there yet, there are many excellent beginner-level products (like "News in Slow Spanish") and free podcasts available. We'll be here when you're ready!