Podcasts in Spanish
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Podcasts In Spanish may have a bit of an outdated look, but they have a good amount of content to support intermediate to advanced learners. Each level has about ninety 3-minute episodes with accompanying downloadable mp3s, transcripts, worksheets and answers, and various vocabulary activities. The creators are especially good at identifying vocabulary that may confuse second-language learners without context (did you know that the tooth fairy in Spanish is called “Ratoncito Pérez”?), and they discuss a variety of topics relevant to everyday life. The narrators speak at the same natural speed from levels 1 to level 3, so it seems more suitable for intermediate and advanced learners despite the differentiation between elementary, intermediate, and advanced podcasts. If you are an upper-beginner looking to challenge yourself, you can try out the free samples to see if they are appropriate. Overall, Podcasts In Spanish has a lot to offer, especially with the additional worksheets, but other programs may offer a smoother transition between levels. Spanish Obsessed and Notes in Spanish both offer additional materials with three distinct levels of podcasts to improve your listening comprehension, while Unlimited Spanish is an excellent resource that will improve your oral communication. SpanishPod101 is also full of activities and podcasts that focus on vocabulary, grammar, and cultural information. For free supplementary grammar material, you can always check out SpanishDict.