If you’ve come looking for podcasts to learn Spanish, then you’re in luck. With over 400 million native speakers in the world, there’s no shortage of podcasts available to help you study.
But it also means you have some choices to make: do you want to learn Latin American Spanish or Castilian Spanish? Are you more likely to travel to Spain or to Mexico?
Spanish is a phonetic language, which means that words are typically pronounced how they are spelled. Unlike English, there are no silent letters or unusual spellings to worry about. Once you understand the basics of pronunciation, you’re all set.
But there are still some regional variations, and you may have trouble understanding Spanish speakers in different parts of the world, such as Chile, where they tend to drop the letters “s” and “d,” or Argentina, where the double-L is pronounced “sh.”
Even if you can read Spanish fluently, it’s a good idea to listen to podcasts so you can develop an ear for different dialects and the rhythms of conversation. That way, you’ll be prepared to interact with native speakers no matter where in the world you end up.
In this article, we’ll look at some of the best podcasts to learn Spanish, including several basic podcasts for beginners and more in-depth podcasts for advanced learners. Most of these would be best used as a supplemental resource to a structured course, but some are complete courses in their own right.
Start with the simplest ones and work your way down the list. As your Spanish improves, you’ll learn new things about Spanish history and culture too. With a little effort, you’ll become an experienced hispanohablante in no time!
These podcasts are suitable for beginners who are just starting to learn Spanish. You don’t have to have taken any lessons to get started. These podcasts will introduce you to basic grammar and vocabulary, with a little guidance in English to keep you on track.
Coffee Break Spanish is one of a series of podcasts that also includes French, German, Italian, and Chinese. Since these podcasts start simple and get more advanced as they go along, it’s best to start at the beginning and work your way along. If you already have some experience with Spanish, skip to the intermediate lessons.
Hosted by Mark, these podcasts cover a variety of situations, such as traveling or going to a restaurant. The audio lessons are available for free wherever you listen to podcasts but you can purchase premium materials which include video lessons and bonus audio lessons.
Most lessons are around 15-20 minutes long, so they’re short enough to fit one or two into your daily routine, or you can listen to multiple episodes in a row. Review.
SpanishPod101 is a membership site that starts at $8 per month for a subscription. As a member, you’ll have access to thousands of lessons covering the basics, including transcripts, quizzes, lesson notes, flashcards and a whole lot more. Not everything is useful but a lot of it is.
The lessons typically last around 15 minutes each and revolve around a dialog spoken in Spanish. The hosts then go through the dialog, explaining important vocabulary, grammar, and cultural information.
Because there’s so much material and SpanishPod101 wasn’t designed to be a linear course, it can sometimes be unclear what you should do next. Though, the addition of learning paths helps with this somewhat. You’ll have the option to explore different dialects, including European and Latin American Spanish, and you can download the content to practice on the go.
Unlike some of the other podcasts on this list, it isn’t free, but there’s a ton of good content and the price is quite reasonable. Review.
Discover Spanish is a 36-episode podcast released by Language Treks. Although you can sign up for a paid language-learning program on the site, the podcast is available to listen to for free and you can also find it on Stitcher, iTunes, and other podcast apps.
The series wrapped up in 2011, so there won’t be any new content, but it’s still a great resource for beginners. Each episode is 15-20 minutes long and hosted by Jonny from Miami. He and his co-host keep the episodes fun and entertaining while exploring a variety of scenarios useful for new Spanish speakers.
Audiria is a free site hosting nearly 1,000 podcasts organized by category. Although the website is a little dated and hasn’t been updated since 2013, the amount of content on it is truly impressive. Choose from topics ranging from Art, Movies, History, and Culture.
This podcast is based out of Spain, so most of the content is related to Spanish culture and focused on Castilian Spanish. For example, some chapters contain excerpts from Don Quixote, a classic book from Spanish literature.
You can listen to the podcasts directly on the site, or you can purchase the app “Spanish Podcasts from Audiria” on the iTunes store.
Spanish Obsessed is a podcast hosted by Rob from London and Lis from Colombia. The episodes are categorized by difficulty level, so you can easily choose the right episodes for you. Some of them are available for free, but the more advanced courses require a membership, which includes additional transcriptions and study guides.
What’s great about Spanish Obsessed is that you can focus on the things you’re having trouble with. Want to improve your pronunciation? Choose the module on accents, which will teach you how to roll your r’s. Much of the content is delivered with a Colombian accent and focuses on Colombian culture.
They also host an English-language podcast called “Reaching for Words” on which they interview linguists and polyglots about language-learning techniques.
Lightspeed Spanish is a site based out of the U.K. that offers premium lessons as well as a free podcast. Topics range from basic greetings to intermediate lessons like how to order a drink at a Spanish bar. You can search the podcasts by difficulty level and play the ones you want to hear directly on the site or on iTunes.
The hosts are Gordon, who is from the U.K. and studied Spanish in Mexico, and his wife Cynthia, who is from Madrid. Some of the episodes also come with a video recording, which is helpful for those who like to read lips and see facial expressions.
Notes in Spanish is a podcast series with three learning levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – so it’s great no matter how far along you are in your lessons. You can listen to the episodes for free on the site, or purchase the “Inspired Beginners Super Pack” for downloadable transcripts and worksheets.
The intermediate lessons explore real-world topics in a conversational way, including vacationing in Spain and the debate over the Spanish national anthem. The episodes are hosted by Maria and Ben in Madrid and are also available on iTunes.
You may come across the Study Spanish podcasts if you’re searching for resources to study Spanish. However, I wouldn’t recommend them. For starters, only a few of the podcasts are available for free whereas the rest require a subscription to their site, or purchasing their course.
Unfortunately, their audio course is a near exact replica of the FSI Spanish course that you can find online for free. Likewise, their podcasts aren’t anything special and you’d be better off using some of the other options on this list. Review.
This is a site designed for students and teachers. You’ll have to pay to get access to the transcripts and learning exercises, but the audio is available to listen to for free. The episodes are structured as “natural conversations” in real-life Spanish.
With over 140 podcasts available to download, the amount of content on this site is (nearly) unlimited. These podcasts can teach you a lot about Spanish culture and there are also free PDF lesson transcripts included. If you like his style, you may be interested in some of the courses that are available for sale.
Hoy Hablamos is a daily podcast series that translates to “today we speak.” There are over 500 episodes available directly on the website or on iTunes and Spotify. Premium subscribers can access additional transcripts and exercises. Episodes cover everything from health care to business to politics. There’s also another podcast series on the site, Podcast Gramatica, that deals specifically with grammar.
No Hay Tos is a relatively new podcast produced by hosts Roberto and Hector to help listeners improve their Spanish. Listeners who want to support the project or get access to additional material can subscribe on Patreon. The show focuses on Mexican Spanish and addresses common mistakes, such as using the wrong verb tenses.
The Doorway to Mexico podcast is perfect for Spanish learners who plan to visit Mexico. Each episode includes a scenario that our hosts, the Baxter family, encounter on their trip from California to Mexico, such as learning Spanish curse words or getting pulled over by the police. Afterward, the hosts revisit the discussion, explaining some of the grammar and vocabulary you heard in the dialogue.
Although there’s quite a lot of English involved, these stories are entertaining and have lively music and sound effects, so you’ll feel fully immersed in the scene. You can listen to some of the episodes for free on the website and on Spotify, but there are also extended episodes and transcripts that are only available to subscribers.
Once you’ve learned some basics, it’s time to challenge your listening comprehension with podcasts that are almost entirely in Spanish. These podcasts are still intended for language learners, so they aren’t as fast or complex as podcasts made for native speakers. But they’ll definitely keep you on your toes as you get familiar with new accents and phrases.
I’m a huge fan of News in Slow Spanish. Their weekly current events show is narrated at a slower pace, making it easier for those studying Spanish to understand. But, there’s a lot more to them than that.
Each lesson also includes a grammar and expressions component which is done very well. Basically, they use the grammar point and expressions naturally throughout a conversation, or explanation of some interesting cultural information. Later on, you’re taught how they work. This makes it easier to internalize when and how they’re used.
There are interactive transcripts, quizzes, and pronunciation practice as well. It’s not free to use, but it’s definitely worth checking out. Lessons are available in either Spanish from Spain or Latin America.
Additionally, there’s a “Get Up to Speed” beginner course which is great for those who have learned some Spanish before but may have forgotten it. There’s also an advanced “Change of Pace” course that’s good for those that are nearly ready for native materials. Review.
Conversations isn’t a podcast but intermediate level learners looking to improve their listening comprehension may find it to be just what they’re looking for.
It’s created by Olly Richards of the popular website I Will Teach You a Language. Fitting with his philosophy of using stories as a means to learn a language, Conversations is a dialogue-based story split into 20 chapters. The Spanish spoken is conversational, including slang, and is written using simple enough language that learners can comprehend a great deal of it.
Additionally, there are transcripts available in English and Spanish. Unfortunately, it’s somewhat expensive, costing $97.
Españolistos is a long-running podcast hosted by Nate from Texas and Andrea from Colombia. The episodes typically deal with topics related to Latin American culture, such as a biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 30 minutes and an episode on El Chapo Guzman. There are also stories about Carnivale and the city of Medellin.
Since the hosts are a young couple who like to travel, you’ll be entertained by their adventures and their perspective on current events. You can listen to the episodes on Soundcloud or sign up on the website to download transcripts of each episode.
On the Duolingo Spanish Podcast you’ll find interesting stories in easy to understand Spanish. It’s available anywhere you listen to podcasts, and transcripts of the episodes are entirely free. Although there aren’t so many episodes yet, hopefully, they’ll continue to add more.
What sets this podcast apart is that the stories alternate between Spanish and English. You won’t be given a direct translation, but you’ll pick up the necessary information from context clues. Most of the episodes are first-person narratives told by Spanish speakers from all over the world, with host Martina Castro narrating in English.
Since the speakers come from a variety of places, your ability to follow along may vary, but you’ll be exposed to regional dialects, including speakers from Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and the U.S. You’ll also learn about major historical events and cultural topics, such as the Falklands War of 1982 and the 2018 World Cup.
Sobremesa is a podcast produced by Memrise, a popular language-learning app. It’s a bit newer and still doesn’t have that many episodes, with each one typically lasting around 20 minutes each. Sobremesa is similar to the Duolingo podcast in that it tells stories using both Spanish and English and is structured as a dialogue rather than a language lesson.
The host, Matilda, introduces herself and her guests in English and then speaks to them in Spanish on topics ranging from Spanish tapas to Chilean wine. She also defines a few vocabulary words related to the topic at the beginning of each episode.
You can also watch the Valentine’s Day special on YouTube, which includes subtitles to help you follow along.
This site has over 300 episodes of unique and interesting content that you can stream on the website for free or pay to download as a collection. The episodes are completely in Spanish, so don’t start your lessons here. But the vocabulary is basic enough that it’s suitable for relatively new learners, and the topics, which include “strange traditions in Spain” and “artificial intelligence,” are sure to hold your interest!
Espanol Automatico has over 130 podcast episodes available, including both video and audio content. Since most of the episodes and the text on the website is fully in Spanish, it will be helpful to understand some level of Spanish before diving in.
This educational website only has a dozen podcasts and they’re fully in Spanish. They’re structured as short dialogues complete with sound effects, so they’re fun and easy to listen to. They’re also available on Soundcloud in one convenient playlist. On their website, you can also find some resources for teaching Spanish.
If you’re all caught up on intermediate podcasts and want to challenge yourself even further, then these advanced podcasts will help you reach the next level. Most of them are intended for native speakers, so you’ll have to pay closer attention to keep up. But before long, you’ll be ready to follow along with any Spanish-language media.
Radio Ambulante is a podcast produced by NPR. It features in-depth stories from all over Latin America, with the same quality you’d expect from an NPR production like This American Life or All Things Considered. Each episode is around 30-45 minutes and includes stories and interviews with a variety of Spanish-language speakers.
Unlike the Duolingo Spanish Podcast, there isn’t an English narrator, but you can follow along with the Spanish transcript or read an English translation on the website. Topics include health care, immigration, current events, and other subjects, featuring a variety of regional Spanish dialects.
Nomadas is a travel show produced by the Radio Nacional de España, a public radio station in Spain. Intended for native Spanish speakers, the show features stories and interviews from destinations around the world.
Since most Spanish podcasts profile Spanish-speaking locations, this is a great way to get a change of pace and see the rest of the world from a Spanish perspective. Recent episodes take place in Ireland, France, and Israel.
The episodes aren’t for beginners, so wait until you have some experience listening to Spanish podcasts before giving this one a try. You can listen to the episodes directly on the RTVE website or podcasting platforms like Stitcher.
Fallo de Sistema is another podcast produced by RTVE, with a focus on science, tech, video games, and more. It’s perfect for people who want to learn scientific terminology in Spanish. Recent episodes include stories about computers that play chess, women in tech, how medicines are manufactured, and more. With over 300 episodes in the archives, there are plenty of topics to choose from for advanced listeners.
El Pais Semanal is the Sunday edition of one of Spain’s biggest newspapers. It typically features articles on arts and culture, including popular media such as ‘Juego de Tronos’ (Game of Thrones). You can listen to the audio versions of many of its stories directly on the site or on your favorite podcast streaming platform such as iTunes.
El Pais also has a political podcast called 616 Escaños, which explores issues related to Spain’s 2019 election. While these podcasts will be too advanced for new learners, they’re a great way to fully immerse yourself in Spanish arts and culture.
Tá Falado is an entirely different sort of podcast that’s ideal for language nerds. While it’s intended for students of Portuguese, it can be helpful for Spanish-learners too. Each episode contains a short dialogue that’s read in both Spanish and Portuguese. You’ll hear both languages in the same episode and see how they differ.
It’s produced at the University of Texas and features guests from several different regions in Latin America. Each episode includes a short dialogue that deals with a cultural topic related to South America, such as going grocery shopping or riding the bus. Each one has a transcript and notes so you can follow along with the script.
This podcast definitely isn’t for newbies, and hearing the two languages side-by-side can be confusing. But if you’re confident in your Spanish skills and want to understand the language more deeply, then this podcast will help you hone in on pronunciation.
HistoCast is a long-running podcast in Spanish that’s perfect for history enthusiasts. WIth 8 seasons and over 100 episodes in the archives, it will keep you busy learning about military history and geopolitics. These 3+ hour episodes aren’t intended for casual listeners, but if you can keep up with the dialogue, you’ll learn about everything from the American Revolution to WWII to modern military issues. Episodes are available to stream directly on the website or on podcasting apps.
Historias Perdidas, or “Lost Stories,” is a podcast about historical tales and mysteries, ranging from Rasputin to the location of Noah’s Ark. Hosted by Leon Krauze, these 10-12 minute episodes are just the right size to listen to on a lunch break.
Las Raras is similar to Radio Ambulante, but with a focus on Chile and its neighboring countries. With stories focused on freedom and activism, this is the perfect podcast for anyone who wants to learn more about the Chilean culture (and accent).
In this podcast, host Leon Krauze interviews Hispanic immigrants to California about their lives and experiences in the U.S. If your reason for learning Spanish is to work with immigrant communities, then this is a must-listen podcast that will help you get familiar with a variety of Latin American accents from everyday Spanish speakers.
These are just some of the podcasts available to help you learn and improve your Spanish skills. With podcasts available in Spanish-speaking countries all over the world, you won’t have any trouble finding material to listen to. But it can be hard to figure out which ones are right for your specific goals and skill level. That’s why we’ve put together this list to help you find quality podcasts at every stage of your journey.
Inevitably, I’m sure we missed some good podcasts and new ones will surely be started. So, let us know in the comments if there’s anything else that should be included on this list.
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