YouTube is an amazing platform for improving your Spanish. Whether you’re an absolute beginner, somewhere in the middle, or nearly fluent, there are a number of useful Youtube channels worth checking out.
We organized this huge list into four categories, though there can be a bit of overlap for some of the channels. These categories are…
- For Kids
- For Beginners
- For Intermediates
- For Advanced
Let’s get into it…
As Spanish becomes more widely spoken in the U.S., many parents are trying to raise their children to be bilingual from a young age. If you’re learning Spanish as a family and want to share some lessons with your kids, these videos are great for beginners of all ages. Many of them have cartoons and songs to help you learn new vocabulary.
Spanish Playground is a great resource for learning Spanish as a family. Many of the episodes are intended for kids and cover topics such as the names of colors in Spanish and brushing your teeth. But there are more advanced episodes too, including a scripted series called “Buena Gente,” which follows a couple living in Mexico that’s more suited to elementary and high school students.
Some of the music that appears in Spanish Playground is from the Rockalingua series. This channel uses songs to teach basic Spanish words and phrases. It will be too simple for adult learners, but it’s great for parents and Spanish teachers looking for a YouTube channel that’s entertaining and suitable for kids.
Semillitas TV is aimed at native speakers, so it may be too advanced for some kids, but is a good option for families who are learning by immersion. It features characters your kids already know, such as Bob the Builder and Dr. Seuss characters.
Leoncito Alado is another musical YouTube channel that takes familiar lullabies and reworks them in Spanish. Some are direct translations, such as “Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star,” and most of them have cartoons to go along with them. Watch this channel before bedtime and soon your kids will be singing their favorite songs in a new language.
This YouTube channel is great for intermediate students of all ages. While it’s intended for native Spanish speakers, both kids and adults will enjoy the fun cartoons that answer philosophical questions, including “Who invented the calendar?” and “What’s the world’s biggest number.” These 5-6 minute videos mostly feature Mexican Spanish.
These YouTube channels are intended for beginners, but may also be suitable for some intermediate learners. You can start here before you’ve ever opened a textbook, or you can use them to supplement podcasts or an online course. If the introductory episodes are too easy, skip along until you find one that’s at the right level for you.
Butterfly Spanish is a great starting point for learning basic phrases, as well as practicing Spanish numbers and the alphabet. Ana, the host, teaches most of her lessons in front of a whiteboard, so you can follow along with the words and visualize the phrases as she speaks them. Since she’s trained in linguistics, she knows Spanish grammar inside and out and will show you the differences between Latin American and European dialects.
Ana’s channel is especially useful if you plan to travel to a Spanish-speaking country. Many of her episodes focus on specific phrases you’ll need to know to go to the bank, order coffee, or have everyday conversations in Spanish. You’ll even learn how to talk about love and relationships in case you happen to meet someone special overseas.
Señor Jordan is a bit of a comedian, so if you want to learn Spanish from a fun and silly instructor, then this YouTube channel is for you. Some of his videos feature songs to help you memorize grammar, while others feature stories and dialogue. Either way, his videos are short, entertaining, and suitable for a variety of learning levels.
Señor Jordan isn’t a native speaker, though, so keep that in mind if you prefer to focus on lessons from a particular part of the Spanish-speaking world.
Culture Alley offers lessons in several different languages, including Spanish. Their videos are straight-to-the-point, so they don’t have as much flair as some of the other channels, and there’s no on-screen instructor. But if you prefer your lessons without distractions, then working through their videos in order is a good place to start.
This channel is another series by a non-native speaker that hopes to prevent you from making the same mistakes its host, Jordan, made. He claims to have gotten an “F” in his high school Spanish class and only fell in love with the language after studying abroad and traveling in Latin America. His lessons are practical and attempt to teach Spanish the way he would have liked it to be taught.
If you want a host who’s really enthusiastic about the language, then this channel may be for you. The fact that he’s a native English speaker means he knows how you think about language, and he can help you wrap your head around things that speakers of romance languages may take for granted – like how to tell a word’s gender. Jordan’s website also includes a “Travel Spanish Crash Course” and a podcast, so you can easily access more material if you like his teaching style.
Looking for old-school language learning videos? Then this channel by Video Ele may be for you. These straightforward video lessons are the kind you’d find in a high school Spanish class, covering levels A1, A2, B1, and B2. There are videos that take place at the market, at home, at the fair, and other places where you can learn new words. There are subtitles on the videos, along with transcripts and additional materials on the Video Ele website. The host, Augustin Ireula, speaks clearly and is easy to follow.
SpanishPod101 is a resource with thousands of audio and video lessons. Although you have to subscribe (starting at $8 per month) to get access to all of the content on the website, there are dozens of videos available for free on the YouTube channel. Topics range from “Creative Ways to Introduce Yourself in Spanish” to “What is Mexican Humor?” so learners of all levels can find something useful here.
Most of the videos are short, ranging from just a few minutes to around 30, but there’s also a 24/7 channel you can tune into any time you like for a range of topics covered by several different hosts. The videos typically have subtitles in both English and Spanish, and there are even some quizzes and interactive portions.
This is a great channel for beginners, but don’t get overwhelmed by all the videos! Start with a playlist that interests you, such as “Learn Basic Mexican Spanish.” You can also read our full review of SpanishPod101.
The Spanish Blog is hosted by native Spanish speaker Laura and it’s like having your own personal Skype instructor. The videos are very simple, and typically feature words on a screen or Laura talking straight into the camera. She speaks in both Spanish and English, and encourages you to participate by translating basic phrases. Laura even covers a few fun topics like swear words and insults in Spanish!
Want to learn Spanish while living on the beach in Mexico? Paul’s YouTube channel may be the next best thing. This native English speaker covers a range of introductory topics, including some you might need to know on vacation in Mexico, such as saying that you ran out of gas. Unfortunately, you won’t get to see much of Paul’s beachside lifestyle: most of the videos are just text-based on a plain background. Pair them with videos from some of the other channels to build up a well-rounded vocabulary.
Practiquemos is a channel featuring host Catalina Moreno E., a native Spanish speaker from Spain. She sometimes brings fun characters into her video to introduce topics, such as how to use the “tilde,” an accent mark used in Spanish. This channel is great for new and intermediate students, and you can download additional material, including ebooks and grammar exercises, at the Practiquemos website.
This channel looks like it’s been recorded from an old VHS tape, but don’t let its looks deceive you. It offers a comprehensive introduction to the language and is especially useful for practicing material for a Spanish test. If you subscribe to the website, you’ll also get access to listening exercises and vocabulary sheets. The lessons focus on practical uses of the language rather than abstract discussions about grammar.
Spanish Dict is a comprehensive dictionary that’s available online or as a smartphone app. It’s really handy for looking up verb conjugations on the go. They also have a video series on YouTube that covers a range of topics, including the months of the year and how to use diminutives. Start with the “Greetings and Introductions” video if you’re a beginner, and work your way up to the intermediate and advanced playlists.
Don’t forget to check out SpanishDict.com too, which has vocabulary lists, quizzes, a word of the day, and more material to supplement the videos.
Learn Spanish Step by Step is another good channel to start with. The “Learn Spanish in 5 Days” video will give you a whirlwind tour of grammar and vocabulary, which you can then refine with more intermediate lessons. There’s not a lot of variety to these lessons – they’re essentially animated textbooks – but you’ll learn things like the names of animals, how to talk about the weather, and phrases you can use in the classroom.
Happy Hour Spanish is another course teaching “survival Spanish” useful on a trip to Spain or Latin America. Many of the videos are shot on-location, such as at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona or the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Use these videos to practice your comprehension skills since they are fully in Spanish with subtitles.
These YouTube channels are great for intermediate learners. While many of them still have introductory material, they’re best for students who are a little further along in their studies, either because the lessons are completely in Spanish, or because they dive a little more deeply into grammar and sentence construction.
Spanish Sessions is a great channel for learning European Spanish. While the lessons are suitable for beginner to intermediate students, they’re delivered entirely in Spanish, so you’ll want to have some understanding of the language first. Fortunately, they have subtitles on all of the videos, so it’s easy to follow along.
Many of the videos feature dialogues in real-world settings, so you’ll get to learn a bit about Spanish culture and even see a few sites along the way. For example, the lesson on the verbs SER, TENER, and HABER is recorded in Retiro Park in Madrid. You’ll also learn the “vosotros” verb conjugations, which aren’t used in Latin American Spanish.
Professor Jason is a language instructor who teaches both Spanish and Portuguese, with a simple, easy-to-understand style. While he has some beginner-level material, his videos are best for learning intermediate grammar, such as when to use the subjunctive tense. Many of the videos show him writing words and phrases in real time, helping you visualize how sentences are constructed.
The videos are long, so are best for focused learning rather than casual study. But since so many other YouTube channels focus on conversational Spanish, it’s great to have a go-to option to practice your reading and writing skills.
This channel is entirely in Spanish, so it’s great for intermediate learners who want to improve their comprehension skills. There are subtitles in Spanish to help you follow along, and you can sign up for premium content on the instructor’s website. The host lives in Spain and will introduce you to some local customs along the way. Learn all about the different regions of Spain while practicing your European Spanish.
Easy Spanish is a fun YouTube channel produced in Mexico City that mostly consists of “man-on-the-street” interviews. This is a great way to get familiar with Mexican Spanish as it’s actually spoken, including colloquial expressions and slang. There are English and Spanish subtitles to help you follow along.
Juan is a fun and engaging host who talks to real people about their opinions, such as what Mexicans think about the movie Roma. There’s also an advanced series called “Juan Responde” in which Juan answers questions on topics ranging from crime in Mexico city to LGBT rights in Mexico. These videos aren’t subtitled because they’re intended for you to practice your listening comprehension skills.
The Web Spanish channel is part of the Web Spanish online school, which offers private Spanish lessons via Skype. But you don’t have to sign up to benefit from their YouTube videos, which cover a range of intermediate topics, including a whole playlist devoted to jokes in Spanish! There are also lessons on manners and etiquette, law enforcement, medical terminology, and other topics for intermediate learners.
Most of the videos consist of skits in which the hosts get into character and enact a short dialogue with subtitles. You can also watch a playlist recorded in Lima if you want to get familiar with Peruvian accents and expressions.
This video series offers a range of lessons and listening comprehension exercises from level A1-B2. Choose a topic to focus on and practice your vocabulary. You’ll learn how to introduce your family in Spanish with their handy visual illustrations to guide you.
The Learning Like Crazy channel covers a few different languages, and the Spanish playlist will introduce you to some topics you may not have encountered elsewhere, such as business Spanish, religion, art, and more. The playlist isn’t in any particular order, so just pick and choose the videos that interest you.
Maria is an instructor who teaches primarily in Spanish, with lessons for intermediate and advanced learners. She’ll teach you about difficult verbs and vocabulary differences between European and Latin American Spanish. She also posts videos of some of her online classes, so you can see her interacting with other students and answering their questions, making it easy to “sit in” on a class and follow along with the material.
This YouTube channel is great for intermediate Spanish speakers who want to improve their grammar. Hosted by a puppet called Professor Rabuffi, you’ll learn to distinguish between the preterite and the imperfect, along with other common challenges that trip new students up. There are also videos that use “memes” and other fun scenarios to help you expand your vocabulary.
Lirica is a YouTube channel and app that teaches Spanish using popular songs. There aren’t any formal lessons, but it’s a great way to get familiar with more vocabulary and usage. The videos include both Spanish and English subtitles, so you can sing along with the songs in Spanish while following along with their meanings in English.
There are songs by Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and other Spanish-language artists. You can also download the Lirica app, which has quizzes to help you practice the words you heard in the songs. This is definitely a unique way to learn a new language!
These YouTube channels are best for more advanced learners. If you’ve had your fill of Spanish lessons and want to focus on immersion, then these videos will help you train your ear to understand the language at a natural speaking pace. These channels are mostly by mainstream YouTubers and vloggers intended for native speakers, so if you’re having trouble following along, turn on the subtitles to help you out.
Daniela Bos is a popular YouTuber who makes videos about her life in Mexico and her travels abroad, including a recent trip to Japan. Her videos are aimed at millennials, with lots of fun graphics and pop culture references. Whether she’s talking about the Netflix show Stranger Things or debating “Machismo vs. Feminismo,” she’ll make you laugh while introducing you to new phrases and Mexican slang.
La Ruta de la Garnarcha is the perfect YouTube channel for food enthusiasts! You’ll learn about street food in Mexico from a “standupero,” or stand-up comic, who shows you how to find the best flavors in Mexico. Lalo Villar is an expert on garnarcha, or street food, and his videos include fun outings, like his attempt to eat the world’s spiciest hamburger. He even throws in a few recipes you can prepare at home!
This YouTube channel, which translates to “traveling our own way,” features husband and wife Jose and Sandra on the road in their VW beetle. They travel all over Spain and other parts of the world, with a focus on regional dishes and conversations with local residents. The videos are in Spanish with English subtitles, so this is a way to expose yourself to a variety of Spanish dialects while learning about food and culture.
The goal of this channel is to promote the “proper” use of Spanish in the media. This won’t be much use if you want to learn Spanish slang, but it’s great for academics or language nerds who want to learn formal usage for an article or presentation.
This channel is hosted by a Chilean YouTube star named German who has almost 40 million subscribers! He’s a comedian and musician who makes videos about a range of topics, including sports, the movies, zombies, and more. Some of them are skits and in others, he talks directly to the camera. These definitely aren’t intended as educational videos, but they’re great for people who want to learn the Chilean dialect.
Luisito is another famous YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers. Although he’s from Mexico, he travels all over the world with his camera, so you’ll be exposed to a variety of Spanish dialects. His videos are funny and explore current events and pop culture, but occasionally he addresses some serious issues, such as the crisis in Venezuela, or getting stopped at the border on a trip to Bangladesh.
This show produced by Telemadrid is a travel show that interviews people from Madrid living in other parts of the world. You’ll meet Spaniards who live in Australia, Malaysia, Qatar, and more. Watch this show to improve your listening comprehension, and if the madrileño accents are too fast for you, turn on the subtitles.
Senderos is a fun series for practicing your Mexican Spanish that will also teach you about indigenous culture and ecotourism spots. Produced by Canal 22, this series will take you to some of Mexico’s best tourist spots in the Yucatan. It follows 5 backpackers, or mochileros, as they interact with locals and have fun outdoor adventures. There are no translations, but most of the conversations are easy to follow with subtitles.
VICE is known for hard-hitting news reports on interesting topics. That same attitude comes through in their Spanish-language programming, which covers art, sports, crime, music, news, and more. Use this playlist to learn Spanish slang, along with some foods that you may (or may not) want to try — such as the tarantula taco that appears in their Todos Los Tacos series. Videos are primarily in Spanish, with subtitles.
Spanish is fast becoming a universal language, with more native speakers than English. Fortunately, for those learning Spanish, this means there are lots of resources available to study the language. Besides Youtube channels, there are tons of awesome apps and courses available as well.