8 Podcasts In Spanish Guaranteed Improve Your Listening Skills

Podcasts in SpanishToday’s post is all about how you can use podcasts in Spanish to improve your listening skills.

We’ll cover:

  • How Podcasts Can Help You Improve Your Spanish
  • 7 Great Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

I hope you enjoy the post!

Work. Study. Gym. Kids. Socialising.

These days it can sometimes seem like we don’t have any free time to ourselves, let alone enough time to learn a foreign language.

It’s hard to find the time to be able to sit down and study Spanish. And when you do, sometimes you just need a change from vocabulary lists and grammar rules.

The solution: podcasts.

Podcasts are amazingly useful for learning languages. You can listen to a podcast while you’re on the train to work, on the treadmill in the gym, or doing the dishes. It’s a great way improve your language in just a few minutes every day.

Even if you’ve got a very busy schedule, podcasts allow you to take advantage of what would otherwise be ‘dead time’ in your day to learn something new.

And if you’re learning Spanish you’re in luck. There are loads of excellent podcasts available to you, most of which are free.

How Can Listening To Podcasts Improve My Spanish?

Listening to podcasts is a convenient way to immerse yourself in Spanish. Learning a language is all about exposure but if you’re not fortunate enough to be living in a Spanish-speaking country or a house full of Spaniards, podcasts are the next best thing.

Podcasts vary in length from a few minutes to an hour and they cover every topic imaginable. If you enjoy current affairs, there are podcasts about the news; if you like sports, you can find sports podcasts to listen to; and if you’d rather brush up on your grammar you can always listen to Spanish audio lessons.

Whatever you’re interested in, there’s probably a podcast about that topic that you can listen to in Spanish.

Why You Should Listen to Podcasts in Spanish

Okay, so aside from maintaining your interest and motivation there are other more tangible benefits too. Let’s consider a few of them.

Podcasts Are Suitable For All Levels

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No matter whether you’re a Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced Spanish learner you will be able to find a podcast which is suitable for your level.

As Beginner, you have lots of great podcasts available to you which have been created for learners and use slowed down Spanish and simple sentences. This is exactly what you need to get started listening to the language.

Once you reach the intermediate level, your options begin to expand. You’ll be able to take on more challenging podcasts with faster speech and a wider range of topics.

Finally, as an advanced learner, you’ll be able to really take advantage of podcasts and maintain your Spanish by listening to interesting native level materials on the go.

Podcasts Will Challenge You

The most important thing is to expose yourself to language which you will understand but which will challenge you.

You will hear vocabulary and grammar in context, so you will be learning how to use the language you already know accurately, while also coming across new language.

Most podcasts incorporate authentic language and speakers who speak at a natural speed. Your listening will naturally improve the more you listen as you become comfortable understanding natural speech.

Podcasts Are Convenient

One of the main advantages of podcasts is that they’re convenient. You can listen whenever you want, wherever you want, and learn some Spanish while doing so.

Podcasts allow you to spend more time with the language because you can listen on the go, in the gym or wherever you may be. All this exposure to the language starts to add up quickly!

Now you know why podcasts are such a useful learning tool, let’s look at some of the best podcasts in Spanish for learners.

7 Spanish Podcasts Worth Listening To

#1 Coffee Break Spanishcoffee break

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Coffee Break Spanish covers everything you need to learn Spanish, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a more experienced learner trying to build your confidence to speak and understand Spanish. The beginner lessons are presented by teacher Mark working with Kara, a student who’s learning Spanish – just like you. In the intermediate level episodes, Mark is joined by a native Spanish to dig deeper into the nuts and bolts of the Spanish language. Each episode is just the right length to fit into your coffee break, which is ideal for building a habit of practising your Spanish regularly.

#2 Notes In Spanish

Level: All Levels (Beginner to Advanced)

Notes in Spanish

Notes in Spanish has podcasts for three levels: Inspired Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

The hosts, Ben and Marina, will help you learn real Spanish that you won’t find in a textbook through listening to authentic natural conversations and interviews. This podcast is extremely popular with learners and it’s easy to see why once you’ve listened to a few episodes.

#3 Radio Ambulante

radio ambulante

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Radio Ambulante is a long-form radio show in the style of stories from This American Life (but in Spanish). The stories cover a wide range of interesting topics and new episodes are released regularly. What’s more, full transcripts are available for ALL shows.

The language used may be challenging but through repeated listening, with the transcripts, you’ll soon get the gist.

#4 News In Slow Spanish

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

News in Slow Spanish

If you’re interested in the news and current affairs but are freaked out by the native-level speed of most news shows, News in Slow Spanish is a good alternative.

News in Slow Spanish gives you news bulletins read at a much more intelligible speed for learners of Spanish. You can choose from a Spanish or a Latin American stream to suit whichever dialect of Spanish you are focusing on.

Basic access is free, however, if you want to use the premium features you do need to pay a subscription fee. Paid subscribers have access to episode transcripts and bonus grammar lessons that are not included in the free version.

#5 Spanish Obsessed

Level: All Levels (Beginner to Advanced)

Spanish Obsessed offers you full notes and transcripts for over 50 Spanish audio lessons. You can listen to podcasts for Absolute Beginners (Spanish from Scratch) all the way through to Advanced Spanish.

There is also a blog where you will find tips and tricks for learning Spanish. If you decide to pay for membership there are options to download all the podcasts and enjoy additional vocabulary and pronunciation courses.

#6 SpanishPod101

Level: All Levels (Beginner to Advanced)

SpanishPod101 Review

SpanishPod101 offers free Spanish audio lessons every week ranging from the Beginner to Advanced levels.

The weekly lessons are available free for a certain amount of time before they are archived in the library, which can only be accessed by subscription.

Paying members get access to a much larger library of podcast episodes as well as other materials to accompany with the podcasts.

Each podcast features a dialogue in Spanish, followed by a discussion in English of the main grammar points and new vocabulary.

Whether you use the free or paid version, these podcasts are great for listening to interesting conversations from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world.

#7 Audiria

Level: All Levels (Beginner to Advanced)

Don’t judge a Spanish audio lesson by its website! Audiria may not look like much but it has so much to offer, with a new podcast every single day.

Each podcast is classified by difficulty so you can be sure the level is right for you. The episodes also accompanied by related exercises and activities to check your comprehension. Best of all, these podcasts really are completely free!

#8 Fluent Spanish Academy

Level: Intermediate

Fluent Spanish Academy

Ok, so this last one is not exactly a podcast. But it does provide Spanish audio lessons you can take on the go, just like the podcasts on this list.

Aimed at Spanish learners who are Intermediate and above, the Fluent Spanish Academy offers weekly Spanish audio lessons with authentic, real conversation.

The Academy is designed to guide you through exactly what you need to do to break through the “intermediate plateau” and become fluent in Spanish…whatever your age or background.

As well as the weekly audio lessons, you’ll get hands-on coaching to show you how to study the right way, and a community of like-minded Spanish learners to motivate you to do what it takes to succeed.

If you’re interested, you can access some free samples of the Fluent Spanish Academy (including one of the weekly audio lessons) here.

So, there you go! Now you have no excuse not to brush up on your Spanish when you have a spare moment.

Take your pick from any of these excellent Spanish audio resources and make your commute to work that much more interesting.

Wait, What’s That?

You’ve already incorporated podcasts into your language learning schedule and are looking for something different?

Reading is another effective way of exposing yourself to authentic language. And it’s also a nice change from grammar lessons and flashcards. Just like listening to podcasts, reading can be a fun and enjoyable change from your usual study materials.

If you’re not sure where to start looking for a Spanish book, you can read about some of my favourite Spanish books for beginners here.

Or if you want to dive straight into something more advanced, why not try Spanish Short Stories for Intermediate Learners. I think you’ll find this collection of short stories both interesting and very helpful if you’re an intermediate Spanish learner.

What are your favourite podcasts in Spanish? How do you think listening to podcasts can help you improve? Let me know in the comments!

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Olly's Top Resources For Learning:
  • News in slow Spanish and Spanish obssesed are two of my favorites, highly recommended, awesome list Olly!

  • Triumph104

    More websites with Spanish audio and transcripts:
    Practica Espanol
    Veinte Mundos
    Global Language Online Support Systems

  • Mai Piccola

    Mi podcast favorito es Espanol Automatico. Me encanta como Karo enseña. So many of the Spanish learning podcasts I have tried have either been too introductory (with lots of English), or too advanced for me. This one is just right. She speaks really super clearly and slow enough for me to understand, but I never feel talked down to. Also, her philosophy on language learning with respect to selecting resources, how to use them and how to manage your time are very helpful. This is my favorite Spanish podcast!