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[15 Resources + 9 Steps] How to Learn Spanish on YouTube

Are you ready to subscribe to learning Spanish?

Well, “like” and “follow” your way to a YouTube-fueled learning binge.

Yes, there are awesome YouTube channels to help you learn Spanish, and YouTube videos are particularly great for beginners.

But the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming.

When there are too many great options, decision paralysis takes over.

Don’t worry—we’ve got your back.

We’ll show you how to learn Spanish from YouTube and point you towards some great resources to get you started.

All you have to do is follow these tips and tricks to make your Spanish learning go viral!

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Why Learn Spanish on YouTube?

First of all, learning Spanish on YouTube is convenient. Since you can watch YouTube from any device with an internet connection, you can use it to learn Spanish anytime and anywhere. It’s easy to fit into even the busiest schedule.

There are also a wide array of videos for any level, learner and topic of interest. This makes it easy for anyone to learn exactly what he or she needs to learn. Beginners can dive in with travel Spanish or learn the foundations first. More advanced learners can focus on specific grammar rules. Just enter your interest into the search bar, and you’ll find plenty of videos!

Plus, learning Spanish on YouTube is free. You could pay thousands of dollars in course fees to access the information that’s available for free on YouTube. Now that’s a deal!

How to Learn Spanish on YouTube: A Must-have Resource Guide

Below we’ll look at some concrete steps you can take to learn Spanish using various specific resources available on YouTube, so you can start making progress immediately, even if you’re just starting out!

1. Use a learning channel

Learning channels offer videos that are specifically designed to help you learn Spanish. Learning channels are an ideal choice for any beginning Spanish student, since they generally offer a more structured approach to learning. However, more advanced students can also benefit from picking and choosing lessons on topics they’re struggling with.

Learning channel recommendations:

Learn Spanish offers a selection of different videos intended to help you learn Spanish. These mostly aim at helping you improve your grammar and vocabulary. Explanations are provided in English to make it easier for you to understand the rules. Many videos also use printed words to help you read along, and others feature an adorable and helpful two-year-old who might be the best Spanish tutor you’ll ever have!

CultureAlley is a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching various languages from scratch. Thankfully, Spanish is among the featured languages. The lessons are numbered, so it’s easy to follow them in order. Explanations are in English, so this is a great way for beginning Spanish students to learn the basics of the language.

FluentU’s Spanish YouTube channel focuses on providing lessons on basic grammar rules, verb conjugations and vocabulary. The videos are brief and offer Spanish-language audio that’s slow and clear. With dozens of videos available, there’s plenty of learning material to launch your Spanish education!

The best thing about starting out with this Spanish YouTube channel is that if you enjoy the content, you can move right on to using FluentU authentic videos (see below)—like movie trailers, music videos, news and inspiring talks—on the website or app. In fact, FluentU provides tools that work with many of the tips on this list (including bilingual subtitles and other neat learning features) and that will take you from beginner knowledge all the way through native-level learning!

Spanish Lessons Paco offers animated lessons that are designed to be both entertaining and educational. Since the lessons are numbered, it’s easy to start learning Spanish with no prior knowledge. Lessons seamlessly mix written Spanish, spoken Spanish and written and spoken English, so it will be easy for early beginners to follow along.

Fastbreak Spanish offers over 20 learning videos. Most of these videos focus on helping you develop conversational skills through grammar lessons and drills. Additionally, English-language descriptions of basic rules will make it easy for beginning students to learn basic Spanish skills here.

2. Use a channel that provides authentic content

As mentioned, there are also a number of YouTube channels that provide authentic content. This content is intended for native Spanish speakers, but it’s great for all levels of learners, too. For beginning students, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the sound of Spanish. However, as you advance in your education, it’s also a good way to test out your skills and prepare yourself for conversations with native Spanish speakers.

Authentic content recommendations:

This YouTube channel offers Spanish-language news clips on events happening around the world. Not only is watching this channel a great way to pick up general Spanish vocabulary, it’s also a helpful way to stay abreast of what’s happening in the world today.

VICE’s Spanish-language channel offers news stories as well as segments on music, food and culture. The balance of different topics makes it easy to select videos based on your interests. While some of the material may be advanced for beginning Spanish students, if you select a topic that interests you, you can increase your exposure to the language and follow what’s going on based on the visual cues.

Trailers In Spanish offers Spanish-language trailers for popular movies. This is a helpful way for beginning Spanish students to expose themselves to authentic Spanish. Since you’ll probably have seen many of these trailers in English, you’ll be able to follow them in Spanish even if you don’t recognize all the words. Doing this will help you transition into more advanced listening activities.

Translating as “United Nations Video,” this channel offers Spanish-language videos covering major issues throughout the world. Once again, these videos are intended for native Spanish speakers, so the Spanish is authentic.

3. Use a channel that provides subtitles

Different types of subtitled videos, like subtitled dubs of your favorite cartoons, can help you practice your Spanish. Videos subtitled in Spanish, English or both can be particularly helpful for beginning students since you can refer to the subtitles if you can’t understand a word.

Subtitled content recommendations: 

SpanishSessions is a learning channel with the added bonus of Spanish subtitles. The videos explain basic Spanish grammar rules entirely in Spanish, while the subtitles also provide the written Spanish words. This is a great way to immerse yourself in Spanish without overwhelming yourself.

Telemundo is an authentic Spanish resource. The videos it provides are from TV shows aired on the Telemundo network. However, many of the videos also offer English subtitles. This way, beginning students can watch Spanish-language show clips with the added support of having the English words at the tips of their fingers.

4. Use channels that come from different regions to master regional variations

Spanish varies between regions. YouTube channels can help you master these regional variations, which is important if you want to travel to a Spanish-speaking country.

Region-specific recommendations:

Professor Jason’s video explains the differences in regional Spanish, so this is a great video to introduce beginners to these differences.

ElrubiusOMG is a Spanish YouTuber known for his vlogs and videos on video games. If you want to learn Castilian Spanish, elrubiusOMG is a good option. While beginners are unlikely to understand the videos, Spanish subtitling is also available for additional support. Regardless of whether you understand all the words, though, even beginning students will notice some differences in pronunciation between Castilian and Latin American Spanish.

Please note, however, that elrubiusOMG uses adult language, so if this offends you, you might want to avoid this channel.

Yuya is Mexican beauty blogger. If you’re looking to understand Mexican Spanish, Yuya’s videos are a good choice. While her rate of speech is fairly fast, she also speaks quite clearly. Plus, many of her videos are tutorials, so you can follow what she’s doing even if you don’t understand every word. Her tips might even make you change up your beauty routine!

Want to use YouTube to practice a different regional variety of Spanish? Check out VidStatsx for lists of the most popular YouTube channels by country. There’s a nice selection of countries available, so this is a great way to find your next favorite YouTube channel!

5. Try different channels to see what you like best

While looking through the above channels, keep in mind that there’s something out there for everyone, but not everything works for every learner. Trying different channels to see what you like best will ensure you find your perfect match. When you truly enjoy watching a channel, it will make it much easier to watch that channel often, and this will increase your learning.

6. Mix and match channels to help you understand Spanish in different contexts

Particularly when you’re just starting to learn Spanish, it can be difficult to understand it outside of the one context you’re familiar with. Using a variety of YouTube channels will help you practice Spanish in a variety of contexts, which will make your skills more adaptable and flexible for any situation you might encounter.

7. Watch often

Watching your favorite Spanish-language YouTube channels often will increase your learning exponentially. It’s ideal to watch everyday. This way, you build from your previous day’s learning without forgetting too much information between sessions. Even if it’s just for a few minutes each day, watching YouTube videos often will help you keep your skills up.

8. Engage with other Spanish speakers in the comments section

For beginning students, the comments sections of learning videos are a great place to ask content-specific questions. If you’re learning Spanish independently, this additional support from other learners can be just what you need to drive you towards greater fluency. For more advanced learners, comments sections can be a great place to practice reading and writing in Spanish.

9. Post your own Spanish videos

Finally, posting your own Spanish videos on YouTube is a great learning method for any level of language learner. When you’ve learned new information, teaching that information to someone else can actually help cement your learning. Because of this, beginning learners might want to post videos explaining grammar rules as they learn them (just fess up that you aren’t fluent to be polite).

Posting Spanish learning videos can also help you connect with other learners. More advanced Spanish students might try posting learning videos or full-on vlogs, which will provide excellent speaking practice.

 

With these tips and tricks, you can stream your way to Spanish learning success!

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