It’s time to up your Spanish game.
I mean you’re good, but are you really good?
If you’re really good—what’s stopping you from reaching fluency?
Let’s have a look, shall we?
You’ve blasted through the easy stuff.
You’ve got a vocabulary to proud of—and your Spanish flashcards are arranged like a decades-long collection of priceless baseball cards.
You’ve got your pronunciation down, and you understand enough that “¿qué?” is no longer the most common word in your Spanish conversations.
You’re got idioms, tenses, complex structures and a bit of humor under your belt.
Now you need something tougher. You need something that challenges and stretches your Spanish abilities out to their limits. You need something that fits into your hectic schedule and which is still intensive enough to push you to achieve Spanish fluency.
Immersion Is Key to Speaking Spanish Like a Native
You can learn something as complicated and nuanced as a language just by listening.
That’s because you can become very familiar with how the language is spoken this way.
If you listen to Spanish enough, then you’ll start thinking in Spanish. By the time you’re thinking in Spanish, you’ll open your mouth and nearly-fluent Spanish should emerge without a second thought.
When travelling in a foreign country, you have the opportunity to learn Spanish faster by listening to locals and other travelers speaking the language. You can also pick up a few things from context and by asking questions. In this way, you’re able to be immersed in the culture and language through simple everyday conversations.
But when you’re back home, this isn’t always an easy thing to do.
It’s not as easy to find people who speak advanced or fluent Spanish in your neighborhood. Chasing down a Spanish-speaking stranger who you pass on the street, just to speak to them, doesn’t always give off the best first impression. Add to this all the busyness of daily life: work, commuting, chores, social time, housework and generally keeping things in order.
It’s almost impossible to get sufficient Spanish practice—no less immerse yourself 100%.
Well, there’s a simple solution to all this: FluentU.
Additionally, listening to Spanish language podcasts can be a great way to keep your passion for language engaged and get yourself to fluency.
Make Learning Practical and Easy with Advanced Spanish Podcasts
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Listening is key to understanding people, situations and more. It’s also key to understanding how a language works. When the goal in mind is to speak like a native Spanish speaker, ambitious learners often get caught up trying to talk all the time.
Talking constantly isn’t necessary to achieve fluent Spanish speaking skills.
Oh, no—quite the opposite.
To demonstrate, we’ve assembled 7 of the very best Spanish podcasts out there.
Each one has something a little special and unique about it. Every single one will push your Spanish learning farther. These are all great if you’ve been learning for a long time and are approaching fluency, but just need that little extra push to get there.
Start listening, and see how far your ears can take you.
Believe Your Ears: These 7 Advanced Spanish Podcasts Will Get You Fluent Faster
1. Spanish Obsessed — Advanced
We’ve mentioned this brilliant podcast before, but now we’re focusing on their more advanced episodes. In these episodes you’ll find 100% natural, flowing Spanish conversations. These conversations are held between a range of Spanish speakers, with different accents and local lingo from Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Spain.
They cover a broad range of topics and publish one podcast per week. The podcasts are all available for download, along with their accompanying transcripts, after you’ve signed up.
2. Lightspeed Spanish — The Advanced Speaker Podcast
Lightspeed offers free Spanish podcasts to take your Spanish to the next level.
They have different levels of podcasts, but you’ll probably want to focus on their Advanced Speaker podcast.
The podcasts themselves are a few years old, but they’re still bursting with language learning goodness. They deal with advanced tenses in the language, aspects of culture such as food and cooking and even interview a full-time Spanish footballer.
In later episodes they’ve got Spanish jokes and funny stories which will have you laughing and learning at the same time.
3. Nómadas — A Weekly Adventure Around The World
This amazing weekly RTVE podcast invites you to explore a different part of the world with each episode.
It’s one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to in any language. Each episode is the next best thing to actually being present in the featured country.
You’ll be taken along on a vast virtual journey full of voices, sounds and music that allow your imagination to fill in the blanks with places, faces, aromas and flavors. They include every imaginable audio element from music to nature sounds, interviews, virtual tours, stories, histories as well as snippets of conversation in the local dialect.
My personal favorites are the episodes where they interview locals who speak Spanish as their second language. It’s very interesting to hear Spanish spoken with so many different accents!
A few interesting episodes to get you started: Las Seychelles: granito, selva y mar and Nueva York en Navidad.
4. Notes In Spanish — Advanced Spanish Audio
Still hungry for more?
Well, Notes In Spanish has nearly 100 advanced episodes on myriad different topics from adoptions cases in Argentina to a story about how a Royal cattle trail has unfortunately slipped into becoming a shanty town.
Ben and Marina deliver high level Spanish discussions covering culture, conversation and all the cool words they never teach you in class. With so many episodes, there’s surely something for everyone.
A top quality resource, this podcast has been mentioned in both The New York Times and Lonely Planet. Each episode is available for download directly from the website.
5. Un Idioma Sin Fronteras — Language and Literature of Spain
In this podcast from RTVE, the hosts deal with Spanish being a language without borders.
They focus on current information about the Spanish language and Spanish literature as well as news, culture, awards and conferences. The podcast also provides listeners with numerous tips on how to express themselves better in Castilian Spanish.
This podcast has been broadcasting daily for 14 years, so there’s a lot of material there for you to sink your teeth into.
6. Fallo de Sistema — All Things Geek
For all the geeks out there, this podcast showcases all the very best comic books, video games, fantasy and science fiction novels and movies. Mixed in with these are interviews with authors, scientists and even philosophers. There’s always something different in each episode, from clips to movies, video games and interesting songs.
7. Radio Ambulante — Stories of People and Places
Radio Ambulante is a Spanish language podcast that tells stories of people and places throughout the United States and Latin America. They work with a community of storytellers and radio producers to bring these stories to life and to the air every week.
Challenge: Cody’s Cuentos — Classic Fairy Tales Read in Spanish
Now for something a little different.
No more conversations, news or interviews. This Spanish language podcast is focused on classic fairy tales and legends that many of us know from our childhood.
While it’s not strictly an instructional podcast, knowing the English counterparts of these stories will aid in your comprehension and understanding of the tale in Spanish. Time and time again, engaging your imagination proves to be a very fun way to strengthen your Spanish.
These podcasts were made in 2008 and hark back to a happier bygone era of the Internet’s past. Those lucky language learners who discover them are richly rewarded.
While I’ve provided a link to some of the original podcasts, there are 48 episodes out there somewhere waiting to be found. Reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook if you manage to find Cody’s Cuentos files online!
With these amazing podcasts in your arsenal, your Spanish will grow in leaps and bounds.
As you immerse yourself in the language, the culture and the moments of everyday life captured in these podcasts, Spanish will become more and more firmly entrenched in your mind.
You might even find yourself merrily talking to yourself in Spanish while you finish off the dishes!
And One More Thing…
If you've made it this far that means you probably enjoy learning Spanish with engaging material and will then love FluentU.
Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the Spanish language and culture over time. You’ll learn Spanish as it’s actually spoken by real people.
FluentU has a wide variety of videos, as you can see here:
FluentU brings native videos within reach with interactive transcripts. You can tap on any word to look it up instantly. Every definition has examples that have been written to help you understand how the word is used. If you see an interesting word you don’t know, you can add it to a vocab list.
Review a complete interactive transcript under the Dialogue tab, and find words and phrases listed under Vocab.
Learn all the vocabulary in any video with FluentU’s robust learning engine. Swipe left or right to see more examples of the word you’re on.
The best part is that FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary that you’re learning, and gives you extra practice with difficult words. It'll even remind you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning with the same video.
Zane Dickens is a traveler and fiction writer from Cape Town, South Africa. An unabashed wannabe polyglot he spends many an hour relentlessly learning a whole host of languages, however, Spanish will always be his first love.
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