10 Intermediate Spanish Podcasts You Can Start Listening to Today 
Imagine: You’re running around the park, waiting for an appointment or sipping on a latte. At the same time, you’re learning Spanish.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Spanish podcasts.
Podcasts provide a light and fun way of learning and give you the opportunity to keep progressing.
While podcasts are available for all levels of Spanish, they can offer an especially good boost for anyone who’s at an intermediate level or who wants to focus most strongly on conversational fluency.
Here are ten intermediate Spanish podcasts to get you started!
- 1. Spanish Obsessed
- 2. Coffee Break Spanish
- 3. SpanishPod101
- 4. Notes in Spanish
- 5. Lightspeed Spanish
- 6. Study Spanish
- 7. Podcasts in Spanish
- 8. Audiria
- 9. Radio Ambulante
- 10. Las Raras
- And One More Thing…
1. Spanish Obsessed
This Spanish podcast is hosted by Rob, an eager Spanish language learner, originally from the UK, and Liz, a native speaker, originally from Colombia.
Rob’s efforts to learn Spanish teamed up with Liz’s firsthand knowledge make a great combo for learners to hear.
The fact that Rob’s Spanish is still not quite perfect is encouraging and reassuring for anyone tuning in. Liz’s few interjections are also undoubtedly helpful for anyone making similar mistakes.
The duo’s natural, personable and clear conversations around various themes (such as their travels to far-flung countries or love of coffee) provide great tools for improving your Spanish and make listening enjoyable.
2. Coffee Break Spanish
Coffee Break Spanish offers four different podcast “seasons,” taking learners from the beginner level right through to advanced.
Season two is specific to the intermediate level, and it’s possible to either listen to the basic lessons for free or sign up for the premium version and its additional features, including bonus audio and notes.
What’s so great about Coffee Break Spanish is that each podcast is filled with really fun, unique and dynamic content, so you’ll never be bored. For example, many episodes look at different cultures in Spanish-speaking countries and end with a specific lesson on grammar.
Once you’ve signed up as a member of SpanishPod101 or visited their iTunes page, you’ll have access to countless podcasts.
Wonderful free audio and video lessons from a range of native Spanish speakers will be at your disposal, and if you’re keen to check out the premium membership, a 7-day free trial is available.
The perks of being a premium member include additional audio, quizzes, lesson transcripts and flashcards to help you with your learning.
The intermediate podcasts available really are quite unique, varying from conversations at a Spanish dinner party to sussing out your Spanish game plan.
4. Notes in Spanish
What makes Notes in Spanish so great is that the episodes are often related to pop culture and other areas learners will find useful when heading out into the “real” Spanish-speaking world.
Topics range from the state of immigration to Spanish cinema to Facebook. Each episode is relatively short, roughly 15 minutes, which makes it perfect for easy listening.
You’ll find all the intermediate podcasts for Notes in Spanish also available to download for free on iTunes. It’s also possible to purchase the Intermediate Super Pack which has notes, transcripts and exercises for every single episode.
5. Lightspeed Spanish
Lightspeed Spanish helpfully provides intermediate podcasts for both early and advanced intermediate learners, giving you the option to start slowly and work your way up.
This site also gives helpful background information for each subject area. For instance, in one session that focuses on the preterite tense, there’s a written explanation for the use and importance of this tense when learning Spanish.
Podcasts are typically 15-20 minutes—perfect for that mid-morning or afternoon tea or coffee break! In some cases, there are also free videos alongside the podcasts, and a membership fee gets you additional resources to supplement what you’re listening to.
6. Study Spanish
The list of podcast lessons under Unit 2 on Study Spanish’s podcast page is the most suitable and helpful for intermediate learners.
Most of the podcasts are only available to premium members but are accessible as part of a 12-month membership to StudySpanish.com, the website’s main learning resource.
The podcasts on this site focus mainly on grammar, including a 5-part series on the use of estar and ser, a look at the formation of questions, and also a podcast on the proper use of tener que/hay que.
7. Podcasts in Spanish
These podcasts are hosted purely by native speakers, so you’ll be picking up the most accurate pronunciations of words. The conversations also come across as very natural and seem to be among friends.
Unlike other podcast websites, there are no English speakers or translations throughout the conversations. The podcasts range in subject matter from discussions about vecinos (neighbors), to discovering different cultures when traveling, to the football season in Spain.
These podcasts are just 2-3 minutes, so perfect for tuning into if you find yourself needing to fill in a gap in your day. As with other podcasts, there are worksheets and further resources available as a premium member.
Audiria offers great free podcasts and even lets you choose which subject areas you think you’d be most interested in listening to. For example, cooking, culture or art.
Additionally, there are podcasts with readings from well-known Spanish books, movie trailers with subtitles in Spanish and further podcasts focusing on grammar.
For intermediate learners, the Level 2 or Level 3 podcasts are probably most suitable. The sessions are all in Spanish with native Spanish speakers only and are typically 2-3 minutes.
Additionally, there are exercises available, so you can test yourself on what you have just heard. For some podcasts, there are also really helpful written translations in English.
9. Radio Ambulante
This is a podcast created by National Public Radio (NPR) for native Spanish speakers. And if you know anything about NPR podcasts, they’re pretty amazing! It’s a great one if you’re confidently upper-intermediate or above.
The stories focus on people from various Latin American countries in audio documentary format. It’s an amazing way to hear various accents from all over the Spanish-speaking world.
If you’d like to add the educational element, they’ve also collaborated with a tech company to create a learning app called Jiveworld Español. It’s based on Radio Ambulante stories with learning features such as choosing playback speed, vocabulary lists and more.
10. Las Raras
This is another podcast for native speakers that is suitable for the upper-intermediate level and above. Just like Radio Ambulante, the stories focus on people from all over Latin America.
The episodes are audio documentaries with a focus on stories that are not often heard in traditional media. It’s produced by two Chileans as an independent podcast and has won many awards.
If you’d like to improve your vocabulary in more complex topics such as human rights, workers’ rights, education, migration and more, this is the podcast for you! Episodes are 20-30 minutes and also have transcripts which allow you to read along.
So there you have it, a wide range of podcasts to make your next stage of learning Spanish a breeze!
Once you’ve chosen which ones work for you, you can make listening part of your daily routine—while you’re commuting, doing chores or just kicking back.
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Now you can check out some intermediate Spanish phrases that you might hear while listening.
Then tune in to your favorite podcast and learn to your heart’s content!
And One More Thing…
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