Being at an intermediate level of Spanish sure has its perks.
Imagine: You’re running around the park, waiting for an appointment or sipping on a latte. At the same time, you’re learning Spanish. Sounds appealing, huh?
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 those at an intermediate level.
Why Study Intermediate Spanish with Podcasts
Now that you can understand some basic Spanish audio, it’s time to let that knowledge start working for you!
Not only will you be improving your listening skills and building on the knowledge you already have, but it’s likely you’ll also pick up lots more vocabulary and further your knowledge of key grammar.
What’s more, podcasts are a great resource for when you’re on the go. You can listen to them anywhere!
Another convenient resource for learning Spanish at an intermediate level (or any level) is FluentU, an online immersion platform that takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons. You can browse videos by difficulty (beginner to native), topic (arts and entertainment, health and lifestyle, etc.) and format (video blog, news, shows, etc.).
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—topics like soccer, TV shows, business, movies and even magical realism, 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 it recommends you examples and videos based on the words you’ve already learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning the same video.
Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play store for iOS and Android devices.
Check out these Spanish podcasts that are perfect for intermediate learners, and tune in to ensure your Spanish keeps improving!
8 Helpful Podcasts That’ll Give Your Intermediate Spanish a Boost
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, and Liz’s few interjections are 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. Plus, all the podcasts on this website are absolutely free, so you can listen to your heart’s content!
Coffee Break Spanish offers four different podcast “seasons,” taking learners from beginner level right through to advanced.
Season three is specific to 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, one podcast begins with an extract from the site’s own soap opera, “Verano Español,” goes on to look at different cultures in Spanish-speaking countries and ends 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.
What makes Notes in Spanish so great is that the podcasts 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.
This site also gives helpful background information for each subject area. For instance, in one session which focuses on the preterite tense, there’s a written explanation for the use and importance of this tense when learning Spanish.
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.
Podcasts are typically 15-20 minutes—perfect timing for that mid-morning or afternoon tea/coffee break!
The list of podcast lessons under Unit 2 on Study Spanish’s podcast page are the most suitable and helpful for intermediate learners. Most of the podcasts are only available to premium members but are accessible as as part of a 12-month membership to Camino del Éxito, 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 proper use of tener que/hay que.
These podcasts are hosted purely by native speakers, so there’s no doubt 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, so as a result they’re very relaxed and easy to listen to.
Unlike other podcast websites, there are no English speakers or translations throughout the conversations (judge for yourself if this is a good thing or not!) Despite this, the conversations are very clear, so you shouldn’t have a problem following along (although, maybe have a dictionary by your side just in case).
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 in to 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, so be prepared to pay a bit extra for those.
Additionally, there are podcasts with readings from well-known Spanish books, movie trailers with subtitles in Spanish and further podcasts focusing on grammar (for those really eager to get down to some hardcore learning!).
For intermediate learners, the Level 2 podcasts are probably most suitable (or Level 3 for those who would consider themselves a bit more advanced).
Similar to Podcasts in Spanish (above), the sessions on Audiria 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 (done very professionally), which are probably most useful to refer to after you’ve listened to the podcast to check that you have understood everything correctly and to review any specific vocabulary.
So there you have it, a wide range of intermediate 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. Enjoy!
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