The say a picture is worth a thousand words.
But do you know what is worth a thousand pictures? A video!
We love watching videos. Some of us are addicted to TV, YouTube, Instagram stories…
Here’s the thing.
You love having your eyes engaged in some good ol’ fashioned watching.
You also love learning languages and of all the languages in the world, you have chosen Spanish to be your companion.
Imagine mixing both watching and learning Spanish in some kind of magical pot!
Well… newsflash, champ, it has already been done and it works wonders:
Let’s learn Spanish with videos!
Why Learn Spanish with Videos?
The premise is pretty simple: You want to learn Spanish for whatever reason, but you need a method that is engaging, interesting, fast and, ideally, free.
The solution? Learn Spanish with videos!
We all know grammar is essential if you want to become a language master. Vocabulary helps you build a word bank that allows you to put into words and apply all the grammar rules you already know. Speaking and writing are for the brave of heart but still essential in our connected modern world.
Listening comprehension, though, is an often-neglected language skill.
Watching videos, however, is a whole other story.
When you press Play and start watching that Spanish series you love so much, you are not just watching. You are also listening to the language and hopefully reading the subtitles. All in all, you are engaging three super important language skills and mixing them up to get one obvious result: an improvement in your Spanish language skills, even if that was not your initial intention.
Learning Spanish with videos is not only fun and easy to do, but it is also one of the best methods to really learn in a pleasurable way. You will not even feel that you are learning, because you will not have to take your grammar book with you on this learning journey. And since you will be having a good time, memorizing new things and retaining them will be so much easier.
Besides, learning with the help of videos is an activity that can be done by yourself, with your family, your friends, your colleagues, that language-loving neighbor of yours… Anyone! It is up to you to decide whether you want a Saturday-night Spanish soap opera evening surrounded by friends or a home-alone kind of thing, under your blanket with the lights out and a bag of chips.
The important thing about learning with videos is that there are almost no limitations as to what and when you can learn. You can have videos on your phone and watch them while you commute or watch them on your TV or computer before going to sleep. The choice is yours.
This post is by no means a complete list of resources that can help you learn Spanish with videos, but it is comprehensive enough to include something for everybody.
The order of the resources is aleatory. Just pick the one(s) that catch your attention and start from there.
I am sure the next time we stumble upon each other in one of these posts, your Spanish will have improved without you even realizing it.
Get ready to learn in 3, 2, 1…
Learn Spanish with Videos: 20 Resources from YouTube and Beyond
We all know at least one friend who prefers watching the movie instead of reading the book.
Sometimes we are that friend, and there is nothing wrong with that!
Learning Spanish with the help of videos is just as efficient, if not more, as doing it with books and private tutors.
In this list, we will examine 10 fantastic new channels on YouTube that are a must-follow for Spanish learners. Then, we will leave YouTube for the open pastures of the internet and highlight 10 more resources where you can get Spanish learning videos on demand.
Let the adventure begin.
Learn Spanish Videos on YouTube
Butterfly Spanish is, without a doubt, one of the biggest and most important YouTube channels out there when it comes to learning Spanish.
With Butterfly Spanish, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, expressions and pronunciation no matter what level Spanish learner you are.
You will be taught about the nuances and differences between Mexican Spanish, Latin American Spanish in general and Spanish from Spain. The teacher studied linguistics, so she knows what she is doing!
Get ready to learn Spanish in an easy and fun way from any place in the world thanks to Butterfly Spanish!
SpanishPod101 has quickly become a go-to place for learners of Spanish who want to have it all, all the time, for free.
With almost 350k subscribers and hundreds of videos on every imaginable topic, SpanishPod101 teaches you real Spanish with the help of real teachers.
If you click on the Playlist tab, you will have access to video playlists on specific topics like Mexican or Argentinian Spanish, listening comprehension, Spanish holidays, Spanish vocabulary or Spanish learning strategies, just to name a few.
The most amazing feature of the channel is its 24/7 Learn Spanish TV! Free Spanish language classes all day and night long without interruptions. Can it possibly get any better?
If you like the YouTube channel, considering heading over to the SpanishPod101 website for more goodies like video transcripts, podcasts, grammar and lesson notes and more!
Spanish Playground lets you unleash your inner kid.
With the help of super entertaining videos, two Spanish teachers (Sofía and Mateo) introduce Spanish vocabulary, grammar and activities in an easy-to-grasp, fun-for-everybody way.
From a guacamole recipe to tips on how to maintain an easy conversation in Spanish on many different topics, this YouTube channel offers a wide range of videos that will certainly appeal to almost anyone.
Do not miss the Buena Gente (Good People) series, a super fun series in slow Spanish that allows you to learn the basics of the language with real-life topics and conversations.
Do you want to learn Spanish from Spain with a slightly Andalusian accent? Then Juan is your man!
Although he studied Psychology, Juan has been teaching Spanish to university students in London for over 20 years.
He is conscious of the fact that too many rules and too much information are not your best friends when it comes to learning a new language, so he has created a YouTube channel where he uses humor, fun and interesting topics to teach you Spanish in the most entertaining way possible.
Apart from his videos on learning Spanish, he also has storybooks with short stories, online courses, an activity blog, a podcast and more. Make sure to check his website if you want to go from beginner to advanced in the blink of an eye!
If you are a kid or are ready to feel like a kid, you cannot miss this channel!
Get ready to sing songs, repeat words in Spanish and learn vocabulary while you jump and play like crazy. You will also listen to fairy tales in Spanish, sing Halloween songs, learn vocabulary on hundreds of topics.
In other words, get ready to learn Spanish the most fun way possible while having the time of your life. You will feel like the Peter Pan of Spanish language and let me tell you, you will not want to grow back up again!
Speak Spanish Faster is a new YouTube channel (around two months old in July 2019) that is certainly going to become a referent in Spanish language learning in the near future.
Let Rocky, its founder, teach you the basics of Spanish grammar while he shows you how to learn conversational Spanish in an easy, fun and enjoyable way.
If you are looking for a YouTube channel that makes you feel like if you are in a real classroom, Pro Spanish is the place to go.
This series of videos will teach you about Spanish grammar and vocabulary in a more serious way. You will really feel you are attending a bilingual school!
The creator of the videos, normally on screen, introduces a topic or phrase and then teaches you everything related to it in both Spanish and English. You will see the main words and phrases appear on screen, which will allow you to take notes on the most important words of every lesson.
This channel is recommended for more adult learners who do not need lots of colors, music and other entertaining stuff, just the real deal.
If you want to be a pro in Spanish, you need to try Idioma PRO.
Let Karin and Philly teach you everything you need to know in order to get started with Spanish!
The numbers, the colors, the weather, your daily routine… The are dozens of vocabulary topics covered by these two amazing teachers.
As for the grammar, all the important basic topics like articles, irregular verbs, gender or por vs para are also covered.
The channel hosts a very complete set of videos sorted by categories and color-coded (blue for grammar, green for vocabulary) to help you find whatever you need, whenever you need it. Click on the Playlist tab and start with the Curso Completo de Español (Complete Spanish Course). Give it a try, and thank me later!
Spanish lessons with Sara is another great new YouTube channel focused on teaching you vocabulary through videos.
Sara has already covered basic topics like the alphabet, the colors, the numbers, fiesta (party) vocabulary, the family and clothes. She accepts suggestions for her future videos. What would you like her to teach you next?
Keep in mind that since this is still a baby channel, it might grow and flourish or it might fizzle out. Since it is so promising, we included it in the hopes that it will keep going strong. Do not miss this channel if you want to start learning Spanish vocabulary from scratch!
Did anyone say latino?
Allow Levi Flint to teach you real Spanish with a Latin American accent!
Levi’s videos are often compilations of tips and tricks he has been using to learn Spanish. You will probably not find a video on the subjunctive rules. Instead, he will tell you how to improve your listening skills, how long it takes to learn Spanish or the best methods to learn Spanish as an adult.
Imagine this channel is his personal vlog, but it is filled with Spanish-learning techniques!
Out of all the content he has, I recommend you have a look at the Learn Mexican Spanish and the podcast series. Get ready to achieve fluency, gringo style!
Like the previous channel, this is a fairly young resource—but the videos up already make it worth your time!
Learn Spanish Videos Online
Practical Spanish is one of those resources that can be helpful for almost everybody because of its wide range of resources for different levels and the huge amount of information it contains.
When it comes to videos for learning Spanish, Practical Spanish makes sure not to disappoint its fans.
Although the collection of videos cannot be considered humongous, it contains a lot of basic information of you can take advantage of during different stages of your language learning process.
Practical English loves to make things easy for you, so it has divided its videos into four categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced and music videos. Have fun!
If you would rather learn Spanish with authentic videos made for native Spanish speakers, FluentU’s the program for you.
FluentU takes real-world videos, like music videos, commercials, news and inspiring talks, and turns them into Spanish learning experiences.
Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the Spanish language and culture over time. You will learn Spanish as it is actually spoken by real people.
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.
Plus, if you see an interesting word you do not know, you can add it to a vocab list. You can also check out the transcript for each video and take adaptive quizzes to test your understanding of the material.
The best part is that FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary that you are learning and recommends examples and videos for you based on the words you have already learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they are studying with the same video.
My younger pupils love RockAlingua, and so do I!
RockAlingua has a mission: Teach kids Spanish with the help of music. And it delivers!
Click on the link above to see a whole library of (mostly) free topics you can enjoy. You can also choose to have access to all the resources available for only $20. However, there are enough free videos and resources to get you started and have fun for a least a couple of weeks or more.
Pay special attention to the Related Content section on the right side of every video. There you will find not only related videos but also worksheets, picture dictionaries and games, among other stuff. Wake up your inner child and start having fun with RockAlingua!
OK, hear me out. LyricsTraining is your new favorite website. Period.
LyricsTraining allows you to learn Spanish while you listen to your favorite Spanish songs.
Search a song by title, choose a genre or just pick one of the recommended videos and start practicing your listening skills like there is no tomorrow.
After choosing your song, you will have access to a game (you can choose four levels of difficulty) where you will be able to listen to the song and watch the music video while trying to fill in the blanks in the lyrics. Each correct answer earns you points and bonuses, and if you create a free account, you can compete with other learners from all over the world!
You can also upload the lyrics of your favorite songs and if you are a teacher, you can personalize and create your own fill-in-the-blanks exercises and share them with your students.
If you are a karaoke king or queen, you can also choose the karaoke version to sing along instead of having to type the words. Hours of fun guaranteed at a total prize of zero dollars!
The “Destinos” series is a web series divided into 52 episodes created especially to teach you Spanish with the help of videos.
The show is divided into five sections: La Gavia, España, Argentina, Puerto Rico and México, and it follows Raquel Rodríguez’s journey around the Spanish-speaking world while she looks for answers about Don Fernando’s secret past. If you love the telenovelas feel, you are going to enjoy this bilingual series!
In addition, each chapter includes vocabulary, a grammar section, a dictation, some postales (poscards) and a final test. Will you be able to find out Don Fernando’s secret?
“Mi vida loca” is an interactive video drama and a Spanish course in one.
It teaches you Spanish while taking you on an adventure to Madrid, where the action of the videos happens.
Each video covers a specific topic and orbits around it in the form of dialogues and interactions between the main characters. Additionally, each chapter includes a learning section that helps you with the vocabulary and grammar of the video, and you can even read and print the transcripts of the videos.
An excellent option if you are a lover of everyday situations with a twist!
VideoEle is a site with hundreds of videos created specifically to teach you Spanish (from Spain) while you learn about Spanish culture, geography and traditions.
The course is divided into four levels (A1, A2, B1 and B2), each of which includes videos that cover topics from colors and numbers to tenses and Spanish festivities.
If you want to learn Spanish and everything related to the Spanish culture and tradition, this is the course for you.
121Spanish is a great place to find a Spanish tutor online, but its video section allows you to learn by yourself and for free.
There are only eight videos in the collection but they are really worth watching. Besides, some of the videos include a transcript, while others offer some questions (as many as 30 in some cases!) to test your listening comprehension skills. Are you ready to test yourself?
Sad news for Android users: This videocast is only available for iOS users. If you are rocking an iOS device, though, read on!
Videocasts are amazing. They offer the best of both traditional videos and podcasts, and you can take them with you everywhere!
The 5 Minute Spanish videocast is a free Spanish course with 36 videos that will teach you all the basics of Spanish grammar in an engaging and easy-to-understand way.
Its author, David Nance, also offers a free Spanish textbook that includes grammar explanations, vocabulary and culture-related topics. A must-have!
If what you are looking for is a cute little app that can give you dozens of Spanish videos for a total price of zero dollars, this is the first place you should go to.
The Learn Spanish by Video free app contains videos for beginners and intermediate students. Additionally, each video includes a lesson and some exercises for practicing what you have just learned.
However, what I love the most about this app is the fact that it includes a whole section of videos about the different accents of Spanish. Download it now!
And that is all for today, guys!
This amazing list of resources for learning Spanish with the help of videos will provide you with hundreds of hours of fun and knowledge.
If you have always wanted to learn or improve your Spanish but you are not too keen on grammar books, learning Spanish with videos is the best option for you.
Just pick your favorite videos, click play and start enjoying all the Spanish goodies available to you for free without even having to move from your couch.
Stay curious my friends and, as always, happy learning!
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