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11 YouTube Channels to Learn Spanish for 11 Types of People

Do you know why so many Spanish learners don’t make it to fluency?

They’re missing that one key ingredient that no number of textbooks or flashcards can substitute:

Motivation.

If you don’t have an internal drive to keep practicing every day, it just won’t happen.

So how can Spanish learners keep their motivation up, even when the learning gets tough?

Here’s one simple hack: make your Spanish studies immediately relevant to your life.

Tailor your Spanish learning plan to suit your own needs, hobbies and routine!

It’s easier than you think, thanks to YouTube.

There are so many Spanish-speaking YouTubers creating videos about anything you might be interested in. By watching their videos, not only will you absorb authentic, up-to-date Spanish, but you’ll also stay invested because you love to hear what they’re talking about!

With that in mind, we’ve collected 11 incredible Spanish YouTube channels catering to all kinds of people, from bookworms to job-seekers to DIY enthusiasts and way more!

11 YouTube Channels to Learn Spanish for 11 Types of People

Here are the YouTube channels you should visit if…

Learn a foreign language with videos

…You Need to Nail That Job Interview

Channel: Consigue tu Trabajo (Get Your Job)

The awkward eye contact, the waiting, the insecurity, the bad coffee, the terror of not knowing what to say and when… entrevistas de trabajo (job interviews) are painful enough in your native language, let alone in Spanish, right?

Ariel Diaz Rios of Consigue tu Trabajo could give you a hand.

Advice from an actual headhunter? Check.

A great sense of humor that’ll keep you binge-watching? Check.

Sincere advice on what you should and shouldn’t do, paired with movie references and drawings? Check.

What you’ll learn:

Built by a native Spanish speaker for Spanish speakers, Consigue tu Trabajo is a solid resource for learning authentic vocabulary related to careers, the job search, the workplace and your personal skills and achievements.

Ariel keeps it simple and relevant. Rather than the typical work-related jargon that could be inaccessible even in English, you’ll learn (among other topics):

  • Words related to gestures and body language, from how to deliver un saludo firme (a firm handshake) to the position of your hombros (shoulders), as well as when you should or shouldn’t mirror the body language of your interviewer.
  • What Spanish words to avoid to keep the interviewers interested. For example, he recommends telling a solid success story to describe yourself rather than using predictable adjectives such as responsable (responsible), confiable (trustworthy), puntual (timely/punctual) or extremadamente trabajador(a) (extremely hardworking)!

…You’re the One Who Gets to Hold the Popcorn

Channel: Cinexceso

It’s pretty simple—you love cinema and you love Spanish, therefore you love Cinexceso.

The name of the channel itself is playful: the word “cinexceso” sounds like the Spanish expression “sin exceso,” meaning “without excess.” However, because of the way it’s written, it alludes to the word cine, the Spanish word for “cinema.”

Mefe, a Peruvian film enthusiast, walks you through the latest news in the movie industry, movie explanations, the craziest theories behind your favorite movies, lists of things you should know before hitting the cinema and even the best alternative endings you should watch.

He uses original movie clips, covers all movie genres and will even give you access to deleted scenes.

The best part?

It all happens in Spanish.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to say the names of your favorite superheroes in Spanish. Can you guess who Hombre Hormiga, Los Vengadores, Capitán América, Linterna Verde or El Hombre de Hierro are? (If you’ve guessed Ant-man, the Avengers, Captain America, Green Lantern and Iron Man, you hit the nail on the head!)
  • How to narrate stories in Spanish. Pretty much any YouTube video related to a movie will briefly tell the story behind it, teaching useful connectors such as después (after), durante (during), posteriormente (afterwards/later), en los años siguientes (in the following years), desde (since) or hasta (until).
  • How to express an opinion in Spanish. Visit the entire “Opinión sin Spoilers” (Opinion Without Spoilers) section in Cinexceso and you’ll master expressions such as me encantó (I loved), no me gustó (I didn’t like) and tampoco me gustó (nor did I like).

Also, you’ll learn a range of adjectives to color your opinion: increíble (incredible), desastroso (disastrous), brillante (brilliant), entretenido (fun), aburrido (boring).

  • How to talk about aspects of a film. Los personajes principales (the main characters), el conflicto (the conflict), el mensaje (the message), el guión (the script), la banda sonora (the soundtrack)… all elements come together to tell una historia (a story) and now you’ll be able to build a solid opinion on your favorite parts!

…You’re Always Hunting for the Latest and Greatest Stuff

Channel: FluentU

Who doesn’t want to have the newest gadgets?

The most fashionable clothes?

Or how about the latest, greatest language learning apps?

FluentU is a unique and innovative option for Spanish learning with videos. It’s like a regular YouTube channel got powered-up with all kinds of tools designed just for Spanish learners.

FluentU collects authentic Spanish videos from all over YouTube, like movie trailers, music videos, inspiring talks and tons of clips just like the others in this list—but then transforms them into language learning experiences.

Each video comes with interactive captions. You can click any word for an instant definition, native pronunciation and visual learning aid. It’s more than a leg up from those garbled auto-generated captions on YouTube! There are also flashcards, exercises, full transcripts and vocabulary lists to help you remember what you’ve learned from the videos, even after you’re done watching.

The videos are organized by genre and learning level (beginner to advanced) so it’s easy to find what works best for you. FluentU also personalizes the experience by suggesting new videos based on what you’ve watched.

Since you explore the videos and subtitles based on your own learning needs, no two learners will have the same experience, even if they watch the same things!

What you’ll learn:

  • Real Spanish the way natives use it, from all over the Spanish-speaking world. FluentU makes authentic Spanish videos accessible to any level of learner. You’ll hear real Spanish accents and vocabulary from the streets of Peru to girlfriend groups in Chile and tons more!
  • Spanish culture and everyday life. In fact, FluentU has entire categories with hundreds of videos dedicated to these topics. They’re perfect whether you’re traveling to a Spanish-speaking region or just want to get immersed from home. You’ll get news reports, acts from popular comedians, interviews with soccer stars, you name it!

…You Need Help with Your Eyeliner

Channel: Yuya

And not just any help!

An extrovert makeup YouTuber, Yuya’s trademarks are her high-pitched voice, speaking loudly, laughing loudly, gesturing expansively and conveying every idea with a different facial expression!

Due to its fast-paced, dynamic rhythm, Yuya’s channel will certainly be a challenge for intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers. Keep your ears wide open and stay focused to keep up with the content!

From basic makeup tips for beginners to makeup collection displays, advice on how to shop during sales and tips on how to repair damaged skin, Yuya has become a worldwide phenomenon for her way of communicating.

Get ready for the Speedy Gonzales of YouTube’s makeup and lifestyle community!

Let’s give your Spanish a makeover!

What you’ll learn:

  • Warning: you’re likely to become the king/queen of cosmetics after watching this channel! Bolsitas (little bags), esmalte (nail polish), barra de labios (lipstick), brochas (brushes), polvo (powder), exfoliantes (exfoliants)… you’ll master the lingo in no time!
  • Adjectives related to your body, particularly hair and skin. Radiante (radiant), limpio(a) (clean), grasoso(a) (oily), hermoso(a) (beautiful/gorgeous), cuidado(a) (well maintained/well treated) are some examples, but you’re bound to discover many more.
  • Verbs related to beauty and care, such as reparar (to repair), cuidar (to take care), ondular (to wave—for example your hair), salvar (to save) or peinarse (to comb one’s hair).

…You Just Really Want to Keep the Kitchen Intact

Channel: Cocina Para Todos (Kitchen for All)

So you’ve seen hundreds of cooking channels.

But have you seen a cooking channel… in which the host dresses up as a potato? While explaining the history behind the tortilla?

Cocina Para Todos brings you mouth-watering recipes in an informal, fun tone full of energy and positivity.

The channel’s playlists are organized by ingredients and occasion (for example, Halloween or Christmas), making it easy to navigate through the hundreds of videos.

And if you think you’re in for a boring, lengthy kitchen session with unimpressive final results… how about some:

Oreo doughnuts? Yes.

Oreo tacos? Yes.

Oreo churros? Yes.

A giant M&M tart, happy fries and even a dragon tart inspired by “Game of Thrones?” Perhaps we don’t need to explain any further.

Wait, we do! You also have access to countless traditional Spanish recipes, such as tortilla, empanadillas, pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus), gazpacho and other suggestions with ham, cheese and salads.

What you’ll learn:

  • Vocabulary related to cooking and moving around the kitchen. Get ready to cocinar (cook), calentar (to heat), poner (to put), rehogar (to sauté) and derretir (to melt)!
  • Names of ingredients, particularly ones related to dessert and Mediterranean cuisine. Omnipresent across recipes are azúcar (sugar), aceite de oliva (olive oil), sal (salt) and ajo (garlic).
  • Portions and amounts. What’s a cucharada? A tablespoon. Una pizca? A pinch. Una taza? A cup. Cocina Para Todos provides images for each step of the way, so it’ll be much easier to keep up with the instructions.
  • Sequence connectors. Recipes are a great way to help you express sequences in time, such as en primer lugar (first of all), al terminar (upon finishing), enseguida (at once), tan pronto como (as soon as) or después de X minutos (after X minutes).

Practice by picking your own favorite recipes and trying to narrate them in Spanish!

…Getting in Shape Seems Like a Good Idea

Channel: Gymvirtual

Spanish lifestyle and fitness guru Patry Jordan is a YouTube superstar with multiple channels dedicated to beauty, fitness and hairstyling.

With more than 5 million subscribers to date, Gymvirtual is one of those channels. It’s bound to make you sweat, even with short 10-minute workouts.

If you’re interested in other aspects of fitness, Patry Jordan will give you advice on how to plan a workout for your particular body type, how to accelerate your metabolism, how to lose weight when you’re lazy and common mistakes that keep you from getting the best results with your workout… of course, all in Spanish!

What you’ll learn:

  • How to talk about your body parts. What part of your body could benefit from a good workout? Los brazos (Your arms)? Las piernas (Your legs)? Los glúteos (Your buttocks)? Los abdominales (Your abs)?
  • Expressions related to movement. Arriba (up), abajo (down), adelante y atrás (forward and back)! You’ll be able to create an entire workout routine in Spanish before you know it. Useful verbs you’ll learn include: endurecer (to toughen), trotar (to jog), abrir y cerrar (open and close), saltar (to jump) and cambiar (switch).
  • Motivational expressions. During your workouts with Gymvirtual you’ll notice Patry Jordan tries to keep you motivated throughout the entire video.

You’ll hear expressions such as Dale fuerza (literally, “Give it strength,” meaning go hard!), Échale ganas (Do it like you mean it), Hay que darle todo (We must give it all) and ¡Vamos! or ¡Venga! (Let’s go!).

…You’re the Only One Who Understands That Miró Painting

Channel: Antonio García Villarán

“No, it’s not something your five-year-old son could do!”

Art is one of the most intriguing, controversial and thought-provoking of human inventions, and the Spanish-speaking world has blessed us with names like Francisco de Goya, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dalí.

However, the art world can also be difficult to navigate, and if you’re interested in the cultures and artistic adventures of the Spanish-speaking world, you might need a little push.

Meet Antonio García Villarán.

Antonio’s videos are just as extravagant and creative as his image—with eccentric intros, an informal feel and dozens of art history topics to choose from, you’ll learn more about female artists, the truth about the art market, what Salvador Dalí is hiding and how to price your paintings if you’re into creating art yourself!

What you’ll learn:

  • Vocabulary related to visual arts. Pinceles (brushes), cuadro al óleo (oil painting), libretas de apuntes (sketchbook), dibujo (drawing)… did anyone say art specialist?!
  • How to talk about art history. From the most famous art movements to popular museums and iconic artists, you’ll quickly get used to discourse about culture and your favorite influencers.

Perhaps you could get started with Antonio’s critique of hyperrealism, a controversial art genre! Can you keep up and understand what his opinion on the topic is?

  • How to give criticism and build an opinion… even a negative one! Next time you need to give your opinion, think of Antonio’s videos and some expressions he uses:

Yo creo que... (I believe that…), a mí no me gusta nada… (I don’t like… at all), para mí eso es aburrido (to me, that’s boring), personalmente (personally), antes me gustaba mucho más que ahora (before, I used to like it much more than nowadays).

As a visual artist and teacher himself, it’s not surprising that Antonio has a strong sense of personal taste, and therefore it’s not uncommon to find him expressing an opinion with forceful language and full honesty. It could come in handy for you, too!

…You’re Convinced Spanish Is Synonymous with Travel

Channel: Daniel Tirado: Viajando Sin Papel Higiénico

Viajando sin papel higiénico literally translates to “traveling without toilet paper.”

Yes, we agree it’s pretty self-explanatory.

Planned for independent travelers, backpackers and adventurers in general, Daniel Tirado’s channel provides advice on how to get cheap flight tickets, make money for traveling, get free accommodation and plan your personal finances as a traveler.

Useful tips, a laid-back attitude, breathtaking footage from all over the globe and Spanish practice in one channel—what’s not to like?

What you’ll learn:

  • Vocabulary and pronunciation related to geography, such as names of countries, cities and regions all around the world, and of course, your favorite destinations.
  • By watching videos related to the practical side of travel and travel planning, you’ll be exposed to keywords such as empacar (to pack), planificar (to plan), seguridad (safety), naturaleza (nature), hostal (hostel), guías de viaje (travel guides) and agencias de viaje (travel agencies).

Try making your own sentences with these keywords, as they could come in handy if you’re a frequent traveler!

  • Adjectives for describing places. Your favorite destinations could be hermoso(a) (gorgeous/beautiful), alucinante (thrilling), recomendado(a) (recommended), increíble (incredible)…

…You Carry a Book Everywhere You Go

Channel: May R Ayamonte

Books you regret reading.

Books for summer.

Books you should re-read.

Books you could read in one sitting.

All of it… in Spanish.

May R. Ayamonte is what you could call a “booktuber.” From sharing her favorite quotes to promoting debates about the classics and exploring clichés, May will help you improve your Spanish while catering to your literature needs!

What you’ll learn:

  • Adjectives for describing books, stories and characters. Increíble (Incredible)? Intenso(a) (Intense)? Asqueroso(a) (Creepy/disgusting/repulsive)? Divertido(a) (Fun)? Pick your favorite story and try describing it with the most suitable adjectives in Spanish!

Take this example May uses when explaining the narrative in “Bajo al agua” (“Underwater”): “El libro se trata de una chica que tiene un trauma (…) y por eso no puede salir de casa.” (“The book is about a girl who has a trauma, and for that reason she can’t leave her house.”)

  • Opinion, opinion, opinion! Just like any other channel in which a degree of criticism is involved, May uses expressions to declare her opinions on books.

If you want to express a positive opinion, you might get some inspiration from these examples she uses: Para mí, lo que más me ha gustado es… (To me, what I’ve enjoyed the most is…), Me ha encantado (I loved it) or Me gustó un montón (I liked it a lot).

On the other hand, if your opinion is mostly negative, opt for these instead: Lo siento, pero odié… (Sorry, but I hated…) or Me arrepiento de haber comprado/leído (I regret having bought/read…).

…the Outfit You’re Wearing Was Made by You

Channel: Dare to DIY

If you’re the type of person who creates their own Christmas ornaments, their own ice cream and their own room decor, you’re certain to love Sylvia’s DIY hacks!

Feeling like you could use a wardrobe makeover? Create your own summer dress.

Want to customize your technology? Create your own smartphone cover or laptop cover.

And, of course, learn Spanish while you’re at it!

What you’ll learn:

  • Describing and structuring your ideas step-by-step. Lo primero que voy a hacer es… (The first thing I’ll do is…), y después… (and after that…), y por último… (lastly…).
  • Vocabulary related to tools and materials. Sylvia doesn’t joke around when it comes to do-it-yourself. She uses materials like madera (wood), silicona (silicone), cola (glue), papel (paper), cartón (cardboard) and even espuma (foam).
  • Verbs for everyday actions. If your intention is to cut something, place an object somewhere, to dye or to decorate, you can now say those in Spanish: cortar, colocar, teñir y decorar!

…You Secretly Still Dance Alone to “Despacito.”

Channel: Tuiwok Talento (Tuiwok Talent)

Music is a fantastic way to learn Spanish—that’s been proven and reinforced several times already.

But what if you could learn Spanish… by dancing?

Tuiwok Talento provides dance tips and coreography tutorials based on recent trends like twerking or Taylor Swift‘s latest hits, but also helps you tackle several dance styles from around the world such as kizomba, bachata and salsa.

What you’ll learn:

  • Numbers. If you’re just getting started with Spanish, numbers de uno a diez (from one to ten) will be repeated on a regular basis, to help keep track of the steps. You’ll be able to recall them easily afterwards!
  • Parts of your body. Similar to a fitness channel, this dance channel will often refer to las piernas (legs), los brazos (arms) and los pies (feet), but will also mention las caderas (hips), el pecho (the chest) and la cabeza (the head).
  • Directions and moves. Izquierda y derecha (left and right), atrás y delante (back and forward), girar (to spin), subir y bajar (to rise and to go down), poco a poco (slowly/bit by bit), quedarse (to stay in a position)… you’ll become a pro in Latin dance moves in no time!

 

You’re now ready to focus on Spanish for your favorite hobbies and interests.

Remember to keep your Spanish as relevant as possible for your particular situation, and feel free to adventure into YouTube and its Spanish-speaking corners!


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