So many Spanish podcasts, so little time!
Do you know which ones you should be listening to?
Do you know why they’re so helpful on your way to Spanish fluency?
With so many good Spanish podcasts, choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming.
Worry no more!
We’ve made a selection of 15 great podcasts and provided some in-depth descriptions so you can choose the one that suits your needs and taste.
There we go!
Why Listen to Spanish Podcasts?
In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard the news, podcasts are awesome.
Spanish podcasts are perfect if you want to learn Spanish but don’t have a Spanish-speaking person you can chat with in their native tongue 24/7.
Using textbooks and flashcards is a good start, but they’re not going to get you talking naturally and fluently. You need to get your head out of your textbook and start hearing real Spanish, the kind that’s spoken by millions of people all over the world.
One of the most effective ways of doing this is with the help of Spanish podcasts, since they can really help you hone your listening and speaking skills. What’s more, they put the fun back into your learning sessions, because you can listen to them anywhere!
Whether you’re sitting in front of a desk, commuting, walking your dog, jogging around the neighborhood or standing in the shower, podcasts can always be there with you (assuming your electronic device is waterproof, of course!).
The Main Benefits of Spanish Podcasts
The main benefits of listening to Spanish podcasts are:
- You can learn at your own speed. Literally! Most of the time, you’ll be able to choose the speed of the audio.
- You’re hearing native speakers use real Spanish. Podcasts give you a sense of immersion hard to find anywhere else. You’ll be fluent in no time.
- You’ll broaden your vocabulary. You’ll obviously hear words you don’t know yet. Use them to create flashcards, vocab lists or sample sentences.
- You’ll learn how words are used. One of the best things about podcasts is that they allow you to listen to Spanish as it’s spoken by native speakers. You’ll learn words in their context, so you’ll know how to use them correctly. By the way, native content and contextual usage are two of FluentU‘s best assets. Give it a free try today!
- You can learn about lots of new topics. You choose what you want to listen to. If you get bored during one episode, just click on the next one.
- You can choose to listen to as much or as little as you want, depending on your schedule. Five minutes while having a shower, 15 minutes during your lunch break, 45 minutes on your commute… You decide!
These are just six examples of all the great benefits listening to podcasts can bring.
But not all podcasts are the same.
While listening to Spanish will always help you one way or another, choosing the right podcast is crucial if you want to make the most out of it.
With this in mind, we’ve picked 15 of the best Spanish podcast available right now.
15 Great Spanish Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
Listening to podcasts is taking the fast lane to fluency.
Try the following ones and see your listening comprehension skills turbocharge.
1. Audiria (App Store | website)
Audiria is fresh, fun and fabulous.
This lively and engaging podcast series for Spanish language learners of every level was created by two Malaga-based brothers as a non-profit enterprise. Their aim is to promote the Spanish language and culture, so all the podcast episodes are free.
Audiria is a rich source of Spanish listening material (and when we say rich, we really mean it). While the podcast is not regularly updated, there are 820 episodes as of March 2021!
Each one is tagged based on the language complexity, so you’ll know which episodes are suitable for your current level.
The podcast is entirely in Spanish and covers a large variety of real-life situations that go from film reviews and cooking audio lessons to vocabulary sessions and trips to Spanish culture. Nothing sounds artificial or staged, and learning is supplemented with exercises, grammar resources and language tips, among other goodies.
Pro-tip: Don’t miss the phrases, short phrases and idioms sections.
2. FluentU (App Store | Google Play | website)
FluentU isn’t a regular Spanish podcast—it’s actually a learning platform where you can learn new words through authentic videos and Spanish audio dialogues, check out annotated definitions, add new interactive flashcards to your own personal vocabulary lists, and much more!
Some examples of videos you’ll be able to watch are: “A Morning Around Valencia, Spain,” “HBO’s The Pelayos,” “Your Emotions Are Contagious,” “Man and Science: From Myth to Reason,” “Antonio Banderas Learned English,” “Three Tips for Public Speaking” and “Frida Kahlo’s Life Illustrated,” just to name a few.
So, how does FluentU work?
The great thing about these videos and audio dialogues is that they cover a range of levels—from complete newbie, all the way to native if you’ve been around Spanish for a while, so you don’t have to feel left out whether you’re a novice looking for easy audios or you’re approaching native level and just looking for videos or audios to brush up your listening skills!
What makes FluentU unique is the platform’s design. Within every video or audio dialogue, there’s a full dialogue and vocabulary section covering the main vocabulary and grammar points.
If you go into the audio lesson, the audio will start playing, and alongside the audio track, there are annotated subtitles you can interact with. You can just hover over them, which effectively pauses the audio and zooms in on a word definition, and if you click on the word, it’ll pull up extended examples, saving you the trouble of having to check up every word in the dictionary!
Not to mention you can add these words to your custom vocabulary list if you want to, helping you keep track of what you learn in each lesson!
Within each lesson, there’s also a Learn feature. It’s sort of like vocabulary flashcards for you to review all the words you’ve learned up until that point. What’s unique about this is that for each word that shows, multiple clips where that word is used are also shown below. You can select any of these clips and they’ll play just the section containing that word.
So if you’re looking to learn vocabulary through context and actual examples, FluentU might be a good choice for you!
Pro-tip: Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Play store.
3. Coffee Break Spanish (iTunes | Google Play | Spotify | website)
One of the big leaders of the Spanish language podcast field is Coffee Break Spanish.
This award-winning language course has a large legion of followers and is aimed at learners of all levels.
It features 233 (and counting!) fun episodes of 15-20 minutes each, and it’s divided into four main seasons that represent four language levels (S1 – beginners, S2 – intermediate, S3 – upper-intermediate and S4 – advanced).
In addition to this, there are travel diaries, an audio magazine (focused on the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries), an Espresso section (with episodes that focus on grammar with a cultural touch) and a section called En Marcha (On the move), that covers a trip to Malaga and interviews with the locals.
Your host for these conversational classes is Mark, an experienced language teacher with an exquisite Spanish accent. He’ll have several native and non-native co-hosts (all of whom speak Spanish fluently) throughout the different episodes, and the best of all is that the conversations build upon each other!
The topics you’ll listen to are as varied as they can be. One day you can learn about finding your way around town or ordering a coffee, and the next about Federico García Lorca or a sunken treasure!
Pro-tip: Have a look at the Blog section if you have the chance to visit the website.
4. SpanishPod101 (iTunes | App Store | Google Play | website)
One of the really neat things about SpanishPod101 is that you can learn the language from native speakers from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world, including Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico.
That’ll help you learn how Spanish is spoken in different regions you may be traveling to or are interested in. Your accent will be unbeatable, and your speaking skills, out of this world.
The episodes are upbeat and enjoyable, and the language they include depends on which of the five levels you’re in. The dialogues are repeated several times and are supplemented with a wealth of supporting material such as transcripts, vocabulary lists, grammar notes and cultural insights.
SpanishPod101 has lessons for beginners all the way up to advanced Spanish language speakers. Sign up for free!
Pro-tip: The one-dollar welcome package is totally worth its price.
5. Spanish Obsessed (iTunes | Spotify | website)
Spanish Obsessed offers excellent language-learning programs by a real-life couple of Spanish speakers.
Rob is from London and Liz hails from Colombia, and they’ve put a lot of thought and charm into their work, so you can feel that they both sound like they’re really enjoying the lessons.
The podcasts are divided into three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced, and they include conversational Spanish, the type you’ll hear on the street and in the shops and bars, not in the classroom.
Pro-tip: If you access the podcast through their website, you’ll also have access to a blog and some grammar and vocabulary guides.
6. Language Treks (website)
Language Treks is an educational software program primarily designed for school students, but it’s suitable for any Spanish language beginner.
Your hosts are Johnny Spanish and Christina, who both have colorful, engaging and infectious personalities.
The podcasts breeze along at a good pace, but not so fast to make you get lost. Throughout the podcasts, the listener is invited and encouraged to repeat words and phrases out loud. The lessons range from 8 to 13 minutes, and each one is divided into bite-sized chunks.
Some of the topics covered include: talking about what you do for a living, asking and talking about the language(s) you speak and expressing how you’re doing.
Pro-tip: You can try the first lesson of Language Treks’ “Discover Spanish Course” for free by signing up to the website.
7. StudySpanish.com (website)
The first thing that catches your attention when you listen to these comprehensive Spanish podcasts is the lively music they include.
After the intro, a whole journey into the Spanish language for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers starts.
The lessons are quite formal in structure and revolve around Spanish grammar. Each episode is devoted to a specific grammar topic and is full of helpful explanations.
There’s a treasure chest of supporting educational material on the website, including pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary lessons, mini-quizzes and verb drills. Just about everything is covered in the entire series.
Pro-tip: If you’re really looking for a free podcast series, you’ll have to look somewhere else, since only two episodes are offered for free.
8. Podcast in Spanish.org (website)
When you listen to Spanish.org’s podcasts, it feels like you’re eavesdropping on a genuine conversation between friends.
The dialogues are presented at normal, native speed. It’s not a coincidence their slogan is “natural conversations, real Spanish.”
The trick here is obviously to try and understand as much about what’s being said as possible. But don’t worry if any or indeed most of it sounds alien to you. Each podcast is accompanied by a transcript, a worksheet with answers and vocabulary tasks (available only for paying members, though). Once you’ve worked through those, go back and listen to the podcast again. It should all be clear now.
A lot of thought and effort has been put into making these Spanish podcasts as stimulating as possible since the conversations cover a broad range of subjects that go from how social networking has changed the way we relate to each other to neighborhood services and even a trip to the zoo.
Pro-tip: You can check the “Freebies” section to get three free sample worksheets.
9. Notes in Spanish (iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | website)
Notes in Spanish is made by a husband and wife team based in Madrid. Ben is from England and Marina is a madrileña (a woman from Madrid), and together they offer a trip to Spanish full immersion thanks to their use of real conversational phrases to talk about real-life happenings.
The podcasts are divided into five categories: Inspired Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Gold (which includes English analysis after each episode) and “3 Words For Ascuas” (with episodes focused on words and phrases), with each category being accompanied by worksheets (for a price). Additionally, each episode starts with a recap of the previous one.
This dynamic language duo must be doing something right, as they’ve built up a large following. There’ve been more than 40 million downloads worldwide of their Spanish audio since 2005!
Pro-tip: Subscribe to their newsletter to get your free “Kickstart Your Spanish” report.
10. SpanishLand School (iTunes | Spotify | website)
SpanishLand School’s podcast was created by Andrea Alger as a way to bring Latin American Spanish closer to Spanish learners.
Mainly conducted in Spanish, this podcast has 287 episodes as of March 2021, and it gets updated every three to five days.
Designed to help intermediate and advanced learners of Spanish get through the intermediate plateau all the way to fluency, each episode of SpanishLand School’s Spanish podcast revolves around a grammar or vocabulary topic that’s introduced and explained with the help of tons of examples.
One of the promises the podcasts makes is that you’ll learn how to think and speak like a native speaker. The content of the episodes is indeed valuable and she’s a native Spanish speaker. However, students will notice she speaks excessively slow for the topics and levels at hand.
Pro-tip: Check the blog on the website for more tips and tricks on learning Spanish.
11. The Unlimited Spanish Podcast (iTunes | Spotify | website)
If you’re a fan of the Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) method, you’re going to love Òscar and his way of teaching Spanish.
With 227 episodes published so far (March 2021), this podcast can be used by any student who’s reached at least the intermediate level or wants to have contact with a crystal-clear Spanish-from-Spain accent at a rather slow speed.
The topics of the episodes go from short stories related to Òscar’s life to cultural and linguistic explanations. There are also many episodes devoted to Spanish expressions, vocabulary (like money or compliments) and some grammar rules, all delivered in a way that’ll make you feel like you’re being told a fairy tale.
Pro-tip: Sign up to get Òscar’s “5 Pillars for Learning Spanish” mini-course and free samples of his courses.
12. LightSpeed Spanish (iTunes | website)
Don’t let the simple look of this podcast’s website fool you. LightSpeed Spanish is a great way to learn European Spanish from scratch.
Hosted by Gordon Smith and Cynthia Durán, the episodes of this podcast are divided into four levels (Absolute Beginners, Early Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate and Advanced).
In each episode, Gordon and Cynthia have a conversation during which they discuss a specific topic. The beginner series includes plenty of English explanations and Spanish translations, while later, more advanced series keep English to a minimum.
Starting with greetings in Spanish and the Spanish alphabet, the hosts will teach you about many diverse grammar, vocabulary and cultural topics such as Spanish-language gender, question words, reflexive verbs, connecting words, Spanish commands, family values and the meaning of success, just to mention a few examples.
Pro-tip: Practically every topic is available (for free) in video and downloadable audio format and includes written grammar explanations. Don’t miss them!
13. Hoy Hablamos (Spotify | website)
Hoy Hablamos (Today We Talk) is a unique podcast series because of one simple fact: they upload a new episode every weekday (from Monday to Friday).
At 1060 available episodes as of March 2021, Hoy Hablamos must have the most hard-working team of podcasters I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to (mind you, I’m a Spanish teacher and a Spaniard, so I’ve heard my fair share of Spanish audio in my life).
Don’t think quality is compromised by quantity in this podcast. The host has an exquisite native pronunciation (European Spanish), and the quality of the audio is superb.
Each episode lasts between eight and 15 minutes on average and covers one topic. From culture and traditions to people and vocabulary, if there’s a topic to talk about, Hoy Hablamos has probably already covered it in their podcasts.
Additionally to the daily podcast, they have a grammar podcast (Hoy Hablamos de Gramática—aired for free every Wednesday) and a Premium podcast, available for premium subscribers only.
Pro-tip: If you want to have access to over 900 PDF files with transcriptions, exercises and grammar explanations, become a premium subscriber.
14. Charlas Hispanas (iTunes | Spotify | website)
A project created by the Hoy Hablamos team, Charlas Hispanas (Hispanic Talks) is the Latinamerican version of the previous podcast.
The series has the same Monday-to-Friday schedule, high quality of audio and teaching-through-storytelling method, but this time, the hosts come from Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Argentina.
Charlas Hispanas is a much younger podcast, with “only” 303 published episodes so far.
They also offer a premium subscription with transcriptions, exercises and grammar explanations.
Pro-tip: Charlas Hispanas also has grammar-related episodes scattered among the other episodes (they’re tagged as “Grammar”).
15. Doorway to Mexico (iTunes | Spotify | website)
Aimed at intermediate and advanced students of Spanish, this 44-episode podcast series divided into two seasons will get you from book-Mexican to street-Mexican user 20 minutes at a time.
In each episode, you’ll listen to a dialogue and then Paulina, the teacher, will have a bilingual conversation with her students during which she’ll explain key vocabulary concepts, expressions and slang, among other helpful things. They’ll also learn about Mexican culture and traditions, and how day-to-day activities and life take place.
Her students will ask her questions, often in English, to which she’ll mainly answer in Spanish. By the end of the episode, both you and the respective student will have understood the dialogue and will be ready to use what you’ve learned.
Pro-tip: You can get tons of bonus material such as study guides, transcripts and additional audio for a one-time payment.
Other Resources on Spanish Podcasts for Learning Spanish
Do you need more info about learning Spanish with podcasts? Here you have a couple of extra resources:
- Free podcasts by Fluent in 3 Months: If you’re an intermediate or advanced Spanish learner, this resource will give you info about how to access a ton of native Spanish podcasts easily.
- Learn Spanish for Free by FluentU: Craving more? Learn Spanish for Free includes some additional Spanish podcasts we haven’t mentioned here, as well as many other useful resources for learning Spanish completely for free!
Francisco J. Vare loves teaching and writing about grammar. He’s a proud language nerd, and you’ll normally find him learning languages, teaching students or reading. He’s been writing for FluentU for many years and is one of their staff writers.
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.
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