A list of podcasts to help you learn Spanish

I’m constantly on the look out for new learning Spanish resources to help me improve, refresh my memory and sometimes just to entertain myself.  In fact, most Spanish learners are doing the same thing, so I thought why not share my collection of learning Spanish podcast links to help out my faithful readers.

This list of learning Spanish podcasts is far from complete and probably not as well organized as it could be, it’s a work in progress.   It’s currently divided into very broad categories but should do the job for now.

Got some helpful links you’d like to share?  Found a link that no longer works?  Post a note in the comments and I’ll update the list.  In the mean time, enjoy!  There are plenty of resources here to keep you busy and I have a lot more to add.

Check back here periodically for updates or follow the  Helping You Learn Spanish Facebook page to be notified when this list is updated.  I also post a variety of things on the Facebook page that never make it to the blog so it’s good idea to follow the page anyway.


STUFF TO LISTEN TO OR WATCH IN SPANISH

Radio Ambulante Latin America Storytelling Podcast

A collection of real life interviews and stories about some of the most interesting things that have happened in Latin America, all in Spanish with written transcripts in both English and Spanish.

There’s a lot of very interesting material here, all of it based on true stories.

El Hilo

This weekly podcast follows the current and most relevant events all over Latina America.   If staying up to date on  what’s happening in Latin America is of interest to you, this is a great podcast.

Lengalia – Spanish language and Culture podcasts

A collection of online podcasts to listen to about the Spanish language and culture of Spain and Latin America.

Mitele.es Spanish TV online  [Video]

You’ll find plenty of things to entertain you at this site.  It’s TV online so there’s something for everybody.

PODCASTS FOR LEARNERS

Run by Rob and Liz, they have a great website for people of all levels and focus on neutral and Colombian Spanish.

Lightspeed Spanish

Focusing on the Spanish from Spain, this site is also run by a husband and wife team and has a lot of great content for learners at all levels.

SpanishPod101

On the website they have years of material that they’ve been producing all at your fingertips.

There’s a fair amount of free content that you can access if you create a free account.  They release at least 2 lessons a week that you can download for free.  If you want access to all of the lessons (and believe me there are a lot) you can buy a basic subscription for roughly $60/yr.

You’ll find an abundance of lessons for all stages of learning, beginner, intermediate and advanced.  When I was still trying to achieve fluency this was one of my go to resources and the basic subscription was well worth the money.

In fact, one the things that first attracted me to this site is that they have lessons dedicated to regional Spanish.  That means they have lessons on Spanish specific to Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru and Spain.   That’s a great and unique feature.

Click here to go to the website.  If for no other reason go there and sign up so you can get your free lessons, which is really valuable if you’re a beginner.

LEARNING SPANISH IN SPANISH

Español Podcast

Run by an española named Mercedes, she has a vast collection of 30-60 minute podcasts where she narrates a conversation designed to teach various grammar topics and after the conversation she then goes on to explain everything you hear in complete detail and has a transcript of the dialog that includes her explanations.  This is one of the best resources for learning Spanish on the internet.

Spanish 360 Podcast con Fabiana

Fabiana and her team teach you some of the finer points of Spanish and simplify some of the more complicated aspects of the Spanish language.  This is one of my favorite sites.   In fact, you’ll hear my name mentioned in a few of their podcasts as I submitted various questions.

Audiria Spanish Language Podcast

There’s a huge collection to materials here for beginning to advanced learners.  And if you’re looking for the Spanish of Spain, this is the site for you.

SSL4YOU – Español Segunda Lengua para Todos

This site has podcast in Spanish with written transcripts in both English and Spanish.  It’s perfect for improving those Spanish ears of yours.

Destinos – An introduction to Spanish

This is one of the most well known and popular resources on the internet for learning Spanish.  Below is the description of this course taken from Wikipedia.

Also known as simply Destinos, is a television program created by Bill Van Patten, who was at the time the Professor of Spanish and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The show was designed to introduce viewers to the basics of Spanish and had two seasons, beginning in 1992.

Its 52 episodes are often used for educational purposes in schools and are still broadcast regularly on many PBS stations, as well as many local channels.

This is a telenovela as opposed to a podcast, and it’s really well written.  You’ll find equally entertaining as it is useful for helping you learn Spanish.

PODCAST SHOWS

Mexican Slang Podcast

Learn Spanish with Diana and Héctor. They will explain some expressions and vocabulary words that are frequently used by Mexicans such as “¡qué padre!”, “híjole”, etc.

Desde el baño

A podcast created by an Argentina named Sofía, she literally recorded her podcasts in her bathroom.  She talks about the language and culture of Argentina and it’s a wonderful podcast.  It’s all in Spanish and she speaks a little fast, but if the Spanish of Argentina interests you it’s worth the challenge if your Spanish abilities aren’t quite there yet.

You can also find her podcasts on iTunes.

Dimelo caminando

This site doesn’t have a ton of episodes but the content that’s there is awesome.  The podcasts are recorded in a mix of Spanish and English and focus primarily on Colombian Spanish, with transcripts.

Each podcast is a combination of travel, language and culture.  It’s one of my favorites.


ADVANCED

Podcasts in Spanish

Escuche, aprenda y enseñe conversaciones españolas para principiantes elementales y preintermedios españoles

Edufone Learn Spanish Podcasts and Learn English Podcasts

Medical Spanish   and Spanish Grammar Review

You won’t find many websites, much less podcasts, dedicated to medical Spanish and this one is actually run by a doctor and goes into some serious details about all things medical and dental, from basic, everyday vocabulary to detailed, hardcore Spanish needed by doctors and dentists.

News in Slow Spanish Podcast

Online Spanish grammar, expressions, pronunciation and grammar exercises.  This site is excellent for helping you improve your listening skills.

IMPROVE YOUR LISTENING

University of Texas Spanish Proficiency Exercises

A huge collection of video interviews with accompanying dialogs and grammar lessons.  This a great site to help you improve your listening abilities and overall knowledge of Spanish.

Spanish in Texas

Also by the University of Texas, very similar to the site listed above.

Language Media (Spanish Countries)

Another great collection of videos of Spanish speakers from various countries with accompanying transcripts in both English and Spanish.

Yabla Spanish

Another excellent website that has an enormous video library of interviews, TV shows, music videos and more to help you improve your listening skills.  It isn’t free, but at only $10/mo it’s extremely affordable and well worth the money.

Spanish-English dialogues

A collection of short videos for beginners to more advanced students with subtitles in both English and Spanish.

Learn Spanish, Lingus.tv

Lingus TV teaches you Spanish through short humorous videos.  Each video has a transcript, subtitles, translation and notes on the expressions and vocabulary you hear in the video.  It’s a great to learn and laugh at the same time.

Spanish Listening

This site has a wonderful collection of Spanish video interviews with people from different parts of the Spanish speaking world with complete transcripts and quizzes.

Comments 1

  1. Awesome! I am always looking to improve on my listening skills. Thanks for all these suggestions…this is very helpful.

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