50+ Interesting Podcasts that Will Help You Understand Spoken Spanish for Free
If you’re like many Spanish learners, you are better at reading Spanish than understanding spoken Spanish.
Unless you have had lots of exposure to native Spanish speakers, it can be hard to understand the rapid pace of Spanish speech.
To overcome this hump, it’s important to find quality audio that you can understand and listen to frequently.
With podcasts, you can boost your ability to understand spoken Spanish while you drive to work, clean your house, go for a run, or walk your dog.
One of the best things about podcasts is that they provide free, accessible, and consistent content.
Many podcasts also have transcripts that you can read and follow along with as you listen. (Note: Sometimes there is a fee or premium subscription requirement to access full transcripts for some shows.)
Some podcasts are inactive and no longer provide new episodes, but don't let that deter you. The archives of these podcasts are still available and have a wealth of great content.
With this extensive list of podcasts, you are bound to find something that works for you.
Podcasts for Beginners
Free downloads designed by Arkansas Distance Education to introduce learners to basic Spanish vocabulary.
Introductory phrases to help you begin learning Spanish
These audio files contain the listening section of a basic first year Spanish course
This podcast gives tips on learning grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation for the new Spanish learners
A series of video podcasts explaining basic structures in Spanish
Podcasts to help you learn basic phrases in Spanish
Dialogues to hear basic Spanish in context
Basic Spanish survival phrases
Podcasts for Intermediate Learners
This podcast introduces present tense verb conjugation through simple stories in Spanish
Nate and Andrea Alger discuss controversial topics, cultural events, and from time to time interview Spanish speakers.
Audio clips from Spanish learners (no new episodes)
A podcast that helps you learn Spanish using the voices of famous people.
A good way to brush up on your Spanish by listening to stories of real life
This is designed for people who have taken one or two Spanish courses and want to improve their listening and speaking
The Open University Intermediate Spanish course
Listen to interesting 10- minute conversations in Spanish
Teaches new vocabulary in context through bilingual podcasts
Podcasts for Advanced Learners
Un podcast dirigido a estudiantes extranjeros de español intermedio y avanzado (B1-C2) que se sienten estancados en su aprendizaje y quieren avanzar
The fine points of the language are presented through music, culture, history, literature and food
Learn Spanish by listening to conversations designed for the advanced/high intermediate learner (*Limited free content, requires payment for full access)
Podcasts created by a native Argentine living in the US
This is the Cervantes Institute teaching module geared toward correcting common Spanish language learner errors
19-minute podcasts created for intermediate and advanced learners
A way to increase your Spanish grammar and culture knowledge with clear and easy explanations
Program that teaches Spanish grammar and also includes short stories
This podcast is about growth, personal development, and how to achieve your goals from a host based in the Dominican Republic
Podcasts for All Levels
Of course, we have to mention our own podcast! Our show is for beginner and intermediate Spanish learners that love Latin music, travel, and culture.
Podcast with a native Spanish speaker from Colombia and a Spanish speaker that has learned Spanish as a 2nd language that highlights common errors made by Spanish learners through real conversation
A podcast for students of all levels who want to improve their listening and speaking skills.
Learn Spanish idioms, culture, and grammar with video lessons
Short lessons designed to teach you Spanish during your break, this podcast covers a variety of grammar concepts with detailed explanations
Question and Answer sessions with a native Spanish speaker.
This podcast is about the learning and teaching Spanish
Short lessons with video that cover various grammar topics
A guide to conversation hacking in Spanish
Comprehension exercises and grammar lessons for all levels
Travel and Latin American Culture Podcasts
This is a podcast dedicated to Spanish language learning, Latin American travel, and on-the-ground education
A Latin music and culture podcast
This is an additional resource for News in Slow Spanish that contains resources and information about various Spanish-speaking countries
A comparison of the Eastern and Western cultures in Spanish
Interesting stories about the diversity of the Spanish-speaking world on National Public Radio (NPR) with free transcripts in Spanish and English
Podcasts with Slang and Colloquial Expressions
This podcast will get you speaking like a real Mexican, best for intermediate and advanced learners
Presents Spanish slang from all over the world
Listen to native Mexicans talk about grammar, regionalisms, slang and more
Podcasts with Dialogues
A variety of short conversations based upon real life situations for those beginning to learn Spanish
Listen to a native Spanish speaker talk about interesting topics
Lessons with dialogue and Spanish grammar explanations by a Spanish teacher (native speaker from Spain), 100% in Spanish but speaks slowly and clearly
Fast paced grammar tutorials that teach present and past tense
This podcast offers grammatical instruction and comparison to English
A grammar review for intermediate and advanced learners
Teaches grammar through dialogues with detailed explanations from absolute beginner through advanced levels
There you have it, the big list of Spanish podcasts for all levels and interests.
Don’t be afraid to try out a variety of podcasts and only subscribe to the ones that you find useful.
The most important thing is that you find what works for you, stay interested, and have fun while you’re learning Spanish.
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¡Hola! My name is Tamara Marie. I'm a language coach specializing in brain-friendly methods to learn foreign languages faster. I speak English (US native), Spanish (advanced), and Brazilian Portuguese (beginner). I'm a Latin music & dance addict and passionate about helping people learn languages.