What are some of your favorite ways to learn Spanish? Personally, I love speaking Spanish with natives and hearing the language being spoken.
Over time, you can pick up how the pronunciation is spoken and the different phrases that only native speakers use.
Listening to Podcasts can be a very passive experience, but also can be one of the most rewarding and simple ways to learn the language, if done right.
Podcasts are a great way to maximize your learning when you are doing simple, thoughtless tasks.
What is a simple, thoughtless task? I put folding the laundry, driving to work (while still being attentive), or taking your dog for a walk in the thoughtless task category.
Heck, sometimes even office work that you do in a cubicle can be thoughtless at times.
Below I am going to lay out the top Spanish Podcasts to listen to whether you are an early beginner or high advanced (near native) speaker. We have just the Podcast for you not matter what your language level.
Best Spanish Podcasts for Beginners
Even after all these years, it is hard to argue against the quality of the Coffee Break Spanish Podcast. These guys were one of the first ones to get started in the language podcasting space in 2008 and truly do a fantastic job teaching the Spanish language to all learning levels.
I still remember listening to Coffee Break early on in my Spanish journey 3 plus years ago. The main person behind Coffee Break Spanish is a guy named Mark from the UK.
He has a charming voice (is that ok to say?) and does a great job teaching the language with his cohosts.
They walk through all the elements of the Spanish language in detail through teaching, dialogues, and interesting stories.
If you are just starting out, my recommendation is to start on the very first episode. Yes, that is a lot of scrolling down on the Podcast app as there are quite a few episodes!
When I first started, I lazily clicked on a more recent episode and found myself very confused.
Thankfully, this Podcast slowly works its way up and gets more and more advanced over time. As you are improving in the language you can steadily improve with it as they provide more advanced teaching.
You will also notice we have recommended them for intermediate learners.
Spanish Pod 101 is another extraordinary Podcast with some fantastic teaching. I have used them a little bit in the past and have found their resources very helpful. They are especially good for beginners and early intermediates.
I like how they implement some video lessons and dialogues into their teaching. This makes the material easy and more enjoyable to digest.
In all their lessons, the dialogues sound natural and really make you feel like you are right there with the native speakers.
They also break down the conversations in a slower, easier to understand way which helps beginner students understand the jist of what is being said.
They offer audio lessons, video lessons, Spanish words of the day, and interesting dialogues on their podcast episodes.
Most of their lessons are quite short, ranging from a few minutes long to about 15 minutes or so. The shows are always well put together and notably high quality.
Discover Spanish is a fun and simple to understand Podcast to listen and follow along with. Their lessons are geared towards those just getting started learning the language.
The episodes are about 15 minutes long and is spoken by Jonny from Miami, Florida and often a co-host. He is a fun and energetic and clear in his speaking.
He patiently walks through various dialogues and does a great job teaching all its elements so that early learners can understand what is being spoken.
My only criticism is that their episode titles say the lesson number and doesn’t actually say what the lesson is going to be about! For instance, the titles of the episodes are labeled: “Lesson 29 – Discover Spanish” or “Unit 5 Review.”
I am not sure if that is by design, but personally I like knowing what I am learning before I click to download or stream the episode.
Their Podcasts are very well produced with excellent music as they do a fantastic job of teaching the language in each episode. Even though the Podcasts are now a bit dated (most recent is 2011) the teaching and quality is still relevant to make it one of the top Spanish Podcasts for beginners.
I think you will grow to love this Spanish language Podcast, just like I did early on.
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Best Spanish Podcasts for Intermediate & Advanced Students
Once again, you find Coffee Break Spanish on our list for the best Spanish Podcast Intermediate Students can listen to.
As mentioned earlier, in the beginner section, Coffee Break Spanish does a superb job of slowly moving the listener to more advanced episodes over time.
As you improve in the language you can gradually begin to listen to more recent episodes with more advanced content and sentence structures.
It’s important that you don’t start on episode 1 otherwise you will think that the Podcast is too basic!
The most recent series on “Coffee Break Spanish - Season 4” are excellent. They use a fun story with interesting romance and dialogue to keep the episode interesting and engaging. If you are a higher intermediate speaker my recommendation is to start with episode 1 of Season 4.
After the dialogue and story is told, the hosts break down the essential elements of the language and walk through what took place and what was spoken.
They also have some fantastic episodes on the “Expresso” series and the “Magazine” series in which Alba interviews various Spanish speakers on a variety of topics.
The only drawback with Coffee Break Spanish is that they do spend a bit of time speaking in English explaining what is going on. If you are looking for a more advanced Podcast that is primarily, if not all, in Spanish, I recommend you continue with the below recommendations.
In recent years, Coffee Break has expanded their offering to teach lots of other languages through their same methods and approach. Word of wisdom, only learn one language at a time!
When I achieved a higher intermediate fluency, I quickly latched on to Ben and Marinas wonderful Spanish Podcast, Notes in Spanish.
Indeed, they offer both an Intermediate level podcast and an Advanced Level Podcast to check out.
Ben is from the UK and also speaks a very clear Spanish dialect from Spain. He and his wife Marina, who is from Spain, speak on various topics through their engaging conversations.
The podcast episodes are short, about 15–30 min long, and are just about all spoken in Spanish.
The material has aged itself over the years, but as mentioned earlier, the speaking and topics are timeless. I love this Podcast as it is mostly in Spanish and they discuss interesting topics like “El Sistema Educativo” or “Inmigracion.”
They keep the conversation lively and the topics are quite interesting to listen to.
If you are at a more advanced Spanish level, and are learning Spanish from Spain, my recommendation is you check out their 100+ podcast episodes.
I couldn’t recommend a Podcast without mentioning our very own, could I?
Españolistos is a Podcast hosted by Andrea (Colombian Spanish teacher) and myself (gringo) that is 99% spoken in Spanish with a Latin American (and gringo) dialect. Each weekly episode runs for about 30 minutes long.
We created this Podcast as we found that their were some great Spanish Podcasts, but not many with Spanish conversations on interesting topics.
The Podcast is comparable to Notes In Spanish, but with the Latin dialect. Thankfully Andrea corrects my pronunciation errors at times.
It’s fun and engaging with lots of interesting topics like the 10 best places to go in Argentina or the 7 best Spanish movies to improve your Spanish.
Some topics are controversial like abortion and some are lighthearted like the top Latin American foods.
The point is to hear the language spoken and slowly pick up on new words and phrases as we get deeper into the vocabulary.
Since it is completely in Spanish, we can’t recommend it for just the everyday casual listeners.
Radio Ambulante is the newest of the few mentioned above and is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.
I only wish that it would have been made available sooner as it just came out at the end of 2016!
The show features fantastic journalism from NPR and the people that brought you the wildly renown This American Life Podcast.
Episodes average around 30 minutes long and feature interesting stories from Latin America and around the world. It features profound, emotional topics like diversity and the struggle that many Latinos face around the world.
It is truly well told storytelling and spoken in clear, easy to understand Spanish. I love how the Podcast weaves in interesting and personal stories. Our brains learn through stories and they do a great job telling them.
If you are an advanced language learner, I recommend you checking this one out soon.
Best Spanish Podcasts News Series
Maybe by this point, you want to hear the news in Spanish.
That’s what I like so much about News in Slow Spanish. They deliver the news, but in a slow and easy to understand speaking.
What I like most is that they have the Spain dialect and the Latin American dialect.
If you are trying to catch up on the news and improve your Spanish, this is a very good Podcast to start with.
As far as news Podcast series go, I would put this more in the intermediate category.
Since it is for Spanish language learners it is not spoken at the same speed and intensity of a normal native speaker. For that, I would recommend the below Podcast.
How often do you watch CNN?
These days, I often stay away from the news due to all the negativity out there. However, when I do watch or read up on the news, I often stumble upon CNN.
Thankfully, much of their material is also in Spanish on the interwebs and in audio and video.
If you are at an advanced level and are a news junkie, why not try and listen to CNN en Español?
These Spanish Podcasts news episodes are short and walk through a variety of topics just as any news station would.
You can pick your favorites and get caught up on the worlds happenings all on your drive to work. If you are having a hard time giving up your news talk radio in the morning, why not try out CNN en Español.
The episodes are regularly updated to keep you updated on only the latest events going on around the world.
What’s the Best Spanish Podcast to Listen to?
We tried to lay out some great Spanish Podcasts to listen to regardless of your language level. I have tried all these Podcasts to some extent and have enjoyed them all.
Just about every Podcast on the list offers paid programs for those that really latch onto the teaching.
I have never paid for any Spanish transcripts or for the paid material, but find all the free Spanish Podcasts fun to learn from and easy to listen to.
My encouragement to you is to find a Podcast that you enjoy and understand and start listening to it during the time your brain is normally sitting on the sidelines.
Next time you are heading to work, turn off the latest pop song and put on the latest and greatest Spanish Podcast!
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