15 Free Spanish Podcasts Every Spanish Learner Should Listen To

15 Free Spanish Podcasts Every Spanish Learner Should Listen To On Spotify, iTunes and the whole Internet

Do you know what a Spanish podcast is or have you listened to one before?

If not, then now is the best time to change that!

As you will find out, Spanish podcasts can help you to learn and improve in the language faster. It will also allow you to sound more authentic in speech than you will from just studying texts and grammar books.

A Spanish podcast? What exactly is that?

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the times, here’s a quick heads-up from Wikipedia:

“A podcast is a digital medium that consists of an episodic series of audio files. To listen to those files, you can download or stream the podcast online on your mobile device or computer. There are tons of podcasts which you can listen to and the range of topics is innumerable.”

You can use podcasts for various purposes such as entertainment or, as in this case, language training.

Why listen to a Spanish podcast?

There is no better way to learn or improve in a particular language than to surround yourself with the language.

Most of us “Spanish learners” don’t have the opportunity to stay in Spain or another Spanish speaking country longer than our vacations last. This is why a podcast is an ideal way to listen to the Spanish mother-tongue speakers any time you want to.

What’s best about them is that YOU decide which language level and WHO you would like to listen to!

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How can you use a podcast to learn Spanish?

Podcasts are not only useful for intermediate or advanced learners, they can also be useful if you are just starting out.

There are a lot of Spanish podcasts out there that will teach you the basics in English so it feels a bit like a lesson in school.

If you want to learn Spanish monolingually however, you can also find a wide variety of podcasts which usually have a transcript attached to them, along with additional exercises.

And what’s best about it? – Hundreds of hours of educational content to take wherever you desire!

Of course, you can spend money on it, but why would you when there are numerous good Spanish podcasts for free?

To help you find them, we selected 15 great Spanish podcasts, along with additional ways to learn Spanish, and summed up the most important information so you can get a quick overview.

The language levels we state were converted to one uniform guideline (A0 – C2). A0 stands for those who have never have spoken the language before; A1 / A2 for beginners; B1 / B2 for intermediates and C1 / C2 for advanced speakers.

Language Treks

Language level: A0 – A1 / A2
Monolingual podcast: no (Spanish – English)
Transcripts: no

Originally designed for pupils, this bilingual podcast helps you when you are starting to learn Spanish as a beginner.

It is hosted by Johnny English and Christina who will teach you conversational basics in a very playful and enthusiastic way.

Spanish Obsessed

Language levels: A0 – C2
Monolingual podcast: depends on the chosen level (at the beginning it is also in English)
Transcripts: yes

Spanish Obsessed is good for both beginners and advanced Spanish speakers. While the beginner episodes are hosted in English and Spanish, as it advances the episodes gradually become only Spanish spoken podcasts.

The hosts are a nice couple who put a lot of effort into the variety of topics; Rob from London and Liz from Columbia. From time to time, they also have guest hosts from different Spanish-speaking countries to allow you to practice a variety of dialects.

During their podcasts, you can hear that the main intention of the hosts is to share their passion for the Spanish language with the audience.

Lightspeed Spanish

Lightspeed Spanish
Language levels: A0 – C2
Monolingual podcast: no (Spanish – English)
Transcripts: no

Lightspeed Spanish offers a nice way to start learning Spanish. You’ll find an episode for every beginner topic that you would typically want to learn, such as which greeting to use at what time, the alphabet, introduction and more.

Worth mentioning is that there are many English spoken explanations in the beginner’s lessons. Later on, the lessons are held in Spanish only.

Your hosts, Gordon and Cynthia, again a British/Spanish couple, are outstanding teachers. They provide explanations calmly and in easy to understand method. They also offer you a lot of information about Spanish culture and some lessons even include videos.

Language levels: A0 – C2
Monolingual podcast: no (Spanish – English)
Transcripts: yes, but not for free

This is a popular podcast. The episodes are assorted into three different levels, which makes it easy to find out which one to start with.

The selection of episodes are wide and the topics are eclectic. A small summary of each lesson gives you an overview of what the episode is about.

You listen to Mark and Kara, who are both Scottish but have easy to understand accents. Mark is Kara’s language teacher, and you have the opportunity to be a part of the lessons.

Notes In Spanish

Language levels: A0 – C2
Monolingual podcast: depends on the chosen level (Spanish – English)
Transcripts: yes, but not for free

With the podcasts of Notes in Spanish, you can start as an absolute beginner and just go from episode to episode. If you already know a little Spanish, you can easily choose the intermediate or advanced level podcasts.

Your hosts, Marina from Madrid and Ben from England, fill every episode with varied, fresh and interesting topics on Spanish culture, interesting news, travel and current affairs and so on.

Podcasts in Spanish

Language levels: B1 – C2
Monolingual: yes
Transcripts: yes, but not for free

Do you already have some knowledge of speaking Spanish?
If so, we completely recommend this podcast to you!

Since there is no basic language course, you should already be able to get around with easy Spanish when you start listening to this podcast. Every chapter is tagged with a level from 1 to 3 so you can easily choose which difficulty suits you best.

You will listen to authentic conversations between native speakers. If you have problems understanding some parts of those conversations, you have the opportunity to download a transcript.

They also offer you a wide range of topics to choose from, so listening to this podcast will extend your vocabulary at a great pace.

Lengalia

Language levels: B1 – C1
Monolingual: yes
Transcripts: yes, but not for free ( you can buy them along with their language program)

Lengalia will provide you with a good chance to expand your knowledge about the Spanish life and culture, and is divided in around 15 episodes per language level.

You will also have the chance to listen to a podcast about Latin America. Those 19 episodes are conversations held by native speakers of a particular Spanish-American country as they discuss their country.

You want something even more modern?

If you are familiar with two of the biggest music and audio streaming websites, Spotify and iTunes, and you happen to use them on an almost daily basis, well, you’ll use them even more in the future because learning Spanish (or other languages as well) is also possible on those sites, and of course with their mobile apps as well.

Learn Spanish with Spotify

Learn Spanish with Spotify

On Spotify, you will find a wide variety of playlists titled “Learning Spanish” but most of them are only a compilation of Spanish songs which can be helpful. If you want to seriously learn or improve your Spanish skills, a proper course would be better.

Luckily for you, there are more than enough playlists whose sole purpose is exactly to teach you Spanish! Here are some examples of playlists we found very useful:

Learn Spanish in Your Car

Language levels: A0 – C1
Monolingual: depends on the chosen level (Spanish – English)
Transcripts: no

Of course, you can listen to this playlist at home, too, but given the short duration of each track, you can easily listen to a couple of them while driving to school, work or back home.

The playlist starts with the very basics of the Spanish language and gets more advanced later on with a total of 163 tracks with varying lengths.

Learning Spanish

Language levels: A0 – C2
Monolingual: depends on the chosen level (Spanish – English)
Transcripts: no

This playlist is simply massive! With a total of 459 tracks of varying lengths, it includes almost every single audio course you can find on Spotify. You’ll also find a lot of the tracks and even more from the “Learn Spanish In Your Car” playlist. Included are many podcasts that you wouldn’t find easily.

There are different courses in this playlist, you can choose between a couple of beginners courses as well as intermediate and advanced ones, so if you don’t like one of the “teachers”, don’t worry, the next one’s just waiting for you!

CoffeeBreak Spanish

Language levels: A0 – C2
Monolingual: depends on the chosen level (Spanish – English)
Transcripts: yes, but not for free

Yeah, you’ve read that right, it’s the same Spanish podcast as the one we listed above but this time it’s on Spotify!

Here you’ll find all four seasons complete with 40 episodes each; along with a huge amount of other content-like discussions about varying topics. While season one is solely for beginners, the difficulty increases as the seasons continue.

Spanish learning via iTunes

Learn Spanish with iTunes

iTunes, the big Apple download monopoly, doesn’t only offer you music, videos and movies, they also offer a wide variety of podcasts and, in our case, Spanish podcasts that are designed to improve your language skills.

A lot of them are free while others only offer you some trial tracks or can only be accessed after paying for them. So the choice is yours, whether you want to pay or take advantage of the free podcasts.

ShowTime Spanish

Language levels: B1 – C2
Monolingual: yes
Transcripts: no

Yet another great Spanish podcast series by Radio Lingua Network, ‘Show Time Spanish’ is designed more towards intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers who want to improve on their language skills by increasing their range of expression and mastering the grammar.

Like the Coffee Break Spanish podcast, which you can also find on iTunes as well, it’s divided into 40 lessons and some additional tracks. There’s a total of 56 tracks with varying lengths.

Accelerated Spanish

Language levels: A0 – B2
Monolingual: yes
Transcripts: no

Accelerated Spanish, despite being a beginners podcast, can still be helpful for intermediate speakers who want to improve on their current knowledge.

Thanks to the specified titles, you can pick just the tracks you want to listen to and don’t have to go through half of the tracks to find what you’re looking for. The podcast includes 46 lessons and 5 bonus episodes to improve your Spanish skills even further.

Learn Spanish: 15 Minute Spanish for your job

Language levels: B1 – C2
Monolingual: yes
Transcripts: no

This Spanish podcast differentiates itself from other podcasts in quite a big way by focusing primarily on conversational and workplace Spanish.

So instead of the normal learning lessons, you will listen to dialogues about all kinds of topics like music, traditions or even excerpts from biographies.

There are also a lot of dialogues examples, such as between a customer service representative and a potential buyer of a product to help you get that extra vocabulary for your job.

You still want it to be more professional? – Try podcasts with costs!

Of course, there are also professional podcasts that you have to pay for. Most of these not only consist of the podcast, but they also offer you a lot of additional materials like videos, grammar sheets and so on.

In general, with most podcasts, you have the chance to listen to some episodes for free and then decide whether you want to spend money on this podcast or not. This applies also to most of the paid podcasts on iTunes. We collected some popular examples for you:

  1. Spanishpod101
  2. News in slow Spanish
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