Taking a stroll? Riding your bike? Having a chill afternoon?
Make it relaxed AND productive with podcasts to learn Spanish!
Learning a language is a combination of 4 basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Putting on a podcast to learn Spanish is a simple way to further your listening skills outside the classroom of your Spanish school. They are ideal if you have a hectic schedule because they aren’t too demanding and you can play a podcast whilst doing something else: for example, listen to a podcast whilst eating your breakfast or doing daily chores. If you’re not sure where to find a good podcast to study Spanish, we’ve listed our favourite easy-listening ones below!
Coffee Break Spanish create a series of podcasts to learn Spanish, ranging in difficulty so you can listen at your own pace and choose the appropriate level. It’s called Coffee Break because each podcast lasts 15-20 minutes, the same as a coffee break, so it’s perfect for a quick listen. They are very active on Instagram, posting a different word each day to expand your vocab, so give them a follow too!
James Taylor, a former student of Entrelenguas says, “I’ve always used podcasts to study what I have learned in class. I recommend Coffee Break Spanish to beginners because it’s so easy to follow […] I usually listen to them when I’m walking in the countryside and that way it doesn’t feel like a chore for me’’.
News in Slow Spanish is great for keeping up-to-date with current affairs in the Hispanic world, and it’s an added bonus that you can improve your Spanish at the same time. With news sources from Latin America too, you don’t only have to learn Spanish in Spain by listening to the peninsular accent every time.
They also create videos that go along with the audio that you can watch online, all categorised by difficulty so you can select the podcasts which suit you. These podcasts are renowned amongst Spanish students because they not only help them to learn the Spanish language but enrich their understanding of the culture and affairs in the Hispanic world too! With all that extra cultural knowledge you’ll be sure to impress your Spanish teacher!
Spanish Obsessed offer a wide variety of podcasts that are adapted to your level, and they are ideal if you want to vastly improve your Spanish through the use of podcasts. They are structured more like Spanish classes, with lessons on pronunciation, and they also provide the transcript to all their podcasts which you can download and read alongside the audio. Furthermore, they offer vocab and grammar exercises so you can become a Spanish expert, all whilst remaining light-hearted and fun. Perfect, right?
Do you find that native Spaniards speak too quickly? If so, don’t worry, Podcast From Spain is a great way to become accustomed to hearing Spanish in conversational use. All their podcasts come with scripts, comprehension tests and explanations so you can visualise and put into practise what you hear, all offered at different levels of difficulty. Thanks to the supporting exercises they provide, you will find your listening skills coming on leaps and bounds, along with expanding your vocabulary and grammar.
Audio-Lingua is a website with thousands of authentic podcasts to learn Spanish that are free to download, meaning you can listen to them whenever you like. They are recorded by native speakers from all over the world, and they chat without a prepared script, giving the podcasts a very authentic feel, almost like eavesdropping on a conversation between friends. They generally speak about their culture, country and daily lives but there are no restrictions. What we really like about this site is that you can filter the podcasts by length, origin of the speaker, theme etc. if you have specific requirements or interests.
Our podcast recommendations are guaranteed to enhance your Spanish listening skills, and in turn your Spanish in general. Many of our students taking other Spanish courses are already listening to podcasts to learn Spanish outside the classroom. If you want to take a further step towards learning Spanish online, we offer Spanish webinars, where you can not only listen but also interact with a native Spanish speaker! And of course, if you have any suggestions for good podcasts, leave them in the comments below!