6 best Spanish language podcasts for beginners
Published on March 9, 2021 / Updated on November 4, 2022
Why listen to Spanish language podcasts if you don’t speak Spanish fluently yet? In most traditional language schools and in online Spanish language lessons, students are focused on speaking. At Lingoda we emphasise that speaking and listening go hand in hand. Never forget that social interaction in another language is highly dependent on listening. That’s why you have to develop is listening to become fluent.
We’ve talked about Spanish movies to watch and Spanish books to read before. There is another type of media that works perfectly for honing your Spanish listening skills: podcasts! If you haven’t tried out a podcast for language learning yet, it’s time to get started. Let’s look at some of the best Spanish language podcasts for beginners.
A podcast is basically a free radio show available on the internet. You can access podcasts on their website from your mobile phone or laptop. Episodes can be streamed live or downloaded for later. Listen one-by-one or binge a whole series. Podcasts are like YouTube for your ears.
Some podcasts are recorded as a hobby and others are professionally produced, but the range of topics is huge. From humour to murder mysteries, there is a podcast for every interest. The main benefits of Spanish podcasts are:
Most online lists for Spanish language podcasts send you to language lessons. We know you aren’t interested in more Spanish lessons online. You want a fun podcast, not more work! Our list is all about quick access, convenient listening, and interesting topics. Here are 6 fun and entertaining podcasts in Spanish that we recommend:
The Learn Spanish and Go podcast is hosted by Jim and May from Spanish and Go. Jim is an advanced Spanish learner from the United States, and May is a Mexican language teacher. They talk about cultural differences, travel, and interview interesting guests from around the Spanish-speaking world. Episodes generally run between 25-35 minutes, and the pace natural but not overwhelmingly fast. Transcriptions are available for each episode, as well as a companion podcast in English where they breakdown the most important words and phrases from the show each week.
Don’t slog through another boring listening exercise. Get into a Spanish language podcast that is actually interesting to follow. For understanding native Spanish speakers better and improving your accent, fun podcasts are where it’s at.