4 Podcasts Every Spanish Beginner Should Listen To

Since the invention of the iPod, podcasts have risen to be one of the most popular forms of entertainment. It’s easy to see why – the majority are free, you can listen on the move, and they cover almost every interest area. If you don’t have a native Spanish speaker at hand, they’re a great option for training your ear to your new language.

All of the podcasts mentioned should be available on iTunes or your preferred podcast app.

Coffee Break Spanish 

One of the most popular Spanish learning podcasts around, Radio Lingua Network’s Coffee Break is great for beginners. There are 4 seasons worth of 20-minute episodes, featuring teacher Mark and student Kara. Both are Scottish, but their accents are clear, and the Spanish is easy to understand.

Each season increases in difficulty and includes many useful topics, whether you’re going to Spain for a city break or starting a new life there.

Coffee Break has become so successful that it now offers online courses at their Coffee Break Academy in 5 languages.

Learn more at https://radiolingua.com/category/coffee-break-spanish/

Notes in Spanish

Notes in Spanish has built up a great reputation in the Spanish learning community since 2005 and has even been featured in Lonely Planet and the New York Times. Brit Ben and his Spanish wife Marina are based in Madrid and they focus conversational Spanish in real life situations. Their conversations are authentic and allow you to hear Spanish as it should be spoken.

Each episode of the podcast starts with a recap of the previous one and focuses on any difficult points. The audio is free, and you can also pay to download accompanying worksheets which focus on grammar, vocabulary, and themes raised in the episode.

Check out their website at https://www.notesinspanish.com


Audiria is a fantastic, fun way to start studying Spanish. A family project, started by two brothers based in Malaga, there are episodes based on every subject you can think of. Their aim is not just to help you improve your Spanish, but to promote their language and culture.

Whether you want to learn how to deal with practical issues like buying medicine at the pharmacy or discover the culture and history of Spain by learning about Pablo Neruda’s poetry, you can do it with Audiria.

Each episode is clear about the language complexity so it’s easy for users to decide if they are brave enough to tackle it.

The best thing about Audiria is that all of the material is completely free, including the worksheets and learning resources that come with the podcasts.

You can find out more at their website http://audiria.com


Not everyone who learns Spanish goes to Spain. As I’ve found recently living in South America, the language in this part of the world can sometimes be VERY different.

Luckily, Spanishpod101 recognizes that and their podcasts feature native speakers from Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador, to name a few. With content for beginners all the way up to advanced, this is a great way to improve your Spanish!

See what they’ve got to offer at https://www.spanishpod101.com/

Hopefully, this article has given you a better idea of which Spanish learning podcasts are useful for you. If you have any of your own recommendations, please leave them in the comments below!

Creative Language Learning Awakes: Kanji with WaniKani

What is WaniKani?

The Creative Language Learning Platform For Kanji

WaniKani is an online platform designed to assist Japanese learners to overcome the massive obstacle they face, kanji. Many learners shake and quiver in fear at the mere thought of seeing ten strokes flash across their eyes, not knowing what each of those strokes means. Classrooms tackle kanji through standard repetition methods, mainly through textbooks, this method can be a described as a bit dry, difficult, and “mendokusai”. Imagine this, cramming ten kanji in the lobby ten minutes before class before just to pass a test, wipe the sweat off your forehead and begone with them forever. Heartbreaking right?

WaniKani however, makes this a bit more interesting through its space repetition and mnemonics system.  The websites colourful layout also runs circles around the traditional black and white book.

Wanikani Dashboard

So what exactly makes this language learning platform so well known in the Japanese language learning community?

Let’s start off with a list of positives this colourful, multifaceted crabgator offers.

Pros of Wanikani

Creative Power Unleashed

WaniKani’s mnemonics system introduces a plethora of wild and crazy stories to help you remember a kanji in its entirety,  forget strokes (well okay, don’t forget them, but stash them away somewhere safe while using Wanikani. It also introduces you to the breakdown of radicals, which are the building blocks to kanji. If you know all your radicals and creative enough you can effectively memorize all 2,000 + kanji.


Learn Kanji In Context

Wanikani doesn’t just throw kanji at you and say “Here, you have a week to learn these, then you’ll have a test.” Sound familiar professor? Just kidding, but seriously Wanikani introduces you to vocabulary associated with the kanji you are you learning. It also provides context sentences so you can see exactly how the vocabulary word in its kanji form is being used.

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Wanikani kanji break down and context sentences


Spaced Repetition is King

You will not advance to the next level until you GET it. Wanikani ensures that the users actually learn the kanji, vocabulary and radicals. Its level system is a huge motivation factor, you must reach the level of guru on 90% of the kanji that was introduced before advancing to the next level. Depending on how fast you are this can take anywhere between 7 and 100 days.

Wanikani Progression Bars


Modify The Way You Learn Kanji

There is a massive collection of plugins to help you modify your learning experience. So you won’t be stuck with the same old wanikani layout and software 24/7. You can create your own learning environment and go at your own speed.


Stay Engaged With WaniKani’s Online Community

There is also an active community forum for you to use while your reviews are on cooldown. You can basically go and talk to other members on the same journey as you are. It’s a great way to stay focused and avoid distractions. It’s also beneficial to see the different methods people are undertaking to study Japanese, prepare for exams and discuss in general just about anything.


Wanikani online community

Cons of Wanikani

Wanikani has a slow startup

It is slow in the beginning! If you happen to already know some basic kanji you are still going to have to go through the beginning levels to access the higher levels and more intermediate lessons. You cannot skip levels. If you fall behind on reviews…. you will drown. BUT! There is a vacation mode you can activate when you are not able to do any reviews. It will freeze your review lineup until you get back.

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Radical Radicals, No Pun Intended

The radicals can be a bit strange at times. Depending on whether or not you have some experience of radicals already, making the switch to WaniKani’s highly creative platform can be a challenge. Some of the radicals you will be introduced to will be extremely RADICAL if you catch my drift. I forgot a narwhal was an actual animal until Wanikani named an entire radical after it. Use your discretion here…

Wanikani Radicals Tie Fighter


The Conclusion on WaniKani

Overall Wanikani is a highly affordable platform for Japanese learning for what its worth.  While its platform may be difficult to become adjusted to, that doesn’t change the fact that the mnemonics approach works wonders. Its unique methodology is what attracts learners from various backgrounds; it certainly doesn’t feel boring and its interface is bright, creative and mesmerizing.  It’s like the crabgator has you in his hypnotic prowess, and you can’t escape unless you finish all 60 of his trials and tribulations!Wanikani Pricing


Did I mention that these 60 levels all together can be finished within a year if done at maximum speed? Did I also mention that WaniKani teaches you effectively just over 2400 kanji and 6000 vocabularies…that’s kind of crazy when you compare this amount to Japanese grade school. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR HAIL THE CRABGATOR!

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