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

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

 Spanishpod101

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!

3 Reasons To Diversify Your Language Learning Notes With Colour

3 Reasons To Diversify Your Language Learning Notes With Colour

We’ve all been there before, stuck behind an imaginary wall of boredom while we slowly go insane scribbling in black and blue ink.  The idea of looking at your bland notes after a long day of study isn’t the most satisfying thing one can imagine. In fact, I bet half of you reading this don’t even look at your notes after you’ve written them. I know I’m guilty as can be. The fact is though, we just can’t help not looking at them, they’re so… dull.  But don’t fret there are more than two colours in the spectrum, so today I am going to share with you all 3 reasons why you need to start adding colour to your language studies.

Coloured Notes In Language Learning
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Colour Is An Attention Seeker

We are visual creatures! Colour grabs our attention more than anything else, this world isn’t black and white, so why the hell should your notebook be? Splash a bit of rainbow here and there. Colour pens are like a gift sent from the heavens, the sibling you never knew you wanted, the puppy you didn’t expect for Christmas. All of this and more! Colour adds a whole new dimension to your language learning experience. Imagine writing all your vocabulary in purple, grammar in blue and conjugations in green. The sheer amount of effort you put into cycling through colours will not only ensure the quality of your notes, but also the amount of attention you give them.

My notes
A mixture of my notes in Japanese and Spanish

Have You Seen The Instagram Logo?The Instagram Logo

Christ! That logo is probably the best thought of social media logo I can think of. It’s an entire rainbow spectrum, furthermore, there is a camera lens in the middle. Then when you open the app, you get even more colour, and vivid imagery because obviously, the app is photography based. Compare this to your language notebook, if people aren’t snagging your notebook from you to look at it, then you’re doing things wrong. How many likes do your notes have? Has anybody ever taken the time out of their day and said to you “Damn, that’s a really nice notebook?” Think about it, if everybody is writing in the same ink nobody is going to care what you’re writing down…unless of course, you’re writing from your paint palette.  Be like the Instagram logo when taking down your language notes, have an entire spectrum at your disposal, attract eyes instead of boredom.

Coloured Language Learning Notes
My Swahili Notes

Colour Helps Us Remember Better

Let’s be honest right now, how many of you have taken down notes from your Japanese language class, but because it looked so typical and bland you ended up remembering nothing that was said about the ~て(te) particle until you later sat down with the professor only to be re-lectured face-to-face. 🙋🏾‍♂️

Colour helps us to remember better
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The reason behind this is that colour helps us create memories, and studies have shown that the more vivid the memory the better the brain remembers it. Writing your language learning notes in colour creates these vivid memories while keeping your attention. Its a twofer, and furthermore it looks amazing.  Try writing the word cat in three different colours in your target language, sure it might take you a bit longer but I can assure you, that you will remember it better than if you just wrote it down once in black ink.


So What Kind of Colour Pens Are Best?

Personally, pens that are extra fine are an amazing asset. As you can see in my study notes,  I used extra fine 0.4 pens. These provide for my accurate, precise lines and save on space in the long run. However, I also make good use of my blue gel pen. It has a smooth glide and it has a good weight to it when writing on the page.

Special Cases Non- Romanized Script

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Now If you’re studying a language that uses a pictographic alphabet, then I recommend a brush pen. It’s a beautiful supplement if you want a set of heavenly brush strokes with an authentic feel to them. I highly recommend this brush if you’re practising kanji, Chinese or any other language with a none romanized script. There are coloured fude pen brushes, but the one you see me using here is just black ink, unfortunately.


 Have Fun Using Colour

Seriously, adding colour will add an entirely new dimension to your language learning journey. Even if its just only a combination of 3 colours! You will immediately notice a difference in your mood, motivation and cognitive skills when dealing with your target language. Its a form of therapy for all language learners and it works wonders in both the short and long run.