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!