Spanish podcasts allow you to improve your Spanish on the go. Listen while exercising, doing household chores, or driving. Spanish-language podcasts are also perfect for long plane and bus trips.
Just tap the title of each podcast to go to its website.
Here are some of the best Spanish podcasts designed to help you learn Spanish. Levels range from beginner to advanced. All are free, although most offer helpful extras like transcripts for a fee.
Studies show that reading while listening boosts learning much more than listening only. For this reason, seek out podcasts with transcripts for when you’re able to sit down and read along with the audio.
It’s certainly worth upgrading to a paid subscription for access to transcripts if you find a free podcast you love. Monthly costs are usually low, and it’s also the best way to support your favorite shows.
Accent: European Spanish
Transcripts: Transcripts and helpsheets available for sale. Free sample pack for every level.
Witty discussions about fascinating aspects of Spanish culture and interviews with native speakers in nicely bite-sized 10-minute episodes. Hosted by a British/Spanish couple with great conversational chemistry. Gordon, the British half of the duo, speaks inspiringly fluent Spanish.
In the advanced podcasts, the speech is generally slower than native speed. However, frequently hilarious content and challenging vocabulary more than make up for it. The discussions on Spanish insults are especially fun. Videos available for many episodes.
Accent: European Spanish
Transcripts: Free PDF Spanish transcripts provided on each episode page linked from the website
A fantastic resource for beginner and intermediate students needing to improve listening and speaking. Host Òscar from Spain covers a wide variety of interesting topics in clear, simple Spanish. Free transcripts are a huge bonus.
The podcast is unique in offering many opportunities for speaking practice. Each episode ends with a mini-story. Òscar then simulates a conversation with the listener about the story using a question-and-answer technique.
If you enjoy the free podcast, Òscar offers full Spanish audio courses using the same conversation simulation method.
A big thanks to Mike, one of my blog readers, for suggesting this podcast.
Accents: Variety of Latin American and European Spanish
Transcripts: Annual membership allows access to transcripts, exercises, and additional premium podcasts.
This course is aptly named because I became a little obsessed with the advanced series and binge-listened to all the episodes! Hosted by Rob, a Briton with excellent Spanish, and his Colombian partner Liz, who has a lovely accent. Episodes are easily digestible at 10-20 minutes.
Four free podcasts cover all levels, from absolute beginner to advanced. The advanced series features many interviews with Spanish speakers from a variety of countries to provide exposure to different accents.
Accents: European Spanish, with some interviews in Latin American Spanish
Transcripts: Support materials like transcripts and worksheets are available in the online store and to Patreon supporters.
Madrid-based podcast series hosted by Ben and Marina, a charming husband and wife team. The couple discuss a wide range of topics related to Spanish culture.
Five free audio shows are available, from inspired beginner to advanced. Notes in Spanish started back in 2005. It was one of the first podcasts for Spanish learners. I’ve listened to these podcasts for so many years I feel as if I know Ben and Marina!
Notes in Spanish Gold (high intermediate to advanced) features conversation and interviews focused on different aspects of Spanish culture. Episodes end with an English analysis of new vocabulary and grammar. The English explanations make this podcast accessible to advanced intermediates.
Advanced and motivated intermediate students can build audio comprehension with the authentic conversations in the Notes in Spanish Conversations podcast.
In the first advanced podcasts season, audio quality is occasionally a little uneven. However, the content is still outstanding. A long-awaited second advanced season was recently released, and it’s fantastic.
Accent: European Spanish
Transcripts: Full transcripts and worksheets for both podcasts are available to paid subscribers.
Fans of Iberian Spanish should check out this fun daily podcast focused on vocabulary building. It’s hosted by two young Spanish teachers, Roi from Galicia and Paco from Andalusia. Roi is the main host; Paco joins him once a week.
While both speak clear, easy-to-understand Spanish, the show is still a good way to get exposure to different Iberian accents. There are more than 700 episodes to keep you entertained.
Also, don’t miss Hoy Hablamos’s excellent weekly grammar podcast. It starts with low intermediate (B1) topics and gradually progresses to advanced (C1).
Transcripts: Transcripts, mexicanismo vocabulary worksheets, and bonus episodes available to podcast patrons on Patreon. You can also bundle these with online iTalki Spanish lessons with the show hosts. One transcript a month is available free to newsletter subscribers (subscribe at the bottom of their homepage).
This engaging new podcast launched July 2018; the name is Mexican slang for “No hay problema.” The hosts are two young Mexican Spanish teachers, Beto from Xalapa and Héctor from Veracruz.
Each 10-to-20-minute episode features a lively discussion by Héctor and Beto about a topic related to Mexican slang or culture.
Just two guys disparando la mierda. This is real Mexican Spanish at normal native speaker speed. A great opportunity to hear how natives speak in casual conversation.
Transcripts: Extensive bonus materials such as transcripts, study guides, and extended audio available for purchase.
Follow the Baxters from California on their travels in Mexico as they encounter a wide range of situations.
Each episode opens with a real-life Spanish dialogue. It’s followed by a roundtable discussion that dives into the nuances of the most challenging passages.
The podcast has a lot of English, so it might not suit learners seeking full audio immersion.
However, the detailed explanations of common Mexican and Latin colloquialisms are incredibly useful. Spanish-speaking visitors to Mexico will hear these expressions constantly, yet they are unlikely to be found in any textbook. Even advanced learners proficient in Mexican Spanish are sure to pick up a thing or two.
Accents: Peruvian and variety of others
Enjoyable and quirky program hosted by a peruano from the Amazon Basin living in Quebec, Canada.
Episodes feature a variety of engaging segments:
The only drawback is that episodes are released infrequently, so there are only 20 of them to enjoy!
Transcripts: Free transcripts available on each episode page on the website.
Originally from Peru, Luis Rojas teaches Spanish in Minnesota. He speaks clearly and at a pace accessible for intermediates.
Rojas’s podcasts cover a variety of cultural and historical aspects of Hispanic language and culture. He also provides gentle reflections on his life in the US. I especially liked the powerful integration of music and poetry into the episodes.
Unfortunately, this podcast is no longer being updated. However, it’s a very interesting and enjoyable listen.
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Accents: European Spanish, some Latin American Spanish
On April 11, 2018, the most powerful solar flare ever recorded renders all satellites and most electrical systems unusable. Two days later, the planet plunges into complete darkness, a cataclysmic event known as El Gran Apagón (the Great Blackout).
Follow humanity’s fight to survive with the sci-fi audio thriller that captivated Spain, with more than four million downloads. Short and suspenseful 10-to-15-minute episodes.
Season 1 even includes a helpful companion series, Tras el apagón. This behind-the-scenes look offers critical analysis of each episode as well as making-of and bonus material.
Accents: Mostly Mexican and Central American with some interviewees from South America
Transcripts: None, but there is an associated book
Fascinating and touching interviews with Hispanic immigrants in LA. Interviewees share their experiences growing up and struggles for a better life in the US.
Univisión news anchor León Krauze speaks a nice clear Spanish. He elicits these intense and intimate stories with sensitivity and compassion.
Thanks to our friend NoManches from The Language Learners Forum for this wonderful find.
If you love the podcast and want to practice your reading, try the book. It provides 50 of the most poignant accounts of immigrants’ experiences in the US.
Each story is about three to four pages and written in easy-to-read Spanish.
Accents: Mostly Mexican with some guests from other Latin American countries and Spain
Neteando translates as “Telling it like it is.” This talk show features outspoken Mexican actress Kate del Castillo and Mexican American celebrity reporter Jessica Maldonado. These ladies and their guests get together to dish about their lives. They also discuss current topics in news, entertainment, society, and culture.
The witty dialogue is peppered with colorful Mexican slang and pochismos (Spanglish).
Occasionally, a guest will speak mostly in English. I tend to skip those episodes since they are not ideal for practice.
Accents: Mexican, European Spanish
This highly engaging show, the world’s first audio narcoserie, was written by Spanish novelist Arturo Pérez-Reverte, author of La Reina del Sur. The director was Mexican writer and producer Guillermo Arriaga, known for movies like Amores Perros.
Another smash hit in Spain by Podium Podcast, the creators of El Gran Apagón (see above).
The series features terrific performances by a cast drawn from other narcoseries. Voice actors include José María Yazpik, Mexican drug trafficker Amado Carrillo Fuentes in Narcos and Narcos: Mexico, and Rafael Amaya, Aurelio Casillas in El Señor de los Cielos, a character coincidentally *also* based on Amado Carrillo Fuentes. Cristina Rodlo does an equally fantastic job as teibolera Sandra.
Warning: Contains scenes of violence and torture, including the opening scene of the first episode. Some sexual content.
Despite its intense nature, the podcast includes many funny moments. It’s hilarious to hear the main character, a timid philosophy professor from Madrid, struggle to decipher northern Mexican narco slang.
Fascinating true stories from the Mexican capital with themes of love and hate, crime, politics, corruption, and everyday survival. A big thank you to my amazing online Spanish teacher from Mexico City for introducing me to this one!
A few recommended episodes:
Accent: European Spanish
Entertaining pop culture show that rounds up the best of the web. Topics range from hot TV shows to fun historical tidbits.
Interesting insights into Spanish culture. Episodes are nice and short at 5-15 minutes. The hosts often speak quickly, so a second listen may be worthwhile to increase comprehension.
Another quality offering from Spain’s Podium Podcast. I am slowly working my way through their extensive catalog!
Many thanks to NoManches from The Language Learners Forum for the recommendation.
Accents: Wide variety of Latin American Spanish
Transcripts: Transcripts in Spanish and English available for free on the website.
Compelling, offbeat stories from Latin America and the United States. NPR’s first podcast en español and often referred to as “This Latin American Life.”
Get your geek on with this Bogotá-based show. Hosts Laura and Santiago discuss all things Internet-related. Recent topics include the sharing economy exemplified by Uber and Airbnb and the history of the QWERTY keyboard.
Co-host Laura also works as program coordinator and producer for NPR’s Radio Ambulante (above).
Thanks to my software engineer friend Björn for the recommendation!
Accents: Chilean and other South American accents like Colombian, Peruvian, and Argentinian
If you like Radio Ambulante, try this innovative Chilean podcast telling historias de libertad. These thought-provoking stories highlight courageous individuals defying the societal status quo in some way.
Great sound design and original music. Read more about Las Raras in El País.
Transcripts: Free Spanish transcripts available linked at the bottom of each episode on this page
The gripping true story of Cristina Martínez, an undocumented Mexican chef who fled her home to save her life. The title (“You better leave, Cristina”) comes from her family’s pleas for her to leave Mexico to escape her abusive ex-husband.
After overcoming huge obstacles, Cristina opened her first restaurant, South Philly Barbacoa. This unassuming eatery became a critical sensation and was named one of the 10 best restaurants in the country.
This award-winning podcast is the result of a six-month investigation by journalist Inger Díaz Barriga of Univisión Noticias.
Cristina was also featured on Season 5 of Netflix’s Chef’s Table. Episode 2 of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious profiled her fight for undocumented workers’ rights.
Accent: European Spanish
This extraordinary podcast is a production of Radio Nacional de España (RNE). Each weekly episode virtually transports you to a different location in the world.
Nómadas features the high-quality, in-depth reporting you expect from public radio. Before I travel, I always check to see if there are any episodes on my planned destinations.
Accents: Wide variety of Latin American Spanish; some European Spanish
Fun radionovela with a supernatural twist. Twins Sol and Mundo travel across the US and Latin America uncovering hidden family secrets and meeting long-lost siblings.
Narrated by Mexican actress Kate del Castillo, this cross-border mystery spans eight episodes. It features a multicultural cast from across the Spanish-speaking world.
Produced by progressive Los Angeles NPR affiliate KCRW, Sangre Celestial is the first ever bilingual radionovela podcast. It’s downloadable in both English and Spanish.
Accent: Latin American Spanish
Radio Bilingüe is the only US distributor of Spanish-language public radio programming. Its mission is to serve as a voice to empower Latinos and other underserved communities.
This fourteen-minute weekly news roundup features stories relevant to the Latino community. It’s short and sweet with an interesting focus on immigration, politics, and civil rights.
If you enjoy this podcast, also try Democracy Now! en español.
Accents: Mostly neutral Latin American Spanish
Daily half-hour news podcast with a focus on US and Latin American stories. I used to listen daily, but it became a little boring after a while since the format rarely changes. Still worth a listen, though.
In this addictive true crime podcast, prestigious Mexican actor Damián Alcázar narrates the chilling tale of a decades-old murder.
In December 1991, a family is mysteriously massacred in Ecatepec, Mexico. This municipality in the shadow of Mexico City soon became notorious for high rates of crime and serial killings. The only surviving witness to the crime is a three-year-old child covered in blood.
The eight-episode series is based on a yearlong investigation. Each installment recreates the events for listeners through testimonies from real people involved with the case. The final episode reveals the missing puzzle piece in the unsolved mystery.
Travel lovers should try this engaging Mexican travel podcast. It offers in-depth discussions of destinations in Mexico and around the world as well as practical tips.
For amantes of la CDMX. No, the title’s not a typo. It’s a play on words that derives from the show’s tagline: Sólo se cuida lo que se quiere y sólo se quiere lo que se conoce.
Presented by journalist Jorge Pedro Uribe Llamas, this fascinating podcast explores the past and present of Mexico City. Discover its neighborhoods, history, culture, and people.
This entertaining series narrated by Mexican journalist León Krauze examines historical enigmas. Topics include the whereabouts of lost Nazi loot, the truth behind the legend of the mad monk Rasputin, and the resting place of Noah’s Ark.
Lots of dramatic sound effects. Nicely brief episodes of 10-15 minutes.
These are podcasts that didn’t quite make the cut of my list, but that I still enjoyed and recommend if you are interested in the subject matter.
Transcripts: No longer available as the teaching website has been taken down. (Podcast audios are still available for download.)
This Mexican Spanish podcast is a quick listen at only 11 episodes of three to four minutes each. Each episode introduces a new Mexican slang expression and uses it in context of a dialogue.
Very fun concept and highly recommended for aficionados of Mexican Spanish. I only wish there were more episodes!
If you are interested in Mexican slang, also check out Doorway to Mexico and No Hay Tos above.
Algarabía, a word meaning a chaotic din or a joyful noise, is the Mexico City-based publisher of a renowned arts and culture magazine. They also compile the hilarious dictionaries El Chingonario and El Pendejonario.
Algarabía Radio is a weekly discussion of the current magazine’s themes by its editors. Check out older episodes of the show in their previous podcast Algarabía a Cucharadas (Algarabía by the Spoonful).
Recommended for lovers of la CDMX and of Mexican culture. Note that episodes can get a little rambling and long-winded. They are good for passing time while dozing on long bus rides and flights though. 😉
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Ingrid early retired from software engineering at 43 to devote herself to language learning and travel. Her goal is to learn a new language to fluency every two years. Currently, she speaks English, German, and Spanish, and is learning Portuguese.