Portuguese podcasts let you get Portuguese listening practice on the go. I listen at the gym and while walking, doing household chores, or driving. Portuguese-language podcasts also help me survive long hours on planes and buses!
Watching Brazilian movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime is a great way to practice Portuguese vocabulary and listening skills. Brazilian films also allow you to learn about the culture and gain exposure to different regional accents and slang.
Watching popular German TV shows online is an excellent way to gain cultural fluency while honing vocabulary and listening skills. Luckily for language learners, Netflix and Amazon Prime are quickly adding German TV series to their streaming lineups.
In fall 2018 I visited Russia solo. Since English is not widely spoken in Russia, I dedicated myself to learning basic Russian for travelers prior to my trip. Here are the free beginner Russian resources I found most useful.
YouTube’s become an indispensable free Spanish learning resource. Short YouTube videos are better for a learner’s concentration span than Spanish-language movies or TV shows.
The language is also often easier to understand and more authentic than in movies or series.
Getting addicted to an entertaining Spanish YouTube channel means you can improve your Spanish without realizing it while binge-watching great content. YouTube makes it appealing and fun to take quick Spanish study breaks!
Here are some of the best Spanish YouTube channels for learners.
I’ve divided the list into educational channels for Spanish learners and native content for advanced students.
Watching Spanish shows on Amazon Prime Video is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills. All the Spanish series on this list are available to stream free for Prime members.
Amazon Prime Video search by language is pretty terrible, so I’ve done the hard work for you. 😉
Watching popular Russian TV shows is an excellent way to learn about the culture while practicing vocabulary and listening skills. Luckily for us language learners, Netflix and Amazon Prime recently started adding Russian TV series to their streaming lineups.
If you’re an advanced learner, try using Russian subtitles if available as studies show it enhances language learning.
I’ve been a fan of Mexican actress Kate del Castillo ever since getting hooked on Televisa novela La Mentira in the ’90s. I learned so much Spanish watching that show! I love Kate’s badass characters and her outspoken personality, both on- and off-screen.
She has a pithy, colorful way of expressing herself that has me grabbing my notebook and jotting down fun new vocabulary whenever I listen to her.
Watching Spanish movies on Amazon Prime Video is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills.
All the Spanish-language films on this list are available to stream free for Prime members. Amazon Prime Video search by language is pretty terrible, so I have done the hard work for you. 🙂
Interested in learning Spanish in Mexico? Trying to choose a Spanish immersion program can be overwhelming. Here are 12 of the best Spanish schools in Mexico, broken down by region. These are all programs I’m personally familiar with, or that have outstanding reputations.
May 2020 update: Don’t let current travel restrictions keep you from studying Spanish. Ask the schools you’re interested in about virtual courses. They are all adapting their offerings now so you can learn online.