10 Best Spanish YouTube Channels for Spanish Learners

YouTube is an indispensable free tool for learning Spanish. 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.

Tips:

  • If you’re struggling to understand native content at natural speed, experiment with slowing down video playback to 0.75 or even 0.5 . You can do this in YouTube in Settings under Playback Speed. Try not to get too dependent on slowed-down audio though.
  • In addition to the subtitles listed below, most Spanish YouTube videos offer auto-generated Spanish. These can then be auto-translated into English and other languages. Auto-captions are not the most accurate, but sometimes they’re better than nothing!

Top Spanish YouTube Channels for Learners

Here are some of the best educational channels for Spanish learning.

1. Why Not Spanish

5 Common Mistakes That Native Spanish Speakers Make

Levels: Beginner to advanced

Accent: Colombian, with guests from other countries

Subtitles: Spanish, some with English

Fun and inventive series that pairs Cody, a Spanish learner from the US, with María, an experienced teacher from Bogotá, Colombia.

Videos feature entertaining short skits using lively everyday Spanish. Interviews with guests from various Spanish-speaking countries expose you to different accents.

Most videos include a quiz at the end to test your understanding as well as links to free worksheets. Paid courses are also available.

2. Español con Juan

Levels: Pre-intermediate to advanced

Accents: European Spanish; some guests from Latin America

Subtitles: A few videos have Spanish; otherwise just auto-generated Spanish

Personable teacher Juan Fernández hails from Granada, Spain, but now lives in London. This engaging and humorous channel is highly recommended for learners lower intermediate and up who understand at least 50-60% of his videos.

Content is in Spanish only. Juan teaches grammar and vocabulary in the context of entertaining games and stories.

Be sure to also visit Juan’s website 1001 Reasons To Learn Spanish for a wealth of additional resources. These include:

  • a popular podcast with free Spanish transcripts and activities
  • short novels Juan’s written for learners at all levels
  • paid courses on topics such as colloquial Spanish

3. Easy Spanish

HOBBIES | Easy Spanish 84

Levels: Beginner to advanced

Accents: Mexican, some European Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish and English

Easy Languages is a unique non-profit that helps people learn languages through authentic street interviews. Their short, enjoyable videos show local language and culture in natural, everyday situations. I first got hooked on their excellent Easy German and Easy Russian series. Easy Spanish is just as captivating.

This engaging Mexico City-based show mostly consists of street conversations with native speakers from Spanish-speaking countries.

Videos feature fun short interviews on topics like:

Conversations are chock-full of useful colloquial expressions.

Beginners should check out the Super Easy Spanish videos, while advanced students will enjoy the Juan Responde series.

Spanish YouTube Channels for Native Speakers

Take your Spanish to the next level with the full immersion experience of Spanish-language YouTube channels for native Spanish speakers.

Listening to everyday conversational Spanish is a great way to develop your ear for the language. Here are the best Spanish-speaking YouTube channels I’ve found to learn real Spanish. They are a mix of entertaining Spanish YouTubers and documentary-style TV shows.

Beginner and intermediate learners can start with content with English or Spanish subtitles. However, don’t be afraid to watch videos that interest you that don’t have subtitles. Even if you don’t understand everything, it’ll help tune your ear to the sounds of Spanish.

4. Luisito Comunica

Comida BARATA vs CARA

Level: Advanced

Accent: Mexican Spanish

Subtitles: Only auto-generated captions

This popular Mexican YouTuber posts funny, creative reports from Mexico and around the world. His goofy good humor is contagious, even when he experiences mishaps like getting mugged in Venezuela or being detained by border security in Bangladesh.

The youth-oriented show is a great way to brush up on the latest Mexican slang.

Tip: “Don’t read the comments” may be the first rule of the Internet, but the comments on Luisito’s videos can be a hilarious way to pick up current pop culture references and Internet slang.

5. Viajando a Nuestro Aire

Presentación oficial del canal Viajando a Nuestro Aire

Levels: Beginner to advanced

Accent: European Spanish

Subtitles: English

Disclaimer: José has been my awesome language exchange partner in Madrid for some time. He and his charming wife Sandra hit the road every chance they get with their cute orange VW bug Elvis to explore the hidden corners of Spain and beyond. (Language note: Viajando a nuestro aire means “traveling our own way.”)

These Spanish YouTubers show us recommended sights as well as plenty of mouthwatering regional cuisine. We get the insider perspective through José and Sandra’s interviews with the locals.

A great opportunity to practice European Spanish while learning about the diverse gastronomy, traditions, and dialects of the Iberian Peninsula.

6. La Ruta de la Garnacha

Las famosas Tortas de Chilaquil en La Esquina del Chilaquil

Levels: Beginner to advanced

Accent: Mexican Spanish

Subtitles: Spanish and English for most videos

If you love Mexican street food, this one is for you. Charismatic standupero (stand-up comedian) and YouTuber Lalo Villar travels all over Mexico and beyond in search of the best street snacks (garnacha). Super entertaining and educational!

7. Backdoor

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Accent: Mexican Spanish

Subtitles: Most with Spanish and English

Backdoor is the Spanish-language version of Porta dos Fundos, the wildly popular Brazilian YouTube channel famed for controversial comedy sketches.

The Mexican cast provides an irreverent, politically incorrect take on themes such as religion, drug use, political corruption, relationships, and sexuality.

8. Madrileños por el Mundo (MXM)

Playlist: Madrileños por el mundo

Level: Advanced

Accent: European Spanish

Subtitles: Only auto-generated captions

This enormously entertaining Telemadrid show travels to a different location each week to interview local madrileño expats who show us around town, allowing an intimate glimpse into their lives.

The series’ producers do a great job finding engaging characters to interview (the typically outgoing Spanish personality probably makes this fairly easy!). Before I travel, I always search for episodes on my planned destinations.

The only drawback to this show is the lack of captions, since fast-paced madrileño Spanish can be tricky to understand. However, the compelling content more than makes up for it. It’s an excellent opportunity to hear real-life European Spanish.

Note that as of 2019 Telemadrid no longer releases the latest full episodes of MXM on YouTube, but there is still a large back catalog of shows to enjoy.

The popularity of this format has spawned many similar shows across the Spanish-speaking world. If you like MXM, also try:

9. Senderos

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Accent: Mexican Spanish

Subtitles: Only auto-generated captions available, but the Spanish is clear and easy to understand

This series from Mexico’s Canal 22 follows five young Mexican mochileros (backpackers) as they explore the country’s gorgeous southeast, including the Yucatan and Chiapas.

The show promotes sustainable adventure ecotourism developed in cooperation with local indigenous communities. It’s a good way to learn about indigenous culture and the natural wonders of Mexico.

A very thoughtful, enjoyable watch, especially if you’re planning to visit the Yucatan or Chiapas.

10. VICE en Español

Las reinas del trap

Level: Advanced

Accent: Variety, with a focus on Mexican Spanish

Subtitles: A few videos have Spanish subtitles, otherwise only auto-generated captions available

Like its counterpart in English, this edgy alternative news channel provides oft-controversial perspectives on diverse topics in culture, crime, sports, art, sexuality, and fashion. Slick and sometimes shallow, the millennial-focused content features lots of contemporary Spanish slang.

Have more Spanish YouTube channel recommendations? Some of my best suggestions come from readers! Please share your thoughts in the comments.


Banner image © La Ruta de la Garnacha

14 Comments on “10 Best Spanish YouTube Channels for Spanish Learners”

    • Hi Melissa, I haven’t personally (my main focus is Mexican and European Spanish), but I found what seems to be a helpful list: http://youtubersfamoso.blogspot.com. Seems like a great way to learn some Salvadoran slang and get exposure to the culture. Please let us know if you find a particular channel you love!

  1. Thanks for compiling these lists. They’re really helpful. I listen to a lot of progressive YouTube channels and podcasts in English like Contrapoints and The Majority Report. Do you know of any similar channels in Spanish?

    • Hi Heather, great question. I would recommend checking out shows from Mexico’s progressive public TV station Canal 22 on YouTube… they have series like Historias de mujeres, La mujer revelada, and Miradas sobre México. Voces de la equidad and Engaño colorido are podcasts focusing on gender equality. If you haven’t listened to them already, I’d also recommend the podcasts Radio Ambulante and Las Raras (from Chile) as they both frequently cover race, diversity, and social justice issues. Hope that helps!

  2. I like Why Not Spanish, with Maria. She’s fun and has a broad range of videos. I am surprised she doesn’t make any of the best of youtube for Spanish lists.

  3. Why not Spanish is my favorite and never seem to be listed on these “best” lists! Maria and her gringo husband Cody are great and I have learned so much from them!

    • Thanks for the suggestion! So many people have recommended this Spanish YouTube channel to me that I’ve added it. 🙂

  4. May I suggest 1001 Reasons to Learn Spanish? Juan is a Spanish professor living in England, and his channel is full of fun stories, interviews, and activities. He has a warm and funny style of teaching. I don’t think he speaks any English on his channel, yet I have no problem following along which is very gratifying for an intermediate level. He also writes novels at beginner and intermediate level, but for adults, not children. https://www.1001reasonstolearnspanish.com/

    • Thank you so much for the recommendation, Mary. I’ve heard very good things about his podcast also. Just added the channel to the list.

    • Hi Kateryna, thanks so much for the recommendations! These look like great resources for beginners and intermediates. I will check them out for my list. 🙂

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