9 Best Spanish YouTube Channels to Learn Real Spanish

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

Beginners and intermediates 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; it’ll help tune your ear to the sounds of Spanish.

Note on subtitles: In addition to the subtitles listed below, most Spanish YouTube videos have the option of auto-generated Spanish captions that can then be auto-translated into English and other languages. Auto-captions are not the most accurate, but sometimes they’re better than nothing!

1. 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, and Easy Spanish is just as captivating.

This engaging Mexico City-based show mostly consists of street conversations with native speakers from Spanish-speaking countries. These fun short interviews on topics like How to Flirt in Spanish, Embarrassing Stories, and What Mexicans Love and Hate About Mexico 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.

2. 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 as well as guests from various Spanish-speaking countries to build familiarity with 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.

3. 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.

4. 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!

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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, and 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 — also check out Españoles en el MundoCastellano-Manchegos por el Mundo, and Mexicanos en el Extranjero.

8. 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 was created to promote 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.

9. 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 conversational Spanish YouTube channel recommendations? Please share your favorite Spanish-speaking YouTubers in the comments.


Banner image © La Ruta de la Garnacha

10 Comments on “9 Best Spanish YouTube Channels to Learn Real Spanish”

    • 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. 🙂

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