7 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, all 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 always the most accurate, but sometimes they’re better than nothing!

1. Easy Spanish

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. 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 quite 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.

3. La Ruta de la Garnacha

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!

4. Luisito Comunica

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 and pop culture references.

5. Madrileños por el Mundo (MXM)

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.

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.

6. 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.

7. VICE en Español

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 recommendations? Please share your suggestions in the comments.


Banner image © La Ruta de la Garnacha

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