As the podcast craze continues to sweep the nation, and much of the world, non-English shows are becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States. In this article, we give you an overview of five of the best podcasts for people learning Spanish. Some of them are targeted specifically at Spanish students, and others are simply really engaging podcasts that happen to be in Spanish. Either way, you should definitely consider adding these to your podcast playlist!
1. News In Slow Spanish
It may not sound riveting, but News in Slow Spanish is a great starting point. It has two versions: one using Spanish as it’s spoken in Spain and the other focusing on Latin American Spanish. The aptly named podcast features discussions of current news stories in Spanish, but spoken slowly and clearly, so it’s easier for non-native speakers to understand. Once you learn some basic Spanish, listen to this podcast to reinforce your knowledge and help you get a sense of how the language sounds. The hosts also mix in notes on grammar and pronunciation as they come up in context, making the entire experience very useful for Spanish learners.
If you’re an intermediate Spanish speaker, a good podcast option is Españolistos, hosted by a Colombian Spanish Teacher and her American fiancé. The pair discusses a variety of topics, ranging from online dating to Venezuela’s economic crisis, in an effort to increase your vocabulary and improve your listening comprehension. The hosts have fun and lively conversations, so you’re unlikely to get bored and zone out.
3. Radio Ambulante
Once you’re a little more advanced in your Spanish proficiency, we highly recommend Radio Ambulante. Distributed by NPR, this Spanish-language podcast features compelling, well-produced stories from across Latin America. Like most NPR shows, Radio Ambulante is storytelling at its finest. In fact, it was awarded the prestigious Gabriel García Márquez Prize for Innovation in Journalism in 2014. Bonus: the show’s website provides a Spanish transcript of every episode, so you can follow along on paper, as well as an English translation in case you really get stuck.
This is one of several great Spanish-language podcasts from Radio Nacional de España — Spain’s public radio station. Nómadas is a travel show that takes you to a different corner of the world every week and brings you voices, sounds and stories from that destination. As with Radio Ambulante, you need to have a more advanced knowledge of Spanish to be able to follow along with this podcast, but if you can understand it, you’ll learn a lot while cementing your language skills.
5. Fallo de Sistema
Our final Spanish podcast recommendation also comes from Radio Nacional de España. Fallo de Sistema, which translates to “System Error,” is a weekly show covering science fiction, video games, comic books and other topics for geeks. If you get excited about reviews of new video games or discussions of artificial intelligence, this podcast will easily keep your attention while simultaneously helping you practice your Spanish. Fallo de Sistema, FTW!