11 Best Podcasts to Learn Spanish: for Beginners and Intermediate Language Learners, Free and Paid

One of the best ways to improve your Spanish is listening to Spanish audio a lot. The more, the better! This is exactly what Paulísima talks about in this video from Spring Languages.

In the past, you might’ve found it difficult to find enough Spanish listening resources, but in the past years, there’s been a huge surge in Spanish podcasts, both for language learners as for native speakers.

Such podcasts are an excellent tool to supplement your Spanish studies. By themselves they might not be enough to speak fluent Spanish. But the sheer ease of downloading some episodes on your phone and listening to them on your commute, while doing chores in the house or while working out can give you all the exposure you need to improve your Spanish tremendously.

In this article, I’ve compiled a selection of the 11 best podcasts to learn Spanish, both for beginners and intermediate learners, and both free and paid. I’ll also show you the best way to use those podcasts. Here they are listed out in a table:

Spanish YouTube ChannelMain Features
SpanishPod101– For beginner to advanced levels – Includes transcripts – Over 1,800 episodes – Accents from Spain, Peru, Costa Rica, and Mexico
Spring Spanish Podcast– For beginner to advanced levels – Uses Conversation Based Chunking approach – Includes transcripts and flashcards – Over 40 episodes – Latin American accent
Coffee Break Spanish– For beginner to advanced levels – Includes transcripts – Around 40 episodes – Spain accent
StoryLearning Spanish– For low-intermediate level – Includes transcripts and word lists – Over 250 episodes in story format – Spain accent
News in Slow Spanish– For beginner to intermediate levels – Transcripts available (paid) – Over 500 episodes – Both Spain and Latin American accents
Notes in Spanish– For beginner to advanced levels – Transcripts available (paid) – Around 100 episodes – Focus on real Spanish conversations
Duolingo Spanish Podcast– For beginner to advanced levels – Includes transcripts – 25 episodes – Spain accent
Learn Spanish and Go– For intermediate to advanced levels – Includes transcripts and bonus materials – Over 137 episodes – Primarily Mexican accent, with interviews from various countries
Spanish Obsessed– For beginner to advanced levels – Transcripts available (some free, some paid) – Over 170 episodes – Accents from Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, and more
Light Speed Spanish– For beginner to advanced levels – Transcripts available (free and paid) – Around 160 episodes – Spain accent
Radio Ambulante– For advanced levels – Includes transcripts – 88 episodes – Latin American accent – Focus on long-form audio journalism

And you’ll discover the 1 simple feature that makes some podcasts 10 times as effective for Spanish learners than others!

1. How to Learn Spanish With Podcasts

I love using podcasts to learn Spanish for several reasons. 

First of all, they allow you to practice your listening comprehension.

Understanding native Spanish speakers is one of the most difficult parts of learning Spanish. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts here. If you want to get better at understanding Spanish speakers, you need to listen to a lot of Spanish speakers. A lot.

Podcasts are an excellent way of adding that listening practice to your day without necessarily having to sit down and study. You can use them wherever and whenever while going through your normal daily activities, so you don’t necessarily have to make time to listen to them.

Here Are the Main Benefits of Using Podcasts to Learn Spanish:

  • Practice your listening comprehension while going about your normal day, without having to make time for it
  • Hear Spanish people talk about a variety of different topics. You’ll get exposed to a wide range of vocabulary
  • Learn about culture in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Get exposed to a wide range of different voices and accents, so you’ll be better equipped for using your Spanish in different countries.

Now, there’s one tool that I always look for when reviewing podcasts.

Without it, a podcast won’t be nearly as effective for you as a language learner.

But if it’s included, I believe that it becomes one of the best resources for learning Spanish.

Here’s the secret trick: a transcript! A transcript will help you discover chunks and chunks are the things that make the language sound natural.

Sign up to get our Chunking Starter Pack to learn more about them and become fluent in Spanish in no time! It comes with: chunking tutorials, flashcard decks, demo lessons, walkthrough videos, and other recommended resources.

Why Learning With Podcast Transcripts is So Powerful

I’m a huge fan of using transcripts for learning Spanish and other languages. I’ve even dedicated a full chapter to them in my book on language learning!


Well, learning with a transcript gives you two big advantages:

  1. You can listen at full speed and read along, so you still understand what’s being said (or you can easily look it up).
  2. It allows you to identify chunks: high-frequency word combinations that native speakers use all the time, and that you as a Spanish student should start saying as well.

Learning by observing native speakers and identifying these chunks is one of the core pillar of the the Conversation Based Chunking™ method that we use in our language courses.

Without a transcript, it’s just much more difficult to understand the Spanish speakers and hear all the interjections, filler words, Spanish phrases, Spanish connectors and even the full Spanish sentences they’re using. In short: all the things that make them sound natural, like a native speaker, will be lost on you.

Of course, you can still practice your listening comprehension, train your ear, and even learn new vocabulary from podcasts if you don’t have a transcript. But the best podcasts to learn Spanish always include a transcript, because they know how much of a difference it makes.

Por cierto (by the way): If you’d like a more in-depth explanation of Conversation Based Chunking™, you can request a free Spanish Chunking Starter pack that shows you exactly how to learn chunks with podcasts, youtube videos, and full language courses. It comes with many demo materials too 🙂

How to Use Spanish Podcasts With Transcript

So if you have a transcript, how would you learn Spanish with podcasts? Here are some tips:

  1. Listen to the full podcast episode (or some fragments) a LOT. Not just once, but several times. You can listen to it once without the transcript to test what you can understand.
  2. Then listen to the episode again, but this time while reading along on the transcript.
  3. Look up words and expressions you don’t know, for example in the Context.Reverso dictionary
  4. Pay extra attention to all the phrases, expressions, and word combinations where you think: “Oh so that’s how a native Spanish speaker would say it!”. If you understand it but you could’ve never said it yourself that eloquently or naturally (i.e. you have a clumsy equivalent translated directly from your mother tongue), then you’ve found something you want to memorize. And eventually, use yourself 🙂

How to Use Spanish Podcasts Without Transcript

If you don’t have the transcript, I recommend you take a more casual approach and just listen to the episode without making too much of an effort to look up words. Extensive listening like this will train your ears and help you get used to the sounds of Spanish as well!

Are All Spanish Podcasts Free?

All podcasts are free to listen to. Many of the ones aimed at Spanish learners offer access to extra episode resources for an additional fee.

These resources often include the transcript, which I believe is 100% worth paying for.  But you don’t have to, of course, and you can still enjoy listening to the podcasts without transcript as well.

2. Our Top 11 List of Spanish Podcasts

With all that out of the way, let’s take a look at some useful Spanish podcasts for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners!

We’ve always included an intro, some extra information and tips about the podcast, and have indicated if they have a transcript available or not.

Most of the Spanish podcasts in this selection are available on Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes), Google Play and their website. I’ve included the relevant links for each podcast so you can use your computer, phone or tablet!

Happy listening!

3. Spanish Podcasts for Beginners

1. SpanishPod101

Average length of an episode: 23 min
Language level: beginner to advanced
Transcript: Yes
How many episodes are available: 1800 episodes
Which accent: Spain, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico

With 1800 episodes, this is one of the most extensive Spanish podcasts out there.

What’s great about SpanishPod101 is that you are learning from a range of native speakers from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world: for example, Peru, Costa Rica and Mexico. That way, you can get a better feel for how they speak the language in those different regions.

You’d be surprised how many new words (or chunks) you’d come across if you hear someone from Costa Rica speak Spanish!

SpanishPod101 has high-quality audio lessons with different hosts for beginners all the way up to advanced Spanish learners.

I recently wrote an in-depth SpanishPod101 review article based from my point-of-view. Make sure to check it out if you want to know more about this great language learning tool!

You can sign up for a free account here.

Links: Website for a free account – Or get 25% off any paid plan by using this linkApple PodcastsSpotify

I also made a walkthrough video about how to use SpanishPod101 and the Conversation Based Chunking TOGETHER! Make sure to check it out on our dedicated page: click the button below!

2. Spring Spanish Podcast – Learn Spanish with Chunks

Average length of an episode: 8-12 min
Language level: beginner to advanced
Transcript: Yes (look for the YouTube videos)
How many episodes are available: 40+
Which accent: Latin-America

This one has a special place in my heart (and every chunking lover, I hope)… a podcast with lessons designed around the concept of Conversation Based Chunking™!

I’ve co-founded the platform behind these lessons, so I might be biased. Regardless, if you want to learn Spanish through fun dialogues, lessons, and roleplays, this is an excellent resource. There are tons of lessons on a variety of topics, including travel Spanish, grammar, Latin culture, and much more.

Every episode is based on an actual Spanish lesson from the Spanish YouTube channel, so if you prefer watching while you listen, you can do that too (look for Spring Spanish on YouTube.)

Transcripts and flashcards with the most important chunks are available as part of a membership. There’s a free trial available too.

Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

3. Coffee Break Spanish Podcast

Average length of an episode: 15 min
Language level: beginner to advanced
Transcript: Yes
How many episodes are available: 40
Which accent: Spain

The Coffee Break team will make learning Spanish a fun and enjoyable experience. Their hosts includes language teachers and native speakers.

The podcast episodes have been carefully written by experienced teachers so you can be very sure that you can progress steadily through the audio lessons. In that regard, it looks more like a course than just some regular podcast episodes.

Which is a good thing, of course!

The Coffee Break podcast also offers a premium subscription with bonus materials.

best podcasts to learn Spanish

Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

4. StoryLearning Spanish Podcast

Average length of an episode: 5-10 minutes
Language level: low-intermediate
Transcript: Yes
How many episodes are available:  250+ episodes
Which accent: Spain

StoryLearning Spanish is a daily immersion podcast for intermediate learners, where you can improve your Spanish naturally with the StoryLearning method. It’s produced by guy behind the “Short Stories in Spanish” books you can find on Amazon (for more useful Spanish books, read this article).

This podcast series is actually one, long story, with a new episode (chapter) released every day.

Written transcripts come free with each episode, along with word lists for difficult words, which makes it ideal to learn to understand fast, spoken Spanish.

All you have to do is follow along with the story each day, and you’ll quickly improve your Spanish in a fun, natural way.

best podcasts to learn spanish storylearning spanish podcast featured on apple podcasts platform

Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

5. News in Slow Spanish Podcast 

Average length of an episode: 5 min
Language level: beginner to intermediate
Transcript: Yes, but not free
How many episodes are available: 515 episodes
Which accent: Both Spain and Latin-America

New in Slow Spanish offers interactive transcripts with each episode, which is a huge advantage. They’ve included a range of extra materials as well (grammar points, quizzes, pronunciation exercises).

You’ll have to pay to get access to some of those materials, but if you like the episodes, that might be worth it!

best podcasts to learn Spanish

Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

6. Notes in Spanish 

Average length of an episode: 20 min
Language level: beginner to advanced
Transcript: yes, but not free
How many episodes are available: 30 beginner, 46 intermediate, 35 advanced episodes.

The Notes in Spanish  Podcast provides authentic listening practice.

Their podcast episodes offer natural conversations, even interviews relating to Spanish culture, news current affairs and a lot more!

According to their website, Notes in Spanish is designed to help you learn the real Spanish you’ll never find in a textbook or classroom. That’s music to my ears 😉

Spanish Podcasts - Notes in Spanish

Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

7. Duolingo Spanish Podcast

Average length of an episode: 22 min
Language level: beginner to advanced
Transcript: yes
How many episodes are available: 25 episodes
Which accent: Spain

Duolingo is a freemium language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and application.

While Duolingo does a good job keeping you motivated and studying every day, I’m not the biggest fan of their teaching method, because it focuses a lot on words, grammar and examples that are completely out of context and you’d never use in real life.

That being said, they do have a good podcast, that comes with a transcript. It might even be their best product 😉 

best podcasts to learn Spanish

Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

4. Intermediate Spanish Podcasts

8. Learn Spanish and Go

Average length of an episode: 27 min
Language level: intermediate to advanced
Transcript: Yes
How many episodes are available: 137+
Which accent: Primarily Mexican with interviews from many different Spanish-speaking countries

Do you want to learn Spanish and travel? Learn Spanish and travel the world with Jim and May from Spanish and Go.

Jim and May are a gringo/Mexican international couple on a mission to connect English speakers to the Spanish-speaking world. I met them in 2022 at a language creator meetup in Mexico, and not only do they create great language programs, they’re also just lovely people.

They co-host the weekly Spanish education podcast, Learn Spanish and Go, share travel and language tips on their blog, and host Spanish Immersion Retreats in Mexico (if you’re interested in such a retreat, make sure to use the coupon code EFFORTLESS to get $150 off, and send them my regards :)).

Learn Spanish through natural conversations about language, culture, and travel between a native Spanish-speaker and a Spanish student.

Each episode has bonus materials available in their Podcast Membership with interactive transcripts, a breakdown section in English covering the most important words and phrases from each episode, and more.

Advance your listening comprehension through incredible travel stories, cultural conversations, Spanish tips, and interviews with Spanish speakers from around the world.

You’ll hear natural conversational Spanish perfect for the intermediate or advanced Spanish learner. With Spanish and Go, you’ll gain the tools to travel abroad with confidence.

best podcasts to learn Spanish

Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

9. Spanish Obsessed 

Average length of an episode: 13 min
Language level: beginner to advanced
Transcript: yes, but not all are free
How many episodes are available: 58 beginner, 59 intermediate, 56 advanced episodes
Which accent: Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, and more!

Spanish Obsessed’s promise: Learn quickly, efficiently, and most importantly: have fun!

Spanish Obsessed offer a range of Spanish courses with different hosts that includes supporting materials and it is suitable for all levels from complete beginner to advance.

You can listen to Spanish audio and follow along with the transcript and even review the grammar and vocabulary.

Spanish Obsessed is also a great way to learn chunks while listening the podcast and reading the transcript. If you want to learn more about chunks and the method I call Conversation Based Chunking, click the button below! It comes with full practice worksheets, flashcard decks, and other useful resources!


Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

10. Light Speed Spanish 

Average length of an episode: 10 min
Language level: beginner to advanced
Transcript: yes, free and paid
How many episodes are available: 40 beginner, 80 intermediate, 39 advanced episodes
Which accent: Spain

LightSpeed Spanish helps you learn Spanish – you guessed it – at the speed of light!

Gordon Smith and Cynthia Durán are the LightSpeed Spanish podcast hosts. Their Spanish lessons are suitable to most levels from Beginner all the way up to Advanced. They’ve been helping students learn Spanish for over ten years. They’re now using everything they’ve learned about teaching the language in their podcast episodes! There are some great learning tips in their episodes as well.

best podcasts to learn Spanish

LinksWebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

5. Spanish News Podcasts

11. Radio Ambulante Podcast

Average length of an episode: 20 min
Language level: advanced
Transcript: yes
How many episodes are available: 88 episodes
Which accent: Latin-American

Radio Ambulante is an award-winning Spanish language podcast that uses long-form audio journalism. It is a pioneer podcast in Spanish that features Latin American audio chronicles.

They offer different topics such as news, talk, music, entertainment programs and a lot more.

The level is pretty high, and the podcast is not necessarily aimed at language learners. If you’re at a high intermediate level, this is an excellent resource to expand your vocabulary!

A transcript is included with every episode.  

Spanish Podcasts - Radio Ambulante

Links: WebsiteApple PodcastsSpotify

6. The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Best Podcasts to Learn Spanish for Your Level

There you have it: an overview of the best podcasts to learn Spanish, both free and paid.

Check them out, listen to an episode or 2, and then take your pick.

Let me know in the comments which podcast you like the most!

If there are any podcasts that you think I should add to the list, you can also let me know in the comments. Happy to take a look 🙂


– Lukas

PS: Spanish podcasts work best in conjunction with a structured Spanish course that also teaches you foundational Spanish vocabulary and grammar.

If you’d like more information on how podcasts could fit into an all-encompassing Spanish study plan, I recommend you check out the Effortless Conversations Book.

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