10 Intermediate-Level Spanish Podcasts You Don’t Want To Miss
Since listening is a vital part of learning a new language, here are some of the best Spanish podcasts for intermediate learners.
Perhaps you’ve been studying Spanish for a while now and want to improve your listening skills. It’s important to listen to Spanish because of the different accents and pronunciation and how the meaning of words changes from country to country.
That’s why podcasts are such essential tools for language learners. Storytelling, comedy, horror, journalism, science, education—this list has a little bit of everything to get your fix for podcasts!
(And they’re all free, by the way.)
So, grab a pair of headphones and press play!
Here are 10 free intermediate-level Spanish podcasts you don’t want to miss.
Table of Contents:
- Radio Ambulante
- Las Raras Podcast
- Notes in Spanish
- Spanish Obsessed
- Doorway to Mexico
- News In Slow Spanish
- Historias Perdidas
- TED En Español
- Duolingo Podcast
- Aprende Español Con Latin Ele
- Perk Up Your Ears and Improve Your Spanish
1. Radio Ambulante
Radio Ambulante is a Spanish-language podcast that tells non-fiction stories about Latin America; think of it as This American Life in Spanish.
Throughout its 11 seasons, they’ve shared fascinating stories, including what it’s like to be a female soccer player in Brazil and the kidnapping of a boy during the height of the Guatemalan Civil War.
Radio Ambulante’s stories are engaging and accessible to Spanish learners. In them you’ll find a wide array of accents.
In 2014, they launched an app called Lupa. With it, you can listen to all their stories with Spanish subtitles and regulate the episode’s speed.
2. Las Raras Podcast
Las Raras Podcast also shares non-fiction stories from and about Latin America; however, they focus more on personal stories. Stories about the grandmother of an Argentine journalist who was a Holocaust survivor, or about a Chilean animal conservationist who has spent the majority of his life protecting the elusive Andean mountain lion.
With Las Raras Podcast, you learn about the history of Latin America in all its accents. They upload the scripts to all of their episodes and occasionally share English subtitles for them, too.
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3. Notes in Spanish
Founded in 2005, Notes in Spanish brings authentic and real-life conversations in Spanish between a native English speaker and a native Spanish speaker—Ben from England and Marina from Spain.
They divide their content into sections for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish learners. With Notes in Spanish, you learn about tourist sites in Spain, Spanish cinema, the Spanish royal family, tapas, and more general topics such as love, family, and phobias.
Additionally, Notes in Spanish’s website offers additional resources such as paid audio lessons, phrasebooks, YouTube videos, and a blog with tons of bonus material.
4. Spanish Obsessed
If you like Notes in Spanish’s premise but prefer Latin American content, then Spanish Obsessed is for you. Lis from Colombia and Rob from England talk about Colombia, rural Colombia, the difference between tú and usted, life during lockdown, the time Rob lived through an earthquake in Mexico City, Latin American mercados, telenovelas, and more.
Episodes are marked for beginners, intermediate, or advanced Spanish learners and are 15 minutes long. Their additional content includes printed guides, blog, and video blog.
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5. Doorway to Mexico
Doorway to Mexico is a gateway to Mexico’s history, people, food, art, and culture in Spanish and English.
In Doorway to Mexico’s first season (22 episodes), you learn about Mexico’s fascinating history and culture, conversational Spanish, how to talk to a taxi driver, and how to order street food in Mexico.
In Season 2, you’ll hear native and non-native Spanish speakers talk about more profound subjects like what to do if a police officer stops you in Mexico or what it’s like to be an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. At the end of each episode, the host explains some of the colloquial expressions used throughout the episode.
6. News In Slow Spanish
Each week, News In Slow Spanish’s hosts discuss world news, politics, science, technology, and arts and culture, and they do it in an accessible and simplified Spanish. Their 600+ episodes are labeled for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish learners. Episodes are only a few minutes long. What’s more, for this podcast, you choose between Latin American hosts or Spanish hosts.
7. Historias Perdidas
Are you a fan of the supernatural and unsolved crimes? Historias Perdidas (lost stories) has got it all in Spanish.
It’s narrated by Mexican journalist and news anchor León Krauze. León’s solemn and soothing tone, combined with his dramatic and suspenseful way of telling stories is perfect for intermediate Spanish learners.
Here, you’ll hear about D.B. Cooper, Moctezuma’s treasure, the Bermuda Triangle, the Black Death, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
8. TED En Español
Yes! Ted Talks are available in español. TED En Español features TED’s official Spanish podcasts with episodes devoted to love, mathematics, music, the benefits of learning a new language, mindfulness, cancel culture, video games, indigenous languages, the universe—you name it!
The dynamic episodes are about 15 minutes long, with a wide arrange of experts and guests. In addition, it’s a splendid podcast to improve your listening skills since you’ll get the chance to listen to a variety of accents.
9. Duolingo Podcast
With Duolingo’s podcast, you listen to native Spanish speakers telling real-life stories at a moderate speed. This podcast has an English-speaking narrator who provides details and context.
Unlike Duolingo’s advanced features, its podcast is free. Episodes are between 10 and 20 minutes long. You’ll hear about a journalist meeting with the Colombian guerillas or the time a Chilean businesswoman first traveled to China.
10. Aprende Español Con Latin Ele
Spanish is the official language of 21 countries worldwide; 19 of those are located in the Americas. And it can be a little daunting to think of all the different accents.
That’s where Latin Ele Podcast comes in. Marco from Chile and Jessi from Colombia put together this podcast to help Spanish learners familiarize themselves with different accents with the help of guests and other language fanatics.
There are episodes on Chilean cinema, Dominican Spanish, and Spanish speakers in Equatorial Guinea—the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa.
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Now that you’ve read about the best Spanish podcasts for intermediate learners, which one will you listen to first?
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