Below is a guide to Spanish podcasts and how you can use them to improve your Spanish.
What is a podcast?
A podcast is simply a series of audio or video files that you can play on your iPod or any portable media player, or on your computer. You can download the podcast as an mp3 file or play it directly on your computer.
What’s the difference between a podcast and an mp3 audio lesson?
Practically speaking, there is little difference between a podcast and an mp3 audio lesson. Both can be played on your iPod or on your computer, or burned to a CD.
Some podcasts are structured more like radio shows than lessons. New episodes may be broadcast at fixed times as daily or weekly lessons. Subscribing to a podcast allows you to receive new episodes automatically.
Where can I listen to Spanish instructional podcasts?
Here are few suggestions on where to get podcasts that are designed to help you learn Spanish.
Notes in Spanish probably has the largest collection of free podcasts, including lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Each lesson lasts about 10 minutes, which is typical for a podcast or audio lesson. The podcasts are free but you have to pay if you want the accompanying worksheets.
Spanish Pod has a huge collection of dynamic, fun podcasts. The best thing about the Spanish Pod podcasts is that they are backed up with other learning materials such as printable PDF lessons and online flashcards. Spanish Pod requires a paid membership but you can get lessons for free by signing up for their free trial.
Coffee Break Spanish is part of the Radio Lingua Network. Their weekly episodes teach the basics of conversational Spanish.
Study Spanish has a number of podcasts, but they focus on grammar and are a little boring. There are a couple of free samples, but you will need a membership to access the rest.
What are the best mp3 audio lessons I can play on my iPod?
If you are simply looking for audio lessons that you can play on your computer or mp3 player, and you are not interested in subscribing to a podcast, you can download these mp3 audio lessons.