Free online resources to help you learn Spanish
Listen to Podcasts
These podcasts are a great way of getting accustomed to the rhythm, tempo and intonation of Spanish speech:
Julia en la Onda: This podcast focuses on current news and also interesting debate topics.
Mexicano Slang: For those interested in Mexican Spanish and especially its more colloquial side, check out this podcast dedicated to teaching and breaking down Mexican slang.
RTVE: public channel. On its platform you will find four more channels, each with a different focus: cartoons, sports, politics and music.
Mitele: the leading TV channel in Spain can be found here and it is called Telecinco. This is a Mediaset online platform where you can find lots of talk-shows, reality shows and more. You can watch channels such as Cuatro, FDF, Boing, Energy and Divinity.
Atresplayer: the second private TV group in Spain, known for its TV shows and political debates. You will enjoy channels like Antena 3, laSexta, and other minor channels such as Atreseries, Neox, Nova and Mega.
Paramount Channel: cinema channel. Lately, it has also started broadcasting some TV series.
13tv: traditional channel with informative programs and political debates.
Disney Channel: channel for kids with a lot of cartoons.
Revista redELE – Electronic magazine written by the Government and supporting the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.
RutaELE – Non-profit magazine, without advertising and with no public or private financial support. You will find synonyms, antonyms, and verbs, as well as publishing rules.SinoELE - Focusing on Chinese students of Spanish, this magazine tries to establish parameters on the teaching and cultural differences between both societies. There are also online resources and materials for classes.
Boletín ProfELE - Webinars, workshops and a lot of articles with useful information about teaching and learning Spanish and why so many people love the Spanish language.
Cuadernos Cervantes - Dedicated to teachers, students and curious people. You will find a list of content for grammar and methodology questions.
e-Aesla - Scientific magazine published by Instituto Cervantes’ website with the best research carried out by AESLA (Spanish Society for Applied Linguistics).
Encuentro - Its purpose is to make grammar easier to understand.
For kids and teenagers, 'La educateca' has videos, audio recordings and interviews where you can find informative content.
'Gigas de tiza' is a blog with a lot of specializations. Online resources to help you learn Spanish with recipes, social network and more. An extensive source to help you improve and delve deeper into the language.
RAE: Official Spanish Royal Academy of Languages Dictionary.
Reverso: Words’ definitions and quite good for polysemous words.
WordReference: Online translation dictionary which also features publicly accessible forums allowing registered users to ask questions about vocabulary and grammar.
If you just want small tips every once in a while, you can follow some users on Twitter and receive their updates on your timeline. Quite easy and perfect for orthographic corrections, uncommon words and new material.
Last but not least, the value of meeting up regularly with a native Spanish speaker cannot be overemphasized. This is the reason we learn a new language, to be able to communicate with more people and have a more complete understanding of different parts of the world and their cultures. There is no better way to improve in a language than conversing in that language. In most cities, you can find potential tandem partners by searching ‘language tandem + the name of the city you want to meet up in’ in Facebook and joining a group dedicated to helping people find tandem partners.