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Free resources to learn spanish

¡Ciao Pandas!✋🏽

Welcome to the most complete list of free resources to learn Spanish in the whole worldwide web. This list has been created thanks to the contribution of many pandas🐼 out there that have sent their recommendations and their favorite resources. Here you’ll find lots and lots of free resources to learn Spanish organized in categories, so you can find whatever interests you fast and easy.

But, before we start, there’s something that has to be said.

First, there are some Key Symbols placed next to the resources. They add valuable information that will help you to find exactly what you are looking for. Click down there to show the Key Symbols.

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⭐️ – The resource is my absolute favorite. The one I highly recommend.

🗺 – The resource offers stuff in more than one accent (Mexican, Colombian, Venezuelan, Argentinian…) [⚠️By default, every resource in this page teaches European Spanish]

💲 – The resource offers paid services [⚠️Every resource on this page is free. Even the ones with this symbol are free on their non-premium version]

🔒 – Registration on the site is required to access the resource.

📊 – The resource is divided into different levels [⚠️ Most of the resources offer general Spanish. Only the ones giving the option to choose between basic/intermediate/advanced Spanish have this symbol ]

👨‍🏫 – The resource is offered by an official academic authority, like Universities or Governmental institutions.

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Listening

🗺📊 SpanishUno: A really good site where you can read and listen to stories in Spanish for beginners and advanced learners. It also features jokes, sayings, riddles, and etymology. The only downside is that it mixes European and Latin-American Spanish so it can be quite confusing if you have a basic level or you are still unable to distinguish them.

🔒📊 123teachme: You’ll find more than 500 authentic Listening Comprehension resources for the novice, intermediate and advanced students. Each quiz is accompanied by an mp3 audio file and answers are provided so you can learn on your own. Sometimes the audio quality is quite low though.

⭐️ 🗺📊   Spanishlistening.org: You’ll find more than 400 videos to listen to. It has a quite basic interface but its simplicity makes it the best option. Also (and this is the best perk about this site) you can sort the videos by Level, Topic, Grammar or Country. So literally you can find anything you are looking for in just a few seconds. Do you need intermediate audio in Argentinian about business? You’ll find it here!

🗺 📊👨‍🏫  Utexas.edu: This is a compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks. It is really good when you want to learn useful Spanish like buying a bus ticket or ask and give directions. Provided by the University of Texas at Austin.

⚠️ Some of the best ways to practice listening are Podcasts and listening to the radio but you won’t find them in here. In this section you’ll only find websites that have listening exercises. Don’t forget to take a look to those sections down below.

🗺 📊 Learn Practical Spanish Online: This website has a little bit of everything. First, you select a level and then you are presented with some grammar rules. In the end, you can prove you have learned it all by reading and listening to many stories. Obviously, you can jump right away to the listening part if you want to. The good thing is that it has a lot of content. The downside is that many lectures have difficult words that don’t match the level they are in (for example, talking about lawyers, trials, and courts at a beginner level).

AlbaLearning: This is an amazing website that contains thousands of Spanish books to read, listen and download for free. You can find novels, non-fiction, old literature… This is, by far, your best option if you like real stuff and you hate those prefabricated nonsensical stories.

🗺 📊 Audiria: Let’s say Audiria is like a search engine for stuff in Spanish online. It Is like the “Spanish-Learning-Google” if that makes sense. This tool offers tons of free listening stuff as well as podcasts, videos, songs, books and much more. . You can filter by level, theme, genre, speed of the speaker…It has a poor interface but it is definitely one of the most powerful tools out there.

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Reading

⭐️📊 Readlang: One of the best websites for improving your reading skills. You select the language you speak and the language you want to learn and automatically there are thousands of readings to choose from. You can filter by genre, readers’ votes, level or amount of words. Once you are reading, just click on any given word to know its meaning.

Grimmstories.com: Compilation of Grimm’s fairy tales (you know… Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella…). You can download them on pdf or print them to read wherever you want. The best thing is that you can read them all in any language you choose, so you can print them out and make your own dual English-Spanish books (or German-Spanish, Japanese-Spanish… whatever language you speak).

📊👨‍🏫 Instituto Cervantes: Compilation of excerpts from books, ordered by level and difficulty. Each reading has a pre-reading activity, a post-reading activity and lots of information about the vocabulary used and Spanish expressions and slang. Although it is delivered by an official institution (Instituto Cervantes) it has a very poor interface. But you’ve got pre and post exercises, which makes a nice extra.

SpanishRomance.com: Provides around 50 short well-known tales. I mean SHORT tales. Perfect if you want a 20-30 minutes reading. It has no exercises, definitions nor audio listenings. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners.

⭐️🔒 🗺 📊 Kindle Unlimited: The resources up there are good options for short-term learning. But if you want to take your Spanish to the next level you should look for more accurate (and more realistic) readings. What I recommend is that you get the Amazon Kindle Unlimited Membership. It allows you to read over 1 million titles (and thousands of audiobooks) on any device. Obviously, you can choose titles in Spanish to read and dual books in both English and Spanish. The regular price is $9.99 but it has a 30-days trial FOR FREE. So if you sign up today, you will have all that for free. After 30 days you can choose if you want to keep enjoying the service or not and you won’t pay a dime.

🔒📊 123teachme: Over 200 tiny Spanish passages filtered by level. Each text has a few activities and questions to help you understand the reading. Some of the content requires registration which is a shame as the content itself is quite poor and simple.

Languages on the web: Short stories in English translated into many languages in a convenient parallel text format to help you learn them more quickly and easily. It has only 18 stories to choose from, but it is a really good option for those who still need to have a translation near. [⚠️The website mixes all stories in all languages on the main page. Scroll down and look for the Spanish stories on the left column]

🗺 📊 Learn Practical Spanish Online: This website has a little bit of everything. First, you select a level and then you are presented with some grammar rules. In the end, you can prove you have learned it all by reading and listening to many stories. Obviously, you can jump right away to the reading part if you want to. The good thing is that it has a lot of content. The downside is that many lectures have difficult words that don’t match the level they are in (for example, talking about lawyers, trials, and courts in a beginner level).

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Youtube

⚠️ YouTube Channels are something personal. If you check one and don’t like it, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad channel. Everyone to his own taste. Take a look to several of them and pick the ones you like the most.

⭐️📊Polyglot Panda: Obviously we have to recommend our stuff. Best Youtube Channel EVER!

Lirica: Learn Spanish with music

🗺Butterfly Spanish: Learn Spanish for free with Spanish lessons that cover grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, tips & tricks, and cultural aspects. With over 250,000 followers on YouTube, Butterfly Spanish enables people around the world to learn Spanish in a fun and engaging way.

🗺Señor Jordan: Short, catchy and very entertaining videos for different speaking levels and topics.

Tu escuela de Español: Animated videos explaining Grammar, pronunciation and other aspects of the language. Especially recommended for learning vocabulary.

📊CultureAlley: Teaches several languages but Spanish is one of the main ones. Videos are numbered and explanations made in English.

The Spanish Dude: American guy sharing his tricks on learning Spanish. Highly recommended.

📊Agustín Iruela: Videos to improve listening. Go directly to his playlist and select your Spanish level. Every video has captions to follow the audio.

🗺📊SpanishPod 101: Spanish lessons that cover grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and cultural aspects.

🗺Easy Spanish: Street conversations of Spanish native speakers.

Practiquemos: Spanish grammar and vocabulary lessons with examples and practice.

Learn Spanish: Learn Spanish with the essential building blocks. It focuses on structures that can be manipulated and used in multiple contexts, as opposed to vocabulary themes that are of limited use.

🗺Learn Spanish Step by Step: great channel for beginners to start with learning the language

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Apps
⭐️Our friends from ConsumersAdvocate.org have dove deep into the pros and cons of language learning software to determine the best fit for each situation depending on their affordability, educational models, available features and customer experience. If you want to know what’s the best Spanish Learning Software for you, check their website:

💲🔒📊 Duolingo: One of the world’s most popular language-learning platform. Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation, and multiple-choice challenges.

💲🔒📊 Memrise: Memrise is a language platform which uses flashcards as memory aids, but also offers user-generated content on a wide range of other subjects. Memrise has official courses in 16 languages and its combinations. The app has over 35 million registered users.

💲🔒📊 FluentU: FluentU is a monthly subscription site that offers language immersion through native videos. It takes real-world videos like music videos, commercials, news, and inspiring talks and turns them into language learning material.

💲🔒📊 Rosetta Stone: Rosetta Stone is undoubtedly the most famous learning methodology. Instead of learning Spanish through English, it is designed to learn Spanish through Spanish.

💲🔒📊 Cat Spanish: Cat Spanish has a humorous slant: all the pictures, features and designs are themed around cats. What’s really unique about this app is that the cat photos are not just random cat pictures taken from google, they’re actually relevant to the Spanish phrase you’re learning.

💲🔒📊 Tinycards: Tinycards is a free flashcards app, from the creators of Duolingo, which uses spaced repetition and nicely designed “decks” to help you improve your vocabulary in Spanish.

🗺💲🔒📊Trip Lingo: An app for those who need to travel. TripLingo teaches you how to speak useful phrases in other languages based on your personal needs. It does so by asking you questions about your trip, what you want to learn about, and how much you want to learn.

💲🔒📊Bilingua: Bilingua connects you with native speakers who share your interests or personality to help you learn a foreign language online and speak with confidence.

🔒📊HelloTalk: The app is about making language exchanges on your smartphone as good as they can be. There is no course, no website and no payment system for anything.

💲🔒📊Babble: The leader in the online language learning industry. There are grammar courses, vocabulary lessons, tongue-twisters, idioms, colloquialisms, and sayings.

💲🔒📊Drops: Especially for learning vocabulary. Drops has an interface with beautiful, vibrant graphics and smooth animations. Every single word is accompanied by crisp, minimal pictures to represent it. Due to the brightly colored pictures and forced immersion, your mind will store the vocabulary more efficiently.

💲🔒📊Learn Spanish by 50 Languages: This app is great for beginners to increase vocabulary which is useful for managing everyday situations (at a store, restaurant, bank, doctor, etc). [⚠️This app does not have a website. Look for it on your app store]

💲🔒📊Tandem Language Exchange: This app matches you with language exchange partners from all over the world, providing the opportunity to practice those essential conversation skills that are necessary to take your language skills to the next level. [⚠️This app does not have a website. Look for it on your app store]

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Telly

👨‍🏫  RTE: La 1, previously known as TVE1 was the first TV station in Spain. It was founded in 1956 and it’s based in the Capital of Spain, Madrid. Its programming is aimed to a wide range of audiences and includes news (Telediario, Informe Semanal), documentaries, debate programmes and entertainment shows.

👨‍🏫 24 horas: 24-hour news channel. From time to time they do some interviews and analysis, but it is mostly 24 hours of news. Perfect to learn formal Spanish.

Antena 3: Antena 3 is one of the most viewed generalist channels in Spain. Antena 3 broadcasts news, series and entertainment programs.

🗺 Univisión: Univision is an American Spanish-language free-to-air television network. It is America’s largest provider of Spanish-language content, followed by American competitor Telemundo. Perfect to learn Latin American Spanish.

👨‍🏫 +TDP: Teledeporte is a Spanish free-to-air sports channel. It was the second sports channel to launch in Spain, after Eurosport. It broadcasts the major Spanish and international sporting events (Olympic games, tennis, motor race, Volleyball, Gymnastics…).

Telecinco: Telecinco is one of the most viewed generalist channels in Spain catering to all audiences. It shows popular films, series, and entertainment shows.

👨‍🏫 Clan: The children’s channel leader in Spain aimed mostly to a preschool target with the best and latest production series in Spanish. It is perfect if you wish to study Spanish with cartoons like Peppa Pig, Pocoyó or Puss in Boots.

⭐️ Neox: Children’s programming during the morning, and films and series for youngsters during the evening and night. It mostly broadcasts American shows (in Spanish, obviously) like Family Guy, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The Middle, Modern Family, The Simpsons, and The Goldbergs. You probably already know this shows, so it’s perhaps the best option to learn Spanish.

Cuatro: Cuatro in one of the most viewed generalist channels in Spain catering to all audiences. It shows popular films, series, and entertainment shows.

FDF: FDF airs syndicated television series, both international and local, most of them reruns of series previously aired on sister channels Cuatro and Telecinco. Some of the most known shows include Friends, Medium, Castle, CSI, House, Lost and Criminal Minds.

🗺 Nova: It mostly broadcasts Telenovelas from Southamerica. Perfect to learn Latin Spanish.

La Sexta: La Sexta in one of the most viewed generalist channels in Spain catering to all audiences. It shows popular films, series, and entertainment shows.

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Twitter

⚠️ Twitter accounts are easy to create and forget. We make our best to keep this list updated but it’s difficult. Forgive if you find a broken link in this section. Contact us at info@polyglotpanda.com and we’ll fix the problem.

SpanishDict: They tweet one Word of the Day in Spanish every single day. A good resource to increase vocabulary

⭐️ Vamospanish: Word of the Day, Expression of the Day, False Friends and prepositions. Use this online resource to enhance your Spanish learning and ask questions. Tweets words and phrases and translates them. Also tweets other facts and grammar.

EduLearnSpanish: Learn 3 new words a day. Pretty simple and plain.

SpanishLanguage: Official Twitter account for Transparent Language Spanish. Learn the language with free resources, social media, and research-based software that works. Tweets expressions, phrases, words and articles in Spanish.

WoodwardSpanish: Spanish Grammar & Vocabulary games and lessons

Improve Spanish: Learn Spanish with graded novels from beginner to expert with audio, vocabulary, grammar, comprehension tests, all included.

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Dictionaries

⭐️🗺 Wordreference: The most useful and essential tool out there for anyone who’s learning a new language. It is more than a dictionary. It offers a literal translation of the words, uses of spoken language (slang), button to listen to the pronunciation, a forum with questions and doubts from users…

Google Translator: Yeah… simple but helpful as hell.

🗺👨‍🏫 RAE: La Real Academia de la Lengua Española is the governmental institution that dictates the rules of the Spanish language throughout the world. If there is a dispute about how a word can be used, they are the only ones with the authority to solve the problem. Their website includes a dictionary.

Verbix: Online Spanish verb conjugator.

SpanishDict: This popular free Spanish translation website features more than 1,000,000 words and phrases.

Dictionary Linguee:  This fast and free Spanish translation website works offline, is accurate and trusted by millions of people.

ConjuVerb: A verb conjugator made app. For those of you who study Spanish on your phone.

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Podcasts

⭐️ A mi aire: Here’s my fav. Neutral accent, scrip to follow the listening, complex vocabulary translated… It’s the one I’ve used to learn Italian, English and now I’m using it with French.

📊 Audiria: An online tool that freely offers tons of podcasts and videos. You can filter by level, theme, genre, speed… Let’s say Audiria is like a search engine for stuff in Spanish. Basic interface but powerful tool though.

💲 Coffee Break Spanish: just a podcast

🔒 Spanish Pod 101: With Spanish Pod 101 you’ll learn Spanish with fun, interesting and culturally relevant lessons that are easy to listen to.

🔒 Spanish Obsessed: A range of Spanish courses, suitable for all levels from complete beginner to advanced. Each course contains a range of engaging audio lessons and supporting materials.

🔒 Study Spanish: Podcast about grammar (no random conversations, just grammar stuff like adjectives, verbs, rules, etc…)

💲🔒 Language Trek: 36 Podcast with the basics of the language. Good if you have a A1 or A2 level.

Duolingo Spanish Podcast: From the makers of Duolingo comes a new podcast that delivers real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language.

💲 Notes In Spanish: This Podcast brings you authentic, real Spanish conversations about real-life topics, helping you get confident with your Spanish.

🗺📊 News in slow Spanish: News in Slow Spanish is the best Spanish podcast for people who already have an intermediate or even advanced level. It allows you to listen to useful things, in this case a summary of the week’s news, in a simplified Spanish that is spoken at a slow pace (not very natural).

🗺 VeinteMundos: ⚠️ Currently not working ⚠️

📊 Podcast in Spanish: A bunch of real conversations in Spanish with supporting worksheets and transcripts.

🗺 Españolistos: Españolistos is a Podcast hosted by Andrea (Colombian Spanish teacher) and Nate Alger (American) that is 99% spoken in Spanish with a Latin American (and gringo) dialect. Each weekly episode runs for about 30 minutes long.

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Blogs & Websites

Daily Spanish Tumblr: In this Tumblr account you will find Spanish resources, content like vocab that’s tied to news articles and Youtube videos.

💲📊 FluentU: FluentU brings language learning to life through language immersion with real-world videos. Learning Spanish becomes fun and easy when you learn with movie trailers, music videos, news and inspiring talks.

💲📊 Transparent Language Blog: They develop innovative technology and methods to enable faster and more reliable language learning outcomes for professionals in organizations with critical language requirements, for students and teachers in academic environments, and for anyone else intent on becoming more proficient in Spanish language.

🗺 Learn Spanish with Reddit: A subreddit to help you learn the Spanish language! Ask our 11,000 subscribers to help you learn Spanish grammar, tenses, and anything you need to speak español!

⭐️💲📊 Spanish Dude: Jordan is a piece of gold for Spanish learners. His Youtube channel has over 100k subscribers and his blog content brings a lot of value for free. It’s a website you should definitely check out.

📊 LawlessSpanish: This Blog insights with free resources for students, teachers, and lovers of the Spanish language. It is owned by Laura K. Lawless a creator, writer and editor from Illinois.

💲📊 LightspeedSpanish: They offer a nice Spanish language learning system, with a wealth of free podcasts lessons, videos and help sheets that will take your Spanish to LightSpeed.

💲 Spanish To Move: It offers a bunch of paid courses. But what I value is the rich-content blog they have. Really good for Spanish Learners.

Spanish Obsessed Blog: Learn Spanish with Rob and Liz of Spanish Obsessed, featuring a range of podcasts and activities for Spanish learners of all abilities.

💲📊 Spanish for your Job: If you want to learn to move your career forward, Spanish for Your Job is the right place.

💲 Espanish Teacher: Although this website offers paid online and DVD courses, its blog and youtube channel is something you should take a look at. Really good content explained in a simple comprehensible way.

📊 Españoling: Spanish grammar exercises with answers. Here you will find the best interactive exercises to practice your Spanish

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Level tests & quizzes

⚠️ There are a million ways to asses a language. Most of the tests in this list have a “just a Spanish proficiency test” tag. That does not mean they are bad. They are just different. Choose the one you like the most.

⭐️👨‍🏫Instituto Cervantes: Probably the most reliable as it comes from an official institution.

123teachme Quizzes: 9 different kinds of quizzes (matching game, multiple-choice questions, fill-in-the-blank, capitals, and geography…) to test your level of Spanish.

123teachme Level Test: Just a Spanish proficiency test

Transparent Language: Just a Spanish proficiency test

🔒Bridge Online Language Test: Just a Spanish proficiency test

Speak7: A Spanish proficiency test on pdf. You gotta answer and then check the correct answers and then rate yourself.

🔒 Cactus Language: Just a Spanish proficiency test

🔒 Sprachcaffe: Just a Spanish proficiency test

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Vocabulary

⭐️📊 Language Guide: It has over 40 categories of vocabulary in both Spanish and English. Touch or place your cursor over an object, word, or phrase to hear it pronounced aloud. It also has exercises.

💲📊 Study Spanish: 55 categories divided into five units. Every category has oral pronunciation, flashcards, and quizzes.

Digital Dialects: Fun interactive games to learn vocabulary.

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News

🗺 Univision Entretenimiento: Univision is an American TV network featuring extensive Spanish language programming including soap operas, sports, news, comedy shows and more.

El Pais: One of the most popular newspapers in Spain and it also features an English edition.

El Mundo: One of the most popular newspapers in Spain.

🗺 Telemundo: After Univision, Telemundo is the second-largest American TV network providing Spanish language programming.

⭐️🗺 Spanish Language TED Talks: TED is a nonprofit organization with the mission of spreading ideas.

EuroNews: European news in Spanish.

CNN: The CNN in Spanish.

Deutsche Welle: German broadcasting company DW provides news in Spanish.

SBS Radio Spanish Program: Australian broadcasting company that targets non-native English speakers.

RT en Español: Russia Today offers news in Spanish on YouTube.

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Radios

⭐️👨‍🏫 Radio Nacional de España (RNE): Spain’s National Public Radio. Only interviews, debates, news, etc… and some music from time to time.

EuropaFM: One of the most popular radios in Spain. Only music.

Los40: One of the most popular radios in Spain. Only music.

Cadena Dial: Only music in Spanish and from time to time some dialogue.

Cope: One of the most popular Generalist station (No music). Only interviews, debates, news, etc…

Cadena Ser: One of the most popular Generalist station (No music). Only interviews, debates, news, etc…

Onda Cero: One of the most popular Generalist station (No music). Only interviews, debates, news, etc…

Cadena 100: Mostly music and some chatting. But mostly music.

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Structured Lessons

⭐️👨‍🏫Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Courseware: MIT offers a ton of free classes, several of which are in Spanish. Courses available:

👨‍🏫University of Arkansas: Highly regarded, self-paced courses focused almost entirely on Spanish grammar. Courses available:

👨‍🏫🗺Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Spanish Basic Course: Using the Latin American dialect, it focuses heavily on pronunciation and preparing students for real-life conversations. Courses available:

Elon.io: Comprehensive language course that employs spaced repetition as a learning tool and consists of 63 lessons.

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Riddles

⭐️🗺 IvyPanda: IvyPanda is a terrific platform for every student to get fast and qualified help from top Academic Experts. In there, students can find ideas and inspiration for their written assignments, ask questions to experienced tutors and study detailed how-to guides. As a Spanish learner, you should definitely take a look at it. In this section, they offer the world’s largest collection of tongue twisters with 3705 entries in 118 languages. Spanish Tongue Twisters come with audio for you to hear and practice pronunciation.

123teachme: Lots of riddles sorted by theme. Solutions are hidden on voice clips so you don’t see them at first sight.

Spanish Romance: Some riddles. They are quite difficult and only in Spanish. Solutions can be seen at first sight