Today I want to talk about how to use Podcasts to learn Spanish. Podcasts are handy tools to improve your Spanish.
If you’re reading this post then it’s very likely that you want to try to use a podcast to help you with Spanish but maybe you just don’t know where to start…
Or maybe you have already tried to use podcasts, but it didn’t work as you thought.
Today we will tell you everything you need to know about using podcasts to help you quickly improve your Spanish…
We will explain why Podcasts are more effective than most tools and apps out there…
And we will give you some essential tips on finding the right one for you.
Click play to watch the video below.
The first step is to choose a podcast that interests you.
People struggle to learn Spanish—especially in a traditional learning setting—because they get bored.
In school, we do things that are not effective, not entertaining, and then we stress ourselves out over a test and likely fail a class.
So we develop this negative feeling towards Spanish, which makes us not want to study.
By choosing a podcast that you LIKE to listen to, you put yourself in the driver’s seat and set yourself up for success.
Because it becomes easy to show up every day and do the work necessary when we actually enjoy doing it. I also recommend trying to find a few different podcasts.
So that way you can build a list of ones you like.
This is important because if you get bored with one, you don’t have to waste time trying to find another one.
You already have a few that you can go to.
This helps you mix things up, so you are consuming different content types and other kinds of words.
When choosing the right podcast, it’s essential to find one that is at your level.
A common problem for beginner students is that most podcasts don’t come with text.
That can make them difficult for a beginner student to understand.
How do you know your level?
Well, you want to be able to understand most of what is being said.
You don’t have to understand EVERY word, but you do have to understand most of the terms.
You see, many people think that just because they are listening to a podcast, they are learning Spanish…
But if you do not understand any of the words, then it’s only going to sound like noise.
So make sure you can understand a fair amount.
How do you find a podcast that’s at your level?
The best way to find a podcast at your level is to test different ones.
You will know in the first few minutes of listening if it will be a podcast for you, one that you will enjoy and also understand.
If you’re a beginner, I recommend finding a podcast that attaches or links the transcription to it.
That will allow you to study the text.
You can translate it and make the information understandable before you choose to consume it.
When choosing a podcast, you want to either find one at your level or want to bring yourself up to the podcast’s level by studying the transcript before you listen.
The next thing you want to do is find a podcast that uses the type of Spanish you want to speak.
For example, if you’re going to learn Dominican Spanish, don’t spend all day listening to a podcast from Spain.
That doesn’t make sense, does it?
But how do you find a podcast in the type of Spanish you want to learn?
It’s simple… go to Google and search Best Podcasts In “COUNTRY.”
This may not work for EVERY type of Spanish out there because some countries may not have podcasts, but you will find them for the more popular types of Spanish.
Podcasts are useful tools for learning Spanish, especially when you get past the beginner stage of learning Spanish and arrive at the intermediate.
The hardest part of learning Spanish is getting out of the beginner stage, so most of my courses are for beginners.
Because things get FUN when you get out of that stage.
One reason for that is because it gets much more comfortable to consume Spanish.
This is when podcasts become really beneficial.
That’s because when you get to the point where you can fully—or almost fully—understand podcasts and understand just by listening without having to read, then it becomes effortless to get more comprehensible input.
Now, instead of only studying Spanish when you have time to sit down at a table with a computer, pen, and pencil, you can consume Spanish while you’re walking, while you’re washing dishes, while you’re driving, while you’re cleaning the house.
Because you can just listen as you do things.
It becomes easier to fully immerse yourself in Spanish.
Remember what I said earlier?
You don’t want to try to immerse yourself in Spanish if you can’t understand anything that’s being said.
But when you reach this intermediate level, it becomes easy to consume a lot of Spanish, and acquiring a language is solely based on the amount of input we consume.
Podcasts can be practical tools for beginners, but they are beneficial as you reach your learning’s intermediate phase.
Here are 10 of our favorite podcasts in Spanish (keep in my, most of these are just podcasts in Spanish NOT actual Spanish teaching podcasts).
Let’s quickly sum up some of the most important things to take into account when it comes to using podcasts to learn Spanish…
You should find a few podcasts that interest you.
You should try to make sure they are at your level.
If you are a beginner, you definitely want to find podcasts with text or transcripts to make the content understandable before consuming it.
Finally, you want to find a podcast that uses the type of Spanish you want to learn.
This will help you become accustomed to the words, intonation, and pronunciations of this Spanish.
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