Here are the ten best free websites to improve your Spanish listening skills:
This excellent Youtube channel is known for its interviews with native Spanish speakers on the streets of different Spanish-speaking countries. You will be exposed to real life conversations and colloquial expressions, and you can always read the transcript (or translation) if you need help to understand the video. Tip: have a look at the playlists, as the videos are divided by country, level (some videos are for beginners) and there is even a section in which they explain grammar and vocabulary.
In this channel you will find everyday conversations with useful phrases and vocabulary used in certain contexts (e.g. when going to a restaurant or to the doctor). Every video has a transcript, and at the end it also includes phrases, definitions and example sentences to help you remember the lesson. It is also advisable to have a look at the playlists, as the videos are divided by level or topic.
This is a very complete website which offers over 500 Spanish conversations recorded in 13 countries. The audios are sorted by level and each of them includes a quiz, the transcript and the translation in English. Most of the basic dialogues are recorded in slow Spanish. You should also check the other sections on this website: there are free self-study courses for specific purposes, conjugation charts and other resources to help you learn the language faster.
Spanish Listening includes more than 400 short videos made by speakers from every Spanish speaking country, so you will be able to get used to different accents. Every time you click on a listening activity, you will find the transcript below the video, along with a comprehension quiz, a vocabulary section and a speaking activity.
This website includes short videos in which native speakers from different countries talk about a wide range of topics. Apart from the transcripts, there is also a mini grammar explanation, a glossary and some useful phrases next to the list of videos related to a language task.
This site offers a lot of short videos that focus on different grammar or vocabulary topics. In addition, you will always find the transcript and some interactive exercises next to each video.
If you already have an intermediate or upper intermediate level, you can listen to TED-Ed in Spanish, a platform that shares educational videos about a variety of subjects, including science, history, literature, mathematics, etc. Remember that you can read the transcript and turn on the subtitles if you need to do so.
BBC Mundo provides a wide range of videos including news reports, interviews, and features in Spanish. Listening to news stories can help you stay updated on current events while improving your listening skills.
LingQ has a free version which offers Spanish audios, including podcasts, interviews, speeches and more. They also provide vocabulary highlighting and translation to help you learn and practise listening comprehension.
10)Youtube Videos and Subtitled Instagram/Tiktok videos
Last but not least, I would say the best way in which you can improve your listening skills is by looking for youtubers that talk about topics that you are interested in, and then turning the subtitles on. You can also look for Instagram or Tiktok videos with subtitles. As an example, these are three of the most well-known travel influencers in Latin America:
Luisito Comunica (Mexican accent):
Gianni Cersosimo (Argentinian accent):
Carla con Wifi (Venezuelan accent)
I really hope these websites help you improve your listening skills.
By the way, are there any other websites you think we should include here? Please type them in the comments below 🙂