Are you wondering how to learn Spanish for free? You want to learn Spanish but it’s hard to find online Spanish lessons that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Nowadays, the Internet gives you many options to learn Spanish for free, but there is so much information available that you might feel that you don’t even know where to start. 😅
Below, you’ll find a guide with the best online resources to learn Spanish for free, so you can stop searching and start learning.
Free Online Spanish Courses & Lessons
When you plan to learn Spanish for free and by your own you need to have a path to follow so you can focus your efforts. Paid courses already have a scheme that you simply must follow, but it is difficult to find free courses that have a clear and ordered structure. Here I have selected for you some Spanish free courses that can be a good starting point.
A great amount of free material, including grammar lessons, vocabulary, pronunciation, quizzes and tests, cultural notes… You can take a self-guided Spanish course by skill level (beginner/intermediate/advanced) or join their step-by-step conversation course (it requires a premium subscription).
This free Spanish course consists of four volumes comprising a total of sixty lessons that include exercises, texts and audio recordings. Keep in mind that the course was designed in the 1950s following the traditional learning method for classroom lessons, so it can be a bit dated and sometimes boring if you don’t have enough self-motivation. However it offers a huge and valuable amount of material to achieve a good level of Spanish and many consider it the best free language courses available online.
Free self-study Spanish courses for beginners and other useful tools. A good way to start with some basic language skills.
Free apps to learn Spanish for free
New technologies completely changed the way of learning other languages and made it more accessible. You only need your mobile and a few minutes a day to practice wherever you are! These apps are an amusing way to learn Spanish for free:
This is one of the best known apps for learning languages. They promise to be the best way to learn Spanish, but honestly, don’t expect to be fluent with just an app. However, it is a highly recommended tool to complement any of the free Spanish courses mentioned above, since it turns practice into a game.
The objective of this app is to help you to memorize words in Spanish. It is a very useful tool for learning vocabulary.
With 750 dialogs and a list of lessons with various topics, it helps all Spanish learners, from beginner to advanced, to practice speaking Spanish.
As its name suggests, this is an app with more than 10,000 multiple-choice tests that cover all levels of Spanish grammar. A very practical way to review your grammar knowledge.
Learn Spanish for free with online audio/podcasts
When you are learning Spanish, practicing the understanding of the spoken language is essential. There is little point in memorizing a lot of new words and grammar rules if you can’t understand a word of what Spanish speakers say, right? 😅
With these podcast collections, you can learn Spanish for free wherever you are. Put on your headphones and just listen!
About 160 episodes of 20 minutes in 4 seasons/levels. Listening to the audio is free but extra materials and online courses require a premium membership. The audios are guided in English.
About 200 free Spanish podcasts from beginner to advanced and inspired in real-life topics. You have to pay for worksheets but audios are free. They are guided in English.
More than 20 hours of podcasts spread over several courses ranging from complete beginner to intermediate level. Audios are free, but if you want transcriptions or extra material you will need a premium membership. They are guided in English.
Although the appearance of this site does not seem very suggestive, it is actually a great treasure that provides a huge number of free postcasts, 800+, which are perfect for practicing for hours and hours the understanding of spoken Spanish. English is not spoken at all, so you need to have an intermediate understanding of Spanish.
A collection of more than 250 podcasts to practice your understanding. Listening to the audios and downloading them are free, but to get the transcripts and exercises you need to become a premium member. English is not spoken at all, so you need to have an intermediate understanding of Spanish.
Learn Spanish for free by reading
The readings are a good way to test your knowledge of Spanish and learn new vocabulary without memorizing boring lists of words. 😪 In the following sites you will find material to learn Spanish for free while reading entertaining stories.
Here you can read some of the Grimms’ fairy tales while practicing Spanish. Highly recommended even if you are an adult!
A collection of “paso a paso” readings for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels to practice reading comprehension.
Another collection of short texts, divided into three levels, with a few simple questions to test your understanding.
On this site you will find a huge catalog of classic Spanish literature. It is completely in Spanish, so it is only suitable for intermediate or advanced students. I recommend you to start with the heading of Authors of Children’s and Youth Literature if you are an intermediate learner or authors of the 19th or 20th century for an advanced level, since the language is more understandable, unless you are brave enough to dare with the old Spanish of the previous centuries.
With Go Comics you can learn Spanish while having a lot of fun, as they provide a great number of comic strips in Spanish (Garfield, Dilbert, Peanuts…). App also available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. It’s a real must! 😍
Free Spanish Lessons on Youtube
There are a great number of YouTube channels you can use to learn Spanish for free. With the advantage that you can take them wherever and whenever you want and rewind your teacher as many times as you need! 😁These are some of them:
This channel has a well organized video collection that covers all the basics of Spanish and there are also videos focused on pronunciation.
A teacher in front of a whiteboard could seem boring but the host of Butterfly Spanish entertains with her Spanish lessons and demonstrates that this performance, if it’s well produced and the content is good, can be very helpful. There are topics for beginners, intermediate and advanced Spanish learners.
The host, Jordan, is not actually a native Spanish speaker, but that’s the point that makes this channel very useful. He used to fail his Spanish courses in high school and now, after falling in love with Spanish and travelling through Spain and Latin America, he can provide you with a simple and realistic way to learn Spanish successfully.
Learn Spanish for free with language exchanges
Language exchanges allow you to practice your language skills with real Spanish speakers, while meeting people from other countries and cultures. This will take your knowledge of the language to a higher level and you will move from your lessons to the real world.
If you really want to learn Spanish for free and achieve a good level, a language exchange is a must, so choose yours!
With a large pool of users, it’s really easy to find a partner. You can choose a pen pal, people to talk over voice or video chat or even someone to meet in person.
Really easy to use. It includes very useful built-in tools like chat, audio, video and translator. It also provides an Android app.
It works like a social networking site. You create a profile and then you can send and receive language exchange requests.
TV shows in Spanish
If you are an intermediate or advanced learner, tv shows in Spanish are a good way to practice your listening skills and learn new vocabulary. If you need it, you can use the subtitles features to help you.
*Some shows may not be available in your country. 😔
You can find some of the most known Spanish speaking shows on Netflix. Don’t miss “Vis a Vis / Locked up” or “La casa de papel / Money Heist”. You can also watch “Gran Hotel / Grand Hotel”, “Elite” or “Las chicas del cable / Cable Girls”:
- Locked up
Macarena Ferreiro is a young woman accused of four tax crimes and imprisoned at the Cruz del Sur Prison. This series shows the daily life of the women prisoners and the officials in the penitentiary and the transformation of Macarena from a sweet and naive woman into a survivor.
- Money Heist
A mysterious man nicknamed “The Professor” recruits a group of eight people to carry out an ambitious heist in the Royal Mint of Spain and get away with 2.4 billion euros.
- Grand hotel
This drama takes place at the beginning of the 20th century in northern Spain, when Julio Olmedo arrives at the luxurious Grand Hotel and learns that his sister, who worked there as a domestic worker, has disappeared.
Through a series of flash-forward scenes of police interrogations, this thriller teen drama shows the relationships of students in an exclusive private school that lead to the murder of Marina.
- Cable Girls
IIn the 1920s, a modern telecommunications company starts operating in Madrid and four young women are hired to work there, giving them decent wages and some independence in a male-dominated society.
Amazon Prime also has some good shows in Spanish. I recommend you “Vis a Vis / Locked up”, “Gran Hotel / Grand Hotel” (available both in Netflix and Amazon), “Isabel”, “Desaparecidos”, “La Señora” or “Caronte”.
This series narrates the life of Isabella I, considered the first Queen of Spain, from her youth and her difficult ascent to the throne, her marriage to Ferdinand II, the conquest of Granada and the discovery of America, until her death. A life that marked the beginning of the Spanish Empire.
Sonia Ledesma is a police inspector who joins the Missing Persons Unit, led by the veteran Chief Inspector Santiago Abad. Together with her colleagues, they try to solve the most demanding cases, including her own husband’s.
- La señora
In the 1920s, in a small town in northern Spain, Victoria and Ángel fall in love. But they will face huge differences, as she is the daughter of one of the richest men in the region and he comes from a poor family.
Samuel Caronte is a former policeman who has just been released from prison for a crime he did not commit. Despite his innocence, his conviction cost him his career and his family. Now a lawyer, he tries to help other people that have been wrongly accused.
The Spanish TV channel RTVE.es provides a huge range of shows in Spanish on its website, but there aren’t English subtitles available, so you need to have a good level of Spanish.
Useful tools for Spanish learners
When you are learning Spanish, you will often need the help of support tools. These are some useful tools for Spanish learners:
It not only gives you the translation of a word, but also lists the synonyms including their frequency of use. The translation of a complete text from Spanish to English is more accurate than from English to Spanish, but it is a great help.
The Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española or RAE) is the Spanish official institution that rules the Spanish language. Although it is sometimes considered too conservative by Spanish speakers, it is the main reference in matters related to the Spanish language.
On its website you can find a dictionary of doubts (diccionario panhispánico de dudas), a reference work, made up of more than 7000 entries, in which a clear and reasoned answer is given to the most common doubts in Spanish. It is focused on Spanish speakers, but it is also useful for intermediate and advanced Spanish learners.
A very helpful tool that provides online languages dictionaries: English-Spanish, Spanish-English, Spanish synonyms and antonyms and Spanish conjugation.
The WordReference Forums also give answers to many questions about the language use.
As you can see, money is not an impediment to learn Spanish like a pro! 💪
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