So you want to speak Spanish like a native, but it seems like everywhere you go, Spanish learning resources are made for non-native speakers. That means you’re not exposed to slang or the natural flow of grammar and conversation—skills you definitely need to speak like a local! If you’re ready to take the challenge, and be comfortable not knowing a few words, we made a guide to all of our favorite Spanish resources. Whether it’s news or short films, these will help you incorporate just a little bit of Spanish into your everyday life. And, if you spend an hour or two watching Spanish movies instead of doing the laundry, you can always say it was in the name of learning. Disfruta!
Movies | Pelis
Across Spanish-speaking countries, there can be many changes in both slang and culture. Spanish films are a great place to get comfortable with these variations.
• Y Tú Mamá También is a classic film, based in Mexico. It recounts the life of two teenage boys who go on a coming-of-age journey.
• No se aceptan devoluciones tells the interesting story of a man whose life totally changes after his supposed daughter is left on his doorstep. You just have to see this one to believe it!
• Los Diarios de Motocicleta will teach you a little bit about history by giving a look inside Che Guevara’s youth.
Short Films | Cortos
If you don’t have time for a full movie, but still want to get your Spanish film fix, “cortos” are the perfect place to start.
• 7:35 de la Mañana is a Spanish short film that was nominated for an Oscar. We don’t want to spoil the 8-minute plot, so make sure to check this one out.
• Código 7 is based on a science fiction story by Philip K. Dick. In just 9 minutes, you’ll get to follow the travails of a man trapped in an outer space prison.
• Salers is set in the French city of Salers, in which the protagonist lived during the Nazi regime. Many years later, he retells his story. You can view it online at Cinemargentino, which is a one-stop-shop for all sorts of Spanish short films.
Podcasts & Radio | Podcasts y Radio
Download one of these before your morning commute each day, and you’ll be understanding the locals in no time.
• Cadena SER is Spain’s most popular radio station, boasting a great selection of videos, podcasts, and breaking news.
• Buenos Días América is a half-hour podcast, which posts a new episode every day. Their content is focused on current events across the United States and Latin America, so you can keep up-to-date while you practice your listening skills.
• Futuro Abierto is one of Spanish Public Radio’s weekly podcasts. Although there are many to choose from, Futuro Abierto focuses on a new theme each week, so you can be sure to expand your vocab through their combination of interviews and news reports on everything from psychology to health.
News | Noticias
Not only can reading Spanish news help you with your comprehension, it can also offer you a new global perspective.
• El País is a great source for Spanish news. Based out of Madrid, it is read by over 15.6 million hispanohablantes—and you can be one of them!
• From Barcelona, La Vanguardia is one of the most popular news sources in Spain. Published in both castellano and catalán, you can always freshen up with this paper before planning any trip to Catalunya.
• Because you can’t do Spanish News without Fútbol News, check out Mundo Deportivo.
Humor | Humor
When you need your The Onion fix but still want to keep practicing your Spanish, these online “news” sources are the place to head. Whether it’s satirical news or silly cartoons, you’ll not only be learning the language, but the cultural sense of humor.
• El Jueves is the name of a “newspaper” that actually releases on Wednesday’s each week, so you can see where things are headed. With everything from satirical takes on the daily news to Spanish cartoons, this is the local’s favorite place for a good laugh.
• Las viñetas del país is the cartoon section of the aforementioned newspaper, El País. Similar to English New Yorker cartoons, these offer social commentary through drawings and humor.
• El Mundo Today is another news satire site. You can read about society, sports, culture, and more, through a sarcastic lens.
Find this resource guide helpful? Pass it along to any Spanish language learner you know! Spanish not your tongue of choice? No worries. Our next native resource guide will feature all things French, so make sure to keep up with this week’s upcoming blog posts.