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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Spanish Language: A Learner's Guide: Listening Skills

Campus Resources

Don't forget about the resources here on campus that can help!

La Casa Latina's Spanish Round Table

Spanish & Illinois -- a program of courses and extra-curricular opportunities in the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Latino Radio Service -- 1660-AM

Looking for ways to practice during break? In January and May, the Foreign Languages Department offers various language classes that you can take at a beginning, intermediate, or advanced level for a small fee. They meet for three hours a day for a two-week period. You can find these classes on the University's website by searching for 'IFLIP' (Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program).

Audio Books & Magazines

BBC -- El Mensual - An audio magazine aimed at Intermediate Spanish learners.

Libri Vox -- Public domain books from the US that are available to download. There are many different languages available, not just Spanish. 

AlbaLearning -- This website also has the books in files you can download to read along as you listen. It also includes learning tools to help you learn Spanish. 

Spanish Podcasts

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To listen to or subscribe to a podcast, you can use these individual websites, or you might find it easier to search in the iTunes music store. To learn more, read our Introduction to Podcasts.

Beginning Spanish:

Notes in Spanish -- Conversational Spanish from Spain

Coffeebreak Spanish -- Basic Spanish lessons

Show Time Spanish -- From the creators of Coffeebreak Spanish comes this podcast that helps develop the skill to use Spanish in real life situations 

Hola Viajeros -- Audio books in simplified and slow Spanish

Fluent in Spanish-- This podcast, run by a native Spanish speaker and teacher, offers short Spanish language and cultural lessons at a variety of difficulty levels.

Intermediate and Advanced:

Notes in Spanish -- Conversational Spanish from Spain for learners at all levels. The podcasts are free but the written guides are available only through purchase.

BBC -- Mundo Hoy -- In-depth news, analysis, science news, sports and reports from across the world, with a special focus in Latin America.

Fluent in Spanish-- This podcast, run by a native Spanish speaker and teacher, offers short Spanish language and cultural lessons at a variety of difficulty levels.

Hablemos de cine -- Mexican podcast on cinema.

Desde el baño -- Podcasts from Argentina. Focuses on Argentinean expressions and vocabulary.

Radio Ambulante -- A podcast that has Latin American stories told from all Spanish speaking countries, including the United States. 

News in Slow Spanish -- In this podcast native speakers discuss the “Weekly News, Spanish grammar, and Spanish expressions, and much more in simplified Spanish at a slow pace so that you can understand almost every word and sentence.”

Spanish Podcasts -- An excellent site with free written guides. Each podcast offers a real-life situation along with grammar, new vocabulary, colloquialisms and easy explanations.

Spanish Medical Podcasts on iTunes -- Interactive and extensive lessons on medical terms in Spanish. 

En Rumbo -- Free audio files from the Open U intermediate Spanish course. They cover a large range of material, and have transcripts available as well. 


Credit and Copyright:

Zona Latina--Links to Latin American TV on the left side of the page

Radio Televisión Española -- Numerous programs and full episodes available for viewing online

Difusiones de la Televisión en Español--Links to major Spanish-speaking TV stations

PAT TV - Entertainment and cultural programming from Bolivia

Streema-Spain--Free online TV tuner; with access to each of Spain's 'Comunidades Autónomas' (see under 'States') links to TV channels around the world; in Spanish guide to streaming media available on the web: SpainMexicoArgentina

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