How to Learn Spanish for Free

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Learning Spanish can be a lot of fun, and in many cases, is even free. We've compiled a list of sources that offer free Spanish language learning. These resources will fill up your brain without emptying your wallet.


If you are looking for a fun and free way to learn Spanish, Duolingo is the way to go. By creating a profile and setting a daily goal for yourself (anywhere from five to twenty minutes), you will work through micro-lessons and build up points as in a video game. Best of all, Duolingo has an app for Apple and Android devices, enabling you to learn the language wherever you go.

This site is more of a traditional approach, enabling you to take lessons with vowel pronunciations, grammar tutorials and verb drills. If you sign up for their no-strings free account, you will be able to take tests and keep track of your grades. There is a paywall for complete audio courses, but offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

BBC's Mi Vida Loca

If you are looking for a unique approach, the BBC has produced an interactive drama known as Mi Vida Loca. Filmed on location in Madrid, the mystery unfolds as you progress through the basics of the Spanish language, speaking the parts of the unnamed protagonist, and if you like, you can print entire PDF transcripts of all 22 episodes. The episodes involve interactive moments such as paying cab fare and stopping to ask for directions.

If you want to further your grasp on the Spanish language, our Spanish 101 course is available for new registrants along with the entire library for five days. If you decide to stick with the website after the free trial, a small monthly subscription offers you complete access to the course and its video lessons, including quizzes and exams to reinforce your new language skills. We also offer a Spanish course for teachers who want to improve their proficiency in classroom usage.

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