Spanish Newspapers and News Sites for Learners of All Levels

Spanish Newspapers and News Sites for Learners of All Levels

Reading and listening to the news in a certain language is a great way to practice it—if you’re keeping up with current affairs anyway, why not do it in Spanish?! These days you can buy a paper or just access free content online!

How will this help me?

Language-learners often struggle to find reading materials which are interesting and appropriate for their level. News articles can be super useful because:

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    They help you develop a daily learning habit. Here at My Daily Spanish, we believe that the best way to make a language stick is not to have long, tedious study sessions, but to practice a little bit every day. The news is ideal because—well—it happens every day.
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    You can tailor your learning to your interests. Politics? Sport? Music? You can pretty much guarantee that there’s something available to you in Spanish for whatever topics you genuinely like. The more interested you are, the more motivated you’ll be!

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    You don’t have to do background research. If you stick to world news, and topics that you like, you’ll already have the background knowledge that you need in order to understand the context of the articles.
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    Texts from reputable newspapers and news sites won’t tend to use really dated language (like you might find in classical literature) or really slangy language (like you might find in random unverified blog posts). News articles are ideal for seeing grammatical structures and vocabulary used correctly in context (rather than sitting there for hours learning grammar rules or vocab lists!).

Disclaimer

Once you’ve explored a few of these new sources, you might find that some align with your political views more than others. In the interest of representation, this list includes sources from across the spectrum, with a tentative indication of their political stances. We do not necessarily endorse the content of these news sources.

All good? OK, let’s do this!

Political alignment: to the left.

El País (meaning ‘The Country’) is a well-known newspaper in Spain—the second most read newspaper in Spain, in fact—with its headquarters in Madrid.

The great thing about El País is that it caters to more than just readers in Spain. There is a Spain-oriented edition for Spanish news, but also an America-oriented edition if you’re more interested in Latin America.

There is also an English edition, which means you can find the same news story in both Spanish and English. The articles won’t necessarily be direct translations of each other, but reading the English version first can give you the gist of what the article is about. If you’re more advanced, read the Spanish version and just refer to the English when you need hints. For example:

‘Regino Hernández gana el bronce en snowboard cross…’

‘Snowboarder Regino Hernández wins…’

2. ABC

Political alignment: to the right.

ABC is another of Spain’s best-known national daily newspapers, and it’s been around for over 100 years. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Spaniard who hasn’t at least heard of ABC. A glance at the website today will show you plenty of news topics to choose from.

Here are some examples of the topics available:


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    Under Economía (‘Economy’), there’s a section called Inmobiliario (‘Housing’/‘Property’).
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    Under Deportes (‘Sports’), there’s a section dedicated to Baloncesto (‘Basketball’).
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    Under Gente (‘People’), there’s a Moda (‘Fashion’) section.

That’s quite the variety!

There are also Ediciones (‘Editions’) dedicated to various regions of Spain, such as Madrid, Catalonia, and the Canary Islands.
Political alignment: has been reported as being biased both to the left and the right.

The BBC is one of the most popular news outlets in the UK and beyond. Although it may sometimes show partiality (either way), it remains viewed as a generally trustworthy source of world news. The BBC World Service is fantastic because it provides news in dozens of languages. The Spanish version is available online and is called BBC Mundo (‘BBC World’).

BBC Mundo is great for anyone who is already familiar with the BBC format, and if you’re not, it’s pretty easy to navigate the different news topics, such as science, culture, or Latin America.
Political alignment: to the left.

eldiario.es (diario = daily newspaper) is a relatively young news source, having been created in 2012. It’s a web-based resource, not available in print (super modern, am I right?).

It may not have the long history that El País or ABC have, but it does boast plenty of content—articles, opinion pieces, and the option to view news from specific cities and regions in Spain (perfect if you want to learn more about a particular place before visiting)!

Political alignment: to the right.

Back to a more traditional newspaper (by which I mean it’s published on actual paper like in the good old pre-internet days!), El Mundo (‘The World’) is one of Spain’s most widely-published newspapers.

My favorite thing about their website is the Servicios (‘Services’) section, where you can check everything from world markets to your horoscope!

True to its name, this is a resource for news from around the world. Check out the Internacional (‘International’) section to explore the continents that most interest you!
Political alignment: to the left.

Most of the publications listed above are based in Spain, but the Spanish-speaking world is vast, and there’s loads of news from Latin America that you might prefer to focus on. Noticias Univision (‘Univision News’) is part of the television network Univision.

Their headquarters is based in the USA, but their content is distributed to Spanish-speakers around Latin America as well as those in the States. The great thing is that the articles are written by people who are actually living within Latin America (or the USA), rather than by Europeans, who might be slightly detached from Latin American events.

Most of the publications listed above are based in Spain, but the Spanish-speaking world is vast, and there’s loads of news from Latin America that you might prefer to focus on. Noticias Univision (‘Univision News’) is part of the television network Univision.

Political alignment: this resource is designed specifically for language-learning, rather than being primarily a journalistic publication, so we haven’t given it a political leaning.

This website is amazing for practicing your Spanish listening skills. There is an option to pay for subscription, but even the free version of the site has is a great deal of material on offer, including podcast-style recordings with optional transcripts.

If you need more of a challenge, use the advanced option! And if you’re struggling with the audio…?

The beginners’ (‘Get Up To Speed’) level allows you to focus on brushing up on grammar before moving on!

The site also allows you to choose between Spanish spoken in Spain, and Spanish spoken in Latin America. (If you are a beginner, this won’t matter too much.)

How do I make the most of these resources?

Now that you’ve got some resources to get you started, you’ll want to know what to do with them.

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    Here’s the good news: you don’t have to spend hours with a dictionary looking up every single word that is new to you. Often, you’ll be able to figure out the meaning of a sentence without knowing every single word. But if you do find that a particular word keeps popping up, look it up and make a vocab list. Don’t forget to revisit the list every now and again to reinforce what you’ve learned.

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    If you feel up to the challenge, try writing a short summary in Spanish of a news story once you’ve read it. This is a great way of testing how much information you understood from the article! If you’re not sure what to include in the summary, think:
  • What?
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    Who?
  • When?
  • Where?
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    Why?
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    How?
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    Little and often: don’t overload yourself! You’re not at school; we’re not going to give you masses of homework to do, so work at your own pace. A little bit of español every day is much better than one massive study session where nothing goes in!
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    Reading isn’t the only skill you can improve through news sites! Most sites also have videos and audios available, so you can practice listening, and training your ear to Spanish.
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    Decide on your goals. Everyone is at a different level and has different things to work on! If you’re a beginner, you might listen to news reports to begin training your ear to Spanish sounds. If you’re more advanced, you might be looking at how the journalists use complex grammatical structures. Pick what’s right for you, and stick at it—I believe in you!

Hopefully, these resources will help you get started with following the news in Spanish. Try to use some of the tips outlined above, but remember not to beat yourself up if you’re finding it hard at first. Feeling a little challenged is totally normal, and shows that you’re taking a step in the right direction!

About the Author Annabel Beilby

Annabel is a language-enthusiast from the UK. She studied Spanish and French at the University of Southampton (with an Erasmus study year in Madrid!) and recently graduated. She has interests across the Spanish-speaking world, and is a fan of language in general.

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