Spanish Podcasts, Audio Stories and Audiobooks for Kids & Adults

For some reason podcasts in Spanish are really hard to find (at least in the US) for either adults or kids.  But if you, like me, live in a relatively monolingual area and want to maintain your Spanish (or expose your kids to more Spanish), then this list is for you.  I’ve compiled below all the Spanish podcasts, audio stories, audio books and more.  I haven’t personally listened to each and every one of them, but I hope you’ll be able to find some that work for you. And, of course, if you have any suggested additions, those are always welcome! Continue reading “Spanish Podcasts, Audio Stories and Audiobooks for Kids & Adults”

Fall 2017 Spanish Programming for Young Kids on Netflix & Hulu

Leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper, and with winter fast approaching comes (at least in our house) a bit more screen time for those days the weather does not cooperate. So what better time is there to share some of the great programs for young kids available in Spanish on Netflix and Hulu right now?

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Zoobabu Kids can learn about animals from all over the world as they try to solve sweet riddles.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Bilingual Babies, Preschoolers & Kids

I know what you’re thinking: It’s September. Fall is just beginning. Why are you doing this to me???

The short answer is: I actually do my holiday shopping around this time of year, partially because we typically spend Christmas with my family in Puerto Rico and I need to make sure everything arrives in time, and partially because I just really enjoy the process of researching and thinking about what items the people in my life will most enjoy for the next year. I can’t be the only one out there! (But if I am, then just bookmark this until you’ve had a large glass of wine and you’re ready to think about the holidays.)

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Using a Kids’ Tablet For Language Advantage

Our kids don’t watch a ton of TV, but when we travel (especially on planes) that goes out the window. We got our kids the Fire Kids Edition Tablet and in the days before our trip I’ll usually spend some time downloading Spanish kids’ shows available on Amazon for free through Prime (and a handful of their favorite shows that were not available for free). You can also check out my previous post on how to filter Amazon for Spanish language videos. (This post contains affiliate links.)

I used to be pretty anti-tablet for our kids (just a personal choice!), but about a year ago we left N and E with a new babysitter, while our regular (amazing) nanny was on vacation. One night I came home from work and N asked me to put on some music, after which he proceeded to dance ‘like the video,’ but only after we ‘paid’ him. I never found out what video he may have seen with that pinch hitting babysitter, but it took me a good 6 weeks to convince him it was ballet. In any case, since then I’ve tried to control these tech-savvy kiddo’s video intake and I found that this tablet had all the parental controls I was looking for (it automatically turns off their access at certain times or after a certain amount of videos/games/books too!). It’s been an added bonus that I can load it up with Spanish shows and they still feel like they have control over what they watch.

In any case, I thought I would share! We’re gearing up for a short vacation this summer and I’ll be loading their tablets with Spanish shows once again. Stay tuned for my list of shows that are available, so you can avoid the (embarrassingly long) amount of time it sometimes takes me to find what I need.

And if you’re interested, it looks like Amazon has some current deals on the tablets (links with details posted below). We got the kids’ version because it comes with the cover,  1 year of “FreeTime Unlimited” (which basically offers access to a ton of kid-friendly books, videos, apps & games, though most are in English) and the 2 year guaranty that whatever your kids do to it, you can get a new one (that was the big draw for us). But you can just as easily turn on the parental controls using a ‘regular’ Kindle Fire. Let me know if you have a different system you enjoy more! We’re always open to new ideas.

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How to Change the Default Language on Netflix, Hulu & Amazon Video

I’m embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out how to set default languages or search for Spanish content on the various streaming services we use. So I thought I would share what I’ve found and save you the trouble of figuring it out. Keep reading to see how you can change default languages and search for Spanish language content on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Video.

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