A few Spanish Resources

As part of my study of Spanish, I’ve been looking around the web. Here are a few resources for learning Spanish I’ve found so far.

  • Spanish.about.com – I have a bit of a love-hate thing with about.com. On the one hand, they stick sponsored content inline with real content, they use banners and skyscraper ads, and navigation can be a real pain. On the other hand, each subsite is maintained by a human editor with a true interest (and generally, real knowledge) in the subject matter, and if you can navigate your way around the site, you can often find tons of good info. The Spanish subsite is just chocked full of resources for English-speaking students of Spanish. A few pages will even get separate links below.

  • Online Spanish lessons from About.com – This is an entire series of Spanish lessons, based on a Spanish I textbook available in most bookstores. It is recommended that you buy the book and follow along. Includes written lessons as well as audio instruction (mp3). I’ve browsed the book in the book store, and looked at some of the online lessons, and I think it could be useful. I’m planning to use this course after I’ve finished Pimsleur’s Spanish II or Spanish III.

  • Spanish for Beginners (about.com) – The last of my About.com links, this is an index page of brief lessons about basic spanish grammar, parts of speech, etc. A good first stop when trying to understand the basics.

  • Diccionario de la lengua española from the Real Academia Española – This is a Spanish dictionary for Spanish speakers, not an English-to-Spanish dictionary (I haven’t found one of those I like yet). Since I know so little Spanish so far, it’s of limited use, but it does have a nice feature – if you look up the infinitive form of a verb, the definition will have a blue-box icon next to it; click the blue box to see a thorough list of conjugations of the verb.

  • blog.com.mx – A blog, written in Spanish. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about since I don’t read much Spanish, but my intent is to try to read new posts as my understanding improves. You have to start somewhere.

  • Think Spanish! Maganzine – I’m thinking of trying a subscription to this. It’s written in Spanish, but each article has a glossary of words used in the article. They assume a fairly low level of knowledge. It got a decent customer review on Amazon.

  • UPDATE: Learn Spanish: Free Online Tutorial – Don’t know how I missed this one when I first built this list. This is a very good set of grammar lessons – about 97 so far. Many are brief, but a few are quite extensive. I wouldn’t recommend as a sole source for learning Spanish, but as a second source of info it’s great. A good amount of explanation of tricky concepts as well (e.g., estar vs. ser).

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3 Responses to “A few Spanish Resources”

  1. choan Says:

    Online dictionary<br/>

    As an Spanish man in needing of English-to-Spanish translations, I suggest you to try http://www.diccionarios.com/ to find word-to-word translations.

    Spanish literary/short stories blogs: I suggest http://www.cienpalabras.com/ or (my own) http://du.lacalabaza.net/

  2. Jason Says:

    Muchas gracias, choan<br/>

    Thank you for the links. I have recently found an additional dictionary resource, which I’ve been meaning to post. I’ll try to put up a new post later today with the links you’ve provided along with a couple new ones I’ve found. I’m especially looking forward to checking out your site and the other literary link you provided a little later (I’m at work now, and don’t have the time.)

  3. D. Mas Says:

    Study Spanish…<br/>

    Hi, I’d like to recommend a few,yet excellent, resources:

    http://www.pressdisplay.com – Read the newspaper as if you had it in your hands (many newspapers in Spanish).
    http://www.thepaperboy.com – Links to newspapers worldwide, many in Spanish. http://wordreference.com/ – Free dictionaries, no fees.

    You can also try my url, where you’ll find free (human) Eng-Sp translation and also revision of texts written in Spanish (up to 1,000 characters, roughly 200 words)

    Bueno, mucha suerte con sus estudios y no dude en consultarnos si precisa ayuda con nuestro idioma.

    Best regards,

    D. Mas