Tara’s Favorite Sites to Learn Spanish

There are so many great sites out there to learn Spanish these days! Where does one even start? To help you narrow down your options, I have compiled a list of my favorite sites, broken down by the four language skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Happy learning!

Listening

Spanish Proficiency Exercises

www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/ 

“Spanish Proficiency Exercises is a compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks. The objective of the exercises is to provide students of Spanish with the necessary tools to be able to talk about the same topics in Spanish.” The videos are organized into 6 levels: Beginning, Intermediate-A, Intermediate-B, Advanced-A, Advanced-B, Superior.

Learn Spanish by Streaming Videos

Language Learning with Netflix (Chrome Extension)

“Improve your skill on your own, effectively and enjoyably, by watching films and series in the language you study. Subtitles are shown in two language, allowing you to compare the original audio and text with a translation in your language. The extension allows you to listen to subtitles one at a time, and to change the playback speed. There is also a pop-up dictionary, and the extension suggests the  most important words for you to learn.”

TIP: Put on Spanish subtitles and/or Spanish audio on movies (available on majority of DVDs/Blu-Rays) and now on many streaming services.

Speaking

Spanish Conversation Groups

Learning Spanish vocabulary only goes so far. To truly become fluent, you need to practice the conversation piece. Check out this site to see if there is a Spanish Conversation Group that meets near you.

www.meetup.com/topics/spanish/

Online Spanish Tutors

Do you prefer a customized, one-on-one learning experience? Visit the following websites to find an online Spanish tutor.

www.speakshop.org (Wonderful non-profit)
www.italki.com (1000s of Spanish tutors)

Reading

Read Children’s Stories in Spanish

Children’s stories are some of the best ways to improve your reading comprehension. When you are done with these, go to your local library and check out more Spanish stories.

www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories

Current News in Spanish

News in Slow Spanish features native speakers discussing current events and cultures. They slow the audio down so that Spanish students can practice their reading and listening comprehension at a pace they can understand. They also offer dialects from Latin America and Spain.

www.newsinslowspanish.com 

TIP: There are many free Spanish news resources on the web, such as GoogleBBCUnivisionTelemund

Writing

Make Spanish Accents & Characters

There are so many ways to write the Spanish characters. The best way is to Google, “how to write Spanish accents on (name of your computer or device).” But this site allows you to write Spanish characters on any device with internet access!

spanish.typeit.org

An App to Practice Spanish Writing

HelloTalk is essentially a social media site built specifically for language learners. Connect with Spanish natives all around the world. They teach you Spanish while you teach them English.

www.hellotalk.com

Other Sites to Learn Spanish

Verb Practice 
www.conjuguemos.com

Comprehensive Spanish Learning Site
www.StudySpanish.com

Duolingo: FREE Language Tutorial 
www.duolingo.com

Google Translate (OK for small phrases)
translate.google.com

Favorite Online Dictionary (with Discussion Area)
www.WordReference.com

Do you have others you would like to add to this list of great Spanish learning sites? Make sure you comment below or send me your suggestions here.

Author: Tara Bradley Williams - Pronto Spanish

Pronto Spanish founder, Author, Spanish & ELL classroom teacher, online occupational Spanish instructor, entrepreneur, curriculum designer, adventurer, traveler

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