Doubts With Soccer in Spanish? The Linguistic Coach Has the Answers

What the hell is a tiquitaca? Is it fúbol or futbol? How do you say MVP in Spanish?

If you have doubts with soccer in Spanish you should follow the weekly boards of Fundéu’s linguistic coach. Yes, the Fundéu (Fundación de Español Urgente) publishes a weekly infographic called Jugada Lingüistica or Linguistic Play where they give valuable tips on how to use soccer terms in Spanish. … [ Read more ]

Spanish Sentence Starters and Filler Words (Muletillas): The Grease of the Language Gears

An extremely common problem amongst people learning a new language is smoothness, that ability to keep talking without herky-jerky stop-and-starts in their sentences (lots of awkward silences and “ummms” while they try to think of the right word), and a specific area of this that’s almost never addressed anywhere that I’ve noticed a lot of people have trouble with is how exactly to start a … [ Read more ]

Words Galore

A free flashcard program with downloadable files, including one of the 1000 most popular Spanish words and one with 9,100 Spanish sound files.

20 Words and Phrases to Start Texting in Spanish

English speakers are not alone in using netspeak to create number-filled, abbreviated, and strangely-spelled messages for speed, efficiency and making messages impenetrable to others. Here are examples of 20 commonly-used expressions throughout the Spanish-texting world, with a more detailed explanation of the rules that underlie their formation, so you can decode them as you go along si quieres, if you like. Many phrases can be … [ Read more ]

Tatoeba

Tatoeba is a large database of example sentences translated into several languages.

The Spanglish Lex List

Matthew Bennett has lived and worked in Spain for more than a decade as a translator and language teacher. His free Spanish learning e-mail newsletter lets you:

1. Broaden your Spanish vocabulary every weekday with a few daily words & phrases related to current affairs topics;
2. Think about how to structure Spanish sentences with some example sentences for you … [ Read more ]

LangLadder

Erik Larson set out to build the LangLadder jetpack project to make learning a foreign language more enjoyable by reducing two common obstacles.

1.) Eliminate the choice between free time and language learning by merging the two. According to a December 2009 research study, an average net user surfs the web 13 hours per week excluding email. That is almost 2 hours on the web per … [ Read more ]

LocalSpanish

Each country has its own version of Spanish…
Here you can learn Spanish slang from many places.

Uses of The Spanish Verb Dar

Ben y Marina at Notes in Spanish offer up this useful look at 34 excellent ‘Dar’ phrases and expressions that are commonly used by Spanish speakers every day.

LingQ

Dramatically increase your vocabulary so you’re comfortable & confident in any situation. Get help from a personal tutor. Study online 24/7 and meet people from around the world.

¿Que pasa? A collection of Spanish hellos and goodbyes

This page is intended to help beginners of Spanish break out of the ‘¿que pasa?’ rut , by presenting a collection of ‘meeting’ and ‘parting’ expressions in current use throughout Spain and South America.

Editor’s Note: my link is to an archived copy of the site since the original was on geocities which no longer exists.

Medical Spanish

Comprehensive website with a medical Spanish focus. Resources include a daily word, sections on medical vocabulary and basic vocabulary, and a cultural section. There are also courses for various health care workers, and an extensive medical Spanish dictionary, complete with audio.

Jergas de Habla Hispana

tú llámalo como quieras… el caso es que se trata de ese vocabulario, esas expresiones tan especiales que son típicas de cada país de habla hispana y que convierten el español neutro e insípido en algo pintoresco y vivo, algo que nos da un poco de la esencia de cada pueblo de habla hispana: un idioma con SABORRR.

Un grupo de buenos amigos y una servidora … [ Read more ]

ReVerb Spanish

ReVerb Spanish is a blog and podcast about Spanish verbs. But not just any verbs. Verbs that appear to be synonyms (i.e. have the same definition) when you look up their meaning in the dictionary. But in real life, many of these verbs are not interchangeable and can only be used in specific contexts. ReVerb Spanish is going to help you ReView, ReLearn and ReCall … [ Read more ]

Learn10

Learn10 allows you to quickly pick up the basic vocabulary of a language by teaching you 10 words a day, wherever you are. English speakers and learners can choose to learn frequently used vocabulary of a language for free using Learn10’s content (coming from one of 22 language pairs) or opt to input their own content (subscription-based). It comes with a widget you can share … [ Read more ]

Spanish Vocabulary Quizzer

This is a Java program to aid in the memorization of Spanish vocabulary and verb conjugations. The program allows the user to create and edit lists of Spanish words along with their English translations. The user can then learn these words by having the program quiz them with a flashcard-like interface, where the user is shown the word in one language, and the user must … [ Read more ]

Various Ways of “Becoming” in Spanish

When I first tried to say “become” in Spanish I quickly realized it isn’t nearly as straightforward as in English. Below are the six possible expressions that can be used and a basic explanation of when they should be used.
When I first tried to say “become” in Spanish I quickly realized it isn’t nearly as straightforward as in English. Below are the six possible expressions … [ Read more ]