My name is Jeff Blum (JB), another language learner like yourself. This site is a carefully selected collection of the best Spanish language learning resources I have found in my efforts to the learn the language. I started the site because I wanted to share a great novel written for Spanish learners (written by professors, not me). Over the years I have expanded the collection of resources bit by bit. I hope the idea of finding the best learning resources efficiently assembled and accessed in one place proves helpful to you.
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Study Spanish provides a fairly comprehensive amount of free material – you’ll need to join to gain access to anything beyond the preliminary grammar exercises, but the tutorials are quite informative and verb drills helpful if you’re struggling with conjugation.
Subjects: Comprehensive Learning Sites, Courses / Tutorials
This is an old 10-part Spanish lesson from Dictionary.com that is no longer available (the link is to an Archive.org copy). It involves a student named Kristen arriving to study in Barcelona. Each lesson is text-only and not terribly long. There is also an option to show or hide the English translation. No explanations of vocabulary or grammar are provided, so really this serves more … [ Read more ]
Subject: Reading Material
As the title indicates, a collection of poems, stories, and tales in Spanish. The site is a bit old and not so pretty but the content is still there to be enjoyed.
Subjects: Community, Grammar / Writing
Australian expat Camden Luxford learned Spanish during her travels in Basque country, Mexico, Guatemala and Peru. Here’s her advice on learning Spanish with music.
Editor's Note: written back in 2011 so probably a bit dated, but still interesting/useful.
Author: Camden Luxford | Subject: Audio / Video
This podcast is about learning to speak Spanish in every day practical situations. There are pauses for you to repeat what you hear and the more difficult words and phrases are broken down for correct pronunciation and grammar. There are songs, games and other activities to make your learning enjoyable and help you retain what you have learned.
Editor's Note: there hasn't been any new … [ Read more ]
Author: David Spencer | Subject: Audio / Video
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Ser and Estar
One of the most stressful parts of learning Spanish for many language learners, other than the subjunctive and para vs. por, is knowing the difference between ser and estar. But it doesn´t have to be stressful! While both of these verbs mean "to be" and are used all the time in daily communication, the following simple rules should help you to differentiate between the two. … [ Read more ]
Notes from ¿Qué tal? - Weather/Seasons
¿Qué tiempo hace hoy?
Here are some colorful expressions for commenting on the weather.
- Llueve a cãntaros. It's raining cats and dogs (lit., raining jugfuls).
- Estoy calado/a hasta los huesos. I'm soaking wet (lit., soaked to the bones).
- Hace un frio/calor de morirse. It's extremely cold/hot (lit., so cold/hot you could die).
- Hace un frio/calor espantoso. It's awfully (frightfully) cold/hot.
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Noche Oscura en Lima - Chapter 1
El reloj de la catedral de Lima acababa de dar las siete. Aunque no era muy tarde, las calles de la ciudad ya estaban envueltas en las sombras de la noche. Era una noche oscura. El viento, lanzando gritos, cogía el polvo de las calles y lo arrojaba al aire. Arriba unas nubes negrísimas corrían rápidamente a través del cielo.
Manuel … [ Read more ]
Spanish teacher Don Potter has put together some helpful resources for learning Spanish. In particular, he offers a free PDF copy of Spanish Grammar by Eric. V. Greenfield along with accompanying audio.
Spanish Verb Conjugator (123TeachMe)
I have a link to another verb conjugator, but I just found this one and based on initial use it seems even better as it includes some basic information about the verb (including definition and common usage) along with some sample sentences.
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