There’s nothing like a catchy tune to make things stick in your mind. Lirica is an app that takes that idea and applies it to learning a foreign language. The app takes the music of artists like Enrique Iglesias and Elvis Crespo and uses it to help you learn Spanish vocabulary and grammar.
With each lesson, you learn parts of the … [ Read more ]
Here is a collection of four Spanish language learning videos from the Fundación de Español Urgente (Fundéu), each focusing on confusing Spanish words that can be tricky to even native speakers.
Spaniards in London is a series of shows made available on YouTube about the fictional experiences of several Spaniards recently arrived in London while they live with a British flatmate, work, flirt, date, audition for acting and signing roles, and of course get into various shenanigans. It’s entertaining enough and excellent for beginners because:
- You won’t only hear Spanish since they end up talking to
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RTVE, Spain’s state-owned television station, offers a variety of programs from news to dramas for free streaming online with many free from geographical restrictions. Since most programs offer closed captioning for viewers with visual impairments, watching the programs is not only entertaining but can really help you improve your listening skills. You can stream the shows online or you can follow the instructions below to … [ Read more ]
RTVE is Spain’s state-owned corporate television station, very similar to the BBC in the U.K. or PBS here in the U.S. They’re the largest and most popular broadcaster in Spain, and they show a wide variety of news, documentaries, fictional dramas, reality shows, etc. Since they’re state-funded, there’s no profit motive and therefore less motivation on their part to restrict who can watch their products, … [ Read more ]
These days it isn’t too difficult to find Spanish-language video, either on TV or online. UVideos is a Univision-sponsored site where you can discover, watch discuss and share the best of Hispanic programming anywhere, anytime and on any device.
Andrew, from the blog How to Learn Spanish, explains how he uses music videos to learn Spanish, and how you can do the same.
The following set of videos were created by the Fundación de Español Urgente (Fundéu) and represent some common basic Spanish mistakes.
This is the Holy Grail for Spanish-learners: videos (movies, TV shows, whatever) in Spanish and with Spanish (not English) subtitles, or an exact transcript in Spanish of what was said. But what about online? What about free? That would be the best possible combination in the world, wouldn’t it? Well, it’s taken a while, I’ve been collecting these and scraping them together for over … [ Read more ]
For those of you accustomed with BBC iPlayer or other stream-on-demand video services, Spain’s national station RTV also lets you stream and watch Spanish TV series and programmes at high speed and quality for nothing.
While there’s a lot to choose from it’s well worth spending part of your learning day watching RTV’s brilliant “ciudades para el siglo XXI“ (cities for the 21st century) series.
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We recently received an email asking for a list of the biggest ‘dead-giveaway’ mistakes a Spanish learner typically makes. We put a call out on the forum asking for help, and this is the list you helped us come up with.
Imagine yourself in a world where a young man finds love thousands of miles away . . . when a family’s dream hangs in the shadow of a corporate takeover . . . and you learn Spanish just by popping in this DVD. Rated E for everyone, Lights, Camera, Spanish! is a revolutionary, look-listen-and-learn approach specially created for you, the movie lover who wants a … [ Read more ]
Luis & Joan Rojas of La Casa Rojas are releasing free video Spanish lessons weekdays covering everything, from Spanish phonetics to Spanish grammar and idiomatic expressions. They explain:
“Here’s how it works. Each day, Monday through Friday, we publish a new Spanish class in the format of a 10-minute video. Each class builds on the one of the day before. We ask you to do some … [ Read more ]
Learning a foreign language doesn’t have to be dry and boring rote memorization. Clever web site Lyrics Training sharpens your skills through music and song lyrics.
Lyrics Training is a really fun approach to helping you pick up a foreign language. Choose a YouTube-hosted music video and select one of three mastery levels; Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert. As the video begins to play, the song’s lyrics … [ Read more ]
Subs.to is a simple subtitle search engine. Plug in the name of the movie or television show—make sure to include the season and episode number!—and the language you’d like to read the subtitles in and Subs.to will return the subtitles in SRT or SUB format.
For most media players all you need to do is place the subtitle file in the same folder as the actual … [ Read more ]
Lights, Camera, Spanish! is a revolutionary, look-listen-and-learn approach to language skills, specially created for you, the movie lover, who wants a crash course in Spanish. The DVD includes a full-length feature film packed with passion, romance, danger . . . and dialogue that’s easy to learn and fun to watch. The workbook features dialog reviews, a Spanish-English mini-dictionary, and written and oral exercises to help … [ Read more ]
Cody’s Cuentos te presenta un cuento del detective más famoso de la historia – Sherlock Holmes. En este relato, Sherlock Holmes y su querido amigo y compañero, Watson, investigan el misterioso robo de una joya. Una piedra preciosa que, sorprendentemente, ha desaparecido de un cofre de un hotel y ha ido a parar al buche de una oca. ¿Cómo resolverán este extraño caso? Manténte … [ Read more ]
SpanishPod101.com is an innovative, fun, and easy to use language learning system that is designed to get you speaking Spanish from the very first lesson. Learn Spanish at your own convenience and pace with short, effective, and fun audio podcast lessons and a comprehensive, state-of-the-art Learning Center that provides you with the tools to take your Spanish to the next level.
The award-winning Spanish course aimed at beginners through to intermediate learners providing weekly 20-minute lessons covering the basics of Spanish. This is an ideal course for anyone who wants to go further than learning phrases off by heart, and will allow listeners to develop their confidence in the language.
Editor’s Note: this is one of the podcasts I most often recommend to beginner and intermediate students. … [ Read more ]
Take your learning to the next stage with Show Time. Presented by Mark, Alba and José, Show Time Spanish is the podcast which naturally follows the popular Coffee Break Spanish podcast. It offers listening practice for intermediate to advanced learners and in each episode listeners will learn idiomatic Spanish phrases and get to grips with grammar.
Editor’s Note: this is currently my preferred podcast for personal … [ Read more ]