I have long recommended Go Comics as a great source for reading comics in Spanish. My productivity setup relies very heavily on using RSS feeds, but unfortunately, Go Comics recently removed all their individual comic RSS feeds. Not one to be daunted, I went in search of a way to get them back … [ Read more ]
Duolingo is completely free with no ads or hidden fees. The reason its free is that the users create value by translating real-world documents while learning. Essentially, somebody who needs a webpage translated uploads it to Duolingo. That document then gets presented to Duolingo students who can translate it in order to practice the language they are learning. When the document is fully translated, Duolingo … [ Read more ]
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 ]
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 ]
If you are new to learning Spanish and you use a computer, then the chances are that you are wondering how to put the accent marks (or diacritics) on vowels — such as é or ü — or type the letter eñe (Ñ) or the special punctuation marks used in the language — such as « and ¿ This article reviews a few of the … [ Read more ]
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A great firefox addon that allows you to simply highlight a word and a small hover window will appear and the word will be looked up in either google or yahoo for a translation. Incredibly useful. I have tried several others but this one is my favorite. One weakness is that it doesn’t do phrases only single words.
Barra de Español is a Firefox toolbar for students of the Spanish language. It provides tools and links to resources useful to students, such as word definition lookup and links to native Spanish material.
Popling describes itself as “a website + desktop app for people who want to learn, but lack motivation.” Every few minutes as you work in other apps on your PC or Mac (you choose how often) Popling displays a question in a small window. Ignore it and it goes away…click it to see the full flash card. It’s learning, with no motivation required!