I’ve spent a great deal of time putting together a 3-part series of articles for you on the internet’s best free resources for the Spanish-learner that you’ll get when you sign up for my newsletter–in addition to all of what you get below, I’ll be sure to send you any updates about cool new sites, resources, and learning tips and techniques that I come up with (I’m currently putting together a whole series that will teach you in great detail precisely how I go about learning a new language). Here’s a small sample of what you’ll get in the first e-mail about the internet’s Top 33 Spanish-learning resources:
Here’s the first part of the list, let’s get started!
1. NewspaperMap.com is a WONDERFUL resource for the language-learner: it allows you to find all of the newspapers in the country of your choice, plus you can search via language which is especially helpful. I know that I emphasize speaking but I think that once you get to a high-beginner or intermediate level you should really put a lot of time into reading in your target language as much as possible.
2. Forvo: This is such a fantastic site, enter any word and listen to a native speaker pronounce it. Ever noticed that when you’re reading a foreign language you have trouble figuring out how to pronounce the words because you know that how it would be pronounced in English, with that spelling, probably isn’t correct? Problem solved.
3. Foro de Español is a forum that I don’t frequent much but that’s only for lack of time. It’s huge and specifically for people trying to learn Spanish (it’s the only one I know of entirely dedicated to Spanish).
4. Language Fixation is another great language-learning blog that I really like due to his analytical approach and extreme emphasis on numbers, analysis, record keeping, setting very specific goals, and in particular doing a great job of keeping track of his results and then publishing them for other people to see. He’s also of the input-only-to-begin-with school like Ramses but has also published some great advice on how to get speaking practice on your own that I found to be especially insightful and valuable.
5. Anki, the vocabulary memorization tool to beat all vocabulary memorization tools and methods. It’s something called SRS, which stands for Spaced Repetition Software, and it’s essentially a digital flashcard program that periodically brings up old vocabulary for review so that you don’t forget it and all of the timing/spacing has been handled for you, if you’re the type of person (many aren’t) who likes to learn vocabulary this way, then this is just the thing for you. But, like I said, keep in mind that you need to like learning things by rote memorization and many people don’t.
6. Erm….I can’t actually fit all of these on here, sorry: I wanted to give you an idea of what was on it and how I wrote it (I explain what the resource is and why it’s so good) so you’d know it was worth the trouble to get (it’s still free!), but since I wanted to put all of those together PLUS the article on language exchanges PLUS the article on chat rooms, I decided to make it part of my newsletter so it’s the first thing you get when you sign up for it, I’ve put it into a 3-part series of e-mails I’ll send you that I explain below where you can sign up for it if you’re interested:
Part 1: A very long list of my favorite Top 33 free online Spanish-learning resources (tools, references, sites with free lessons, articles, blogs, forums, etc.) that’s far to long to include here, especially with all the other stuff I’ve got below that’s just on this site alone, and I’d like to offer it to you (completely free, you don’t have to do anything other than sign up) right now.
Part 2: I explain what language exchanges are (essentially they allow you free access to an unlimited number of native speakers to practice your Spanish with), why they’re absolutely essential if you’re teaching yourself (I’m serious when I say this: it’s impossible to get fluent without them if you’re learning a foreign language on your own), how to use them, and which ones are the best.
Part 3: I cover chat rooms which are specifically devoted to connecting you with native Spanish speakers who want to learn English so you can chat with them in Spanish (and they’ll help and correct you) and then you do the same for them with their English (these are completely free to use, but rather hard to find, but I’ll tell you where the best ones are!). Sign up below!