Many people have asked me if there was a search engine or software or app or something that would give you contextual examples of any Spanish word you wanted being used, like if you just learned a new word and you’d like to see some actual examples (written/spoken by native speakers) of it being used so you can see how to do so properly.
Well, here is that thing: Reverso Contexto.
It’s very simple: you enter any word in any language (note that you can change them around as you like in the menus at the top) and it gives you examples from various sources along with the translation in whatever language you choose.
The link above takes you to the Spanish-English page, so it’s expecting you to give it a Spanish word or phrase and then it will show you real-life examples of that word or phrase being used along with the English translation of each one.
Note that clicking the “reverso” button in between the two languages switches them. So if it was Spanish-English before, clicking that switches it to English-Spanish which lets you search for English and then gives a translation of what it finds in Spanish.
To actually hear words and phrases spoken aloud by native speakers, head on over to Forvo – fantastic site, I use it all the time. Note that if you register for an account you can then download recordings, which can be inserted into Anki cards, something I find very useful.
Oh! One more thing…
If you’re at all interested in using things like Spanish-language music videos, TV shows, movies, books, and more to learn Spanish from, be sure to check out The Telenovela Method, it’s a book I wrote that that will show you how to do precisely that (it’s over 200 pages long and includes over 7 hours of me demonstrating all the techniques I teach)!