Learning Spanish


I´ve been asked by a number of people if I know of any free online resources for learning to speak the Spanish language.  

You could have a look at any of the following websites:

BBC online language site  (in particular, why not sign up for the beginners course, Spanish Steps,  to learn practical spoken Spanish in 24 short steps online …..it´s FREE!)

LiveMocha

Señor Jordan’s Spanish videos

Spanish Online

Free Language

Professor Jason Online

Notes in Spanish

Alternatively, why not try  “Beginning Spanish 101”

which is a series of YouTube videos to help you with your pronunciation.  You can click on to further videos on YouTube by searching in the right hand column after you have viewed this first one.

Do you know of any other free Spanish language resources?

19 thoughts on “Learning Spanish

  1. Hi Marianne! I just bumped into your blog. It is great! I will be forwarding these links to the very next person who expresses an interest in learning Spanish! :-) Actually, I’ve just been in your neck of the woods for a family holiday. It was fab. Back to Madrid yesterday, I’d say with a bump but actually I am totally happy to be home after a month on the road (UK – inlaws’ in northern Spain – then beach). Feel free to add my humble blog to your resources list – http://mylittlespanishnotebook.wordpress.com/ I’m a translator and language lover and I write about the new words I come across in my daily life here in Madrid. Cheers. :-)

  2. Thanks for the article, great resources! We’ve been trying to learn our Spanish in Galicia and it’s been a slow process. We’ve been using Duolingo.com, but the best resource of all are our Spanish roommates!

  3. Hi Marianne. I did a Cervantes Institute course about 8 years ago when I lived in Manchester. It was very basic but got taught by native Spanish speakers. I then did a OU course (Portales) which taught me a lot more structure and comprehension. I enjoyed it thoroughly but it was a bit lonely with minimal chance of conversational encounters. In May this year I moved to Competa permanently. There used to be a language school in the village, Idiomas Santa Clara, but I think it closed a few years ago. I’d love to start learning again and in particular build confidence in conversational Spanish plus learn a bit of the local lingo / slang. Any suggestions?

    • Hey – fancy you living so close to me. We must meet up sometime. Us northerners must stick together ;)

      Hmmm Clara who used to run the language school is now the proud co-owner of Bodegas Bentomiz on the outskirts of Sayalonga. We took a tapas tour there last week and she was telling us that she left the language school a few years ago.

      There is an “intercambio” session at 7.30pm – 8.30pm each Wednesday evening in Cómpeta at the Centro de Ocio. I’ve never been myself as we go to a quiz on a Wednesday, so I can’t tell you how many people go, but it might be worth a try. I picked up a leaflet about it a little while ago, which advertises a website http://www.competaintercultural.blogspot.com

      Hope you’ve got your earplugs ready for this weekend’s Feria!

      • Thank you very much. Indeed we must stick together and we’d love to meet up sometime. I was out with the dogs last night talking a walk in the hills just behind us, actually really close to Bodegas Bentomiz I think and I could hear the boom boom boom of the feria. We’re probably going to to take a walk one night to check it out.

        We’ll check out the intercambio. I have seen it mentioned and thought about it. We really do need to get moving on the language front. My Spanish is like Les Dawsons piano playing. I know the words but not necessarily in the right order.

        On the meeting up front, let us know when. We don’t keep a busy social diary!

  4. Hi Marianne,
    We have found this free site to be helpful. It helps show an English speaker you already have a pretty good sized Spanish vocabulary and it is easy to understand. I have not purchased the program, but I did sign up via email for communications. Each week, I receive great information that takes me a step closer. :-)

    http://www.shortcuttospanish.com/

  5. If you use Apple products, iTunesU has several lessons called 5 Minute Spanish. After using Berlitz CD’s for a while, I had some grammatical questions & no one to ask. The 5 Minute Spanish was VERY informative to me. Plus, there is a setting to listen to it at 1.5x speed.

  6. Thanks for the resources. I wish I had someone to practice with, but now that my granddaughter is going to take Spanish in high school, maybe she will be my practice partner, though it will have to be long distance. Yo hablo espanol, pero mi espanol es muy malo. No recuerdo muchas palabras. Mi pronunciacion es bueno. So I think it would be fun to check out those websites.

  7. I swear by the CD course of Michel Thomas. His unique teaching style made it SOOOooo easy to pick up, and to construct real sentences within minutes. For anyone wanting to speak the language properly, they’re great. Best of all if you visit the UK or have friends there, you can order the Michel Thomas Foundation Course (Spanish) from your library, and surprisingly they are not “copy-protected” so you can return them to the library quite quickly (if you see what I mean). Apparently they are much cheaper in Canada and the US. I have CD 4 of the Advanced Course permanently in my car.

    • I have listened to this course, but there is something about Michel Thomas´s accent that really annoys me, so I end up being irritated by his voice rather than learn the lesson. It´s just a personal thing. I know other people swear by it.

      Thanks for the reminder, Tamara, and I hope you got back to the UK safely. :)

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