WordReference

Level: All levels

Our favorite suite of online dictionaries, WordReference offers primary and secondary meanings, plus additional definitions from Collins Dictionaries, plus compound forms, collocations, and common phrases. For example, the entry for escuela will also give you cambiar de escuela (to change school) and buque escuela (training ship). Add to that the verb conjugation charts and helpful forums where you can search or post questions, and you can see why this site is not just bookmarked, but in our bookmarks bar.

 

MVL


Talk Spanish (BBC Languages)

Level: Beginner

With practical vocabulary and phrases aimed at travelers, the BBC’s website offers a fun supplement to what you’re learning in your Spanish beginner class. It will also help you feel prepared before your trip to Latin America or Spain. We especially like Mi Vida Loca, their interactive mystery adventure video series that builds simple lessons into a live-action drama set in Madrid.

 

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Terra

Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

By reading the news in Spanish, you’ll expand your vocabulary and see how the grammar you’re learning in Spanish class is used in context. Start with the big stories that you already know, which will help you focus on the language. As you become more comfortable, branch out into other sections of the news—you’ll also be learning about what’s going on in most Latin American countries! Terra covers news stories all over the continent mixed with cultural and entertainment items.The two main newspapers in Spain, El País and El Mundo, are also well worth checking out, especially because they offer editions for both Spain and Latin America. More specific options can be found here.

 

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Yabla

Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

The sole purpose of this website is to help you learn Spanish via short videos from Spanish-language media (soap operas, shows, documentaries, music videos…) that you can stream online. What makes it most convenient is that you can choose to watch a video by degree of difficulty, with Spanish or English subtitles, or none, and also slow it down or go back on a specific sentence. You can even choose which type of Spanish you want to listen to. Not to mention the integrated dictionary and various games available. The contents is not free but you can try samples here.

 

News in Slow Spanish

Level: Intermediate

In this weekly podcast, Marta and Rylan discuss the week’s news in Spanish, but slower than full-speed. You thus get an immersive listening experience with current, sophisticated content that is paced for an intermediate learner. Each episode also includes a grammar lesson and an explanation of an expression or idiom. You can listen to a demo episode for free. Paid subscription levels offer other options, including full transcripts, flashcards, and quizzes.

 

We hope you enjoy these. See you in class!

 

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