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Saturday, January 12, 2008 (read 1016 times)
 

Three great resources for intermediate and advanced students

by Erin

I've just discovered three great resources for students and newer practitioners (like myself) of Spanish. All three are projects of Fundéu BBVA , a nonprofit organization formed to "collaborate in the good use of the Spanish language". All three are well worth a bookmark if you want to improve and enrich your Spanish:

An excellent "dictionary" of dichos y refranes
 
Vademécum, where you can search for all sort of common mistakes and "made phrases" you do not recognize or want to be sure you're using correctly.
 

Keywords: vocabulary,spanish,slang,resources,intermediate,grammar,expressions,dictionary,colloquial,advanced

Comments

1 » Steve Kaufmann (on Tuesday, January 29, 2008) said:

Our site www.lingq.com has a growing quantity of Spanish audio with transcript available for download free of charge. We have also started a podcast called spanishlingq.com which consists mostly of natural conversations with native speakers (and me). Since we offer a variety of languages at our site, much of our content is recorded by learners in their native language or is available free on the internet and is passed on free. All of our content, including any content that a leaner may import for personal use from copyrighted sites like Puerta del Sol, can be used with our free vocabulary learning software which provides automatic phrase capture, statistics, tagging, Flash Cards etc.
We do not offer grammar or work sheets etc. but do offer tutoring and writing correction, but for a fee. I would be glad to explain in more detail since I believe we complement the activities of many other schools and sites.

2 » owensrl (on Tuesday, September 9, 2008) said:

These sites seem to be very useful for Spanish students, even some teachers. I'm happy to see there's a resource for Spanish slang. It should be very helpful.

3 » f (on Friday, March 7, 2008) said:

Hi everybody,

I'm writing to report about the existence of a new educational resource for learning Spanish as a foreign language (www.audiria.com). It's a web page totally free for teachers as well as for students. You will find daily a new audio file about very different topics (Spanish culture, grammar, novels, news, radio, daily scenes, El Quijote). Audio files are accompanied by the corresponding texts (also for free) and exercises where you can check your understanding degree.

Greetings, Audiria

4 » Anonymous (on Monday, March 10, 2008) said:

Hi,
The online dictionary that I use is www.wordreference.com, sometimes they include examples of the words in use.

5 » Steve Kaufmann (on Tuesday, January 29, 2008) said:

If you use LingQ, which is Free, you will access an online dictionary and accumulate all kinds of examples of your words in use. You can use the content available at LingQ or import content from other sources.

6 » Erin (on Tuesday, January 29, 2008) said:

I don't know Steve, I see the benefit of a transcript of audio, when available, but, especially for intermediate and above students the internet is chock full of resources - every news site, for example. (news videos). To read and watch, I'll be honest enough to say I don't know any online resources, please do feel free to list those you know. We've mentioned some blogs here that do podcasts with accompanying transcripts, I think, and products like Puerta del Sol (easily googleable ;)) and Punto y coma (also googleable and previously mentioned in this blog) combine audio with transcripts, for a monthly subscription by mail. I learned a lot when I was studying in the States by simply renting movies and using the subtitles, original versions and dubbing as needed -- subtitles in English when I was a beginner, later,choosing Spanish dubbing with Spanish subtitles, etc…
Thanks for the comments all. I do want to invite those (many of you) with Spanish learning sites to simply write to me, and maybe we'll do a post about what you offer.

7 » Rmss (on Tuesday, January 29, 2008) said:

I'm still looking for a good Spanish dictionary with example sentences for the words. Anyone know one online?

8 » Spanish Lessons Phoenix (on Friday, May 2, 2008) said:

Thanks for the resources. I'll pass them along to my students.

9 » Stacey (on Friday, May 2, 2008) said:

Hi Mary!

You've come to the right place, as I can help you.
If you post on here the words you're looking for, I shall post you the answers as soon as I can.

Looking forward to the translations!
Cheers!

10 » spanishlanguagesite.com

I've just set up a new website for language exchangers. Its really early days, but hopefully if the word gets around, people will use this resource to find others who want to practise their language using text, or voice. I am looking at ways to add widgets to enable them to do this directly from the site. Its a completely free network site - even the google ads aren't mine! http://langex.ning.com

I also have a another network site set up for those learning Spanish. This has an online spanish teacher to give language support. We have a friendly group of members at different levels in their Spanish learning and from various countries. Again our spanish club is free to join and use, so pay a visit and join in if you like what you see. http://spanishlanguagesite.ning.com

11 » mescharf

I'm looking for an authentic Spanish speaker who will help me with current expressions in baseball. For example: is out, fuera? is a single, sencillo? Batter up? In the bullpen? I found the major vocab but, there are some I can't find. Mary

12 » spanishlanguagesite.com

We have a new Spanish language site, recently launched where grammar lessons are given by a qualified and experienced language teacher on videos. We have completed our beginners to intermediate course which comprise of 48 videos, and have just finished filming our intermediate to advanced course comprising of 40 videos which will be added to the site soon. As well as these videos we provide additional video clips of local Spanish people talking, describing, asking the viewer questions etc. with transcripts in Spanish, English or none, depending on the choice of the viewer.

We also offer (for free) podcasts and exercises to accompany all the video lessons. These podcasts can be downloaded for playing on an mp3 player. There is also a online Spanish language club available which is free to join and our language teacher will be on hand there to answer any knotty problems people may have with learning Spanish.

Unlike most on-line courses, our courses are in Castilian Spanish as we live in Spain, so it may not suit everyone.

13 » Steve

The most useful resources to me are those where authentic Spanish content is available with audio and text for download. In other words, in today's world we no longer need the spoon feeding of text books and lessons. We need content, lots of it, interesting content to choose from. If we can connect emotionally with the content we can learn. I would be interested in hearing about such content.

14 » Learn spanish Online

Thanks for this information!

15 » Erin (on Tuesday, January 29, 2008) said:

I don't know Steve, I see the benefit of a transcript of audio, when available, but, especially for intermediate and above students the internet is chock full of resources - every news site, for example. (news videos). To read and watch, I'll be honest enough to say I don't know any online resources, please do feel free to list those you know. We've mentioned some blogs here that do podcasts with accompanying transcripts, I think, and products like Puerta del Sol (easily googleable ;)) and Punto y coma (also googleable and previously mentioned in this blog) combine audio with transcripts, for a monthly subscription by mail. I learned a lot when I was studying in the States by simply renting movies and using the subtitles, original versions and dubbing as needed -- subtitles in English when I was a beginner, later,choosing Spanish dubbing with Spanish subtitles, etc…
Thanks for the comments all. I do want to invite those (many of you) with Spanish learning sites to simply write to me, and maybe we'll do a post about what you offer.

16 » owensrl (on Tuesday, September 9, 2008) said:

These sites seem to be very useful for Spanish students, even some teachers. I'm happy to see there's a resource for Spanish slang. It should be very helpful.

17 » f (on Friday, March 7, 2008) said:

Hi everybody,

I'm writing to report about the existence of a new educational resource for learning Spanish as a foreign language (www.audiria.com). It's a web page totally free for teachers as well as for students. You will find daily a new audio file about very different topics (Spanish culture, grammar, novels, news, radio, daily scenes, El Quijote). Audio files are accompanied by the corresponding texts (also for free) and exercises where you can check your understanding degree.

Greetings, Audiria

18 » Anonymous (on Monday, March 10, 2008) said:

Hi,
The online dictionary that I use is www.wordreference.com, sometimes they include examples of the words in use.

19 » Steve Kaufmann (on Tuesday, January 29, 2008) said:

If you use LingQ, which is Free, you will access an online dictionary and accumulate all kinds of examples of your words in use. You can use the content available at LingQ or import content from other sources.

20 » Steve Kaufmann (on Tuesday, January 29, 2008) said:

Our site www.lingq.com has a growing quantity of Spanish audio with transcript available for download free of charge. We have also started a podcast called spanishlingq.com which consists mostly of natural conversations with native speakers (and me). Since we offer a variety of languages at our site, much of our content is recorded by learners in their native language or is available free on the internet and is passed on free. All of our content, including any content that a leaner may import for personal use from copyrighted sites like Puerta del Sol, can be used with our free vocabulary learning software which provides automatic phrase capture, statistics, tagging, Flash Cards etc.
We do not offer grammar or work sheets etc. but do offer tutoring and writing correction, but for a fee. I would be glad to explain in more detail since I believe we complement the activities of many other schools and sites.

21 » Spanish Lessons Phoenix (on Friday, May 2, 2008) said:

Thanks for the resources. I'll pass them along to my students.

22 » Stacey (on Friday, May 2, 2008) said:

Hi Mary!

You've come to the right place, as I can help you.
If you post on here the words you're looking for, I shall post you the answers as soon as I can.

Looking forward to the translations!
Cheers!

23 » spanishlanguagesite.com

I've just set up a new website for language exchangers. Its really early days, but hopefully if the word gets around, people will use this resource to find others who want to practise their language using text, or voice. I am looking at ways to add widgets to enable them to do this directly from the site. Its a completely free network site - even the google ads aren't mine! http://langex.ning.com

I also have a another network site set up for those learning Spanish. This has an online spanish teacher to give language support. We have a friendly group of members at different levels in their Spanish learning and from various countries. Again our spanish club is free to join and use, so pay a visit and join in if you like what you see. http://spanishlanguagesite.ning.com

24 » mescharf

I'm looking for an authentic Spanish speaker who will help me with current expressions in baseball. For example: is out, fuera? is a single, sencillo? Batter up? In the bullpen? I found the major vocab but, there are some I can't find. Mary

25 » spanishlanguagesite.com

We have a new Spanish language site, recently launched where grammar lessons are given by a qualified and experienced language teacher on videos. We have completed our beginners to intermediate course which comprise of 48 videos, and have just finished filming our intermediate to advanced course comprising of 40 videos which will be added to the site soon. As well as these videos we provide additional video clips of local Spanish people talking, describing, asking the viewer questions etc. with transcripts in Spanish, English or none, depending on the choice of the viewer.

We also offer (for free) podcasts and exercises to accompany all the video lessons. These podcasts can be downloaded for playing on an mp3 player. There is also a online Spanish language club available which is free to join and our language teacher will be on hand there to answer any knotty problems people may have with learning Spanish.

Unlike most on-line courses, our courses are in Castilian Spanish as we live in Spain, so it may not suit everyone.

26 » Steve

The most useful resources to me are those where authentic Spanish content is available with audio and text for download. In other words, in today's world we no longer need the spoon feeding of text books and lessons. We need content, lots of it, interesting content to choose from. If we can connect emotionally with the content we can learn. I would be interested in hearing about such content.

27 » Rmss (on Tuesday, January 29, 2008) said:

I'm still looking for a good Spanish dictionary with example sentences for the words. Anyone know one online?

28 » Learn spanish Online

Thanks for this information!

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