Are you all ears?
In Spanish the idiom "to be all ears" is "ser todo(a) oídos.") Go online to Audio Lingua and listen to short audio clips of native speakers--including kids--from all over the Spanish-speaking world. Search by themes. Click here.
Speak up in Spanish
What do you sound like in Spanish? Find out by recording yourself on Vocaroo! Record yourself, save the link of the recordings, and embed it into a document. Click here.
do you have an accent?
Use accents when you write in Spanish! On a touchscreen (iphone, ipad, Android), hold down the key a little longer than normal (long press) for accent options to pop up. In "Settings" you can also add a Spanish keyboard, so when you want to type in Spanish (and have auto-correct in Spanish) you can switch to it. (Holding down the key that allows you to change to emojis and the choice to toggle to the Spanish keyboard will appear.) On other devices, use character codes (good in Google docs), keyboard shortcuts, etc. For a list of options, click here.
SEñora Bozzone IS ON twitter
Señora Bozzone is on Twitter click here.
ready, "study" set, go!
Practice with pronouns. Bone up on body parts. Become nimble with numbers. And more! It's easy and free on Quizlet, where teachers have created study sets to view, study, and play. Click here.
Read all about it!
Spanish NewsBites is a free website designed to help you learn Spanish at the same time as you learn about what’s happening TODAY throughout Spain and Latin America. Several times a week a new story is chosen and adapted for language learners, added is a mouse rollover translation into English of key vocab, and there's even an audio transcript of the text for you to follow. The site also has a handy verb conjugator. To access, click here.
Read all about it—in Spanish! The Smithsonian publishes TweenTribune in Spanish with high-interest articles for students. It's worth it just to skim the headlines and check out the cool pix! Click here.
Use DUOLINGO to be bilingual
Learning Spanish with Duolingo is free, fun and addictive. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Just create an account and log in. You'll be glad you did! Click here.
Conjugate any verb INSTANTLY!
This site conjugates any infinitive instantly in 10 different tenses! (Present, preterite, imperfect, future, conditional and more.) All you do is type in the infinitive. To visit the site, click here. (What's an infinitive? An infinitive is the basic form of the verb that usually follows "to." In Spanish infinitives end in either -ar, -er, -ir, such as hablar, comer, escribir--to speak, to eat, to write.)
100 most common verbs
Just like in English, there are thousands of verbs in Spanish. But when was the last time you used "discombobulate" or "skedaddle?" So when it comes to learning Spanish, start with the top 100 most frequently used verbs. Linguaorb.com has a list (and ads, too--just ignore them). Click on any verb for its pronunciation and conjugation; irregulars are in red: Click here. Or see all verbs one page (and click to conjugate), courtesy of the Spanish Institute of Puebla: click here.
Señor Jordan = The Flipped Classroom
Watch YouTube videos with teacher Señor Jordan, and you just might put the rest of us Spanish teachers out of our jobs! In short, humorous videos he presents vocabulary and grammar in an easy-to-grasp way. View videos repeatedly--chose from more than 100-- until you get the concepts down cold. To see a segment on "personal" pronouns, click here.
do well and do good!
On FreeRice.com each time you play the Spanish vocabulary game you help end world hunger! For each correct answer the site donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Programme. There are 10 levels of difficulty. Click here.
The best dictionary
Wordreference.com is the best online dictionary I've found. (Forget Google Translate!) It not only has vocabulary but also common expressions, idioms, etc. Get the app for your phone, too! It's easy to use. Click here.
Boost your vocabulary
Family, food, and feelings are just a few of the many themes of vocabulary activities you can practice on Conjuguemos.com. The site also offers grammar games and more. Click here.
Vocabulix has a list of the most common verbs in Spanish. Click on a verb and the site conjugates it for you in different tenses. Get these verbs down cold and you'll punch up you communicative power. Click here.
"Grammar is your friend," says StudySpanish.com. Can't remember when to use "ser" or "estar?" Need help with "hay?" Choose from this site's handy list of topics with simple explanations and examples. Click here.
grammar explained by a native speaker
Practiquemos (Let's practice) by Catalina Moreno has about 45 videos that will improve your understanding of Spanish grammar and more. Cata (short for Catalina) is a native speaker who speaks slowly and clearly and, in case you miss something, has added subtitles in Spanish to help you. Click here.
reflexive VERB RAP (and more)
Videos on BashoandFriends.com will have you, for example, rapping out reflexives ("Reflexive Verbs") and rhyming "sing" with "bling" ("Me gusta"). Click here.
The free videos on Rockalingua including "Las partes del cuerpo" will rock your world. To sing along with "Mi Casa:" Click here.
practice makes perfect
Practice online with Babbel.com (click here), part of the website "123Teachme.com" which has great games including this one on the "preterite vs. imperfect" that'll have you hooked (click here).
Cultural connections and more
A professor from Colby College has created "Spanish Language and Culture," an essential site for the ambitious student. Learn learn about important cultural traditions in the Spanish-speaking world while practicing skills and upping your vocabulary. Click here.
Listen to native speakers
The University of Texas at Austin's "Spanish Proficiency Exercises" is an online treasure-trove of video clips with native speakers from throughout Latin America and Spain who talk about a host of topics from family to favorite movies. Topics are arranged by increasing level of difficulty. Accompanying each topic is a Spanish/English glossary of vocabulary, sample sentences to use to talk about the topic, and mini-grammar explanations. To watch the videos (some are scripted--i.e., simplified for language learners--and some are non-scripted), click here. Or to see a list of the vocabulary and grammar concepts provided, click here.
TOP 5 mistakes
It's a myth that intelligent people are better at learning languages, says teacher Anne Merritt in an article in The Telegraph (UK). Most good language-learning skills are HABITS. That means, unfortunately, that you can develop bad language-learning habits, too. What are these bad habits? How can you kick them? To find out click here.
All the news that's fit to print
What's happening in the 21 countries where Spanish is spoken? What's the Spanish-language press in the USA covering? Find out at www.prensaescrita.com where you can get the headlines from dozens of daily newspapers from the USA and throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Click here.
For videos and articles written for natives, El Nuevo Día has great content: click here.
For videos and articles written for natives, El Nuevo Día has great content: click here.
How do you stack up?
How proficient are you at reading, writing, reading, speaking Spanish? To try a sample STAMP test (a.k.a. Standards-based Measurement of Proficiency), click here. To try your hand at the AAPPL proficiency test (a.k.a. Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in Languages) spearheaded by ACTFL (a.k.a. American Council on the Teachers of Foreign Languages) , click here. You'll need speakers or speakers and a microphone
In London English is pronounced different from in Dublin. And in Brooklyn, fuggetaboutit! Likewise, the pronunciation (and intonation—i.e., the rise and fall of the voice) of Spanish differs by region. For example, in Madrid "zapato" is pronounced "thah-pah-to." To hear different Spanish pronunciations, watch short videos on Dialectoteca del Español. After clicking on "launch" and "factores geográficos," select a country. Next pick a city and "cuento" (story), "región" (about the area), "anécdota" (anecdote), or "opinión." To view a transcript, click on "transcipción ortográfica." So, what are y'all waiting for, as they say in Alanta? Click here. Or download the app.
While I don't use SpanishDict when I need a Spanish-English dictionary (I recommend WordReference; it's listed above), this web site has some really great blog posts. For example, don't miss "12 Cognates You Wish Were Real," "10 Slang Words You Need to Know," and "10 Spanish Sayings with no English Equivalent." There's also help with conjugation and topics like "ser vs. estar."Click here.
Sit back, close your eyes, and tune into AM and FM radio stations from throughout the Spanish-speaking world at radiowebsites.org. On this site, for example, you'll find dozens of radio stations from Argentina at radioarg.com. Click here.
who's who in latino Artists
The article "Latino Artists to Know" begins as follows: "When it comes to Latin American art, most people immediately think of Frida Kahlo. While Kahlo certainly contributed to the rise of Latinos (and women) in art, she is joined by countless Mexican, Colombian, Dominicans, Cubans and more who have contributed some of the most beautiful, controversial, thought-provoking works of art existing today. From Fernando Botero to Jean-Michel Basquiat, here are 10 Latino artists to know." To read the article, click here.