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Resources for learning Spanish

This week I was talking to a prospective tutoring client, and she asked me about some resources that I may have for learning Spanish. I have previously put together an Instagram post for some of the resources I’d recommend, and I thought that this week would be a good time to expand that Instagram post and give you some more detail regarding each resource.

 

I feel like I always recommend Netflix as a language-learning resource, and I still stand by my decision. Watching TV shows and movies in the language your learning (your target language) is a fantastic way to practice your listening skills, whilst also enjoying entertaining shows. You get a real feel for the wide variety of accents that the Spanish language has to offer, as well as being able to gain an insight into Spanish and Latin American culture. Some popular shows for those learning Spanish include:


1.        La casa de papel (TV Show)

2.        Élite (TV Show)

3.        Paquita Salas (TV Show)

4.        Ingobernable (TV Show)

5.        Altas Mares (TV Show)

6.        Platform (Movie)

7.        El Bar (movie)

8.        La reina del sur (movie)

 

This is by far my go-to guide for all things spanish grammar, and I still use it to this day. It’s full of useful examples to help illustrate a particular grammar point and it also gets updated fairly regularly.

 

This is an online website full of activities and tutorials for students of all levels. Whether you’re struggling with a particular tense, articles, genders, or anything in between, StudySpanish.com has got you covered.

 

Another grammar related website, conjugemos offers learners the opportunity to practice online verb drills. You have access to lots of different tenses and you just go through and repeatedly practice how to conjugate various verbs in those tenses. It may seem repetitive and boring for some, but it really worked for me.  

 

I have previously mentioned the CEFR levels relating to languages, with A1 being complete beginner and C2 being near-native. Paco Ardit has written book aimed at students of the Spanish language. Each book is graded to a particular level (ranging from A1 all the way to C2 and native readers), so you know what level of language you’re expecting when you open the book.  It’s a great way to also check how you’re doing once you feel that you have completed another section of your language learning journey, a nice check-in point if you will.

 

This is basically the Spanish-language version of the BBC, full of articles and videos on current world affairs. An awesome way to listen to real-life Spanish and also get some good insights into the world.

 

This is a great little Spanish language podcast. Episodes range in length and they cover a wide range of topics! Great for if you’re busy and constantly on the go!

 

Hopefully some of these resources are of use to you guys! If you have any more resources or questions about learning Spanish, then feel free to send me a DM on instagram or email me @ jackcainetranslations@gmail.com


Until next time | hasta la próxima | alla prossima | bis zum nächsten Mal 👋🏻


 

 

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