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The first 100 days, some of my favorite Spanish resources

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About 100 days ago I started playing around in Duolingo, and somehow I quickly became addicted to learning Spanish. I didn't start with the goal of learning Spanish, really - I had long since given up on truly learning another language - I just wanted to see what the app would teach me.

What it taught me was a) I want to learn Spanish, b) I can learn Spanish, c) I can have fun learning Spanish, and d) enough core vocabulary and grammar to start to reading/watching/listening to/ speaking in Spanish all over the place.

So to celebrate my 100 day streak, I made a list of some of my favorite supplementary Spanish resources. Many of these have been mentioned elsewhere in the forums, but here are some of my favorites with explanations.

LISTENING / WATCHING

Netflix - I like watching shows I'm already familiar with, in Spanish with Spanish subtitles. Netflix originals have a Spanish audio track and subtitles, so shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Orange Is the New Black, Arrested Development (including the early seasons), House of Cards, and other Netflix originals all have a Spanish version. It's a great resource if you have a Netflix account. The subtitles seem to have been translated separately, so they don't match the dialogue, but they are still helpful. I also really enjoyed the Spanish version of the kids movie "Home."

They also have some movies originally in Spanish. I started watching El Cielo en Tu Mirada - the subtitles on that movie match up exactly, and the dialogue is straightforward enough I pretty much can get the gist.

Hulu - hulu.com - has shows like Elementary en español.

Extras - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfb9-ZTCA-E - is good for a more beginner or lower intermediate level.

Radio Ambulante - http://radioambulante.org/category/audio/episodios - has a full, exact transcript of the Spanish audio, and a full English translation. So you can read a section of the English, than listen to the Spanish while reading the Spanish transcript and see how much you can follow along.

Alt Latino podcast - http://www.npr.org/sections/altlatino/ - features some Spanish songs.

Spotify - lots of music in Spanish. Free with ads. Try Ana Tijoux - https://open.spotify.com/artist/40JMTpVRUw90SrN4pFA6Mz

READING

You can get a free sample chapter of any kindle book and try to read it. http://www.amazon.com/Books/b?ie=UTF8=301731 . You could look for the Spanish version of a book you are reading in English.

Grimm Fairy tales - http://www.grimmstories.com/es/grimm_cuentos/index

Children's books - http://www.childrenslibrary.org/icdl/SimpleSearchCategory?ids==1=1==61=Spanish

REFERENCE

Linguee - http://www.linguee.com/ - word translations from Spanish to English. I like this because it gives you lots of example sentences harvested from the web, so you can see the word in context.

http://lema.rae.es/drae/ - Spanish dictionary with definitions in Spanish

PRONUNCIATION

Butterfly Spanish series on pronunciation is a good place to start. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkjyx6Il3YUYu8keDy69o589xvc893QrM

Forvo - http://forvo.com/ - look up a word and hear pronunciations. They are user submitted and voted on. You can also request a pronunciation for a word.

VOCAB AND GRAMMER

Anki - http://ankisrs.net/ - free flash card app that let's you customize your own flashcards nicely. I've been creating flash cards with a picture and a fill-in-the-blank sentence. The back of the card fills in the word and plays the audio of the pronunciation (which I get from forvo.com).

I like using a picture instead of a translation for trying to learn to think in Spanish, and I use sentences to give the words more context and meaning. I'll sometimes grab a screenshot of what I'm watching and use the subtitle as my sentence. I just make sure the picture is clearly connected to the word I want to learn.

Butterfly Spanish - goes into depth on some grammar and vocabulary topics. https://www.youtube.com/user/ButterflySpanishola/videos

Language Transfer - https://soundcloud.com/languagetransfer/sets/complete-spanish - I've listened to the first 20 of these and I love it. He talks about how a lot of words that sound "formal" to English speakers because of their Latin roots are everyday words in Spanish. He also encourages you to form longer sentences and thoughts. It helped me be more expansive when speaking.

SPEAKING

I'm lucky enough to know a few people I can try my Spanish with in person. I've found it helpful to write a script of a few things I want to say to get started.

PAID

Fluent forever pronunciation trainer - http://fluent-forever.com/pronunciation-trainers/#.VpB4s5MrJPM - It's a deck you put in your Anki app, and you listen to two closely related sounds and have to identify which it is (between words like toma and doma, yerba and hierba, or sé (Spanish) and say (English)). I haven't found a good free substitute for this. If you know of a free version of this type of program that makes you choose between two similar sounds, and gives you feedback on if you are correct, please leave a comment.

If you want resources for a kid learning Spanish, try the Endless Spanish app. Only the first 6 words or so are free, and then the rest are a few dollars. Kids get addicted to this app in my experience.

What are your favorite Spanish learning resources?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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Extra, Linguee, forvo, and LanguageTransfer are great. I've used all 4 in the past and found them all very useful.

Currently, I'm enjoying School of Language's "Español en episodios" series on YouTube. It's a teaching series that follows the experience of a man who is taking Spanish lessons with a tutor after having recently moved to Spain. The material is challenging enough to be interesting (though a little a slow at the start), and I find the episodes to be engaging and fairly easy to understand.

Also, to add to your reference section, I really love SpanishDict.com. Their definitions are simple, accurate, and well formatted, and they've got extensive conjugation tables for every verb you can imagine.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sunnysudeu

"Español en episodios" series on YouTube is a blast, thanks so much!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Thank you! I am going to check that series out.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Haley506409

level 25 in Spanish, wow! I just started today, I'm more of a french person.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IvoryLizzy1

Well, it's not really my favorite, but my Spanish teacher gave us homework assignments to watch this kid's show El perro y el gato, and write own the words and what they mean. I mean, yeah, it seems like a Spanish kids show for five year olds, but you can actually learn something from it. And on some video games I play, I put the subtitles to Spanish, so I can practice while playing!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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My icon is actually from El Perro y El Gato, lol. It's cute for a bit. You can learn from it, thanks for mentioning it!

What video games do you play? That sounds like a great idea!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IvoryLizzy1

Well, I recently found two games in my room, Sonic and the Black Knight and Sonic and the Secret Rings, and i found out on Settings you can change subtitles :).......( and you can get these games online for like $10 now, but i love those games!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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That's awesome, I'm going to try it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Katrina.-
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Congratulations on your streak, and thanks for the Spanish resources! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sandeepa2
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Hola Carolyn1mil . Muchas gracias. Very useful resources. The Spanish course on edX is also quite good. The link is https://www.edx.org/course/learn-spanish-basic-spanish-english-upvalenciax-bsp101x .Other than that I find Memrise, LingQ and Yabla Spanish quite good. For dictionary, I find Spanishdict quite useful. All the best.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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De nada y gracias por esos.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sandeepa2
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Welcome :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m_polkinghorne

Unsure if this has been mentioned but the app HelloTalk is great as well. It connects you with Spanish speakers who are learning English and you converse and correct each others mistakes. A good way to meet new friends also!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Good idea, thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bekkel
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During an earlier Spanish course my homework involved watching episodes of Destinos: http://learner.org/series/destinos/watch/. The series is dated, but has many great features, including different Spanish accents and pronunciations from different parts of the world.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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thanks, I will check it out!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SGuthrie0

Fantastico. Muy muchas gracias. Y felicitaciones sobre tu racha incredible, maravillosa

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Muchas gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ahmednaguib39

Thank you so much for sharing experience. I tried butterfly Spanish videos and it was very good , Also Spanishpod101 is an interesting video. again many thanks for this post

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Thank you! I will check out Spanishpod101.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Firespirit99

Love your list - my first day but you've provided an excellent listing of resources!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Yay! Bienvenidos!

The first time I watched something in Spanish it was all a blur, I couldn't even pick out words, so don't get discouraged if that happens to you. After you get a little way down your tree, you might try watching something like Extras where they speak slowly and have good subtitles.

Buena suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bcturner59

Wow! That is certainly comprehensive. Thank you for taking the time to write down all of these wonderful resources. Here's a Lingot for you.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Aw, thanks

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DvoiraYano

Muchas gracias! This is an excellent list of resources

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Me alegra que te gustó!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lord.ryder

Thanks for the great list of resources. I am just starting out on my journey and finding a love of learning languages as well.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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De nada! It so fun, good luck on your journey!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AMelonlord

Thanks for this! I think it will help with my Spanish. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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De nada!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/beepmeow

In addition to the other shows available in Spanish on Netflix, there's this really interesting Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad called "Metastasis" with a completely new cast (it's otherwise shot for shot with some small changes) -- you can watch it closed captioned with subtitles that match the spoken words, which makes it a little easier to try to follow along.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Really??? That's amazing. Muy muchas gracias! I know what's next on my list.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fuv7
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I'm one day behind you, don't screw it! :D Thanks for (especially) listening materials. I've already watched first Extra's episode. It was more entertaining that I had thought it would be. ¡Gracias amigo y buena suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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Congratulations!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn1mil
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Gracias!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucky101man

Cadena SER has a mobile app I haven been using since I started.

It's all talk radio (which is what I wanted) and based in Spain with Regional selections and shows. I'm just about able to follow "Las Noches De Ortega" I think its on at about 12 midnight GMT. After the sports shows, It's very funny, even if you're only picking up a third of it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tolunayo
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No need to download a zillion apps for different Radio stations. You can use TuneIn mobile app (or http://TuneIn.com ) and listen to:

Mexico:
* Radio Fórmula (Primera Canal) -- Talk
* Radio Fórmula (Segunda Canal) -- Talk
* Radio Fórmula (Tercera Canal) -- Talk

Spain:
* Cadena SER -- Talk
* Cadena COPE -- Talk
* RNE Radio Nacional de España -- Talk
* Capital Radio -- Financial (Spain) -- Financial/Stock Market Talk
* Cadena Dial (Spain) -- Music

There is probably a ton more talk channels you can find from other Spanish Speaking countries. Other people probably can add their own popular talk radio channels.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucky101man

Nice, Thanks!

2 years ago
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