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Fun ways to learn Spanish

I have been looking for ways to practice Spanish in fun & simple ways. One thing I've enjoyed is Condorito comics. I follow the buzzard on Twitter and there is a good mix of jokes, comics, and occasional wisdom. And I'm surprised how many I can understand without translating... there are enough cues in the artwork to help figure out the words I don't know.

https://twitter.com/RealCondorito

http://www.condorito.cl/

I have also been listening to a radio channel called "Caliente," which has contemporary Spanish-language music. Again, I'm surprised how much I understand (love songs tend to be uncomplicated).

https://www.siriusxm.com/caliente

Anyone have other suggestions for low-stakes way to add a little Spanish to daily life? These really work for me because I can incorporate them into my daily routine.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Czubbi
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I found this old TV programme "Destinos". It's a little story designed for Spanish learners and trains listening skills. It's a good start for beginners as they speak slowly, repeat words and build vocabulary. http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch/index.html?ep2

Does anyone else have suggestions that help with listening for beginner Spanish?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toomath
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News in Slow Spanish is a great resource for beginners to listening (though you'll need to have gotten to about level 10 in duolingo I think to really use it). http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elanaknt

I really like (and use a lot with my students) the site Spanish Proficiency Exercises: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/index.html I don't know how "fun" it is but has lots of topics, organized according to level, with several speakers for each. Also has transcripts in both English and Spanish and a glossary. It is great for getting a feel for dialects and how people from different areas express the same things.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danymarcoux

I took a class of Spanish once at college and I remember "Destinos". It's really a good show to start.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sawdustar

I find this thread very helpful. I've always wanted to learn Spanish (Mexican/South-Western U.S.). So here I am at 55 years old trying to learn a new language via an app on my phone and trying to find things on the web to speak slowly enough to where I can start learning. Going through DuoLingo has been both fun and challenging for me. I have a son who is in his 3rd year of Spanish in high school and I speak/understand more than he does and I try to get him to practice with me but he simply will not. I can't afford to buy Rosetta Stone Course and I'm truly hungry to learn Spanish. The TV series mentioned in this thread seems to be a great way to me to be better immersed in the language. We have many Spanish speaking people in my local area, but some get really frustrated with me trying to speak to them in their own language. One waiter last night was really rude to me and I stopped trying to speak to him in anything but English from then on. I "want" to learn this language. I'm hungry to learn it. I am thankful for this discussion forum.....so thank you for having this forum.!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toomath
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Funny you mention this, I just got back from Chile, where Condorito is for sale on every newsstand. Bought an issue to take home as a souvenir. As far as anthropomorphic condors go, he sure gets around - has all sorts of human girlfriends, etc. Great for practicing Spanish, too.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

...(love songs tend to be uncomplicated)... then comes along "Para Que Quieras Como Quiero" by Ricardo Arjona - go give that tongue twister a listen (especially the first two verses)...

"Podría dibujar, a cien años luz, la mueca que pintas cuando llego, Podría soborna, clavarme una cruz, con tal de inspirarte un hasta luego, Podría caminar en el fuego, para que me quieras como quiero.

Podría transgredir, las fuerzas de Dios, podría no ser yo si se precisa, Podría contradecir, lo que diga mi voz, podría ser el gato en tu cornisa, Podría caminar en el fuego, para que me quieras como quiero."

It's not so much the words themselves, but the speed at which some of them are jammed together, lol. It's a really good song - look it up

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skutir

Just looked on iTunes. He has a song called "Pinguinos in la cama" and I think I translated it correctly...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

yes he does

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Turtle492
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If you haven't already seen it, I'd suggest Que hora es? Just for a bit of fun :P https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cKGyOE_jOI

There's a Spanish version of Extra (search Extra en espanol on YouTube), which is a great series designed for language learners. I'm about 2/3 through the spanish tree and I think I might be able to understand the first few episodes. Some of the episodes might have subtitles. I really enjoyed the series in German so I'm hoping the Spanish one will be just as good (I think there's a French version too for anyone who's interested).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roosky2003

"Que hora es" is priceless ! Are there only 2 episodes ?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Turtle492
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I can only find two... I guess there's only so much you can do with 3 weeks of Spanish ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Machupichoo

I can relate to children's stories. Where can I find simple children's stories on line? Is there a Spanish version of tv shows (similar to Sesame Street) for children that anyone can recommend?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skutir

There are some free podcasts on iTunes, some audio only and some with video. A lot seemed kind of tedious to me but Yabla Spanish has short videos made in Spanish-speaking countries and you just hear people talking; the videos are captioned in Spanish and English. ¡Ya Tú Sabes! has some more conversational/informational bits mixed in with the lessons.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stephinx

Thanks for posting about Condorito. It looks like it will be fun.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

The Spanish episodes of Extr@ on YouTube.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/taiylzkx
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I'm glad I found this thread, it is giving me some great ideas to help immerse myself more in Spanish around the house and in my daily life, i am terrified i will forget all I have learned lol Thanks guys :) I am determined to learn this language if it kills me...and it just might lol

4 years ago