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Supplement materials for an absolute beginner

Hi, I've decided to learn Spanish. I am just learning it for fun, nothing serious! + I am not in a hurry to get into fluency, so, I am giving it 20 min/daily. I know 20 minutes is nothing, but I am trying to devout my time to polish my English, and I don't want to overwhelm myself with huge chunks of another language. how can I properly invest these few minutes I have to get the most of them? I chose the 5 minutes path on Duolingo, so I have approximately 15 more minutes (I can probably add more few minutes).

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

March 28, 2018



SW0967 is correct; when you reach level 2 you can edit your original post and change the topic to "Spanish".

In the meantime, take a look at SpanishDict's video series: https://www.spanishdict.com/learn/courses
They are very good at explaining grammar, and Duolingo is weak in grammar.
Duolingo is great at making repetition and practice fun, and that is where SpanishDict is lacking.
They complement one another well.

¡Bienvend@ a Duolingo!


and Duolingo is weak in grammar

The Spanish grammar is weak, but the grammar in the courses "Dutch for English speakers" and "English for Dutch speakers" is great!


I recommend a podcast. Either Notes in Spanish- inspired beginners, or Coffee Break Spanish to get used to the sound of the language and some conversational skills, and balance out the grammer/vocab lessons from duolingo. Also, if you only have a few minutes try watching a kids show like a clip of Plaza Sesamo or Pokoyo en Español (on youtube). Both these shows are short and great for beginners!

Learn Spanish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.