Free Spanish Resources

Free Online Spanish Resources

by Russell Sabo

I will always recommend buying an audio course or books to help you learn Spanish, simply because they’re set up in a way to help you progress more quickly. And if they’re not, they don’t last long in the marketplace. But say you have some books and a good, quality audio course and you want to supplement your learning with some more resources and you don’t want to spend the money. Or perhaps you want to prove that, yes, you can learn anything for free on the internet. Well, then you’re going to be subjected to hours of Google searches until you find something that is worth your time.

Unless…you find a handy-dandy list of free, online, Spanish resources like this one. You’re welcome. However, I must admit that I had a lot of help, most of it through the awesome forums of the Learning Spanish Like Crazy product website. The people there are very friendly and many of them have been on the same language-learning journey that you are. As a result, they’ve already scoured the internet for very useful links to sites that provide free information, games, lessons, books, movies, and television shows, all in Spanish. From there, I’ve compiled a list of websites that I think provide the best information

Take a look around. There’s something here for every level of Spanish-learning. Enjoy!

All-Around Awesome Sites for Learning Spanish

BBC Learn Spanish

The BBC’s Spanish page. There are all kinds of resources here, including a link to Mi Vida Loca.

Defense Language Institute – GLOSS

Defense Language Institute. Reading and listening materials that come from native sources such as radio, newspapers, television reports. There are over 6000 lessons encompassing 39 languages, including Spanish. Definitely check this one out!

Spanish – About.com

Everything Spanish. Lots of information here.

Word Reference

Confused about a word or phrase? Come here to search for it or ask about it on the forums. This is quite possible one of the biggest language-learning sites around. This listing should be in the Grammar & Vocabulary section, but I included it here because it truly is awesome.

Spanish Grammar & Vocabulary

Common Mistakes in Spanish

A video from the Learning Spanish Like Crazy site that covers some of the most common mistake that English speakers make when trying to learn Spanish.

Foro de Español

Spanish forum covers topics in all parts of learning Spanish for all levels: grammar, vocabulary, Spanish for beginners, jokes, etc.

Forvo

Spanish pronunciation by native speakers. There are other languages also, but this link takes you to the Spanish pronunciation page.

Langmedia

Spanish in Mexico. Basic Spanish you need to get by in Mexico. There are videos included so you can here and see the language being spoken.

Learn A Language

Learn up to 7 different languages for free! This would be for beginners to get started on language-learning journey.

Learning Spanish Like Crazy Video Lessons

Video lessons from the Learning Spanish Like Crazy website.

Lingolex

A list of vocabulary and phrase lists. Very helpful and everybody is certain to find something new. If you want to learn the word for “lorry driver” it’s here.

Online Free Spanish

A fun site for learning all kinds of things in Spanish.

Practica Español

A Spanish blog by the Fundación de la Lengua Española that includes news, exercises, grammar, and music.

Spanish Grammar

A brief overview of Spanish grammar. There are ten lessons, but they’re short and I definitely recommend that you go through them if you’re a complete beginner.

Spanish Library Vocabulary

Spanish library vocabulary

Study Spanish

Free and paid Spanish Tutorials with Pronunciation, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Verb Drills

Spanish Children’s Books & Sites

Children’s Library

A list of children’s books that you can read online. These are actual online books and you’d be surprised at the vocabulary they throw at the 3-5 year olds. I was scrambling to find my dictionary from the first page of the first book I chose to read. Definitely check this site out!

Cuento La Vista

Stories for children – some audio

Cuentos Y Leyendas

Illustrated stories for children – some audio

Cuentos Para Dormir

Illustrated stories for children – some audio

Educapeques

An educational site for children

Mi Mundo En Palabras

An interactive Spanish site for kids.

Spanish Playground

Teaching Spanish to children

Story Place

A childrens’ digital library.

Tu Discovery Kids

A Spanish site for kids but that doesn’t mean that adults can’t learn from it too.

Spanish Learning Strategies

10 Strategies to Learning Spanish

Patrick Jackson’s (co-creator of Learning Spanish Like Crazy) article of 10 secrets (strategies, best practices) to learn Spanish effectively.

Anki Flash Cards

Create your own flashcards about ANYTHING and study them whenever you want. Great for memorizing vocabulary words.

How to Learn Any Language in Record Time!

How to Learn Any Language in Record Time – An infographic by the team at UpgradedPoints.com

Everyday Language Learner

Great website filled with language-learning strategies.

Fluent In 3 Months

Language learning strategies and lots of inspiring posts by Benny the Irish Polyglot. Seriously, make sure you visit this site!

How to Learn Spanish for Free

Strategies for how to learn Spanish online for absolutely free.

The Language Dojo

Strategies, tips and tricks. The author has a very engaging writing style; I meant to only read one of his posts, but found myself pulled into the next ten!

Linguatrek

Strategies for learning languages. The author, David Snopek, focuses on Polish, but the tips and tricks also apply to learning any other language.

MezzoGuild

An online community of serious language learners. A good site for language learning strategies. There’s also a forum so you can connect with other language learners.

Spanish Only Blog

An interesting Spanish blog

Study Stack Flashcards

Flashcards! Thousands and thousands of flashcards, divided up into thematic lists that site users have submitted.

Telenovelas & Movies

Canal 23 – Barranquilla, Colombia

Channel 23 from the Universidad Autónoma del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia

Destinos Telenovela for Learning Spanish

A Spanish soap opera (telenovela) that is designed to help people learn Spanish. There are 52 half-hour videos that you can watch online, or you can purchase the videos and corresponding books and other resources. The videos are very good, by the way, and the storyline is engaging.

Mi Vida Loca

Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) is a BBC creation of a 22 episode, interactive mystery that will also help you to learn Spanish. I haven’t had the opportunity to watch all the episodes yet, but the ones I watched left me curious enough (story-wise) to want to finish this.

List of Best Sites to Watch Spanish TV

I already have this site listed in the Strategies section, but this page is too important not to receive its own listing. All of these listed sites are free to view their materials and they are listed by source country also.

Maria Full of Grace

Watch the movie ‘Maria Full of Grace’ here on Youtube.

Maria Full of Grace – Script in English

Here is the script for the movie “Maria Full of Grace” in English.

Mun2 TV

Spanish-language television shows. Watch full episodes. Train your ears!

Telenovela World

Discussions about telenovelas of all kinds. Lots of resources for watching your favorite Spanish telenovelas.

Tus Novelas

A place to see all of your favorite Spanish telenovelas (soap operas).

Ver Telenovelas

A site to watch your favorite telenovelas.

Radio & Podcasts

Always Spanish

Spanish podcasts for learning how to ‘hear’ spoken Spanish.

Lyrics Training

Learning languages through music video. The music video plays and you fill in the blank section of the lyrics underneath. It’s not too fast either as the music video stops to let you answer.

News In Slow Spanish

Listen to the weekly news in Spanish that is spoken slowly, but not so slowly that you want to plant your head in your computer monitor.

Notes In Spanish

Free podcasts in Spanish for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish learners. Worksheets cost extra.

Radioteca

Interested in training your ears to hear spoken Spanish and learning a LOT about culture? Radioteca is a website with many small audio lessons about a wide range of topics, from human rights, health, politics, war and peace, to news.

Spanish 360 With Fabiana

Spanish 360 with Fabiana offers free podcasts, literature summaries and has a language store in which you can purchase their premium products.

Spanish Pod 101

Spanish resources from the folks at SpanishPod101.

Language Exchange

Lang-8

Share your knowledge by correcting others while they do the same for your target language. In other words, make a post in the language that you’re learning (Spanish, of course) and native speakers will go ahead and correct your writing for you. Remember that you’re a native speaker of English though and there are people who need your help.

My Language Exchange

Want to speak with a native speaker online? This site sets you up with someone who speaks the language that you want to learn and, in exchange for their help, you help them with their English studies (assuming you speak English, of course).

Print & Other Resources

A First Spanish Reader

A free reader, all in Spanish. Read about a variety of topics.

El Mundo – Newspaper From Medellín, Colombia

The online version of Medellin’s newspaper.

En Vivo EaFit

Recorded conferences (video) in spanish. More good listening practice.

Medellín Living

Learn more about living in Medellín in this popular blog.

Si Puebla

A large list of spanish online resources

Zambombazo

A site of popular culture in Spanish.

 

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