Ways to learn and practice Spanish

  • Lake Tahoe Community College Intensive Spanish Summer Institute

    http://www.ltcc.edu/issi

    If you live in California, you might find this a bargain.

    Lake Tahoe Community College Intensive Summer Institute. More than 500 people showed up at Lake Tahoe for the 2018 one week intensive Spanish program at South Lake Tahoe Community College. I was one of them! I had a fantastic time!

    If you happen to be a California resident, this is a great bargain, because you pay resident community college fees.

    If you live outside of California or outside of USA, then this might not be such a good deal.

    Classes are Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 2019. Registration will start on or before May 24, 2019.

    Check out this youtube video, where the founders explain the program on a Lake Tahoe news program. Tahoe Tonight - L.T.C.C. Intensive Spanish Summer Institute

  • NPR's Destinos

    • Destinos Episodio1: La Carta

      Originally on PBS (Public Broadcasting Stations) such as San Francisco's KQED televison station in the 1990's. This 52 week course is available for free on the Internet. The course is taught in English.

      In Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish, lawyer Raquel Rodríguez travels to Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and finally to Mexico, all to solve a secret from Don Fernando's past. Destinos is in conversational Spanish, with some narration in English and in Spanish. Every episode covers new grammatical concepts, vocabulary, and cultural practices, with a review at the end. As you go from episode to episode and destination to destination, the content grows more challenging. For additional review, choose a related activity in the Practice section.

      There is a textbook and workbooks, that accompany the course. You can watch the videos without using the books. Used editions of this book can be found.

      I have been told that some countries outside the USA may not be able to see the videos from the above weblink. If this is the case for you, then search youtube for these videos.

      Destinos Lección 1 Workbook
      "Destinos - An introduction to Spanish" 1st Edition: Audio lessons originally provided on cassette tape. Leccion 1 Workbook

      Video on Demand - Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish - 1. Unit I

      Stephanie's Destinos Review: How I’m Learning Spanish With Cheesy Dialogue, Big Hair and Shoulder Pads
      Great review of Destinos. Also see the comment section after the review, where people made additional comments about ways to learn Spanish.

      Stephanie's tobefluent.com Spanish Resources

  • BBC's Mi Vida Loca: Real Spanish, Real Drama

    • Mi Vida Loca: Real Spanish, Real Drama

      Originally on BBC (Britisch Broadcasting Company). This 12 week Spanish course is available for free on the Internet. The course is taught in English.

  • practica español

    • https://www.practicaespanol.com/

      Hay muchos caminos para aprender español pero solo uno para practicarlo con los contenidos informativos de Agencia EFE, la primera agencia de noticias del mundo, en español. ¡Bienvenidos a Practica Español!

      Be sure to sign-up for their free daily email about world news events.
      Practica Español - Practica y aprende el idioma español utilizando la actualidad informativa
      https://www.practicaespanol.com/en/espanol-feedburner//

  • Spanish Teaching Assistant

    http://www.spanishta.com/

    Tests your knowledge about conjugating verbs.

    Tests your knowledge about numbers.

    This website was developed by Cindy, a member of the Sebastopol Spanish meetup group.

  • Podcasts

    • Hoy Hablamos

      Daily podcast with transcripts from Spain. Speaks very clearly and slowly. Podcast is available from itunes, youtube, and https://hoyhablamos.com/.

      Note: https://hoyhablamos.com/ has the transcripts.

      Note: youtube has the podcasts and some additional videos. Youtube also has links to the transcripts.

      https://hoyhablamos.com/1-presentacion-del-podcast-diario-espanol/

      First podcast: Presentacion del podcast diario español

      Hola a todos, hoy presentamos el primer capítulo del podcast diario para aprender español. En este primer episodio nos centramos en explicaros de qué va todo esto y todo el contenido que vamos a crear para que podáis mejorar vuestro nivel de español. Esperamos que os guste y que podamos ayudaros a mejorar vuestro nivel de español.

      https://hoyhablamos.com/aprender-espanol-escuchando-podcast/

      Second podcast: Aprender español escuchando

      Aprender español es todo un reto, por eso queremos hablaros de diferentes métodos para aprender español de forma entretenida, como es aprender español escuchando podcast. Hoy os presentamos las ventajas y características de este método de aprendizaje de la lengua española. Seguro que muchos de vosotros ya lo estáis haciendo y, si aún no lo habéis hecho no sé a qué esperáis. ¡Es hora de aprender español escuchando podcast!

      https://hoyhablamos.com/12-aprender-espanol-viendo-videos-series-peliculas/

      12. Aprender español viendo vídeos, series y películas

      ¿De qué hablamos hoy? Hoy es viernes y hoy hablamos de diferentes formas de aprender español. Hoy hablamos de aprender español mediante vídeos, películas y series.

    • Duolingo Podcast

      Fascinating stories in easy-to-understand Spanish

      https://podcast.duolingo.com/

    • Radio Ambulante

      Podcasts from NPR (National Public Radio). Transcripts in Spanish and in English.

      http://radioambulante.org/

    • El Gabfest en Español

      Slate El Gabfest

      http://www.slate.com/articles/podcasts/el_gabfest_en_espanol.html

      • De Tapetes Persas y Algoritmos Peligrosos
        Of Persian Mats and Hazardous Algorithms
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        Nuestro panel de periodistas se enteran de las riquezas de Paul Manafort y los peligros de las redes sociales.
        Our panel of journalists learn about the wealth of Paul Manafort and the dangers of social networks.

    • El Valle de los Tercos

      historias de latinos en silicon valley

      El Valle de los Tercos

      • Rosa Jiménez Cano, Soy Silicio/El País: A la caza de los héroes hispanos de la tecnología
        Rosa Jiménez Cano, Soy Silicio/El País

        Pocas personas tienen un lugar tan privilegiado como el de Rosa Jiménez Cano para observar al mundo techie. Es corresponsal en Silicon Valley del diario español El País y además acaba de lanzar su propio medio, Soy Silicio. Rosa busca retratar a los héroes hispanos de la tecnología porque cree que, para que haya más casos de éxito, primero tenemos que creernos capaces de triunfar. Entrevista a latinoamericanos y a españoles, porque es consciente del peso de la audiencia hispanoparlante en las Américas para un medio como el suyo. (Nos contó más de eso en el avance de la semana pasada).

    • Español Automático

      Karo Martínez's weekly podcast with transcripts from Spain. Speaks very clearly and slowly. Podcast is available from itunes, youtube, and http://www.espanolautomatico.com/todos-capitulos-podcast.

      http://www.espanolautomatico.com/podcast/001

      First podcast: Para aprender español no importa tanto el lugar donde estás sino el método que usas

      Estoy súper emocionada de inaugurar el Español Automático Podcast. Me ha llevado bastante tiempo prepararlo (supongo que ya sabes que trabajo a tiempo completo, así que el podcast lo preparo en mi tiempo libre). Quería dar las gracias a todos que me han animado para seguir creando. ¡Espero que os guste el resultado!

  • "Learning with Text", "lingq.com" and "Learning with Short Texts"

    These three programs allow one to listen to an article, podcast, or text and read the corresponding transcript at the same time.

    They also keep track of the words in the text that you already know. You can click on a word, that you don't know, and it shows you multiple definitions of the words from various online sources; you then choose the definition that fixes for the text that you are reading. Later they can test you on the words that you know. Very powerful programs. Must see in action to really understand how they works.

    Discussion of all three of the above: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/22602158/Learning-With-Texts-free-opensource-alternative-to-Lingq

    • http://lingq.com/

      Many youtube videos explain how this program works. Be sure to look at a recent video because this program keeps changing. I have been using this program to learn Spanish. I have uploaded audio and text for my private use. I have also used audio and texts that are public.

    • Learning with Text open source project

      demo of learning with text: http://lwt.sourceforge.net/testdb/

      LWT Online Demo - try it out:
        General Hints:
      • Do not use for productive work!!
      • Your data may be deleted at any time by other users!!
      • Only one LWT table set is available - the multiple table set feature has been deactivated.
      • You may "reset" the demo by going to "Backup/Restore", and by clicking on "Install LWT Demo Database".
      • START ONLINE DEMO (at sourceforge.net, User ID = lwt, Password = lwt)

      This open source project is extremely well documented. I have it running on a virtual Linux machine. I also tried the demo.

    • https://learningwithshorttexts.com/

      The short texts are too short.


Please also see:
Spanish activities, which are only available in Northern California:
In person: classes, meetup groups, etc.