Now and then, we all reach that point: Enrolled in a Spanish learning process and overwhelmed by the number of grammar rules, large vocabulary lists, and conjugations in all the tenses. By the time you leave class, you can’t really motivate yourself to learn more or you can’t filter between all the available resources. If that’s your issue, then this post will help you to ease up your student’s life: The following 11 resources to learn Spanish online and offline including Pros and Cons.
Part I Blogs and Online webpages
1. Spanish blog Peppyburro
Peppyburro is the bible of the Spanish blogs. Being one of the oldest and most popular blogs, it has collected a wide range of different topics and contents. The website offers videos, a verb conjugator, and free Flashcards to download. The actual writing blog is structured into Vocabulary, Grammar, Resources, Street Spanish, General Tips, and Culture. Thus, it includes a little bit for everyone. It is handy if you want to improve your Colombian slang and learn about the Paísa culture but also to just figure out the difference between estar and ser.
Favorite blog post: 16 ways to die in Spanish
Biggest shortcoming: Not everything is free of charge.
2. Easy beginner Spanish with Duolingo!
Almost everyone starts learning the basics of Spanish with Duolingo. Duolingo introduces the language in an easy and kind way. The best thing is, it’s available for free on your smartphone. Thus it’s a portable and time-saving way to learn the most important words and sentences. Coupled with audio and speaking practice, Duolingo offers you a comprehensive way to dip your feet into a new language. Some users complain about the slow speed and that there’s not much context provided. To be fair, as a free source it is good for beginners.
Favorite aspect: The gameplay that makes learning Spanish easy
Biggest shortcoming: Missing context to learn complex contents
3. Become obsessed with Spanishobsessed!
Spanish obsessed is the typical blog you will find yourself browsing through in search of helpful resources. The content is clear: Tips and techniques, culture and travel, and the Cumbamberia Spanish Blog (claro, que si en espanol). For the ones who want to invest some money to learn Spanish faster and more efficiently, the websites provide podcasts and videos about grammar, vocabulary, slang, and general audio practice.
Spanishobsessed offers a wide range of information and focuses on the beginner levels. More advanced students might use the webpage to repeat rules or to refresh old information.
Favourite Blogpost: Why you should join an Intercambio
Flaw: To have full access they will ask you for 45 pounds
Every learner’s heart will beat faster on Speakinglatino.com. While they not only offer many different resources like videos, presentations, and grammar tables (with free access to a respectable number) you can also download flashcards or simply read they are rich in information blogposts. The motive of the page is to serve teachers the best way to design their teaching classes – but as a student, you also benefit from the comprehensive explications and informative charts. For full access, the page might be a little bit costoso – but the free version is sufficient to repeat some rules or dip into advanced content.
Favorite aspect: How to introduce poems in Spanish
Biggest shortcoming: Full access is not free of charge
Part II: Podcasts and Audio
1. Spotify Podcast Coffee Break Spanish de Radio Lingua Network
This Podcast introduces every beginner to the world of Listening and Audio practice. The content differs from grammar rules over cultural or daily news. The Podcast is the perfect entry for beginners: With a slow pace, friendly use of vocabulary, and easy topics Coffee Break makes Spanish listening comprehension into a child’s play.
Favorite Podcast series: Travelling spots
Flaw: Only for beginners
2. News in Spanish
The advantage of listening to the news in Spanish is not only to practice audio skills but also to be up to date with world affairs and Colombian daily news. It is always valuable to inform yourself about the political, societal, and economic daily news. It helps to understand the country you are currently living in better and what you learn will be an icebreaker to have interesting conversations with local people. Look for local radio stations such as Q’hubo fm a live player with Medellin news or keep it general with SlownewsinSpanish.
Beginner level: NewsinslowSpanish
Advanced level: DW Noticias
Part III Applications
With Tandem, meeting locals is easier than ever before. Just create an account, type in which language you speak and which one you want to learn, and start to communicate! You have the possibility to chat, video chat, or meet your new contacts in person for tasty coffee. It’s a good source to enjoy your free afternoon and to make local friends.
Favorite aspect: Easy, fast and you make local friends! Also available online now.
Biggest shortcoming: None, honestly!
Your vocabulary list seems endless and all the different verb conjugations just don’t want to stay in your head? Try the Memorize Flashcards App and it will be easier than ever to repeat all the important basics of the Spanish language. With flashcards you can create your own lists or download others people’s lists. The application is handy, easy, portable, and therefore the perfect online learning resource for in between. It organizes your lists, saves your progress and reminds you where your mistakes lie. You can download other people’s lists and save the time entering your own. The only thing you have to do is to use it!
Favorite aspect: Easy, for free, and good for vocabulary
Biggest shortcoming: Learning off by heart can become boring
3. Dating apps such as Tinder, etc.
Even when Tinder doesn’t have the best reputation, it is still a helpful application to meet people and to build a network. The function of Tinder social opens up the opportunity to meet groups of people without dating as an ulterior motive. Using dating apps is not only good for your Spanish, but you maybe find a way to enjoy your stay even more, and who knows…
Favorite aspect: You might find more than a way to learn a language
Biggest shortcoming: You should be aware that the person you meet wants more than to learn a language.
Hangouts in Couchsurfing shows people that want to do something in your radius and the feature to create events can be used to invite a big group of people to watch football together, visit sightseeing attractions or experience a city’s lively nightlife. Hangouts are like a blind meeting and definitely a fun way to experience the city. Therefore, it will connect you with a variety of people and events, and is also handy for the ones who already have a home to stay.
Everyone who has ever used Couchsurfing for sleeping purposes will love its alternative Taltalkbnb. It’s the best way to experience the lifestyle of the locals, have good conversations, and learn a language. It is entirely free and even offers business travel packages. You can stay with family and friends, but the best feature TalkTalkBnB offers is a safe and healthy environment to stay overnight.
Favorite aspect: Meet people all over the world in a friendly manner
Biggest shortcoming: Member fee since 2020
Ultimate tip: Medellín is the heart of Colombia and one of the most recommended places to learn Spanish. It is not just popular for its eye-catching scenery and exceptional nightlife, Medellín also offers endless opportunities to learn Spanish through field experience. With the listed resources you will find the best way for you to improve your Spanish and to make your stay in Medellín unforgettable.
Looking for more resources to learn a language? Try fully immersing in local culture.