Spanish Language Resources
Spanish Language Resources
- BASE's Vocab Bites are one way to use social media pages (icons to your right) to refresh and pick up vocabulary.
- BASE newsletter: Sign up for BASE's newsletter in the box to your right in order to get announcements for cultural, learning, and conversational opportunities.
- Local Events: Visit the Events page on this website to find interesting events and different ways to improve your Spanish language skills.
- El Alfabeto: This website has sound files by letter. You can also see this video a woman posted on Youtube. She made some other videos that are fun and informative.
- Free audio and video: Spanish Proficiency Exercises is an excellent listening comprehension resource. Mini-videos are posted w/ transcripts and vocabulary. They are organized by skill-level, and content, but any of them could be helpful for just about anyone.
- Verb practice: Spaleon, or Spanish Learning Online at spaleon.com, was created by Peter Klein and has a convenient and free Spanish verb conjugation trainer. BASE recommends that you practice with this trainer before class and warm up, or review for a few minutes at a time on non-class days. Select the tenses you've already studied and focus on the ones you have most trouble remembering, or just use the "random selection". If you are confused by unknown tenses, stick to the conjugations/tenses you have already learned. Practice most those that you have difficulty remembering. There is no need to register for this website.
- Free news audio w/ transcripts: Democracy Now every weekday afternoon dubs in Spanish over the day's headlines, and there are some interviews also available in Spanish. Use this as a language tool for listening, reading, or both (open the audio in a new tab to listen while reading along).
- Free quality podcast with transcipts: Radio Ambulante has tons of interesting podcasts, and there are Spanish and English transcripts.
- Another free podcast with transcipts: Spanish Podcast has put together lots of interesting podcasts on topics from Spain, with some vocab, grammar and learning tidbits sprinkled in for good measure.
Spanish Dictionaries, etc.
- Spanish Dictionary: This dictionary of the Real Academia Española is the most widely consulted. The Real Academia is the place to go if you have any doubt needing clarification regarding the Spanish language.
- Online Spanish thesaurus: WordReference.com has a very good online Spanish-English dictionary AND thesaurus. The free app is called "WordRef".
- Amigos Falsos: An editable list of "false friends" (false cognates: Spanish words that look similar to words in English, but have different meanings) can be found here.
- Country-specific Glossaries: Roxana Fitch's Jergas de Habla Hispana, JHH, has the most entries of this kind of glossary of the Spanish-speaking world. Discover the richness, and avoid the same embarrassing mistakes native speakers make by learning the country-specific peculiarities of the Spanish language.
- Vocab Bites: BASE posts via facebook and twitter occasional vocabulary with a related image in order to encourage kinetic vocabulary building.
- La Palabra del Día (for native speakers): Word of the Day, is a good service for advanced learners, and it can be found on elcastellano.org
- Visit Events page to learn about different cultural events going on in the Boston area.
- Kithara Project maintains two year-round, sustainable guitar education programs: ¡StartNow!, near Boston; and ¡Empecemos Juntos!, in Mexico City.
- The Boston Latino International Film Festival, BLIFF, takes place in the fall screening Latino and Latin American films over 4 days encased by free receptions, and dotted with panels and Q&As with visiting filmmakers
- Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción is located in the South End. Among many cultural events, there is a photo/art gallery.
- Boston International Film Festival takes place in April.
- Channel 27-Boston is Univisión, WUNI, with programming in Spanish.
- WUNR 1600 am o escuche en línea entre otros programas:
- lun-vie, 7am - SPC Noticias con René Funes
- lun-vie, 10am - Magacín 10am con William Peña Lopera
- lun-vie, 12am - Luis Bravo
- Con Salsa con José Massó, Saturdays, 10p-3a, 90.9 WBUR o escuche en línea
- Bogotá Newspaper: El Tiempo is the most widely read newspaper in Colombia.
- IPSnoticias.net has current world news
- El Planeta is one of Boston's Spanish-language newspapers
- BBC Mundo: Click here for BBC World News in Spanish.
- Spanish Newspaper: El País, read internationally.
Spanish Schools Elsewhere
BASE is not affiliated with any of the following organizations; if you have knowledge of these schools, your comments on your experiences, both positive and negative, are welcome. Also, if you would like to recommend other schools, please send them here.
In the U.S.
- Newton (Spanish for kids) - ABC Spanish in Motion
- New York - The Latin American Workshop
- Philadelphia - Spanish Language School
- Washington, D.C. - Spanish Now