Spanish Resources

Books

I’m sure there are endless resources out there, these are the the ones I can pledge have helped me. Add a resource in the reply section below if it is worth recommending. 

 

Books

Spaine Long, A. Carrerira, M. Madrigal Velasco, S., & Swanson, K. (2010). Nexos. , Boston, MA; Heinle.

 

Nexos
Beginner 

Is she expensive, arr she is. $140 USD on Amazon. But I was so impressed with it. You get a pile of audio recordings, videos, case studies, a work book, flash cards and a companion website.

 

 

 

 

Spaine Long, A. Martínez-Lage, A. Sánchez-Lopez, L., & Comajoan Colome, Llorenc. (2007). Pueblos. Boston, MA; Houghton Mifflin Company.

 

Pueblos
Intermediate 

This is the next book in the series after “Nexos” above, and although conceptually it’s fantsatic – it’s not as media-rich as Nexos was. It has great case studies and makes spanish seem a bit easier with simple rules. I’m only into the first chapter, so will update this when I have more to say on the topic.

 

 

 

 

Podcasts

Coffee Break Spanish, Radio Lingua Network

Coffee Break Spanish
Beginner  

I only recently discovered these resources by the Radio Lingua Network, and I wish I had found them earlier. I’ve listened to a few of these, but they would been perfect when I was starting out. Although the podcasts are recorded all around the world they are based the adventure of Scottish characters. What could be better then Scottish accents and Spanish mixed together. And, it’s free! You can pay to get extra notes, etc.

iTunes Podcasts can be downloaded here (free).

 

ShowTime Spanish, Radio Lingua Network

Show time Spanish
Intermediate

I’m totally crazy about this Podcast. It is presented by an incredibly likable pair, Mark and Alba, who start each episode just chatting, in Spanish with their España accents. They laugh and chat amongst themselves and then stop at the end of five-eight minutes and in plain Spanish reflect on what they just talked about. We also hear from a Spanish man who teaches one or two local phrases we might not hear in a book. They tell us a joke or a tounge-twister and then sometimes we hear a scene acted out of a Scottish student, Laura taking an adventure in Spain. They are quick and diverse and at the end Mark takes us through a technical aspect of the show.
You can download them into your iTunes account here (free)

 

 

Websites

BBC Spanish


BBC Spanish

Beginner

This site has everything, Spanish TV & radio (although I didn’t find a thing which appealed to me. Work sheets and other grammatical resources and ways to test your Spanish.

 

 

123 Teach Me


123 Teach Me

Beginner – Intermediate 

I have struggled for hours, playing the guessing game with conjugations, only to just find this site! You can put in (almost) any word, and they provide you with the entire conjugation chart!!!! http://www.123teachme.com/spanish_verb_conjugation. They also have other tools, which I am yet to utilise.

 

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