Ventanas Mexico

Resources for full- or part-time life in Mexico

Ventanas Mexico provides resources to people considering moving or retiring to Mexico, including a blog, the section It's Cheaper in Mexico, and the books the "Interactive Guide to Learning Spanish Free Online," and "If Only I Had a Place' on renting in Mexico.

 

Cool Website of the Week Archive

August 25, 2017 - For intermediate students, the book (for reading out loud) and Youtube(for listening) "Cuentos Para Pensar" by Jorge Bucay, a popular collection of very short (page or two) of parables. Jorge Bucay is a gestalt psychotherapist, psychodramatist, and writer from Argentina.

August, 11, 2017 - Quizlet, a free flashcard game site. Create individualized study sets from the vocabulary or phrases you learn from Spanish Skype language exchange partners.  Share the tool with them. Mine love it.

July 26, 2017 - Eduteach.es.canciones -  Does Spanish narrative make you drowsy?  This  website has a page of links to of the most famous songs in Spanish. Each song has the video and the song's lyrics (in Spanish) beside it. The site tabs will lead you to think they are songs are for children. They are not. 

Of course you can pause the video when you need to look up a word (and maybe write a few sentences in Spanish using the word if you wish to make your learning more active).

July 14, 2017 - Though not a website, it's cool to look through your Skype messages for new words from your practice partners. If they use them, it's probably common usage you'd not think of. For example, a partner of mine recently used "concretar" instead of "confirmar" to confirm plans for her week-end. Being a cognate makes it a double-win for enriching my vocabulary.

 June, 14, 2017Spanishdict.com - Rather than just looking for the translation of a word, type in the Spanish word that interests you. Sentences showing use are in Spanish and English so cover up the Spanish and try to figure out the translation. It's a great game

May 22, 2017 - Cuadernodeingles.com - a Spain-based immersion site for English learners with a cool translation feature that you can also use to practice translating upper intermediate paragraphs from Spanish to English

May 16, 2017 - FundaciĆ³nlengua.com - Out of Spain, an immersion radio show that gives Spanish lessons. 

April 25, 2017 - Taringa.net.  This fine little site, much like Reddit, has short contemporary articles, usually in intermediate Spanish. Try practicing your diction by reading out-loud.