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Cool Website of the Week Archive

August 7, 2019 - As both music lover and student, I especially like to listen to Spanish language music. This wonderful podcast/youtube video series, part of How to Spanish podcasts, presents Spanish-language singers and discusses their background and lyrics.

April 20, 2019 - The story presented is, frankly to me, a bit boring, but if you get the the bottom of this page from the Spanish Institute of Puebla, you will see a list of resources that will likely contain a tool you can use.

April 1, 2019 - David Perez, an Italki instructor in Mexico have put together a wonderful free Spotify podcast.

March 5, 2019 - is the perfect site from which to select short, simple stories to use as exercises with your practice partners. They can read them and interprete them, either translate or paraphrase. You can try to translate them into Spanish.

Februrary 20, 2019 - Synergy Spanish printed this excellent little dictionary on very common phrases like, it wasn’t me (yo no fui) or so that (asi que)

January 26, 2019 - is a website right? That is where you will find best-sellers in Spanish, like “Girl on Train,” which is perfect for a beginner- intermediate learner.

December 28, 2018 - Type in “books in Spanish for adults” in the browser and read just the book descriptions, which are in easier Spanish than the books themselves. You might even find a book you want to read.

November 29, 2018 - Another duo-language site, Language on the Web gives stories with side by side translations. These can be used with your language practice partners, with each taking turns reading and translating. (upper intermediate)

November 10, 2018 - - Just like it says, the site offers general interest articles in dual text Spanish/English. Cover the English and try your best at transcription, or read them with practice partners.

October 22, 2018 - Estudia Español, another great site that a language practice partner turned me onto has free grammar lessons, vocabulary and dual text stories.

October 8, 2018 - This is a site that a Spanish practice partner in Spain turned me onto. La Clase de Ele, a cute blog for intermediate learner

September 30, 2108 - Continuing the vein of Netflix series, check out my blog on Netflix series that can improve your Spanish and not be boring, with a focus on series from Spain (and the language of Cervantes)

September 17, 2018: The Netflix series “Catedral del Mar,” is a fantastic series about Barcelona in the 14th century; it’s brutality and social structure focusing on a serf turned nobleman. You can subtitle it in all manner of ways. Not lacking in sex and violence, it still teaches you just how amazing the construction of the great cathedrals was.

August 19, 2018 - Doorway to Mexico has terrific podcasts to get a hang of understanding Latin American Spanish.

July 28, 2o18 - Spanish Language Blog produced this nice post with audio support on verbs of movemment for beginners. 

July 20, 2018 - A recent find is Spanish teacher Maria Ortega Garcia's site.  Under "blog" in the directory, you will find grammar about topics often not covered elsewhere but needed at a basic level of Spanish, like when to use tener vs. haber.  I say it's for intermediates because she explains the points in Spanish, but her notes are in English. 

July 11, 2018 -  Imperative commands were always easy for me (which might not be a good sign). They may be easy for you too with this tutorial from Spanish Language Blog. (beginner learners)

June 29, 2018 - Veintemundos with this article (in Spanish) on ways to immerse yourself in the language effortlessly (advanced learners).

June 14, 2018 - Intermediate to advanced learners, Esaudio's series on the verb "haber." If you can't understand why Spanish speakers use the present tense for "I have been studying..." This series is for you

May 26, 2018 - Netflix: For beginners, Jane the Virgin, a series on Netflix, is a very funny parody of the Latin American telenovelas. The grandmother speaks only Spanish. Great for a complete veg-out. I got hooked in spite of myself. In spite of it's cheesiness, it gets 90% ratings from Rotten Tomatoes.

April 13, 2018 - Practica Español has many different features. One of my favorites is when they give clips of the best movies from every country. It's obvious we're not the only one's making good flicks.

April 8, 2018 - For beginners Spanish Language blog periodically is a good place to check out. Often, they have vocabulary lists (which I think are pretty worthless) but other times, they have short, helpful lessons like this one on talking about the weather. 

March 16, 2018 - Every now and then, you want to relax with some Spanish and listening to songs in Spanish on YouTube is a great way to do that.  This blues song, Me Estas Atrapando Otra Vez by Clan is easy to understand, and some good blues!

February 25, 2018 - -  You can use this dictionary for more than looking up a word.  Each definition has sentence examples using the word in context. Pull useful words out of these sentences to add to whatever flashcard system you use.

January 18, 2018 Language by Video is a site on language videos that you can sort by skill level. The site pulls from YouTube as well as lesser-known teach sites.  The advantages of using different tools for the same grammar points is that each presents it a little differently, and one way may stick with you better than another

January 10, 2018- Skype. This week I remembered that I needed to recruit some new language partners for the new year (People will drop off for various reasons). Are you speaking Spanish at least two or three times a week? Skype practice is essential. My book gives a list of various sites to find language partners, particularly those with people over 40.  You don't learn Spanish to speak it, it speak Spanish to learn it.  Get started!

December 18, 2017 - Love, love, love A La Aventura (, a podcast that doesn't require downloading another app. The silky-voiced Juan Bozca Mendoza reviews books like Sinclair's The Jungle and  Heller's "Catch 22. It's a simple website to navigate and perfect for mid-intermediates.

December 6, 2017 - The New York Times recently published an article about how exercising facilitates language learning. Spanish podcasts are perfect for while walking on a treadmill. NPR's Spanish language Radio Ambulante is good for upper-intermediates, although not very upbeat - it focuses on the plight of immigrants and other unfortunate stories in Latin America.

November 11, 2017  - Want to test your language fast-twitch muscles? Try Lyrics Training on YouTube.  You select a language, then you select a song.  The game is to try to fill in the blanks on the lyrics. The more advanced level you select, the more words they leave out. I can't make it past beginner but the music is good and it's like playing a pinball machine.

September 28, 2017 - (beginner) Synergy Spanish just sent me this awesome audio for beginners to speak Spanish immediately.

September 23, 2017 - (low intermediate) - RTVE teen series, "Si Fueras Tu,' a teen show about a new girl who has come to town and is a doppelganger for a girl who mysteriously disappeared (and wasn't very well-liked apparently). At the end of each series, the girl, and the audience, is presented with a choice, "Si Fueras Tu."

September 9, 2017 -  (advanced beginners) A Spanish practice partner turned me on to this site. The name  Deep English is misleading. The site provides easy curated stories in English to use with your Spanish practice partners. 

Your partner reads for comprehension and tells you what the story was about. You too read the story and tell them in Spanish what it is about. When you and a partner begin to cover the same ground too much in your sessions, this is a great back-up.

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 - -  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, - 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 - - 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 - Fundació - Out of Spain, an immersion radio show that gives Spanish lessons. 

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