Learn Spanish Tools and Resources Part 1
I going to share with you some of the best
resources and Spanish tools that I
know. Many of them I use often, and others
are simply ideas that I think are great for
A while back, I shared some sites to help practice Spanish,
I have never received so many thank you notes, from any
email. Here's that link to the
practice Spanish resources.
I have discovered many other Spanish tools that are extremely helpful for learners of Spanish. Even better... most
of them are free. Let's start by taking a look at 3 very useful Spanish dictionaries.
Online Spanish Dictionary with Audio - It's Free
This is a straight Spanish to English or English to Spanish dictionary. However, it has a useful extra feature,
sound files for many words so you can listen to
native pronunciation of the word.
It's online and free at
Online Translation Dictionary - Also Free
This is one of my favorite Spanish tools. It's much more than a basic dictionary. As well as the usual parts of speech
it has great examples of how the words are used expressively.
For example, if you type in, nada,
you will find the straight translation
nada = nothing
plus, you will also see these expressions
de nada = you're welcome/don't mention it
para nada = not at all
It also has excellent sample sentences e.g.
No hay nada más important. = There is nothing more important.
to access this very good resource go to
For Serious Learners to Professional Translators
Professional quality Spanish tools for translation and dictionaries from $25.00 to $999.00.
I currently use the $65.00 Suite Home Edition Dictionary, it is an excellent resource.
Some of it's great features include,
1) Guide to frequently used words
I am a great believer in putting your attention on the
most frequently used words first, not wasting your time on words you'll
probably never use. Yes, I once learned the Spanish words for plughole and rasp, before I knew
common words like, late and early. It was a foolish use of my time, now I know better.
You too will make much faster progress if you put your efforts on the most used words first.
It makes so much difference, my
course was build completely around this idea.
The Suite Home Edition dictionary, helps you distinguish the most important words with colored tabs, for example;
Daily used words, have a yellow tag.
Normally used word, have a red tab.
Words that are rarely used, have a light blue tab.
Specialty words, have a green tab.
I find the frequency tabs very handy, yet there are many other exceptional features, for example;
2) 1000s of expressions in Spanish and English
If you type in the word, look,
as well as the main translation, you will see a list of 217 expressions that use the word look e.g.
look for (search),
look into (investigate)
even expressions like
look a sight
or look annoyed.
Just about every common expressive phrase in Spanish and
English is covered.
As I wrote this review, I found another feature that I didn't even know was there.
3) A complete verb conjugation tool in all tenses.
A very good resource currently listed at $65.00 (Suite Home Edition)
more information at
Spanish tools for serious students
I hope you find these resources helpful, I'll let you know about more soon.