Can You Learn to Speak Spanish Free Online?

If you want to learn to speak Spanish free online, the choices have never been greater for you. The resources available to you and all other students of Spanish will help you to learn to speak Spanish free online, relatively quickly, but unfortunately not much above basic level though. Hopefully this article will offer you some direction with regards to what free resources are available and will save you wasted hours trawling the internet whilst on your quest to learn to speak Spanish free online.

1. Want to Learn to Speak Spanish Free Online?:

I think the best place to start is the BBC website, in my opinion if you want to learn to speak Spanish free online you cannot do so without visiting this site.

There are many course resources here including worksheets and streamed video, and although the resources available are designed and intended to accompany the BBC language TV programs televised on BBC2 (the website tells you when they are scheduled) they are still more than useable without the TV programs. Besides, you can print off the transcripts from all the TV programs from the website. This is excellent free stuff from the BBC.

2. You Can’t Learn to Speak Spanish Free Online without Using Free Translation Tools.

You will undoubtedly struggle with the meanings of words and phrases from time to time and these three tools will offer free translation from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English for you: Freetranslation.com; Babelfish.com and the Google language tool.

It is probably wise to use these translation tools in combination with each other to get a reasonably correct translation. The reason for this is that all three of these

services are automated translators and do not have the versatility to deal with anything other than straightforward language and grammar.

3. Learn to Speak Spanish Free online with Conversational Courses.

You will be able to find free Spanish courses on the internet but they will be very short and very basic, and I’ve already mentioned that you should visit the BBC website that I believe is virtually impossible to surpass for free content. But the one part of Spanish Study that even the BBC site falls down on is the conversational side of language study.

No matter how hard you look, you will struggle to find anything worthwhile that is free to cover this area so I would suggest looking at the free 6 day conversational course currently being offered by Rocket Languages. There are links at the foot of this article to help you check this free course out.

In conclusion; if you want to learn to speak Spanish free online then check out the BBC site as it is awesome, and by the way, I forgot to mention that the BBC site covers Castilian Spanish, which is the Spanish spoken in Spain and is the base language used by all other Spanish speaking nations in the world.

But if you are serious about achieving a good level of spoken and therefore conversational Spanish you need to check out Rocket Spanish.

Travel Games – Three Funny Games

We find that when traveling with friends and family, a good laugh can make the difference between boredom and excitement.
The following games have provided us with many a fun moment.

1. The Silly Message Game – There is no end to this game.

The object of the silly message game is to create a message from the letters given.

The first player gives 5 random letters, say “A”, “F”, “G”, “Y”, “C”. The players have now say, two minutes to come up with a message. It could be, for this example “A fine goose you cooked”. The winner is the funniest message – Dad may need to judge and his selection is final! To make it more interesting add more letters for older players or select themes that the message is to be about.

2. The Underpants Game – there is no end to this game, but it has been played for hours.

The object of the underpants game is not to laugh.

The first player asks the person next to him or her a question, like “What do you take to bed with you”, and the only answer that can be given is underpants, but it must be said seriously. If the player answering laughs or smiles he or she is “out”. The player who is last “in” is the winner. Use other words instead of underpants, like “poo” or “rhubarb” – just let your mind go! Another variation is to answer only yes, no, black or white.

3. The Silly, Silly Game – usually less than 15 minutes

The object of the silly, silly game is to give incorrect answers.

Each player is given either a small bar of chocolate or a packet of lifesavers. Set up some rules that would fit into the scenery that you are going to pass through. If a player sees a “cow”, he must say “sheep”, the last player to “sheep” must give a treat to the person on their right and anyone who says “cow” (the correct answer), must give the person on the left a treat. Have a number of these rules for anything that you are likely to see, and it gets really interesting, and in no time there are not many treats left!

Have some fun with these, and let your imagination go wild – the journeys will become shorter!

Thoroughbred Horse Racing is a Funny Game!

Racing is a funny game.

We had excellent start to the season, before hitting the rocks about 2 ½ weeks ago, commencing a forgettable run, betting-wise. Losing runs are an inevitable fact of punting. There are times when bad luck, bad rides, or just plain getting it wrong conspires to damage your betting bank.

The silver lining of a losing run is that it checks your over-confidence (ie. you pull your head in). When you think punting is easy – a big fall is usually just around the corner. They also place a good punter into retrenchment mode, reducing the size and, more importantly, frequency and amount of bets. Also a time to check calculations, analysing processes, etc.

I spoke with a good friend about 3 weeks ago who was on a losing run. He said he wasn’t spending much but losing week after week. His error was extremely common, going for the big result off a small investment – trifectas and the like. Boxing 4 horses for 50 cents comes to $12. Seems insignificant enough, but it is 24 combinations and thus 24 bets on the race – too many, especially when the probability of striking a trifecta in a 12 horse race is 1320-1. Thus, on normal probability a 1.8% chance of a winning bet.

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid. I use this virtually everyday.

I advised my friend to spend the majority of his weekend betting bank on the “Best Bet, Next Best and Value Bets”. And then play around with a small amount.

I rarely take trifectas, mostly due to time constraints, but also I have never really developed a good strategy to attack them. There are a couple of good things to remember when taking a trifecta – which I will pass on at a later date. But firstly, build up a betting bank before taking them. Remember the odds, and be prepared for a run of outs if taking trifectas on a regular basis – less but more fruitful highs and extended lows.

Pick 6 and Quaddies, in the words of Professional punter Lord Ted Frear, are a “throw away bet” – bet money that you readily expect to lose. I am not saying don’t take them, just don’t bet on them with money you cannot afford to lose.

In fact that is true of all punting – do not bet with money you cannot afford to lose. As mentioned in earlier posts, keep a close note of withdrawals and deposits from your betting account, don’t cheat on your record keeping. But do make sure you enjoy the good days, as there are plenty of frustrating days.