If you want to learn Spanish for free online then you’ll find a number of resources to help you in your quest. I’ve been learning Spanish for over four years now, and although I have taken lessons and bought lots of books and DVDs along the way, I still find that free online resources play a useful role in the learning experience.
So, here are three of my favourite resources to help you learn Spanish for free online:
If you use Mozilla Firefox as your internet browser you’ll be able to take advantage of this fantastic little tool. Globefish is just a translator, but it is the convenience of it that makes this such a good tool to use.
Say you are reading a Spanish article on Wikipedia for example, and you don’t understand a word or phrase. Double click on the words that are bothering you and you’ll get a full translation. It’s not always perfect, but it prevents you having to thumb through a dictionary and makes the reading process a lot easier.
If you use Firefox you can head to the addons site and do a quick search for ‘Globefish’ then download it from there.
WordReference looks on the face of it like just another online dictionary. But it is so much more than that. Sure, the free website allows you to type in any Spanish words for an instant translation: but where it really excels is its forum.
Basically, if you have some obscure slang word that you cannot find a translation for anywhere else, put it into WordReference and you’ll usually be able to check out a number of forum posts where it has already been discussed.
This is an excellent resource for anyone attempting to learn Spanish for free online, and you can find it here.
3. Foreign Newspapers
This is more for intermediate Spanish learners and upwards, but it is a fantastic way to learn how to speak the language outside of the classroom. If you have a favourite Spanish-speaking country then find out which is the main newspaper in that country and check out the website. You’ll get free access to the national news stories complete with all the idiomatic expressions that make Spanish in that country so unique.
This is the best way to quickly and easily learn the Spanish of a particular country (every country has slight variations) whilst keeping up to date with the goings on in that country. This also makes it a great practice if you are planning to visit that country in the future.
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I hope these three resources help you as much as they have helped me over the last few years. There is nothing like learning a new language, and Spanish is so widely spoken that if you want to travel the world it’s a hard language to beat.
Check out the resources and keep on looking out for new ways to learn Spanish for free online!