Spanish is the official language in more than 20 countries around the world! Good news, there is no age to learn Spanish.
So what are you waiting for to learn this warm and joyful language?
Whether traveling to Mexico, Guatemala or Peru, translating the lyrics of Shakira’s songs or enjoying the original versions of Pedro Almodovar’s films, there are many reasons for speaking Spanish.
Focus on free websites that allow you to work on this language without paying a penny! Outside help always works.
Here is the selection of the best free sites to become familiar with the Spanish language.
The site www.easyspanish.com can be considered as a reference for learning Spanish on free online sites (like all other subjects declined from English to mathematics).
This site proposes level tests to get an idea of your acquired knowledge so far and shortcomings, there are MCQs on grammar, vocabulary or level conjugation.
Many course sheets are available, such as on the difference between ser and estar, adjectives, subjunctive, and so on.
Each Spanish course consists in an illustrated rule, examples and an exercise with multiple answers to make sure you got it right.
This site to learn Spanish is free of charge and also hosts a forum that allows learners to speak with teachers, native Spaniards or Spanish bilinguals. Good plans, mnemonics and advice in Spanish are there.
This site is aimed at beginners as well as Spanish students with an intermediate level. It has the advantage of allowing total immersion to the Internet users in the language, talking about the culture, the traditions but also the people who make and live the Spanish culture.
The principle is simple: read in Spanish to discover the culture of the 20 countries that speak Castilian in the world. Reading the free Spanish news is the basis for learning Spanish vocabulary, syntax, conjugation, etc.
An audio part is available for each article which means you can work on your oral comprehesion and the pronunciation of the Spanish althogether. Thus, the Spanish-speaking apprentice works both oral and written. Smart!
Do not wait to study reading!
VocBox.com is a free vocabulary tool based on the Leitner system. You have to repeat the Spanish words to get cards and acquire the terms in your vocabulary.
Lists of words and phrases can be added in conjunction with magazines and sponsors, but users can create lists of words and phrases in Spanish according to their own interests.
To verify understanding and memorization of Spanish vocabulary, VocBox offers tests to follow the evolution of each student Internet user.
Why not start now with the list of words and phrases related to salsa? All you have to do is choose who to ask: Quieres bailar conmigo? (You want to dance with me?)
The Couchsurfing site is well known on the web to propose:
In the framework of the proposed outings, do not miss the evenings linguistic exchanges, regularly proposed in major American cities. You can exchange with native Spanish speakers, learn vocabulary and especially practice your Spanish, free of charge!
Remember that the regular practice of a foreign language is essential so as not to lose the benefit of your Spanish courses, online or face to face with a private teacher.
The site www.loecsen.com is based on the speed of learning and is distinguished by its practical travel guide. It is aimed at all Internet users who want to learn Spanish without putting some money up, but especially to all those who are preparing a trip to Spain or Latin America.
The principle is simple: expressions of everyday life are proposed to photograph your spelling and pronunciation and quizzes allow to test your memorization.
Mp3 and pdf files are partially accessible in free mode. They contain conversation phrases in English and Spanish, rather useful to start speaking Spanish simply without spending a euro.
It’s up to you to play fast to speak fluently!
The website www.lengalia.com offers Spanish language courses structured from A1 to C1. Each lesson has an introduction that introduces the theme. The lesson starts with a short text that can be listened to, so the Internet user learning Spanish associates written words with correct pronunciation.
What tools are available?
Lengalia offers a placement test to advise the most appropriate course, however, resume Spanish classes from the beginning in free version can’t hurt! A registration allows access to all the services for 48 hours without obligation of purchase especially to the podcasts classified also by levels. Why deprive yourself?
Plus: an online Spanish tutoring service available for free to ask questions to professors.
The site www.lapasserelle.com/espanol/ is aimed at all people looking for a free Spanish training and learning tool. Every Internet user can contribute to the building by contributing to the online Spanish lessons.
Each lesson consists of recorded phrases to be listened to and read. The translation can be hidden or disclosed. Terms are clickable on phrases and refer to lessons in grammar or conjugation.
The lessons are written in English, of course, and count many examples. They always contain good advice to avoid the classic errors and expressions often used (example: Mi hijo está enfermo = my son is sick, and not ser enfermo).
Once the lesson is well understood, all that remains is to click on “juegos” to have fun with hangers, “repaso” to test, or on “ejercicios” to train.
The design is simplistic (not to say outdated), the site does not put at all on the playful aspect but it offers effective content that does not forget listening and reading aloud. Think for example to use it in complement of courses with a teacher of Spanish.
Oh yes, video can be a very useful medium to take a Spanish course online.
It is a Spanish professor, Agustín Iruela, who hides behind the site www.videoele.com. In his spare time, he made dozens of videos so that Internet users can learn to speak Spanish for free on the web.
The videos of 3 to 6 minutes correspond to levels A1, A2, B1 and B2. For example, the first video consists of a succession of shots associated with a voiceover to learn 50 words of Spanish.
In addition, instructional guides and vocabulary points can be downloaded to rework the lesson of each video, transcriptions have also been made to allow you to come back to the darker points during the audiovisual comprehension.
That students in Spanish rest assured, detailed corrections allow to understand the errors for each level. If you want to support the project, you can watch commercials before each video, it’s as simple as that!
The site duolingo.com makes the bet to learn Spanish for free online on the playful mode.
The idea is to have fun by answering questions, earning points (or losing hearts for errors), by responding as quickly as possible to go to the next level.
A kind of Candy Crush of Spanish if you want!
Each lesson allows you to work on several aspects of the Spanish language, from pronunciation to listening and translation with instant corrections.
A must-see channel for watching online video, YouTube is also invaded by professors and language enthusiasts who broadcast videos of Spanish courses online. To learn to speak Spanish, it is a very accessible and especially free tool!
You will find :
Some videos have even been designed to teach Spanish to the little ones, in a playful way, in order to make them aware of the Iberian language. A trip to Spain from an early age, why not think about it to develop your children’s sensitivity to foreign languages?
Superprof has reviewed the different channels and offers you the most interesting “streams” to follow, in terms of number of views and quality, for these 100% free Spanish courses!
The program ‘¡Aprende español con Saby!’ Offers 4 free Spanish lessons in video of about ten minutes each.
Specifically built for beginners in the Spanish language, the videos are well done and offer you to learn basic grammar rules (defined articles, indefinite, difference between ser and estar…) the current words of the Spanish language (el nino , una mujer,…), adjectives (high, low,…), different parts of the body,…
At the end, the virtual teacher asks you questions to verify that you have memorized the Spanish words and the basic grammar rules.
The best part of this channel are the videos, that are in HD, that the translation of the Spanish words is proposed simultaneously and that the voice of the teacher is very clear and understandable. 4 HD Spanish courses are offered, the first course has more than 450,000 views!
(What if you have slight dyslexia?)
With nearly 870,000 views, this video tries the ambitious bet to teach you 150 simple Spanish-language sentences in less than 20 ‘!
So many expressions that you will be able to learn with this video rather well made, with in the background the Spanish flag! You learn Spanish verbs and master the expressions most frequently encountered in the Iberian peninsula or in Latin America.
With 150 Spanish sentences, you should be able to get by on a first language course!
If you progress and want to learn more Spanish phrases or already have an intermediate level in Spanish, there are plenty of other Spanish videos. An author, Polyglot Pablo, who is passionate about languages, has published videos to learn English, Italian, Portuguese, German, French and regularly posts videos shot in European capitals!
It is followed by nearly 330,000 subscribers
Another useful video for beginners, linguistmail offers this sequence of 15 ‘to know how to manage in Spanish-speaking territory. In particular, you will learn how to tell the numbers up to 1000, read the time, days and months, everything you need, for example, to book a train or bus ticket to Buenos Aires or Madrid!
If you are familiar with basic Spanish (Spanish alphabet, everyday vocabulary, basic grammar, etc.), a good Spanish test is to start looking at series in their original version or to consider language courses in Spain or South America. Try to avoid Barcelona even if this city is very pleasant because most of the inhabitants are proud to speak Catalan there!
Traposo FR, free Spanish learning for children
“Cu cu, nursery rhyme to learn Spanish for children” or “A mi burro – Spanish Children’s Song” are videos of beautiful songs and nursery rhymes for children to start learning Spanish fun way, while having fun.
Free Spanish classes for children, porque no?
Traposo has posted many videos for children, in several foreign languages:
Images of animals will mark the spirit of the youngest and make them laugh, for sure! Some videos like “A mi burro” exceed 100,000 readings!
The key to success in learning Spanish from scratch can also be found in the frequency of training, and the site helps users keep pace by recording the number of days in a row. 34 hours on Duolingo equivalent to a semester of learning Spanish, rather bluffing!
With Duolingo, you can improve your Spanish where you want and when you want, on a computer, mobile or tablet. Learning while having fun is the winning recipe for all ages! The good news is that there are not even advertisements to bug you between 2 games.
Linguistic word game! So you laughed?
Babbel offers courses in foreign languages, French, German, English, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish and of course Spanish, hombre!
The current version of the App, which exists on the App Store and on Android, was updated on March 29th and received no less than 5 stars by the users who downloaded it. This app allows you to choose your own courses according to the subjects you are interested in, with relatively short lessons (15 ‘).
The built-in revision tool helps you to memorize learned Spanish vocabulary and the speech recognition tool allows you to work your accent and pronunciation of words. To obtain the full course, you will need to pay 10$/month.
Spanish Nemo is a 100% free app to learn Spanish on your smartphone or tablet.
The most common words and phrases of the Spanish language (¿como te llamas¿, ¿vonde? Vives ?, ¿que tienes ?, ¿puedo ayudar …) will be taught to you with an audio playback by a native Spanish.
To work on your accent, the vocal studio allows you to superimpose your voice to that of the teacher, you will be surprised to see how useful this tool is to fine-tune your pronunciation, a sacred more for a 100% free app, remember!
A lot of apps give access to Spanish lessons, often free, and with speech recognition.
Simple app but allowing to start speaking Spanish for free and quickly thanks to interactive lessons, fast and fun according to its creator. You will be able to engage in basic conversations and make you understand your Spanish friends, order in the restaurant, book your hotel, ask your way or even ask for the price in a shop.
Complete language courses, available on an App Store App and Google Play, to learn Spanish for free?
Busuu’s promise also ensures corrections by people with Spanish as their mother tongue. In the free version, you will only have the right to the visual support cards and the corrections.
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