Work on verbs

Verbs sentences

Global History glossary

US History glossary

Sentence maker

Use my 3x5 cards to set the framework

Cuántas veces quise reunir a tus hijos, como reúne la gallina a sus pollitos debajo de sus alas, pero no

Several of my most useful websites:

Mexican slang

Mexican Spanish
Put on Spanish links wiki page

Mexican Spanish. com

Spanish proficiency exercises

Spanish-English Sentences ( phrases

Site map English Spanish

Word Reference forums



Translation Source »English to Spanish translation resources

us govt english-spanish glossaries - Google Search term


Social Security

High School History

Global History

Education and Assessment Glossary (CA Dept of Education)

Spanish Language Style Guide and Glossaries | DigitalGov

Los Angeles Unified School District

Denver Public Schools

US. Office of Special Education Programs

Internal Revenue Service


Biblia Mexico

Google Mexico

Conjugation machine

Sentence maker

Spanish alphabet

Accent marks

Accent marks

Gender of nouns

Gender of nouns




Pronouncing the letter "r"


Telling time

Times and dates

Hispanic names

Hispanic last names

Grammatical terms

University vocabulary

Curso de Inglés de Negocios: Vocabulario de Viajes de Negocios
[go to index at bottom of screen]


Proz [dot] com

Word Reference


Linguee dictionary of phrases

Best free online dictionaries


About [dot] com

Spanish dictionary

Spanish dictionary phrasebook

Spanish dictionary usage topics

Grammar and usage

Uses of the infinitive

Phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs

1000 phrasal verbs

66 essential phrasal verbs

15 phrasal verbs that you'll hear everywhere

Apartados gramaticales

Fred Jehle

Wikilengua links



1. Toponomia
La toponimia es el estudio de los nombres de lugar: países, ciudades, ríos, mares, montañas, etc

2. Gramáticaática

3. Ortographía

4. Léxico (index to 400 articles)éxico

Spanish lessons

Real Academía Española

Diccionario de la lengua española

Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

English-Spanish link [check this out]

Spanish expressions

Spanish expressions



Dichos populares

300 proverbs and sayings

Popular Mexican slang

Explore the Spanish language

How to learn Spanish online archived articles

Saludos y despedidas

Glosario social media

Medical Spanish dialogs

Medical Spanish dialogs

Dictionary of health-related terms (191 pages)

Medline plus

Small Business Administration

SPANISH KEYBOARD: Change from English to Spanish layout on your computer

Jason Jolley: How to type accents

+++Street-Smart Language Learning™: How many words do you need to know in a foreign language?

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages






Learn Spanish Smart [got Polite Spanish phrases from here]


Iniciar conversaciones en ingles

9 basic questions

19 more questions

Everyday language learner:

Tips and Tricks archive

Spanish language resources

Number dictation

Everyday question cards

Home decor catalogue

Stumbling out of bad pronunciation

Dialogue generation

Finding target language reading materials

Audio Hijack Pro [similar to Audacity]

BBC Spanish lessons

Mexican TV and Radio streaming (Delicast)


Professional-Quality Translation at Light Speed: Why Voice Recognition May Well be the Most Disruptive Translation Technology You’ve Never Heard of.

Talk, don’t type: Translating via Dragon Dictate and Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional

Andrea NC-181 VM USB High Fidelity Monaural USB Computer Headset (P-C1-1022300-1)

Everyday Language Learner blog

Getting Started Resources (great page)

Everyday Language Learner: Tips and Tricks

A Language Helper

Two hours with a language helper

Getting Started: Resource page

Spanish Examples [good advice]

Manners in Spanish – The Basics of Being Polite in Spanish-Speaking Cultures

How to Not Sound Like a Gringo – The 17 Most Common Spanish Errors and How to Avoid Them

Spanish Classes in New York: errors and mistakes

Por and para practice

Sears (Mexico)

El Corte Ingles


Doctora Isabel Radio Angel

Casa de Joanna Spanish Resources

Universidad de Alicante

Canal del Congreso

Proz dictionary

Caja de Herramientas Comunitarias tabla de contenidos

Slang dictionary: Speaking

Learn Spanish (Lingolex)
Word of the month

Woodward's blog

Woodward Spanish
Saludos y Despedidas
Vocabulary lists
Grammar articles

Always Spanish
Site Map

How many words do we need to know?

Audiria podcasts


Verb conjugator [negative tu command]

Verb conjugator

Sentence maker [Spanish > English]

Sentence maker [English > Spanish] [example: appreciate]

List of Websites Where You Can Watch Spanish Videos with Spanish Subtitles or Transcripts Online for Free

Mexican Spanish – Órale, Híjole, Ándale

The cause/effect trick to remember por and para

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte [COLEF]

Study Spanish

Spanish Learning Lab

Curso ingles de negocios [vocabulary lists]

Vocabulary lists

Business Spanish [good dialogues]

ELearn Spanish [good]

Spanish idioms (Language Realm)

Spanish Expressions

Spanish idioms and expressions

Frases and trabalenguas

The Spanish Subjunctive Explained + W.E.I.R.D.O System (awesome little mnemonic device for dealing with the subjunctive in Spanish)



Spanish Verb Conjugations

Spanish Dictionary: Spanish grammar

Spanish Sentence Maker

American Heritage Yahoo [Spanish-English]

Word Reference

Reverso dictionary

Linguee dictionary

How to Learn Spanish using free online resources (article archive)

WikiHow sitemap
WikiHow: Universidad en espanol

Political Terms


Professor Fred Jehle website

Let's Go Spanish blog

Spanish verbs with prepositions

Months, Seasons, and Dates

Vocabulary lists:

Learn Spanish online (Woodward Spanish)
Vocabulary topics
Reading passages

Always Spanish (sitemap)

What makes Audiria the best podcast for Spanish learners

Mexican Guru: Mexican slang

College Board

Mi Vida Loca video series (BBC)

Wikipedia in Spanish

Google in Spanish

12 Rules for learning foreign languages in record time

To hear the language consistently spoken, you can check out for a vast selection of live-streamed radio from your country of choice. The app (free) also has a list of streamed radio stations ordered by language.

To watch the language consistently, see what’s trending on Youtube in that country right now. Go to that country’s equivalent URL for Amazon or Ebay (,,, etc.) and buy your favorite TV series dubbed in that language, or get a local equivalent by seeing what’s on the top charts. You may be able to save shipping costs if you can find one locally that includes dubbing in the appropriate language. Various news stations also have plenty of video content online in specific languages, such as France24, Deutsche Welle, CNN Español, and many others.

To read the language consistently, in addition to the news sites listed above, you can find cool blogs and other popular sites on Alexa’s ranking of top sites per country.

But there is great stuff out there. A wonderful and completely free course that keeps getting better is DuoLingo - which I highly recommend for its selection of European languages currently on offer, with more on the way. To really get you started on the many options available to help you learn your language without spending a penny, let me offer plenty of other (good) alternatives:

The Foreign Service Institutes’ varied list of courses
The Omniglot Intro to languages
BBC languages’ intro to almost 40 different languages
About’s language specific posts that explain particular aspects of languages well

One of the best things you can do in the initial stages is not to try to get everything perfect, but to embrace making mistakes. I go out of my way to make at least 200 mistakes a day! This way I know I am truly using and practicing the language.

[TIM: I actually view part of my role as that of comedian or court jester--to make native speakers chuckle at my Tarzan speak. If you make people smile, it will make you popular, which will make you enthusiastic to continue.]

The way I reach spoken fluency quickly is to get a hell of a lot of spoken practice.

From day one to day 90 (and beyond), I speak at least an hour a day in my L2, and my study time is tailored around the spoken sessions to make sure that my conversation is what’s improving—not just my “general language skills” through some vague list of words I may never use.

So, for instance, I may start a session by asking what my native friend or teacher did over the weekend, and tell them what I did. Then I will share something that is on my mind lately and attempt to express my opinion on it, or allow the native speaker to introduce a new topic. It’s important to take an active role and make sure you are having varied conversations. Have a list of topics you would like to discuss and bring them up (your hobbies, hopes for the future, dislikes, what you will do on your vacation etc.) and make sure the conversation is constantly progressing.

Lots of practice and study to improve those spoken sessions tends to get me to lower intermediate (B1) level, which means I can understand the other person speaking to me fine as long as they are willing to speak clearly and adjust to my level and mistakes. It’s a LOT of work, mind you! On typical learning days I can be filled with frustration or feel like my brain is melting when–in fact–I’m truly making a lot of progress.

But to get over that plateau of just “good enough,” this is the point where I tend to return to academic material and grammar books, to tidy up what I have. I find I understand the grammar much better once I’m already speaking the language. This approach really works for me, but there is no one best language-learning approach. For instance, Tim has had great success by grammatically deconstructing a language right from the start. Your approach will depend entirely on your personality.

To get into the mastery C1/C2 levels though, the requirements are very different. You’ll have to start reading newspapers, technical blog posts, or other articles that won’t exactly be “light reading.”

To get this high-level practice, I’ve subscribed to newspapers on my Kindle that I try to read every day from various major news outlets around the world. Here are the top newspapers in Europe, South America and Asia. After reading up on various topics, I like to get an experienced professional (and ideally pedantic) teacher to grill me on the topic, to force me out of my comfort zone, and make sure I’m using precisely the right words, rather than simply making myself understood.


Present Subjunctive: Irregular verbs [DISHES]

Subjunctive: Using Adverbial Clauses THE CD MP in Spanish

Subjunctive: Using Adverbial Clauses AAA SPACES in Spanish

Subjunctive: Relative Clauses using NADA, NADIE, NINGUNO

SUBJUNCTIVE with verbs of VOLITION (want, wish, desire) W [WEIRDO]

SUBJUNCTIVE with verbs of EMOTION (me gusta, me sorprende, etc) E [WEIRDO]

SUBJUNCTIVE with IMPERSONAL EXPRESSIONS (es bueno, es importante, etc) I [WEIRDO]

SUBJUNCTIVE with verbs of REQUEST or RECOMMENDATION (pedir, mandar, sugerir) R [WEIRDO]

SUBJUNCTIVE with verbs of DOUBT or DENIAL (dudar, negar, no pensar etc) D [WEIRDO]



COMO SI - How to say AS IF in Spanish

Si clauses in Spanish / If clauses / Contrary to fact or hypothetical situations

Past Si Clauses in Spanish

Difference between SI CLAUSES and PAST SI CLAUSES in Spanish

A Summary of the PERFECT TENSES in SPANISH [haber] + past participle

Past Perfect, Pluperfect, Pluscuamperfecto in Spanish

FUTURE PERFECT: How to form / conjugate verbs in the futuro perfecto in Spanish

POR vs PARA: How and When to use them in Spanish

Saber vs. Conocer (The differences between them)

SER vs ESTAR: How, When and Why to use TO BE


Preterit vs Imperfect (How to Distinguish)

Preterit vs Imperfect (Interrupting Actions)

Preterit vs Imperfect (English Translations)

Why it's better to learn a language from kids

How spending time with a real person taught me more German in 2 days than years in school and with expensive programs

How ditching perfectionism helped me speak Spanish all evening for the first time

Travel isn’t necessary for language learning: How I learned more Italian in London than I did in Italy!

Duolingo Review

How to convince natives to speak to you in their language

If you actually say “Do you mind if we speak in your language? I’d really like to practise” (saying it in the language in question of course) you would be surprised how often this works.

6 Easy Ways to Roll your R's

Pimp out your browser searches for language learning

What is the best language learning course? Looking at the numbers

Back to school! Some small changes to classroom learning that will make a dramatic difference

Best free online dictionaries

The best online dictionary for learning any language: Google Image!

Travel phrasebooks: a serious language learner’s best first book to study

How your computer and the Internet can correct your grammar and spelling (for free)

++How to become a location-independent freelance translator


Translators Cafe

Conversational connectors

You are in a restaurant and somebody asks what you think of the meal. From a typical language learning experience, a student would often get flustered, find the experience unnerving, say “urm … good!” and hope they aren’t asked any more uncomfortable questions.

However, if they could use conversational connectors, they could say things like:

Thanks for asking. To tell the truth, I must say that the food is good. Let me ask you the same question: What do you think of your food?

The same conversational connectors can be recombined in all sorts of ways. Later on, then, the question “Where are you from?” could be replied to with: “To tell the truth, I am from England. Thanks for asking. Let me ask you: where are you from?”

Professor Jason Jolley

Jason Jolley: Talking about your daily routine

Jason Jolley series: Asking and Answering Questions in Spanish:

13: Plans and Obligations

12: Likes and Preferences

11: Food, drink, and meals

10: Weather, climate, and seasons

9: Free or leisure time activities

8: Daily routine questions

7: Work, jobs, and profession

6: Classes and studies

5: Housing situations

4: Family questions

3: Basic personal information

2-c: Other common question types

2-b: Interpreting and answering questions

2-a: Interrogative and formulaic questions

1: Overview of Spanish Oral Proficiency Interviews

How to Learn Spanish blog

How to learn Spanish using free online resources

Spanish Learning Resources & Tools: These Are My Top 9 Most Used, Most Valuable, and Most Recommended

How Many Words Do You Need to Know in Spanish (or any other foreign language)? And WHICH Words Should You Be Learning?

How to avoid wasting months learning Spanish the wrong way (and learning the wrong type of Spanish)–get started

How to Not Sound Like a Gringo – The 17 Most Common Spanish Errors and How to Avoid Them

My Favorite, and Most Common, Gringo Error in Spanish (aka “false friend”)

Conversational connectors – how to fake having a conversation just after starting to learn a language

How to Respond in Spanish Like a Native: Comebacks and Colloquial Responses

Spanish Sentence Starters and Filler Words (Muletillas): The Grease of the Language Gears

Ejemplos de Muletillas

The Telenovela Method of Learning Spanish

Spanish Children's Books
Busqueda sencilla

Best Spanish dictionary and verb conjugator

List of Best Free Sites to Watch Spanish-Language TV Online

List of Websites Where You Can Watch Spanish Videos with Spanish Subtitles or Transcripts Online

Para qué vs. Por qué – The difference explained and when to use each

Lessons learned from fifty years of government language teaching (FSI)

Learn Spanish from Comics
Go Comics

My Most Important Language Learning Tool: Anki

The Spanish Subjunctive Explained + W.E.I.R.D.O System

Manners in Spanish – The Basics of Being Polite in Spanish-Speaking Cultures

Language Impact home page

Language learning articles index (on Language Impact website)

Language Impact--Enabling effective language learning through strategic methods, materials, and technology

Leave Me Alone! Can't You See I'm Learning Your Language?

Language Learning in the Real World for Non-beginners

Kick-starting Your Language Learning

Get other ideas from this Spanish Examples blog
Qué tal in English means...

BBC Spanish site
Guide to watching Spanish TV

Guide to Learning Languages: The website about teaching yourself languages

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Other great resources:

Caja de Herramientas Comunitarias tabla de contenidos
Esta página enumera los 46 capítulos a través de los cuales se puede llegar a la práctica, una guía paso a paso para las habilidades en la construcción comunitaria.

Capítulo 16
Sección 1. Dirigir reuniones efectivas

Sugerencias para el éxito de las reuniones entre padres y maestros en la escuela de su hijo

Vocabulario Universitario Esencial

37 practical and effective activities to boost your Spanish

50 Free Online Resources To Get You Learning Spanish

60 (More) Insanely Useful Resources To Get You Learning, Reading, Writing and Speaking Spanish

How Get To Mastery In A Foreign Language Using The Chunking Method | The Mezzofanti Guild

Self Study of Foreign Languages

Peace Corps: ongoing language learning training manual pdf

Useful Spanish phrases

A Google tip to help you see Spanish words in context “jugar”

Pick an online news resource which you know has good grammar and spelling. I use the El Pais newspaper website. The website address is Using the Google search operator site: we can search only the El Pais news website for our chosen word or phrase. So lets say we want to see examples of the word “jugar” in context, type the following into Google; “jugar”. The quotes tell Google that we just want to see the exact word and not any related words such as juega or juegan.

We now have a list of search results, all containing the word jugar, all in different contexts. Open up any that look interesting to read the whole story. One of my results in this example mentions “jugar al golf”. If we want to go a bit deeper on this particular verb and preposition combination, just search again, but this time for “jugar al”, and quickly we have a new list of examples using the phrase “jugar al”, all grammatically trustworthy as far as is possible.

Conversation starters

My level of Spanish is pretty good. I have been living in Spain for over 5 years now and I can hold a conversation about pretty much any topic. South American history, online marketing technology, the world economic situation. No problem. But there is one thing that I still freeze up over. Chit chat. Just hanging out with a bunch of people and talking about nothing. Running into a friend in the street and catching up quickly for 20 seconds. These situations leave me stumbling and tongue tied looking for the right words.

If I could crack this problem, I am confident that my level of Spanish would jump up another level.

So it’s time to do something about it. The core of the problem seems to be that my brain is not quick enough to come out with the appropriate Spanish conversational phrases. Everything is happening too quickly and I don’t have time to think ahead about genders, verb conjugations or, my personal weak point, the vosotros verb forms if I am in a group. What I need is a plan.

I am going to memorise a few key phrases until they pop out of my mouth without thinking. Phrases for running into a friend, a neighbour, meeting a group of people in a bar etc. I hope that you will help me out and leave some other Spanish conversation examples in the comments as well.