SPANISH

What can you do from here in California even before you go to the country?
Decide on whether you want to specialize in the Spanish as used in Spain or Latin American Spanish. I made a personal decision to focus on Mexican Spanish.

Here are some of the materials I have found helpful in trying to keep up with my Spanish:

A. Wikipedia and Google in Spanish

SPANISH--Wikipedia
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Portada
SPANISH--Google
http://www.google.com.mx/
B. Bibles and Devotional material

1. Read your Bible in Spanish.
Bible Gateway: Nueva Version International
http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/index.php?action=getVersionInfo&vid=42

2. Spanish Language Gospel Resources
Berean Christian Book Stores
Case Bautista de Publicaciones Editorial Mundo Hispano
Editorial Unilit

3. SPANISH--Thru the Bible [available through iTunes]

C. Mail-order catalogues; Department store websites

Liverpool Department Store
http://www.liverpool.com.mx/shopping/store/
Sanborns
http://www.sanborns.com.mx/sanborns/
Sears Department Store
http://www.sears.com.mx/searssite/
D. News: sample websites

Kidon Media Link
Spain
http://www.kidon.com/media-link/es.php
Americas
http://www.kidon.com/media-link/americas.php
SPANISH--News and Newspapers (MIT Libraries)
http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/types/flnews/spanish.html
Google News (Mexico)
http://news.google.com.mx/nwshp?hl=es&tab=wn
Proceso magazine
http://www.proceso.com.mx/
El Sol
http://www.oem.com.mx/elsoldemexico/
Reforma
http://www.reforma.com

El Universal
http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/noticias.html
E. Television: sample websites

CNN en EspaƱol
http://www.cnn.com/espanol/
Televisa.com
http://www.televisa.com/
TvAzteca
http://www.tvazteca.com/
Univision
http://noticias.univision.com/
Telemundo
http://msnlatino.telemundo.com/informacion_y_noticias/Noticiero_Telemundo/
F. LibriVox Audio books in Spanish
http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search_advanced.php?title=&author=&cat=&genre=&status=all&type=&language=Spanish&date=&reader=&bc=&mc=&action=Search

G. Books I have found useful:

Barron's Spanish Vocabulary
Teach Yourself Spanish
Cassell's Colloquial Spanish
Berlitz Latin American Spanish Phrase Book and Dictionary
Berlitz Spanish Vocabulary Handbook
Mastering Spanish Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach
Oxford Spanish Wordpack
501 Spanish Verbs
2001 Spanish and English Idioms
Spanish for Dummies
Harper Collins Spanish Concise Dictionary