I am absolutely thrilled that you want to learn Spanish – being my second language, I have a bit of a soft spot for it.
Think of this page as a living curriculum of sorts for learning Spanish. Basic tools, techniques, and resources to get you started and keep you going through fluency and beyond.
I’ll be adding new links regularly as I find things worth sharing with you – and since I’ll be spending a little time getting to know each resource before reviewing it, you can be sure you’ll only be getting the best.
Want to start Spanish? Start here.
First Thing’s First
Here are some basic language learning posts you’ll want to read before you delve into the wonderful world of Spanish – if you’ve already started, you might find something here to help you anyway.
Dictionaries (Digital: WordReference | Physical: Collins Pocket) – For general purposes, WordReference is a great resource for Spanish vocabulary. Not only does it have all the vocabulary you’d expect, it also has example sentences and tons of phrases to help you make sure you’re using the right word in the right situation. If you need a physical dictionary, I recommend the Collins Pocket Dictionary due to its helpful phrases and grammar sections.
Anki (review) – Anki is one of the best things I’ve come across for vocabulary retention. It uses spaced-repetition to make sure you study only what you need, so you can save time and still come out remembering more.
Getting Started with Spanish
Influent (review) – Influent is a language learning game on Steam focused on teaching you household vocabulary – since these words surround you on a daily basis, the things you learn in Influent become useful as soon as you exit the game.
Strengthening Your Language Skills
How to Boost Your Vocabulary with OVA – OVA is a technique I came up with to drastically increase my foreign language vocabulary based on words I actually use. Apply it to your own learning and you’ll be able to say the words you need in Spanish in no time!
Of course you know all about how to use Spotify and Tunewiki to improve your listening comprehension, but where should you start?
Well, probably right about here. If you’re looking to find some new music to listen to in Spanish, take a moment to subscribe to the ever-growing Powlyglot Spanish playlist on Spotify.
Once you find someone you like, make sure to check out the rest of their music on Spotify or elsewhere! In time, I’m sure Spanish artists will start invading your favorites list like they have mine.