Una mano con el español, updated!

Time flies, and that is why we need to get updated on so many things… Here you will find a new list of tips and resources to practice Spanish, completelly updated. I removed some things and I added new fresh contents, but keeping the important stuff too.

If you are looking for new podcasts, blogs, websites and apps, this is your list. You can download it here!

Wether you are a native Spanish speaker or not, here’s some resources that you might find useful if you are have to face up to a Spanish writing or if you are willing to improve your writing skills. This is a list of common connectors in Spanish and, what is best, they are perfectly organized by meaning or function and translated into English, so it can be used both for Spanish and for English.  Actually, I got this list from an American student who also taught English in Spain, and, since the list was not in a good condition, I had it typed and here it is.

Click here to watch and download the PDF.… And enjoy!

Aquí tenéis una pequeña actividad de español oral para practicar las diferentes maneras de negar en español, en un contexto coloquial e informal.

Las instrucciones de la actividad son muy sencillas. Solo tienes que reaccionar a las frases utilizando las diferentes maneras de negar en español. Puedes hacer clic en la imagen para ampliar. ¡Y ojo! Recuerda que en el español de España, es normal es un poco “seco” y directo al hablar, pero no por eso menos amable ;)

Frases para negar_MN

Si no recuerdas las formas de negar en español, haz clic aquí para ver el PDF.

Basic Spanish verbs (A1, A2)

Basic Spanish verbs (A1, A2)

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Problems with Spanish vocabulary? If you are a beginner or elemntary student of Spanish, maybe you have to struggle memorizing the meaning of some basic verbs that are commonly used in Spanish.

Here’s a simple game that will help you learn them. All you need to do is match every Spanish verb with its image or meaning. Good luck!

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to take a look at these flashcards, where you find a clear explanation of it all.

La vida moderna

La vida moderna

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Incluyo aquí una actividad de vocabulario e integración de destrezas para niveles avanzados, a partir de una canción y diferentes documentos.

Puede servir para revisar el vocabulario de la ropa y la moda y también para dar pie a un debate sobre la importancia de la moda o los prejuicios, que afectan tanto al vestir como a diferencias culturales. Espero que os guste.

Para ver la actividad en PDF, puedes hacer click aquí o entrar en mi portfolio.

Tips to practice Spanish (beginner and elementary)

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If you enjoyed our general tips to practice Spanish, here’s a list with resources that you may find useful if you are a beginner or if you have an elementary level.  

 «Free online exercises:

o   Ver-Taal, a very complete site where you will find grammar, spelling and vocabulary exercises, as well as listening activities, to learn French, Dutch, English and, of course, Spanish.
o    Profe de ELEa great blog both for teachers and students.
o   Espagnol facile, un siteweb avec des exercises gratuits, espécialement faits pour les francophones.

«Free online flashcards:

o   Quizlet, a fantastic place where you can revise and learn new vocabulary (in Spanish and in other languages). You can download flashcards that other people have made, or make your own flashcards. There are plenty vocabulary exercises and you can download and print all the flashcards at any time.

 «  Grammar books:

o   Gramática básica del español (niveles A1 – B1), Ed.Difusión. This is the best grammar book to learn about Spanish grammar, either with a teacher or on your own.  Get it on Amazon or at the library.

«Mobile apps:

Mobile apps are nowadays a great tool to practice language in an easy funny way. Check out these. Most of them offer a free version and a premium version with extra features:
o   Duolingo
o   Conjugation nation
o   Babbel
o   Spanish Verbs
o   Qué onda

«Listening, podcast, radio and audioblogs:

There are lots of freepodcasts that you can listen to in order to practice your Spanish, even if you just started learning. Here are some ideas:
o   Mi vida loca: a website from the BBC, with exercises and audios, ideal for beginners.
o   Spanish podcast: a blog with lots of audios for Spanish students.
o   Notes in Spanish for beginners: an audio blog with lots of easy-to-listen podcasts and listening exercises for beginners.
o   Coffee Break Spanish: a blog with free and not free lessons and podcasts.
o   News in slow Spanish. A website that offers different resources for Spanish students, but particularly audio exercises and podcasts. These podcasts are focused on the world’s news, but the people there talk in a slow clear Spanish, that even beginners can properly understand. To access some of the contetns you will be required to have a premium account, but still, there are plenty of them that you can use (especially audio and transcriptions). It has also an app that you can download to your smartphone or tablet.

Podcasts are one of the biggest revolutions of today’s language learning. Thanks to the Internet, we can access podcasts from all the radios in the world. We can easily find podcasts from Spain or any other country. But, just in case you still don’t know about them, here’s a little explanation:

First, what’s a podcast?

A podcast is a sort of radio program or radio broadcast (for example, Ted Talks, PodCinema, Hoy empieza todo…). For example, the BBC has different channels; every channel has many broadcasts or “chapters”. Of course, you can listen to them directly by turning your radio on. But let’s say that you listen to the BBC News every morning, but today you missed it. No problem! Just go to the program’s site on the Internet and you will find a complete list with the latest chapters. Look for the one you missed and that’s it. That’s a podcast, and the great thing of it is that you can listen to any podcast of any radio on the world, at any moment, and free!

Moreover, many people, companies, blogs, have created their own audios that they share on the Internet as a podcast. Many of them have an excellent quality, so it is not just limited to public radios.

In other words, there are podcasts on the Internet; and within every podcast you can find different “chapters”.  

How can we get podcasts?
There are many options, so let’s take a look at them:

o   On streaming:
We can listen to them directly on streaming. To do so, we just need to look  for the podcast site (for example, let’s say TED Talks), and save them one by one to our favorites on Mozilla, Chrome or any other.  Then we would just need to go to the site and hear to the audio online. It is possible to download them one by one and play them on our computer or iPAD, of course!

o   Mobile and apps:
There are different apps that we can install for free on our smart phone, iPhone, tablet or iPad. In my opinion, the best of all isPodcast Addict. It’s easy to download and install and it lets you search for podcasts in any language by setting a language filter. It lets you subscribe to any podcast and it gets automatically updated to show you the latest emissions of your favorite podcasts, which you can download really easily and fast at any moment.

o   On our PC or Mac:
You can also subscribe to any podcast by using a free application that you can download from the Internet at any moment. There are two platforms that you can use for this purpose: Juice (a good free software platform, although it’s has un ugly interface), and of course, iTunes (free to download and use, with a nice interface and the advantage that is can also be used as a music player and store). You can download Juice from here; to download iTunes, click here.

 o   To read and to listen:
If you are tired of having so many accounts and platforms, maybe you should take a look at Netvibes. Netvibes is an online platform (with a free version and a premium version), that works as an “aggregator”. This means it lets you subscribe to any blog on the Internet by using the blog’s feed URL. It is similar to Google Reader, but much better. No need to download anything; just sign up and get a password. And, of course, you can use it for blogs, newspapers, video platforms and podcasts!









Hay y está

Hay y está

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Learning how to explain where things are is a basic thing to do in a foreign language. Think of expressions like there is and there are, which we use every day: There is a dwarf in my garden How would you translate that into Spanish? Very easy. Here you have a very clear and simple explanation.

amansEasy, isn’t it? Click here to get the answers.

So basically we use hay + noun (singular or plural)  to say there is or there are:

There is a sofa on the beach = hay un sofá en la playa. 
There are some flowers in the vase = hay una flores en el jarrón.

But we use está or están when we want  to locate:

The car is in the garage = el coche está en el garaje.
The fowers are in the vase = las flores están en el jarrón.

Remember that, as in English,  if we say hay, we always use a non definite article: un/una/unos/unas. But if we say está/están, it means we are locating and we already know what we’re talking about, so we need to use a definite article: el/la/los/las.

So why don’t you try to do the following exercise? You just need to fill in the blanks with HAY/ESTÁ/ESTÁN. You will find the solutions at the end. We use estar to talk about space (among other things). If you have trouble with verbo estar in present, check this box:


Shopping in Spanish

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¡Vamosde compras! Let’s go shopping!  In Spanish we have two similar expressions to talk about shopping, but they have a slightly different meaning:

  • Hacer la compra > to do the shopping. It’s what we use when we are going to buy basic things, like food or cleaning products, and generally to the market or supermarket. 
  • Ir de compras > to go shopping. It’s an expression we use when we buy non basic stuff, like clothes, for example. 

Here you will find some  flashcards and Spanish online exercises that will help you learn some  vocabulary related to shops and buying in Spanish. First, try to memorize as many words as you can. Click on every card to find the answer:

So what do you generally prefer: going shopping or doing the shopping? ¿Ir de compras o hacer la compra? Once you have seen all the cards, try to remember then. It won’t be very difficult! Now, why don’t you do this exercise? Try to match every word with its meaning (object). Not hard!

Now you know all about shopping in Spanish. You can also download our PDF and print the cards to revise them at any time.

Cuánto sabes

Cuánto sabes

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¿Qué tal se te da el español en nivel principiante o elemental? Here you have a little game that will help you practice your Spanish (at begginner/elementary level), revise things that you’ve learned or even know what your level is. Check it out here!

It might also be good to take it right after finishing an A1 course. If you hace questions, check out this blog to look for answers and explanations!



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Trouble with daily routines in Spanish? Listen to Julia. She’s being asked some questions about her daily routine and try to answer to the exercise below.

Listen to the audio

Now, listen again and write down the questions Julia’s being asked. Why not trying yourself?  Think about all those questions in your daily life and answer them using frequency expressions in Spanish. You can send them to us. Also, if you like, you may take a look at the transcription of the text here.

How can I practice my Spanish online? Where can I find free exercises and free materials to learn? How can I get to know more about Spain and Latin American countries? How can I practice listening and reading?

Here’s a list with lots of ideas to learn, practice and improve your Spanish, whatever your level in…Including lots of things, like:

. Tips and ideas
. Audio practice and podcasts
. Free materials
. General ideas for people who learn a foreign languages
. Links to important websites
. Free online exercises
. Tips to get in touch with the Spanish and Latin American culture
. Recommended movies, music, books, TV shows and radio stations.

Download it here!

Una manera de practicar  las oraciones condicionales (en nivel C1) y de una manera rápida y un poco más lúdica es a través del famoso juego del tres en raya. Este es un juego que puede adaptarse a muchos contenidos (contraste entre pasados, usos del subjuntivo, etcétera). Haz clic aquí para ver y descargar el PDF con la actividad.

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Cuando lo he llevado a la práctica en aula, normalmente como ejercicio para abrir una sesión de clase, ha dado buen resultado. Normalmente he optado por hacer dos grupos, donde un grupo es X y otro es O, y la pizarra se convierte en el tablero.



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If you’ve been working on frequence expressions and daily routines, this audio will be great for you. Listen to Julia. She’s being asked some questions about her daily routine. Take some notes and then, try to answer to the exercise below.

Now, listen again and write down the questions Julia’s being asked. Why not trying yourself?  Think about all those questions in your daily life and answer them in Spanish. You can send them to us. Also, if you like, you may take a look at the transcription here.





Pronunciar en español

Pronunciar en español

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Pronounciation is hard, even in Spanish, and, even if you are getting right all Spanish sounds, you may have the impression you are far from pronouncing like a native speaker.

Why? There are a few reasons for that, but here’s one tip: in Spanish, as in other Roman languages, like Italian or Portuguese, speakers join one word to the next every time is possible, that is, when there’s a vowel at the end of a word or at the beginning of the following word. This is not something typicall of very coloquial speaking, but an everyday thing that Spanish speakers do no matter the context or situation.

Here are some examples. You can have a look at them. Try to listen to the audio to get the difference. Then, read the sentences out loud.