Questions tagged [spanish]

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What can i do to learn the Spanish subjunctive mood?

I have been learning Spanish for years now, but I have yet to master the subjunctive mood. It is used regularly in speech, but for some reason is not taught until very late in the learning process. ...
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Resources for self-teaching spanish

I'd like to use free resources learn enough Spanish that I'll be able to understand menus, ask basic questions (e.g., where is the train station, how far is the whatever), not butcher pronunciations, ...
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Spanish reading passages with a focus on specific grammar

Is there such a thing as reading passages where the passage has been specifically created with a focus on a specific part of grammar? If so, what are they called, and where can I find them? I'm ...
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Quickly creating flashcards with sentences for conjugations in Spanish

In the book "Fluent Forever" (related blog post here), Wyner suggests using sentences to learn conjugations of verbs. For example, to learn the conjugation of "to be", for each form of the conjugation ...
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1 Month Curriculum For Learning Spanish Conversationally

I have set a goal to learn Spanish at a conversational level in 1 month, with 2 prior years of experience at a traditional highschool, with information retained but still not able to hold a ...
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Looking for the best speech trainer capability for Spanish

I'm trying to find the best app (mobile or desktop) with Spanish oral testing capabilities that allow for custom content. I've found that Rosetta Stone's speech recognition is pretty good but there's ...
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Monolingual learner-friendly dictionary for Spanish

The aim of this thread is to compile a resource of suggestions for monolingual learner-friendly dictionaries for present-day Spanish. Please add your suggestions below. Ideally: the definitions are ...
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Learning correct spelling of Spanish words with or without acute accent

When trying to learn simple vocabulary in a manner similar to that suggested by Fluent Forever, I find that I have difficulties learning to spell words correctly with or without tildes. I've been ...
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Semi automated dictionary application

I asked this question on stackoverflow, and got put on hold; rightfully so. I hope this is a better place. Are there applications, desktop applications, plugins, libraries, etc., dedicated to ...
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Can I learn Spanish and French at the same time?

I am currently in 9th grade, and am taking 1 year of Spanish. I would like to continue my studies in Spanish next year and also start French. Multiple times, I have heard that it could be very ...
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Best way to improve your ability in a language post A-Level (Exams at age 18)

It is fairly clear how to get your standard of language up to an A-level standard (exams taken at age 18 in the uk) due to clear syllabi and textbooks up to this standard. However, I find that past ...
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Should I not speak spanish with my children and my future wife?

I speak Spanish, because is it my mother language, and I go out with a Korean girl. It is possible that we have a friendship love. She does not speak Spanish, only English and Korean, while I speak ...
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Resources for learning the Silbo Gomero (Gomeran Whistle)

Here's a fascinating video on the Silbo Gomero, or whistled tongue of the island of Gomera in the Canary Islands of Spain. Today, it's essentially used as an encoding of Spanish that can be carried ...
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Professional word and sentence list for Spanish

I found this excellent German CEFR level B1 word and sentence list from the Goethe Institut, which is a professional institute that promotes the German language worldwide. Is there a similar free ...
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Coming from Spanish, where do I start learning English?

Is there any manual or website that I recommend to start learning English? Honestly, with my mother tongue (Spanish) I have forgotten and sometimes left without understanding, some concepts that are ...
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Spanish audio or video resources to practise shadowing

I am looking for audio and/or video resources in Spanish (as spoken in Spain, not Latin America) to practise shadowing. Shadowing is a technique that involves listening to audio and simultaneously ...
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Spanish grammar books with exercises and answer key for self study

I am looking for a grammar book or series of grammar books for Spanish that match the following criteria: the book or books must be in Spanish, i.e. all grammar rules and instructions must be in ...
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Source for text + audio books with normal search

I would like to learn language by reading books in it and listen how native speaker narrator reads it. So I need normal source of audiobooks with the following properties: 1) provides both e-book and ...
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Standard Mexican Spanish vs Standard Spain/European/Iberian/Castilian/Peninsular Spanish

What are the major differences between spoken Standard Mexican Spanish and Standard European Spanish? What are the major written/grammatical differences? Is there any reason to think that the ...
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How long between each CEFR level for learning Spanish?

A common question among language learners is how long will it take me to learn <insert language>?, and the usual answer, for a native English speaker, is to refer to the FSI list, which divides ...
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Graded readers for Spanish?

Graded readers are a good type of material for extensive reading. Where can I find graded readers in Spanish?
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Any downloadable dictionaries of commonly used words? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but here it goes. I need a dictionary file (XML, JSON, or any other computer readable format) that contains the most commonly used words ...
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How to overcome my dread of speaking in Spanish? [duplicate]

I hope this isn't too broad of a question and I can receive some guidance because it's something that's been troubling me for years. I have been studying Spanish for 5+ years and people tell me I ...
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Spanish-English downloadable dictionary

I'm looking for a Spanish - English downloadable dictionary, similar to CC-CEDICT for Chinese. CC-CEDICT is a continuation of the CEDICT project. The objective of the CEDICT project was to ...
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How to say “Alexander I” in German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish? [closed]

What are the proper ways to say something like "Alexander I" in German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish? In English, you say "Alexander the First". Do you say something like "Alexandre le Premier"...
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Practical guide for teaching a language for someone with no teaching experience

I've studied a couple of languages, including one year of Arabic (in which I learned no verbs at all, so my communication skills are bad). I received a proposal to exchange language teaching with ...
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Cognates between French & Spanish?

I'm a native English speaker who's been learning French for a long time. I now have good vocabulary base and knowledge of grammar in French. When learning French I found cognitive short-cuts, for ...
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Can learning L3 interfere with my grammatical knowledge of L2?

I speak Spanish at an intermediate level, and I'm attending an intensive course with a lot of grammar (the finer points of using ser & estar, the subjunctive etc.). I'm considering starting ...
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How can I learn to read and write Spanish in Aljamiado (Arabic) characters?

The Spanish language has a Arabic orthography due to hundreds of years of Moorish rule. How can I learn to read and write Spanish in these characters, assuming that I can already read and write modern ...
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Dialects of Spanish & Learning

To facilitate the learning process and make sure students will end up speaking something most native Spanish speakers can understand, shouldn't a student be concerned with the actual dialect being ...
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Where to learn the Spain version of Spanish, rather than Latin American?

I am going to be studying in Spain starting next year. The Duolingo spanish course has more of a focus on the Latin American version. I was wondering if anyone knows of a course/website which uses ...
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What is the average number of new Spanish vocabulary words an adult learner can learn per day?

And by recommended, I mean scientific research or recommendations from experienced language teachers. Out of a daily language practice session, how many new vocabulary words can an adult foreign ...
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Can learning Spanish and French simultaneously improve your knowledge in both languages?

I'm currently learning Spanish in school while learning French in school. I've noticed that the vocabulary and grammar of both languages is structurally similar. I've had teachers tell me that I ...