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The Chicago Spanish Language Meetup Group Message Board › Inexpensive ways to improve Spanish.

Inexpensive ways to improve Spanish.

A former member
Post #: 1
Go to the site: http://www.sharedtalk...­

There you can learn languages by chatting with people from all over the world that are also trying to learn languages. You can help each other!
A former member
Post #: 1
I just discovered (free), which also matches up people in Spanish-speaking countries trying to learn English and vice-versa. There are also writing 'assignments' every few days where you write a response and then others give you feedback - I find it very helpful.

To broaden vocabulary, I really like the BBC Mundo podcast. It's 15 minutes daily, free, and gives a synopsis of current events around the world. The speech is pretty fast, but I find that if I listen to it a couple of times I can understand the basics and also learn a lot of political/business/economics words as well!
A former member
Post #: 1
Hey all,

I have a few resources to recommend:

Live Mocha is a free language learning site (much more than just spanish) where you can earn points to unlock more exercises by correcting the exercises of people who are trying to learn english (or whatever your native language is). You can also find conversation buddies with it.

I've been watching Betty La Fea on this site with subtitles in Spanish. Make sure you go to the top right hand corner of the screen to change the subtitle settings, because I think they default to english:­

Destinos is a great series developed for spanish learning and follows an investigator looking for the long lost wife of Don Fernando, a Spanish man who fled to Mexico during the Spanish civil war. Its very 80s and wonderful and you can turn on the spanish subtitles too. Raquel, the main character, goes from Mexico, to Spain, to Argentina, to Puerto Rico. Its fun, shoulder pads galore: http://www.learner.or...­

I just discovered Pinterest and there's a lot of people collecting exercises and video links there:­

For flahscards, I use Anki. There's a free web version­ which you can synch to their app version. The app is what I use the most. Anytime I'm reading something and I come across a new word, I check it on Wordreference and then add it to my Anki flashcards. Then I can quiz myself when I'm waiting for the bus or whatnot. The app is free for Android but I think its about $20 for the iPhone.

Oh yeah, I think is the absolute best online dictionary.

Ok see you all at the next meetup!
A former member
Post #: 2
Oh also, if you're at a pretty advanced level, I highly recommend Radio Ambulante. Its like Latin American This American Life. I'm still not quite at an advanced enough level to fully catch everything being said, but I can listen to the segments several times to pick up a bit more each time.

A former member
Post #: 1
In this website they offer conversational classes with native speakers at affordable rates:


Addison, IL
Post #: 238
This is a free website that connects you with another person in another country to practice your second language. It has Spanish, but is dedicated to many other languages as well. Go to http://www.conversati...­. So far, the people have been very friendly and patient. It is a way to practice written Spanish through IM's/emails as well.
Katie R.
user 158705972
Chicago, IL
Post #: 1
Good morning folks!

Check out Duolingo. It's a free app for your smartphone, and a website, that functions like Rosetta Stone but is completely free. It also features lessons in a variety of other languages, including French, Portuguese, Italian, and German. Visit to learn more and download.

Good luck!
R. Howard C.
user 189116871
Chicago, IL
Post #: 1
After you have a basic vocabulary, I would suggest you go the the Spanish speaking area of your city and read the signs on the buildings, the buses and in the windows of the stores. They are usually short sentences and expressions and easier to remember. It also helps in associating words with places and things, i.e. butcher shop, bakery, laundry, etc.. It will help you remember so you don't have to keep looking the words up again, over and over, if they are words you don't often use because you are not familiar with them..
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