Understanding spoken Spanish can be hard, but here’s a fun way to practice: Yabla Spanish. It’s a subscription site with a massive collection of original videos featuring native speakers from many different Spanish-speaking countries to help you learn and practice Spanish at any level.
The videos are short, so you can watch them whenever you have a few minutes to practice. The Yabla video player has flexible options so that learners at all levels can choose how much or how little assistance they need. The "slow" button lets you hear each individual word pronounced, and you can disable the captions and/or translations if you don’t need them.
Each video also includes several games to test listening comprehension and vocabulary:
Multiple choice – listen and choose the missing word
Fill-in-the-blank – listen and type the missing word
Scribe dictation – listen and type everything
Vocabulary – match the word to its translation
For a huge variety of Spanish videos on just about any topic you can think of, visit Yabla Spanish or try one of these sample videos:
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Nothing beats a private tutor for working on your Spanish pronunciation, but when that’s not possible, The Flow of Spanish is the next best thing. This music-based pronunciation training course combines the flexibility of the internet with personalized feedback, and the result is an interesting and useful way to drastically improve your Spanish pronunciation: The Flow of Spanish
Reading Spanish magazines is a great way to improve your language skills. There are magazines written specifically for students as well as regular magazines published for native speakers, including popular English-language titles like ESPN and Cosmopolitan. Take a look at my Spanish magazine stand.
I’ve put together a checklist to help you get the most out of my Spanish for beginners lessons. It indicates the best order to study the lessons so that you learn the basics first and build from there.