Speaking another language is a great skill to have but it does take time, patience and money. Here are 10 simple resources I found really helpful for learning Spanish and they are all FREE! Most of them are really easy to find or organise and some are as straightforward as using the sights and sounds around you but each will help you to understand and speak Spanish quickly if you cant afford to take lessons.
If you are moving to Spain or planning to spend some time traveling here, I really recommend that you learn some Spanish. Not everyone speaks English and it’s really helpful to know at least some Spanish language basics.
I took a beginners class at language school when I moved to Madrid but also used all of these resources and they really made a difference. If you want to learn Spanish (but have no cash) check out the list below for my top 10 ways you can learn Spanish for free and really immerse yourself into Spanish life.
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10 free resources for learning Spanish easily
1. Phone app’s
There are lots of really good, free applications you can download to your phone for learning Spanish. I think Duolingo is one of the best. You can work your way through the different sections easily for just 5-15 mins per day. It helps you to build up your vocabulary and learn useful phrases. Quizlet is another great app that is more games and flashcard based. This helps to test your memory on Spanish grammar and vocabulary.
2. Google translate
This is a handy way to quickly figure out how to say things in Spanish or for translating what a word means. You can save stuff for offline reading to remind yourself later and even translate text messages. You can upload photos of text you need translated or use the voice recognition if your not sure how a phrase or question is spelt.
Reading a book, magazine or newspaper in Spanish is a great way to test what you have been learning already or push yourself to learn new words. When you get stuck on a word or sentence just grab a Spanish dictionary or use that translation app. Head to your nearest library, read online articles in Spanish or pick up the free local publications (if you are already in the country).
4. Watch tv
Watching a Spanish language show or movie is perfect for helping you to pick up what people are saying and understand different accents. There are some amazing Spanish language movies and series on Netflix. Or watch a movie that you are really familiar with that’s been dubbed in Spanish. You already know the plot so can just concentrate on what they are saying and how they pronounce the words.
5. Online video or podcasts
You can watch free videos with language teachers online from companies like SpanishDict or find lessons on YouTube. These short bursts of information are great if you don’t have much time to spare on learning Spanish or get easily distracted. You just need to set aside 30 minutes to sit in front of your laptop, phone or tablet and follow a video lesson. There are also great Spanish language podcasts. Coffee Break Spanish is very popular and is a short 15 minute audio lesson that you can easily listen to during a coffee break.
6. Practice with Spanish friends
Ask a Spanish friend to help you improve. Even if your friend speaks great English remind them that you want to learn Spanish and encourage them to speak to you in Spanish. Ask them questions about words or phrases you are unsure of. Practice your pronunciation and ask them to be honest and correct you when you go wrong.
7. Pay attention to what’s around you
If you are lucky enough to be in Spain already, take advantage of your surroundings. Read signs and posters that you see walking down the street. If you can’t translate it into English or have never seen the word before, look it up and add it to your vocabulary. Listen to people speaking around you, public transport announcements and how locals interact with each other.
8. Teacher training classes
Look out for adverts from new Spanish language teachers who are in training and need volunteers to be part of a test classroom environment. You get the benefit of learning some Spanish for free and they are grateful for your participation. Facebooks groups for expats or students often advertise lessons and keep your eyes peeled for posters in the local area.
9. Join a language exchange
You can find a likeminded person who wants to meet up over coffee and learn your language in exchange for them teaching you some Spanish. You take it in turns to have a conversation in each language, correcting and perfecting each other’s grammar and pronunciation. Or you can join organised social gatherings of people who hang out in a café or bar and speak conversational Spanish in a relaxed informal group environment.
10. Free trial’s
Lots of online courses offer a free trial. These are great if you pay attention to the terms and conditions and make sure you cancel any subscription before payments are due. Don’t forget these companies are trying to persuade you to sign up for the full paid course!
I hope this list of 10 ways to learn Spanish for free has been helpful and will start you off on the right track, even if you cant afford language lessons.
Try a few of these tips and I promise you will be speaking Spanish in no time! 🙂
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