The images always come first, before your answer, to practise the recall of the foreign word you are learning. It does and doesn't sometimes; it's a mess. Great one, the pictures are spot-on and help tremendously! I'd like to thank the creator for sharing! The deck has expanded my Spanish vocabulary. My reading comprehension is better after a month of daily use and I have yet to finish the deck!
I used this deck briefly. I stopped because I didn't need English to Spanish cards as I'm mainly interested in reading Spanish. For someone who needs both, this is a great deck. The expanded answers helps you learn more about usage. Would be a great deck if it was 1 made into more sub-decks - either two - one for Es-En pairs and the other for En-Es pairs. Having just one means I get two words of the same pair just one after each other first Es-En then En-Es , and obviously, if I want to learn the most frequent words first, shuffling the deck does not make sense.
Alternatively, it could be devided into six smaller decks: first most frequent words, second , second thousand, third thousand, fourth and fifth thousand - and then the random order could be used so that I do not get the same pair during the same learning session which would be much better for reviewing. This way, I would know that any given word even at the very beginning of my learning is not more advanced then is appropriate for my beginner's level.
If I am tested on Es-En pair, it is fine. The trouble begins when I am tested on En-Es pair. Then the picture gives me an answer well before I ask for it. The deck seems great at first sight but it is impractical after all. Excellent file for learning Spanish though technically only words because it's English to Spanish and then Spanish to English. Some complain that they cannot download the file. That's because the file is huge! Images and audio for every vocab word. It works on my big computer but not on my laptop. This is exactly what I have been looking for.
Anki works best in language learning when there is no English on the cards, and this does just that. Thank you! Probably the sole reason my vocabulary advanced as far as it has. Honestly I cant thank the creator enough. Marvelous Deck based on a high frequency words. I am very grateful for the efforts put in this deck.
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Great deck, but I can't make the audio files work on my iPhone. Can somebody help? There may be rough edges but overall this is a very useful deck. I like that it has the type of word pronoun, article, type of verb, etc. Great selection of words, deck organised in a meaningful order, and good quality audio on every card! I checked all the shared decks for learning Spanish and I can say for sure this is the best one yet.
Maybe the only thing it lacks is examples Spanish sentences with the word on the card but I will create them on the fly as this is a part of learning process. Thank you so much! Edit: gosh I just love this deck! Overall a good deck my favorite for Spanish Vocab with a couple gripes for the following cards. The image for "Penetracion" is pornographic, albiet tasteful, in nature. I am not offended, but I fear for potential tutors getting in trouble with parents if they recommend this deck.
Naked dude only butt. I think there may even be a fourth and fifth similar word using the same image. This only exacerbates the problem with these easily confused words. I liked all the audio files Great deck I used it a long time agone to learn spanish. I think I finished it in 5 days, because I am a native speaker of cooler sounding spanish brazilian portuguese. The images don't just make the study session more interesting: they help you absorb the meaning of the word. Help it sink into your brain. I decided to add articles el So If it was just "hombre", now it is "el hombre".
If it was just "playa", now it is "la playa" And so on. I also added some simple example sentences to half of the words. Extremely frustrated. Great basic deck! This deck is a huge time-saver. It's a great way to speed through your starter vocab. My only complaint is that I don't like the nf conj whatever tags in the vocab field. I wish they were in a separate field, so you could display them if you wanted or not by editing the card. I appreciate that the word ranking is in a field.
Great for sorting quickly and making my own decisions with the deck. Just wish it could be a litttttle more customizable. Very well done This is one hell of a job, very well done. The only thing is that the pictures sometimes not appear. Can I change this in the settings? Thanks for the deck!! You can also add images if you find that useful, and you can have up to 5 sides to each card.
I am sure there are lots of different ways to use the app for a range of purposes. You also need to switch off text recognition and auto caps otherwise the answers are predicted for you! On my Samsung i can quickly do this from the keyboard so i can put it back on again when i need it. I wished you lived in Oregon so I could meet with you and see an example of how you do this. It sounds like exactly what I have been looking for! I am not tech savvy much so I anticipate it would take me hours to do what you have described.
Thank you for sharing the link. I listened to a language transfer lesson today and I liked it! I mean, not stress too much about retaining everything. I'm using Memrise too. I have Destinos bookmarked for later because right now I don't feel I know enough to get much out of it. Catching one word in ten isn't useful practice, but perhaps this time next month I feel it and other programmes like it will be nicely helpful.
I didn't realise there were other Spanish courses on Memrise! How did I miss those? I have added the conjugation one and another that is sort of "useful phrases. Thanks and have a lingot! I've been using one of the ' most common words in Spanish' courses. There are some good slang and food courses I have taken as well. I like the way it teaches you about the words instead of just throwing phrases at you.
The computerized voice is terrible. I like it for review and learning phrases. I think I learn better from Duolingo. The voices sound more realistic. You also correct the work of people learning your native language. It is free even though you can pay for "premium" access. I wanted to work on output in Spanish and this is a great resource. I want to work on speaking, but at this point writing is difficult. I can't imagine trying to carry a conversation. I have been learning a lot of vocabulary from reading. The readings are short and have a parallel text.
They are broken into absolute beginner, beginner, intermediate, and advanced categories. They also have recordings of the readings from a native speaker from Colombia, but I have a terrible time understanding her. I have several Spanish language channels on satellite. Some Netflix shows and movies have overdubs in Spanish. There are a lot of videos on YouTube.
At first it all sounded like gibberish, but I'm able to follow the stories more often now. I think it helps some with understanding the language, but they use a lot of slang which is difficult to understand. Probably not the best way to learn, but it's fun. Ben from England and Marina from Spain are a couple that create these podcast and I enjoyed listening to them and learned a lot.
Later on I bought the transcripts etc. Good quality material. You might want to have a look. I have listened to that podcast once. It seems pretty good. Podcasts are on my "to do in the future" list. Ugh - I'm really sorry that you've had such horrible experiences with video chatting, Katy. Unfortunately, you're not the first woman on here to complain about such things and rightly so! It seems like many men out there are misusing these types of services. I'm sure there are plenty of dating websites and such where that kind of interaction would be appropriate, but talking to someone randomly on a generic video calling program is not one of them.
In fact, as a man it kind of upsets me that other men aren't using better judgment in those situations. I think it's a shame that you've decided to limit your interactions to only women after being exposed to such inappropriate behavior, but I don't blame you for doing so. As someone who hasn't yet used video chatting services for language learning I've stuck with text and audio chat only so far , it makes me hesitant to the idea of 'random' video chats.
I felt really stupid, and sort of "well, what do you expect chatting to strange men? To be honest, those men aren't even thinking that deep. It wouldn't matter to them whether you're 'nice' or not, because they are simply trying to fill their own need for gratification.
They know they are safe from prosecution due to anonymity, just as you are safe from them for the same reason. Like most things in life, it is important not to take things too personally. You don't want to develop a 'victim' mentality, any more than you want to develop an 'abuser' mentality. Don't worry - that's not my mentality. That is just an expression of the message that is given to women, all the time, constantly.
Someone else on this thread remarked that an interactive resource didn't work for her because of the behaviour of the men on the site. It's just I used to think that I was unusual in that I would be sexually assaulted groped when I rode a crowded subway train. Years later, I read on the Internet that this goes on every day. Women are harrased all the time, regardless of their "mentality.
You go out there on the Internet and talk to strangers and this stuff happens. That it happened the very FIRST time I spoke to someone coupled with the constant friend requests from non-Spanish-speaking men, and the fact that the ONLY people who approached me were men made me realise that the free mingle aspect of italki is probably not good for women.
Perhaps you are right. Nobody should be abused, physically, mentally or otherwise. The interaction you had with that man in Spain was completely unacceptable, as is being physically groped without consent. We generally have to do most of the 'work' to pursue and maintain a relationship.
If we did not, many men would never be in a relationship with a woman. I think we can agree that the majority of women would rather be wooed than do the wooing. The problem is that for the most part men are not as socially adept as women, and so they sometimes act out their impulses in counter-productive ways. This is why a man that beds many women is called a 'stud' whereas a woman who beds many men is called another name that begins with an 's'.
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Any woman could be the latter, whereas not many men are skilled enough to achieve the former. Specific instances of abuse by men or women! However, this is not a sounding board for issues between the sexes. To be honest, I probably shouldn't have even typed this up in response. As a man I get frustrated when women say that men are fundamentally flawed and need to change their very nature, because after studying female psychology for quite some time I would never say the same about women.
However, re-reading your texts I see that you are simply relaying your experiences to others, and considering some of your experiences have been quite negative, I'm not going to take what I initially perceived as a slight against men to heart. Edit: I'm going to give you an up-vote and a lingot as well, because it is good to hear from different points of view, even if we do not completely agree in some respects.
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Good answer, Katy! Don't listen to this dude. Thank you for sharing your story, and for all the great resources! Hi Katy,odell, I have also had numerous sexual harassment experiences. When online, I do not use my 'real' name. Anymore, I feel no compunction to do so because so many but blessed definitely not all men do sexually harass. It seems ridiculous to need to change our behavior, but if I used italic, I would chose a 'male' name, and have a picture of a plant or something, instead of myself, just to avoid the problem.
Luckily, the short version nick name of my actual name is a typically 'male' name. Once I started using that 'nickname' for my telephone number, I immediately stopped getting all the heavy breathing hang up and worse harassment calls. Just saying, it's an option. I know some women would be offended at making the modification, but for me, it's just a reality that lets me get on with things, while working for more in depth change, one person at a time. I love the way the Duolingo forums are moderated, because here, I do feel safe using a female name and have not had any trouble.
Thank you Duolingo!! I had a similar with italki. Im trying to learn Latin American Spanish and find that the time difference is too great between Argentina and Dubai where i work. However, i just wanted to point although italki didn't work for me, there are some genuine cases of men just wanting to learn Spanish on there too.. Although I understand how frustrating it must be! Im using Rosetta Stone and an old copy of the Pimsular method as well as Duo but find that Duo is the most fun. Also, check out a Spanish show called 'Extras'.
Its made for people learning English and they discuss at a slow enough pace to keep up. Highly recommended for a little emersion! Could you supply a link or tell me where to find "extras? I found it! It's "Extra en Espagnol" on Youtube. And I believe there is a nearly identical show for learning French - same plot they both resemble "Friends. I will definitely watch that! Sorry, Ive only just seen this. Glad you managed to find it and hope you find it useful.. Thank you for the lingot!
Your'e too kind :. Mostly I use books, they are more comfortable because they're solid and have more detailed explanations. Germany has satisfying collections of them. I read spanish poetry on my beloved Kindle, a dual language "Introduction to Spanish Poetry". It's great, even if you don't understand it completely it's still beautiful, and you can return to the same poems many times and get more out of them with time.
I also use spanishdict. I'm working on a word Memrise course. I'm past words and it has greatly helped me understand TV and radio. I listened to any audio course I could get through my library: Mango Passport on the Go and Pimsleur were my favorite. I listened to those whenever I was driving or walking. They greatly filled the pronunciation gap that Duolingo left :. This may be a bit advanced for many here and I include myself in that group , but Gran Hermano just started there first US Spanish edition.
In this version similar to other international version , each House Guest HG "nominates" three other HG, assigning them 1, 2, or 3 points. The top 3 point earners are then nominated for eviction by the public. The HG who receives the most public votes is then kicked out the house. The winner gets , USD. There are two primetime episodes Sunday and Wednesday and a nightly episode every late night.
You can go to Telemundo. This is a great resource for just listening to casual, Spanish conversation. Here is a link to the live feeds please note, these are live and uncensored. Use appropriate digression. There is another Gran Hermano in Spain, but this is the first international version really available to those living in the US. This may be a lot but everything except for the physical books is on my iPhone so it's always with me that plus using one of the tiny non dorky in ear bluetooth ear pieces and I can easily fill a lot of dead time.
Anyways I will take stock of my progress in 6 months. I understand that News In Slow Spanish is a paid subscription service. Perhaps, someday, I will try it but my Yabla subscription is enough for now. I listen to the podcasts in the car for good practice via the podcast app on my iPhone. They are relevant weekly and topical. I highly recommend this. I use some of these - and the others you mention I'll try out. There's just one nobody else seems to have mentioned that I like a lot so far.
The combines an interactive language learning tool with a mystery adventure set in Madrid. I like it because 1. There's a good mix of natural native speaking at speed with slower speaking to be understood taxi drivers for example which you will encounter. The mystery keeps it interesting. I had a look at that a couple of weeks ago and watched the first episode. It does look good and I think I'll check it out again. I don't know how it compares to Google Translate but I like how it has the words at the bottom. I know that it's not good to rely on a translator but it definitely helpful and I expect I will use it more in the future as I start to try to read newspapers.
And I use italki for my tutor and I have a coupon for new members as well. I highly recommend to get a tutor or a teacher. I tried the partner this but I think that at the beginning you might do better with a tutor. I use this site a bit. That is a fantastic site I have run across it before but there are so many sites that I lost track of it. Revisiting it now, I see that it's really comprehensive and useful. I'd say it makes a pretty good substitution for my grammar textbook. You can use their library for all levels or upload your books or articles.
It reads them aloud to you as you read along. Try it for free but it is the cheapest thing out there with the best tools! Read their reviews and see how many classes they've taught and what other students have said. Did anyone mention LightSpeed Spanish? I found them last week on YouTube. Gordon from the UK and his wife, Cynthia from Spain are fun to listen to. Hi Katy! I think you have an excellent strategy, and those are definitely great resources you have.
Here's what's in my Spanish learning toolkit:. Spanish Textbooks - I am currently a student and have access to great textbooks, exercises, and online practice. While this is not accessible to everyone, there are equally as useful series out there. Quizlet - Flashcards for vocabulary, as well as conjugations of types of verbs -ar, -er, -ir, preterite, reflexive, etc. SpanishDict - Nice for word or phrasal translation and learning new words, but the best feature is its conjugation chart for every verb.
Exposure to Media - Listen to the news in Spanish, with subtitles in Spanish if possible or read the news of Spanish-speaking countries. Check out Spanish children's books from the library, or find readings online. Listen to music in Spanish. Watch videos or movies in Spanish. Live Practice - Find a pen pal, preferably a native Spanish speaker learning English. Besides DuoLingo: Memrise, Visual Link Spanish the software is not free although there are free lessons on their website , Extra series in Spanish, Destinos, a few books including a Visual Spanish Dictionary and the website Forvo for help with pronunciation of new words in books.
The way I learn Spanish is coming to school to learn Spanish I sometimes watch novelas. I like to listen to Spanish music at home and in the car. I also do a lot of duolingo when I'm at home and I have down time. I learn sometimes by listening to the news in Spanish. I've had a number of good experiences. Local classes and private tutors to start, Memrise, Duolingo, and coffee break Spanish followed. Both of these other online offerings are great.
I watch TV and read newspapers and online news in Spanish all the time. We have dinners in our neighborhood in Spanish, the native born and us expats. The dinners are the most authentic experience, but also the most difficult. As the party progresses the pace of conversation increases fueled by wine.
How do you like Bola Nieve? I'm enjoying Synergy Spanish and I am considering graduating to that, next. It is going fine! I like it. I'm in my first month, but it seems well put together. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Does it work the same way, gradually adding to what you know to make new combinations of phrases? Yes, you construct short phrases before the answer is given. Then you combine the phrases into a long sentence or two. The gramatical construct or key phrase keeps reappearing in different forms. The coverage of reflexive verbs in the first unit supplement materials is very well done.
I'm sure it will continue in more monthly units. Most of the first month was present tense and using present tense to express other times. Voy a, vas a. Some of the expressions are slightly different from the local dialect here in central Mexico ex usamos ahorita y ellos usan ahora mismo.
To me they are the same. But in short I'm anxious to continue the series. I'll do their level three after that. The other free series, language transfer's Complete Spanish, I mentioned above in the first post is similar, but with more explanation and memory cues to help you form phrases quickly. By lesson 70 you're through all the regular tenses and hitting subjunctive head on. The units on haber are great. For a challenge I redo the 90 lessons a few times a year. I am confused about Bola Nieve Is it a "go-at-your-own-speed" thing like the initial Synergy, or is it literally conducted in real time?
I ask because you refer to "the first month" and the website makes mention of spaces available. Bola nieve is delivered one unit per month for 13 months. The pack is quite large and a month is a reasonable time to go through it a few times. There is a space available real time option that I didn't try to sign up for. To me it reminds me of "Friends", but for teens. Definitely give a thumbs up to Destinos.
It very well done if a bit dated. It was the first Spanish course I was introduced to, so I'm biased. It combines academics with story telling. For those that don't know. It is a telenovela. An old rich guy is about to die and he has a secret. Fun and Enjoyable. Turn on the subtitles for extra help. I have looked for subtitles, and gotten no joy. Are you using DVDs or something? I did read the entire plot synopsis on Wikipedia, however. And I gather that it gets much more complicated, eventually dropping all English narration. Therefore, I think my progress through the episodes will be very slow, indeed.
I took a screen shot of the first episode. It is a bit misleading because it says "English" but really it is all spoken language. Hi Katy, I can see the captions. When you click on it, it will offer English, but in fact this also gives Spanish. Put this to on and you should then get them. I am making slow progress, I have managed to source secondhand copies of the text book and workbook and audio for both these. I am trying to not use the captions to start with but go back for dialogue I want to check.
I will need to avoid reading the plot on Wiki so that the plot keeps me interested. Ah , Cadethaker has beaten me to it ;. Right now I'm using mostly Babbel, Duolingo and recently telling my boyfriend that we're only going to talk to each other texting and in real life in Spanish. I told him not to let me speak English to him and even if I need an explanation to give it to me in Spanish. He's Mexican-American and a native speaker so I'm glad to have him on board with helping me learn. A Spanish-speaking friend would be awesome!
That's because he may become frustrated if he can only communicate with you in Spanish. So if he does, then ask him to do it for an hour at a time. You know, that's a good idea Katy. I didn't think about how me might get tired of trying to explain when I don't understand what he's saying. I take community education classes. We are working through Madrigal and Richmand Verb Tenses.
I start intermediate 2 in February. We also do Destinos in class. Considering Synergy Spanish later. Great post! This is my core study program - at the moment. It's always in flux as I evaluate what's not really working for me so I can replace it with a more effective tool. Duolingo - this is where I started and where I begin my day. I spend a lot of time in each lesson by saying aloud each phrase and really thinking about its meaning; visiting the discussion where I find good nuggets of information about grammar, verb conjugation, and other resources; and doing at least 1 review every day.
About every 3 weeks, I do a week-long Strengthen Skills review, keeping the browser tab open until the next day so the review continues rather than starting over. Memrise - It has its virtues and yes, the progress is slower, but I feel the phrases are more meaningful and the repetition drills really help things sink in. I work with the sound turned off.
Language Transfer - I listen to videos on most days, each from 7 - 15 minutes long. The word that comes to mind is "mind-blowing". The method is very similar to that presented in Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish. Highly recommended. Anki flash cards. Just recently I started adding a sentence or phrase to each vocabulary card -- so, on the English side, just below the word, I include a sentence in English that uses the word.
The study book Easy Spanish Step-by-Step by Barbara Bregstein , recommended to me by the teacher of my Meetup group for Spanish students our teacher is a native speaker from Mexico. The book takes a linear approach to learning Spanish with each following using material from the earlier chapters. To supplement the lessons in the book, I use the lessons and articles at SpanishDict.
I turn on English subtitles and learn the words I don't understand, then watch it again without stopping. Just today I started Coffee Break Spanish for beginners, beginning at video 5 I think that teaches basic family relationships and introductions. I thought it was too simple at first -- until the part where it teaches how to introduce someone by saying "Este es mi padre" and "Esta es mi madre" which was the first time I've heard that since I began studying Spanish in January!
The latter is more than just a dictionary of verbs; it includes instructions about formations of tenses and participles, drills and tests, and 2 audio CDs with more exercises and puzzles and help with conjugation and pronunciation. I need to listen more and speak more. I joined italki and WeSpeke and had a couple of Skype chats but decided to take a break from that until I am a bit more conversational.
I often wonder if there's anything I should drop or add, and if I should stay with Memrise. I need variety and enjoy using different resources. Initially, I seek a linear approach to learning but in practice I tend to jump around and do what I feel like on that day. One of my favorites is a website that offers various articles with news from around the world, but includes audio and exercises.
Great for improving listening comprehension and just improving skills overall. I love Destinos.
I picked up a used destinos textbook for 5 dollars There's loads on the market so that i could do the exercises after watching the videos at home. It was my first introduction to Spanish.
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Well I learned all my basics on Fluencia. Its a great website that teaches you all the basics you would use in everyday conversation. You do have to pay however they offer you a free trial of lessons to learn and understand basic conversations. Its my favorite out if all the spanish learning websites. Hoped i helped! It's horses for courses, but I got Rosetta Stone as mentioned above at a discounted price, but it was still pricey.
It has lots of games and ways of approaching vocabulary and immersion grammar, but they also charge an annual fee for ongoing access to the tutor and games component. Others may experience the opposite I suppose, but for me, RS isn't worth the money. Never having used RS, I don't know if it's actually bad or if it's just very, very overpriced. Perhaps if it were a free app people would say nice things about it. But since it's the most expensive thing out there I don't think I've heard anyone say anything good about it. Thanks for the memrise link. I will try it. Before and occasionally during Duolingo I studied Spanish grammar.
I'm impressed that people without any Spanish background manage to not get totally confused with Duolingo. I am starting to look into Skype so I can hire a tutor. I really need more opportunities to practice listening and responding to Spanish speakers. I use Duolingo, with it's emphasis on penguins and scissors as a 'baby talk' warm up to a solid workout with Pimsleur MP3s, which I find leads me into understanding and speaking whole sentences; though they are 'by rote' they are language that is relevant to travelling.
I do appreciate that as Duolingo requires writing I've had to pay more attention to where accents are. I have finished Synergy Spanish and it's OK but never got past present tense. I'm half way through Coffee Break Spanish which has some interesting phrases but a lot of padding.
Could you tell us about the Guatemala course. Which city and school did you go to and did you do a home-stay? I really, really want to go but my situation isn't good right now for traveling. I am thinking about the Lake area. I think it would help others if we could get an insight as to the learning in that environment.
When I go I want to stay 2 months. Thank you. But I think it's changed its name. I only stayed for 2 weeks, and that gave me a grounding. Of course I wasn't fluent or anywhere near it, but I travelled alone in Mexico for a couple of months after and knew enough of the structure of the language to be able to read, build vocab, It's those damn verb conjugations that fry the brain!
You would learn TONS in 2 months. San Pedro was a beautiful place, quite a few different schools there and a very easy place to be good food, locals used to tourists, not dangerous to be in town- though I did hear of muggings happening to people who went off on their own out of town. In addition we stayed in Antigua for two weeks, at Xela for a week. Learned Spanish from many different teachers. At Xela, we had our own apartment so we ate well. In Antigua we did homestay where we had to supplement food by eating out. Other than that Guatemala is a fabulous country and cheaper that most others.
Last week I started using Mosalingua. I use Pimspluer, and I really like it. It helps me a lot in listening and speaking of course and new vocabularies , while Duo focuses on writing and reading. I find Pimspluer entertaining as well as there is a proper sense of humor in each lesson, which makes it fun to practice. Best of luck. It's an audio materials goes from level 1 to level 5 I think that includes conversations between people in Spanish, and it gets translated to English. You get space to repeat and respond later on. You might find it in public library, and there are information about it on amazon.
By the end of each lesson, you learn something new, and it teachers proper pronunciation as it's done by native Latin Americans. Pimsleur is a series of audio lesson series with written supplementation , about 30 mins each, a combination of 'translate this into Spanish' and 'answer this question' that keeps you paying attention.
You have just enough time to think then answer, before and after the correct Spanish.