Por ejemplo: http://www.paginadelespanol.com/los-15-canales-de-youtube-que-recomendamos-para-aprender-espanol/
Y claro, hay mucho más. Busca, experimenta, escucha...
Suggestions from students:
is an excellent dictionary. It gives complete definitions, but even better, it offers a forum where people comment and help each other with specific translations and ways to use words and phrases. My favorite dictionary, online or off.
Spanish Institute of Puebla has many good resources, including articles to read in Spanish. They also offer Spanish lessons in the beautiful city of Puebla, México.
Span¡sh D!ct appears interesting and has video lessons, as well as dictionary help. And it's free.
Spanish Word of the Day comes with a variety of words at different levels, from Advanced to Basic. It also presents some cognates, words that are similar in the two languages, and links to current news in Spanish-speaking countries.
Fluent U http://www.fluentu.com/
Lots of things are available free on this site -- in many languages. They will also send you periodic readings, interesting news, and other good stuff, also free. Of course, you can pay for further access.
I will teach you a language: By someone who speaks eight languages. He has a lot of good ideas. This one is about listening and makes sense to me.
Listas de palabras útiles
1. Características personales de la gente (en inglés -- ¿cuáles sabes en español?)
Locally, try Caminos. Find it at Shop n Kart and elsewhere.
***NOTE: A few novels have been published in both past and present tenses. I've marked them below. They are Nuevo Houdini, Piratas del Caribe, Robo en la Noche, and Los Baker van al Perú. And there may be more.
To listen to this story, try this link:
It is also available on CD from TPRS BOOKS and on Amazon.
Pobre Ana bailó tango , Patricia Verano, Veronica Moscoso, & Blaine Ray ISBN 1-933814-98-5 The fifth book in the Pobre Ana series of five. Written in the past tense. Appropriate for late 1st-year or early 2nd-year students. Ana, the main character in this story, is the same one from Pobre Ana. In this story the school gives her the opportunity to travel again, this time to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has two main goals-- to keep improving her Spanish and to learn to dance the tango. In the process, she makes friends, buys special tango shoes, meets a very handsome tango teacher and, most importantly, learns about Argentine culture.
Agentes secretos y el mural de Picasso, Mira Canion ISBN 978-0-9836958-0-2 An easy Spanish reader containing just 100 vocabulary words. Pablo Picasso's mural Guérnica is on display at the 1937 International Exposition. Both sides of the Spanish Civil War quickly realize that the painting contains clues to the whereabouts of the supernatural Spear of Destiny. Its occult power can change the outcome of the Civil War, just as it has done in other battles throughout history. As Paula's imagination begins to decipher the hidden symbols, Francisco Franco's secret agents are not far behind her. They are ready to capture the Spear at the most opportune moment, convinced that impulsive Paula will betray her quest for the Spear.
Esperanza, Carol Gaab, ISBN 978-1-935575-29-0 Novice-low reader for beginning students. This novel is based on the chilling true story of a young family caught in the middle of political corruption and unspeakable violence during Guatemala's 36-year civil war. Tired of watching city workers endure countless human and civil rights violations, Alberto organizes a union. When he and his co-workers organize a strike, Alberto and his family find themselves on the government's "extermination" list. The violent situation leaves Alberto separated from his family and forces them all to flee for their lives. Will their will to survive be enough to help them escape and reunite? And if so, will they ever find another place they can call home?
El nuevo Houdini, Carol Gaab, ISBN 978-1-935575-14-6 (past and present - turn the book over) Novice-low reader for beginning students. Brandon Brown is dying to drive his father's 1956 T-bird while his parents are on vacation. Will he fool his parents and drive the car without them knowing, and win the girl of his dreams in the process? (NEW!: Two versions (past & present) under 1 cover.)
Robo en la noche, Kristy Placido ISBN 978-1-934958-57-5 Novice-mid reader for beginning students. Fifteen-year-old Makenna Parker had reservations about her father's new job in Costa Rica, but little did she know that missing her home and her friends would be the least of her worries. She finds herself in the middle of an illegal bird-trading scheme, and it's a race against time for her father to save her and the treasured macaws. (NEW!: Two versions (past & present) under 1 cover.)
When Mexican dictator, Santa Anna, discovers that thousands of U.S. citizens have spilled into the Mexican state of Texas and seized the Alamo, he is determined to expel or kill all of them. What will happen when Mexican Juan Seguín finds himself fighting for Texas and against his country's dictator? Will he survive the bloody battle of the Alamo and the ensuing battles that took hundreds of lives and drastically changed the face of Mexico forever?
Page count: 50 (each version)
Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha ISBN #978-1-935575-18-4 Level 3 novel written in past tense. Total word count: 7600 Unique word count: 400. Page count: 58
Page count: 97
Page count: 90
www.Byki.com offers a free beginning download. Lots of flashcards, but they come with pronunciation (slow and regular), pictures, etc. Keeps track of your progress, too. It's kind of like a phrasebook. If you want more, of course, you pay more. Their parent company, Transparent Language, offers a much more complete program, but not free. Both programs have approaches similar to mine (TPRS), (but of course, are not as much fun as learning with others and a live teacher.)
Duolingo is another online program that makes creative use of picture/word flashcards. It's fun, but limited. I used it for Swedish and my biggest achievement was saying Good morning and being responded to normally. (Everyone in Sweden speaks English!)
My opinion: Any of these three above programs is better than what I have seen of Rosetta Stone (which has the best marketing but not the best language acquisition methods.) I am not actually recommending them, only offering them as possibilities for those who wish to supplement their lessons or try another approach.
José Luis Orozco - sings folksongs, children's songs, and classics.
Maná: pop/rock - my favorite song is El muelle de San Blas.
Kallpay - Hijos del Sol, Andean music
William Luna -Lo nuevo y lo mejor, some folksongs, some original compositions
Eva Ayllón - classic, popular
Grupo 5 - super popular now, started in 1973, cumbia, couldn't escape hearing them when we were in Perú - fun.
Los hermanos Yaipén (Hnos. Yaipén) - like Grupo 5, high energy
Gianmarco - Entre la arena y la luna - Grammy winner, romántico
Argentina: Fito Paez - rock singer/songwriter, Latin Grammy award winner
Colombia: Los macondos de Columbia, merengue, cumbia, paseo (group founded in the U.S.)
Manu Chao (Spanish-French), hard to classify. Listen to Me gustas tú for reinforcement of this grammatical structure.
Enrique Iglesias - popular y romántico. Hijo de Julio Iglesias. I like the songs Nunca te olvidaré and Alguien soy yo, among others.