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Welcome! I believe that learning Spanish is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. Learning a language helps sharpen your mental acuity, helps you understand other cultures and peoples, improves your career, and gives you access to a whole other continent for your travels and adventures.
On this website I bring you information about Spanish tools and resources that you can use to DIY (do it yourself) when learning the Spanish language. Spanish is the second most popular language in the world, and because of that there are countless products, services, books and applications that you can use to learn the language — many of which are low cost or free. I will help you make an informed judgement about which of those resources are worth your while. I have studied Spanish for several years and I am passionate about learning this language. I can give you special insight into the usefulness of the Spanish learning tools reviewed here because I have the perspective of someone who is grappling with learning the language myself.
In addition to links and reviews I will be bringing you tips, tricks and hacks about how to effectively learn Spanish, and interviews with educators, linguists and polyglots about how they have done so themselves.
My goal is to help you sort through everything that’s out there when it comes to learning Spanish, and to take advantage of the Spanish tools and techniques that can help you to improve quite rapidly. With patience and dedication, you will be speaking Spanish in no time at all. So let’s get started!
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Spanish audio for your flashcards
It’s amazing what you can find on the internet to aid you in your quest to learn another language. The following are two sites where you can get Spanish audio spoken by a native speaker to use with your flashcards in Anki. These are sites that have a large, dedicated active user base that have built them into databases of staggering proportions.
Why would you want to take the time to add audio to your flashcards? Because it improves retention. I had a database of 500 cards already memorized and I went back and added audio for each word, and it improved my recall percentage in Anki from an average of 80% to an average of 86%. Quite significant!
The first site is http://www.forvo.com/ where you can download audio for Spanish words and short phrases, and contribute recordings of yourself saying words and phrases in English. Each sound recording is labeled with the accent and region of its contributor, so sometimes you can choose whether you want to use Latin American audio or Spanish audio.
The second site is http://rhinospike.com/ where you can submit a request to have an entire sentence or longer block of text rendered in Spanish audio. There is also a script request feature that allows you to post a request for a transcript of Spanish audio into text, from YouTube or from a file you upload. I find that the only way to get your request noticed and fulfilled is to contribute by completing requests for audio and scripts in your own native language.
Another use for Rhinospike.com is that you can take some Spanish language music that you like, submit a script request, then post the resulting transcript to LingQ.com as an exchange request for a translation. So by using these two websites you can get both a transcript and a translation of lyrics for your favorite music, which you can study so that you are improving your Spanish as you listen to music.
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