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Spanish Tools and Resources

General Tools and Resources for Spanish Language and Cultural Studies

Language/Grammar

Typing Spanish Accents - http://www.studyspanish.com/accents/typing.htm

Word Reference - http://wordreference.com/
Multi-language on-line dictionary

Diccionario (Vox) - http://www.diccionarios.com/ 
Multi-language on-line dictionary (Español, Catalán, Gallego, Euskera)

Ponetics Flash Animation (Univeristy of Iowa) - http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/#
Audio-video of consonants and vowels spoken in context

Verbix - http://www.verbix.com/languages/spanish.shtml 
Verb conjugator

Conjuguemos - http://conjuguemos.com/home/docs/php/login.php?who=student 
Practice Conjugations of verbs, all tenses, all moods. Also includes vocabulary and grammar drills. Password or school code not needed. Just click on activity in column on left.

Spanish Verb Conjugation Trainer - http://www.spaleon.com/ 
Verb drills by tense/mood with or without vosotros.

Study Spanish (Verbs) - http://www.studyspanish.com/verbs/   
Verb drills by topic with or without vosotros (contains both gratis and premium content)

Vocabulary Flashcards - http://spanishflashcards.tripod.com/
Flashcards with audio and photos organized by theme (e.g. clothing, kitchen, body parts, furniture)

Spanish Language and Culture (Colby College, Waterville, Maine) - http://www.colby.edu/~bknelson/SLC/index.php
Grammar exercises organized by topic (50 topics in all) created by Barbara Kuczun Nelson

Más arriba (Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario) - http://www.trentu.ca/academic/modernlanguages/spanish/masarriba/
Grammar exercises organized by topic (51 topics in all); includes full-color drawings, sound clips, instant feed-back, vocabulary help and a voice recorder

Spanish Grammar Exercises (Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas) - http://www.trinity.edu/mstroud/grammar/
100 sets of grammar exercises by topic

El Mensual - http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/news/language/ 
BBC news stories with embedded grammar exercises organized by topic: Adjectives, Adverbs, Articles, Conjunctions, Prepositions, Pronouns, Verbs, Vocabulary, Other

Mi Vida Loca - http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/
BBC's introductory video course in 22 interactive episodes (25 minutes each)

ProLogo Publishers verb conjugators www.prologo.net

Spanish Steps - http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/lj/
BBC's 6 part course for beginners (includes weekly emails, dialog, grammar tips, brief English articles on Spanish culture.

Spanish Slang - http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/cool/
The slang of Spain organized into 16 topics.

Study Spanish (Grammar) - http://www.studyspanish.com/tutorial.htm 
Grammar explanations and exercises (contains both free and premium content)

Spanish Proficiency Exercises (University of Texas at Austin) - http://www.laits.utexas.edu/spe/ 
Video clips of native speakers from Latin America and Spain talking about various topics. Organized by proficiency level and accompanied by related vocabulary, phrases, and grammar.

Spanish Grammar (Rutgers University) - http://fas-digiclass.rutgers.edu/page.jsp?cat=Grammar&dept=spanish&side=reference
Explanations and examples by topic (40 topics in all)

Games (Quia) - http://www.quia.com/shared/
Hundreds of games

Lang Media - http://langmedia.fivecolleges.edu/collection/lm_spanish.html 
Brief dialog examples from five countries covering typical tourist/newcomer topics with optional Spanish transcripts and English translations

Bowdoin - http://www.bowdoin.edu/~eyepes/newgr/ats/ 
A concise outline of essential grammar structures and exercises based on John Turner's All the Spanish Grammar You Really Need to Know

Complementos - http://roble.pntic.mec.es/~msanto1/ortografia/comple.htm
Rich resource for advanced speakers: Abreviaturas, Siglas y acronimos, Onomatopeyas, Vicios del lenguaje, Expresiones incorrectas, Expresiones dificiles, Doble acentuacion, Juntas o separadas, Gentilicios, Barbarismos, Numeros romanos, and Numeros.

E. L. Easton - http://eleaston.com/spanish-qz.html#grammar 
Mega grammar site containing links to other grammar sites. Be sure to scroll down and look for the specific point of grammar you are interested in practicing.

Language Links - http://www.langlink.net/langlink/detail.aspx?id=spanish
Meta site providing links to cultural and language resources

Literatura de España

Literatura en Televisión Española - http://www.rtve.es/television/series-tve/  
Current and past series of Spain’s public television network, including over a dozen classics from Spanish literature.

La Aventura Literaria - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/w3/eos/MaterialesEducativos/mem/aventlitera/index.html 
Esta herramienta permite abordar el mundo de la literatura desde una perspectiva integradora tanto de los conceptos fundamentales de la materia como de sus posibilidades expresivas. 

Cantar de mio cid - http://www.laits.utexas.edu/cid/  
Presents the Spanish epic poem in various multimedia formats, in order to facilitiate alternate learning styles.  

El Poder de la Palabra - http://www.epdlp.com/index.php 
Dedicada a la prosa poética, en ella encontrarás fragmentos de textos literarios, así como la biografía e imágenes de sus autores....Para acompañarte en la lectura podrás ver también... obras de arte, imágenes de edificios, composiciones clásicas, bandas sonoras y una selección de los más importantes premios literarios, artísticos y culturales.

Los Poetas - http://www.los-poetas.com/
Poems and brief poet biographies by country (includes Latin America and Spain)

Poemas en español - http://www.poesia-inter.net/index.htm
Extensive repository of poems by author and title

Historia del Teatro - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/w3/eos/MaterialesEducativos/mem2000/teatro/index/index2.htm  
Esta aplicación ofrece una visión del teatro a través de distintas épocas, desde Grecia hasta el siglo XVIII.  

En un Lugar de la Red  - URL 
Esta aplicación interactiva estimula la lectura de El Quijote, entre los alumnos de Secundaria y Bachillerato. El usuario podrá conocer, leer y comprender esta joya de la literatura, así como realizar actividades relacionadas con el libro, repaso a la crítica, juegos...

Aprende y diviértete con Don Quijote Mi Vida Loca - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/w3/recursos/infantil/aprende_diviertete_quijote/index.html
Nuevo intento de acercar "Don Quijote de la Mancha" a los niños. Esta aplicación interactiva parte de una selección de capítulos en torno a los que se invita a realizar diversos ejercicios y juegos sobre lengua y matemáticas para niños de 6 a 8 años.

Proyecto Cíceros - http://recursos.cnice.mec.es/lengua/
A partir de una estructura muy elaborada, el Proyecto Cíceros abarca la totalidad de los contenidos del área de Lengua y Literatura para ESO y Bachillerato. Se definen en cada curso un número reducido de unidades didácticas, girando alrededor de determinados tópicos el estudio de la comunicación, la lengua, la literatura, las técnicas de trabajo y la relación entre lengua y sociedad. Los contenidos teóricos se exponen de forma concisa y se acompañan de pruebas de aplicación, autoevaluaciones, actividades que posibilitan la atención a la diversidad del alumnado y ejercicios de realización grupal.

Narradores actuales - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/w3/recursos2/narrativa/index.htm  
Contemporary narratives with interactive analysis exercises with examples of analysis and interactive exercises. 

El Texto - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/w3/recursos/primaria/lengua_literatura/el_texto/index.htm
Esta aplicación es una introducción a los principios básicos del análisis textual. Busca ser una guía teórica y didáctica de los conceptos necesarios para la práctica, coherente y fundamentada, del comentario de texto. El objetivo es que la teoría permita descubrir los hechos textuales y que éstos, a su vez, confirmen las pautas teóricas.  

Revista de Libros - http://www.revistadelibros.com/
Book reviews and analysis of culture

Modulos Culturales (Dartmouth Collage) - http://www.dartmouth.edu/~spanmod/ 
A multimedia literacy project for first-year Spanish language students. Each modulo is centered on a short text or fragment of a longer text and provides a variety of activities that incorporate art, literature and film.

Literatura de América Latina

La Biblio de los Chicos - http://www.educared.org.ar/enfoco/imaginaria/biblioteca/  
Illustrated short stories, legends, poems and songs written for children

Leyendas de Mexico - http://www.redmexicana.com/leyendas/
Legends of Mexico

Literario http://www.puertadelcieloradio.com.ar
Cuentos, Relatos, Poesias y biografias de Escritores del mundo estan a su disposicion para leer y escuchar. Tambien lecturas que han sido enviadas por oyentes nosotros las grabamos y musicalizamos para compartirlas con todos, es un servicio gratuito

Patrimonios Mexicanos de la Humanidad de la UNESCO- http://www.redmexicana.com/patrimonios/  
UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Mexico

El Poder de la Palabra - http://www.epdlp.com/index.php  
Dedicada a la prosa poética, en ella encontrarás fragmentos de textos literarios, así como la biografía e imágenes de sus autores....Para acompañarte en la lectura podrás ver también... obras de arte, imágenes de edificios, composiciones clásicas, bandas sonoras y una selección de los más importantes premios literarios, artísticos y culturales.

Los Poetas - http://www.los-poetas.com/
Poems and brief poet biographies by country (includes Latin America and Spain)

Poemas en español - http://www.poesia-inter.net/index.htm
Extensive repository of poems by author and title

Diega Rivera - http://www.diegorivera.com/indexesp.php 
Extensive user-friendly site about the life and work of Diega Rivera (in Spanish and English)

Lecturas paso a poso (Central Virtual Cervantes) - http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/lecturas/
On-line graded readers with pre- and post-reading activities

Articles on Latin America - http://www.bowdoin.edu/~eyepes/latam/index.html  
Topical articles and general Web resources on Latin America

El Texto - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/w3/recursos/primaria/lengua_literatura/el_texto/index.htm
Esta aplicación es una introducción a los principios básicos del análisis textual. Busca ser una guía teórica y didáctica de los conceptos necesarios para la práctica, coherente y fundamentada, del comentario de texto. El objetivo es que la teoría permita descubrir los hechos textuales y que éstos, a su vez, confirmen las pautas teóricas.  

Modulos Culturales (Dartmouth Collage) - http://www.dartmouth.edu/~spanmod/ 
A multimedia literacy project for first-year Spanish language students. Each modulo is centered on a short text or fragment of a longer text and provides a variety of activities that incorporate art, literature and film.

Cultura de España

Cultural Podcasts from Radio Española - http://www.rtve.es/podcast/cultura/  
BBC's introductory video course in 22 interactive episodes (25 minutes each)

Study Spanish (Culture) - http://www.studyspanish.com/comps/
70 articles about the culture of Spain and Latin America; in both long and short versions, with English translations, option to play audio version. Long version has comprehension questions and links (in English).

Folclore - http://ares.cnice.mec.es/folclore/  
Recurso educativo digital sobre el Folclore musical en España

Flamenco - http://ares.cnice.mec.es/flamenco/
Recurso educativo digital de carácter temático sobre el Flamenco en España.  

Años de pobreza: España entre 1930 y 1950 - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/w3/eos/MaterialesEducativos/secundaria/sociales/pobreza/indice.htm  
Años de pobreza nos brinda la posibilidad de conocer la historia de España y de desarrollar una sensibilidad social.

Teatro de Hoy - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/profesores/asignaturas_optativas/taller_de_teatro/teatro_hoy/  
Pretende acercar a los jóvenes los textos dramáticos actuales, aquéllos que hablan al espectador de nuestros días.

arteHistoria – http://www.artehistoria.jcyl.es/
http://www.artehistoria.jcyl.es/artesp/videos/listado.htm
Short videos on art and architecture in Spain - Notable is Gaudí magico - In each case the text appears below the video.

A fuego lento - http://www.afuegolento.com/   
Magazine gastronómico digital

Language Links - http://www.langlink.net/langlink/detail.aspx?id=spanish
Meta site providing links to cultural and language resources

Social Networking in Spain - http://www.meinvz.net/l/change_estudiln/
International site geared for students to interact with their peers across national boundaries.

E. L. Easton Languages Online - http://eleaston.com/spanish.html
Links to web culture (and grammar) resources

Interactive Map of Spain - https://www.educacion.es/centros/ 
With maps regions and districts

Cultura de América Latina

Study Spanish (Culture) - http://www.studyspanish.com/comps/
70 articles about the culture of Latin America and Spain; in both long and short versions, with English translations, option to play audio version. Long version has comprehension questions and links (in English).

Lo Más TV - http://lomastv.com/subscribe.php  
Entertaining video clips with rolling subtitles and English translation which can be hidden; audio can be slowed down or repeated (free and premium content).

Analítica - http://www.analitica.com/  
Venezuelan focus on current events and culture  

Latin American and Spanish Cinema (University at Albany) - http://library.albany.edu/subject/guides/iberoamericaninternetvideo.html   
Links to short films, videoblogs and YouTube channels.  

Arte in Mexico - http://www.redmexicana.com/Arte/index.asp
Features six artists: David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Maria Velasco, Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez, María Eggers 

Arte Latinamericano - http://artelatinoamericano.com/  
Short biographies and sample works of Latin American painters

Media Center (University of Texas) - http://dev.laits.utexas.edu/sppormedia/
Video repository to stimulate classroom discussion grouped under five topics: documentary, narratives, interviews, video templates and university classes.

Mexico para niños - http://www.elkiosco.gob.mx/
Packed with history, geography, music, legends, games and recipes - one of the richest cultural sites on Mexico available, great for learners of any age.

ArteNautas - http://www.artenautas.gob.mx/
Mexican website for developing art and culture among elementary and middle school children. There is a rich presentation of multimedia materials, e.g., virtual visits to the Zocalo and the Castillo de Chapultepec; pulldown windows with recipes for making the Rosca de Reyes recipe. There are reading selections with visual and sound multimedia effects.

E. L. Easton Languages Online - http://eleaston.com/spanish.html
Links to web culture (and grammar) resources

Language Links - http://www.langlink.net/langlink/detail.aspx?id=spanish
Meta site providing links to cultural and language resources

History Channel – Mexico http://www.history.com/states.do?parentId=MEXICO
Short videos on Mexican history - In English

Periódicos

BBC Mundo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/index.shtml
BBC news portal in Spanish, complete with video clips

Newspapers by country - http://www.zonalatina.com/Zlpapers.htm

Today’s Front Pages - http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/
Front pages of newspapers from all over the world

Emisoras de Radio

Radio Nacional de España - http://www.rtve.es/radio/  
Portal of Spain’s public radio network

Podcasts of Radio Nacional de España - http://www.rtve.es/podcast/  
Listing of programming and podcasts by station, genre or alphabetically.

Instituto de Tecnologias Educativas - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/  
Rich repository of educational web applications (site is maintained by the Spanish Ministry of Education)  

Emisoras de Televisión

Latest Broadcasts from Televisión Española (tve) - http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/index.html 
Last 7 days of selected programming from Spain’s public television network

Noticias de Televisión Española - http://www.rtve.es/noticias/ 
News portal of Spain’s public television network

Cultural Programming in Televisión Española - http://www.rtve.es/television/canal-cultural/  
Cultural programming from Spain’s public television network

Archives of Televisión Española - http://www.rtve.es/archivo/  
News and Documentary Archives of Spain’s public television network

Series of Televisión Española - http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/
Current and past series of Spain’s public television network.  

Televisa - http://www.televisa.com/ 
Mexican multimedia conglomerate, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, with much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision, with which it has an exclusive contract.

TV Azteca - http://www.tvazteca.com/ 
Mexico’s second largest TV network, growing in popularity. Flagship program is the newscast Hechos.

Latin American Television Networks - maintained by University of Texas http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/television/  
Listing of TV stations by region and country

Latin American Television Networks - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_television_stations_in_Latin_America  
Listing of TV stations by country

Otros Recursos

Merlot Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching - URL
A wealth of resources. Lists many of the best educational websites. There are over 360 for Spanish alone.

DidactiRed (Centro Virtual Cervantes) - http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/didactired/ 
Class activities for the four skills and culture spanning four proficiency levels: Inicial, Intermedio, Avanzado, and Superior. The activities provide links to web sites throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The lessons are posted by teachers for teachers in classroom settings.

Taller de Lengua - http://www.isftic.mepsyd.es/w3/eos/MaterialesEducativos/mem2000/lengua/index.html
Aplicación interactiva que ofrece explicaciones de aspectos esenciales de la lengua castellana y además incluye actividades para ejercitarlos y aprenderlos más fácilmente. Incluye materiales que permiten el trabajo autónomo y que se adaptan a los diferentes niveles y ritmos de aprendizaje.

EducaRed - http://www.educared.net/mespana/home_1__esp_1__.html 
Educación en la red. Información, recursos y actividades para Institutos, profesores, alumnos y padres de alumnos.

EducaRed -
http://www.educared.net/educared/visualizacion/jsp/_webs_educativas/curricular.sp?idapr=12_62_esp_1__
Web-based resources tools

3rd Congress of the Spanish Language - http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/spanish/specials/2004/congreso_lengua/default.stm
BBC's coverage of the 2004 congress in Rosario, Argentina