Here are my most highly recommended resources for learning the Spanish language.
I frequently refer to them in many of the articles I write on this site either because I know they’re fantastic or they’ve been crucial to my own learning.
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Best online Spanish audio course
Rocket Spanish: This is one of my favorite online courses which has some of the highest quality Spanish dialogue material available.
Rocket Spanish doesn’t follow a ‘cookie cutter’ approach like other well-known programs such as Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur, and it has a tonne of excellent audio content for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Here’s a video I made recently showing the new edition’s features:
Learn Spanish with podcasts
SpanishPod101: This is an excellent Spanish course in the form of audio podcasts and downloadable lessons.
As well as podcast-style lessons, you’ll find videos, a vocabulary database and dictionary, grammar explanations and various other useful features.
Learn to speak Spanish with music
Rapid Spanish: This is the most unique and effective Spanish phrasebook alternative I’ve ever seen and one I frequently recommend on this site.
Based on solid research into memory and ‘stuck song syndrome’, Earworms Rapid Spanish teaches you the language over the top of highly repetitive tunes that cause the phrases to ‘get stuck’ in your head.
It’s surprisingly effective as a Spanish resource and is so enjoyable that it doesn’t feel like study at all (read my Earworms review).
Spanish fluency courses and guides
Glossika Spanish: This is another very unique product that improves your fluency through a highly repetitive ‘listen and repeat’ approach.
It is, in my opinion, one of the the most useful resources I’ve seen for training Spanish listening comprehension (read my Glossika review). Definitely not a conventional course but you’ll be amazed at how effective it is at improving your French fluency if you use it daily.
Spanish Uncovered: An extremely well-made and very unique Spanish course aimed at teaching Spanish through a unique “immersion method”.
If you’re looking for a full Spanish curriculum that leads you all the way through to fluency, and are facing difficulties getting your head around how Spanish works, this resource definitely help you.
Mimic Method Spanish: A unique and highly effective Spanish learning method by Idahosa Ness that builds your listening comprehension and pronunciation first.
As the name suggests, it’s all about teaching you how to “mimic” the sounds that native Spanish speakers make.
Synergy Spanish: Another very unique Spanish course that breaks from the ‘grammar rules first’ mold and instead gets you learning whole chunks and collocations.
This course is all about learning Spanish patterns over rules. Definitely one of the more practical Spanish courses online.
Inexpensive Spanish lessons via Skype
italki: Not too long ago it was really difficult or impossible to practice Spanish without actually traveling to Spain or Latin America.
Thankfully, tools like italki have made it possible to connect with native speakers from all over the world to practice or to take personalized lessons over Skype (read my italki review).
The great news is, Spanish lessons over Skype through italki are incredibly cheap compared to most teachers in person (many are as low as $6-8 an hour depending on what language you’re learning!). All the frustration of payments and scheduling is handled brilliantly by italki too which makes it very easy and stress free to arrange sessions.
Learn Spanish using video
Yabla Spanish: This is an excellent site for using video to learn Spanish where you can control the speed of playback and select words from the subtitles for definitions.
Yabla has recently had some major improvements and new video content added making it well worth a try (read my Yabla review).
It has many of the same features as Yabla but a wider array of video content to choose from.
Great books and resources for learning Spanish
Shaum’s Outline Of Spanish Grammar: By far, my favorite series for when it comes to grammar study. The Shaum’s Outlines are comprehensive and detailed but very easy to read, comes with free audio and has handy perforated pages. It’s also inexpensive.
Spanish Short Stories For Beginners: Part of a series of unconventional short stories for beginners and put together by my friend, Olly Richards. It’s a great literary resource for improving your Spanish (now in two beginner volumes + intermediate).
Other free resources to help your Spanish
Memrise: This is an outstanding online vocabulary training tool that lets you select French ‘courses’ to study (or create one yourself). Many of the courses also include audio.
AnkiSRS: A highly versatile flashcard app.
Forvo: If there’s ever a French word or expression that you’ve seen written but don’t know how to pronounce, you can search for it here (or request it) and hear a native speaker pronounce it for you.
Duolingo Spanish: Duolingo is a fun, free and effective way to study Spanish grammar.
Check out these relevant posts and Spanish resources:
- Frank And Detailed Review Of Rocket Languages (incl. Rocket Spanish)
- The Most Balanced Rosetta Stone Review You’ll Ever Read
- Spanish Numbers: How To Count From One To Over A Million In Spanish
- Spanish In A Month: A Documentary About Language Learning
- 26 Best And Worst Online Spanish Courses
- How Different Are European And Latin American Spanish Really?
- Review: Berlitz Spanish Phrasebooks
- Honest Pimsleur Review