More learning Spanish tools

Here are some links from across the web of different tools and sites that may be of interest to Spanish learners.
Spanish Sentence Database: Ramses Oudt from Spanish-Only has launched a beta site of a Spanish-English sentence database. An excellent way to build one’s vocabulary when learning a new language is to read. And reading new words in sentences, in context, is a great way to cement that knowledge in your memory. Says Ramses:
“Back in 2007, when I started to get serious about learning Spanish there was one major problem to really progress; a sentence database. That’s why I’ve come up with the idea of compiling a big Spanish-English database with only the things you need: bilingual sentences.
Sure, you can get Spanish-English sentences from any place, but not in one place which grows day after day.”
His database, which is still in beta mode, currently has a little over 1,500 sentences but Ramses ultimately expects to grow that number to 10,000. You can read more about it here.
And as a nice accompaniment to Ramses’ database, check out Forvo, an online Spanish pronunciation site. Thousands of Spanish words have been recorded by native Spanish speakers so you can check the pronunciation. But keep it simple. There are currently roughly only 17,000 pronunciations and a random check that I did of their database found, not surprisingly, that many of the words offered are basic, everyday words. But it’s still a tool that can be very useful, especially for the Spanish language learner who doesn’t have frequent contact with native Spanish speakers. By the way, want to know the top 3 most requested pronunciations in their database? They are: mierda, Che Guevera and te quiero.
Karen Bryant at Teaching and Learning Spanish has put together a list of free iPhone Spanish learning apps. These are different from the ones I published on this blog back in July. Some are from companies/organizations that you probably already know but there are some language learning apps that are less obvious that Karen points out.
Do you still get tripped up by where to put the accent marks when you write in Spanish? Reglas para los acentos ortográficos by Prof. Rubén Delgado is an excellent comprehensive cheat sheet, in Spanish. And if you don’t know how to make Spanish tildes and signos de pronunciación like the upside down exclamation point (¡) and question mark (¿) on your computer keyboard, bookmark this page which has instructions for both Mac and Windows users.
And last, but not least, Sand Dune Publishing has released a new line of keepsake journals in Spanish called Entre Tú y Yo: Algunas preguntas que te he querido hacer. Inside each journal are fun, non-sappy, sometimes humorous questions. There are many ways people can use these keepsake journals. Parents can use them to record their own thoughts for their children. Language teachers can incorporate the questions into classroom/homework assignments. Also, I could even imagine the journal being used as an icebreaker in a bi-cultural family as a way to get in the good graces of la suegra. :)

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