Spanish resources

15
Aug

Manual Transcription – Can it be Replaced by Transcription Apps?

Recently, The Spanish Academy carried out video transcribing of a live panel event in Madrid for The Economist. Following completion of the work, we began thinking about apps and whether they can replace manual transcription work – after all, we have an app for almost everything these days. We need apps, there is no denying it Every smart device that

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10
May

6 popular Hispanic series to watch

The way in which we learn languages has changed and with a lot of Spanish tuition being carried out beyond the classroom, it is no surprise that people are now turning to Hispanic TV shows to enhance their Spanish conversation and grasp of the language as an additional learning tool. TV shows are now more accessible than ever before so

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14
Apr

6 ways to overcome lack of motivation in language learning

Learning a new language such as Spanish is an exciting prospect but you might find that you lack the motivation that you once had but don’t worry, that is usual. This lack of focus or drive is common, so how can you keep yourself motivated when taking part in Spanish classes or Spanish lessons? Change your attitude When learning Spanish,

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15
Oct

The rise of technology and interactive resources in language learning

The way in which we learn is changing. When you consider that you can obtain a degree through open learning, it’s clear to see that learning a language in this way is also possible. This has all become possible through the rise in technology and interactive resources and that makes learning a language and taking part in Spanish classes more

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24
Aug

Useful Spanish news resources

Learning Spanish is a great skill to possess and one that is taught in many environments and mediums. However, beyond the classroom, be it virtual or in person, learning Spanish can be enhanced by reading the Spanish news. Vocabulary is vital to the way in which you learn Spanish whether it’s for Spanish A level, Spanish GCSE or just general

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30
Jul

Why students give up language learning and how to maintain the rhythm

It’s not easy to reach a high level of a language, and unfortunately many language learners give up when things get tricky and they never push past that intermediate level. Language learning seems to be a little like long distance running – it gets harder and harder as you get faster or as you acquire more vocabulary, until you reach

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27
Mar

Tutor Podcast – Spanish Resources and Materials

At The Spanish Academy we use a wide range of resources and materials in our Spanish classes. Each lesson contains a variety of different reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises, according to the requirements of each student. Here you will be able to watch Lucía discussing the types of materials that we tend to use in beginner’s classes. As Lucía

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27
Dec

A Daily Dose of Spanish

Learning a new language takes time, patience and concentration – something a lot of us don’t have much of with all of our other daily duties. For this reason I’d like to share a few tips about ways in which you can keep your Spanish going on a daily basis. 1.) Listen If you can find 10 minutes a day

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8
Nov

The “Voseo”

If you have every travelled to Argentina, or watched an Argentinian film, you will have heard the word vos being used quite a bit, or at least in its conjugated form. Voseo refers to the use of vos. Vos is a subject pronoun, which has a similar meaning to the more commonly taught form tú. It is used extensively in

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4
Nov

Starting Spanish from Scratch

Many people find the thought of starting a new language from scratch a bit overwhelming. Maybe you need Spanish for work, in which case you probably are under of a lot of pressure to improve your knowledge and ability within a certain time frame. Maybe you are moving to a Spanish speaking country because your partner’s work is taking you

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19
Oct

London Language Show Experience

The Language Show was held last weekend in Olympia, London and was a fantastic opportunity to do everything a linguistic could want to do. Firstly, there were free 30-minute classes as well as the paid 2-hour courses in several different languages, even British Sign Language. Furthermore, there were CV clinics where you could receive a second opinion on your current

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12
Oct

Best Online Spanish Learning Resources

When it comes to learning languages, the Internet is your oyster. Take a peak at my top tips for the best websites for improving your Spanish skills. Podcasts These are sequential online programmes in the form of audio, video or document files and they are based on interesting topics that can help you through your Spanish language learning process. For

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7
Oct

Catalonia – soon no longer a part of Spain?

If you have visited Catalonia recently, you will have noticed that it is not uncommon to find “visca catalunya” (long live Catalonia) or “som una nació, nosaltré decidim” (we are a nation, we will decide) slogans and political propaganda throughout. You may have even had the chance to witness the crowds on Friday 11th September in which 1.5 million people
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7
Oct

Benefits of watching a Spanish “peli”

There is no doubt that for learning languages, textbooks, grammar books, vocabulary lists and worksheets are great – they give you heaps of useful words, essential grammar constructions and verbs that are conjugated in every possible tense. However, while knowing the “facts and figures” of a language is essential to be able to correctly express oneself, there are many other
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17
Jun

BBC Radio discussion on the importance of language learning

In the last 2 months, I’ve been asked to appear on BBC Radio to discuss the teaching of languages in primary up to degree level education. Both talk-ins explored the reasons why younger pupils weren’t taking up Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in school and centred on the government’s initiatives to learn a foreign language from an earlier age. The discussion

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23
Feb

Using technology to learn Spanish

As tutors, we often get asked by students how learning Spanish can fit seamlessly into their lives without becoming mundane or losing interest. One of those ways is with technology. The use of technology has enabled even the laziest of language learners to fit Spanish learning into their schedule without it even feeling like ‘work’. Plus learners can pick and choose

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