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Dictionaries (online)


Dictionaries by the Real Academia Española (RAE)

Monolingual Spanish dictionaries

Regional monolingual dictionaries

Bilingual dictionaries

  • Lexico (Oxford) choose Spanish-English or English-Spanish in the dropdown

Specialized dictionaries

Other dictionaries

  • Nuevo tesoro lexicográfico de la lengua española (NTLLE), a dictionary of dictionaries (both monolingual and bilingual) that compiles a wide selection of works that define the lexical heritage of the Spanish language, and covering the last 500 years.

  • Mapa de diccionarios. Check simultaneously six editions from the academic dictionary (editions 1780, 1817, 1884, 1925, 1992 and 2001).

  • DIRAE. An "inverse dictionary" where you can find a Spanish word provided that you know its meaning.

  • Goodrae. An alternative interface to RAE's online dictionary (DLE) that let you search by lemma and turned every word into a clickable link to the corresponding definition, in a time when the DLE didn't (this functionality has long since been implemented in the DLE too). Goodrae also functions as an inverse dictionary.

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Audio pronunciation

  • Forvo contains thousands of Spanish words pronounced by natives.
  • The Google translator can read aloud any Spanish phrase you type in, with a synthesized voice, as well as attempting to do machine translations.
  • eSpeak is a free, open source tool (must be installed locally) to convert text to speech. The voice is rather mechanical, but it can also be made to produce reasonably accurate IPA transcriptions.
  • RhinoSpike connects you with native speakers of Spanish (and many other languages) who will record your requested text as audio. In exchange, you do the same for those learning your native language.
  • YouTube lets you change the speed at which videos play, a feature that can be used to practice your listening. Quoting julodnik: "You can set the speed to 50% of the normal speed, the pitch of the voice remains unchanged. I try to get familiar with the speech at that speed and then increase the speed gradually until reaching normal speed."
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Television

  • Spain
    • The Corporación de Radio y Televisión Española is the state-owned public corporation that assumed the indirect management of the Spanish public radio and television service (RTVE). Its web site hosts several Spanish channels being broadcasted live (including La1, La2, Clan, 24h and Teledeporte), and lots of contents on demand (series, documentaries, cartoons and others, for all ages). - www.rtve.es
    • atresplayer is Atresmedia's service for both live and on-demand streaming of its contents (including the Spanish channels Antena3 and laSexta). - www.atresplayer.com
    • mitele is Mediaset España's service for both live and on-demand streaming of its contents (including the Spanish channels Tele5 and cuatro). - www.mitele.es

Regional

I you are interested in listening to the way people speak Spanish in the different regions search for the public TV internet streaming for each country. Some examples:

Not regionally specific

  • A good series produced by RTVE (Spain) is Águila Roja. It is notable among other programmes on their website as all 9 series are available and is good viewing for adults and children alike. Generally, RTVE is good for learning spanish because a full transcript is available along with the programme. – camarones95 Jan 17 '19 at 20:46
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Mobile apps

  • You can access the Diccionario de la lengua española via a mobile app, provided for free by the Real Academia Española (RAE) and the Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española (ASALE).

  • Duolingo also has an app to help you learn Spanish with game-like lessons:

  • Hay una aplicación llamada Anki (similar a Memrise) que se basa en tarjetas que contienen una palabra/expresión/oración en un idioma y su traducción a otro idioma. La frecuencia con la que te sale cada tarjeta depende de tu facilidad para memorizarla, que tú seleccionas una vez destapas la tarjeta. De esta manera practicas las palabras que te cuestan más. Para saber más, consulta esta respuesta.

  • Speed Spanish is a free app with multiple tools and games to help user's learn Spanish, including: Dictionary, translator, conjugator, lessons & multiplayer games. Developed by Kes Walker

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Podcasts

  • Radio Ambulante - 2014 winner of the Gabriel García Márquez Prize for Innovation in Journalism. Distributed by National Public Radio (US), tells Latin American stories through audio, but the site includes transcripts and translations.

  • A la aventura - High quality audio. The podcasts are categorized as Classics, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Young Readers, Nonfiction, Romance, Theater, or Thriller. Lisa has written about it here.

  • Duolingo Spanish Podcasts - True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. Fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language.


Teaching Podcasts

  • Notes in Spanish - Free podcasts by a Madrileñan and Englishman at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Site has many other features, e.g. links to videos, reports, and books. Note, Beginner level valuable for Intermediate students also.

  • Coffee Break Spanish - Part of the Radio Lingua Network which produces a number of different podcasts. A list of them is here. You can also buy lessons, the first of which is free.

  • LightSpeed Spanish - Four levels (Beginners, Early Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate, and Advanced). Viewers also have the option of watching a YouTube video instead. (They're the same as the podcast for the most part.)

  • Doorway to Mexico - The first one is free. After that, $49 to listen to other podcasts in the collection. The site also offers a breakdown of the vocabulary and bonus content. Plus, it prides itself on exposing you to the "real" way people speak (even if it may not be grammatically correct). Lisa's additional comments may be found here.

  • List of 23 different Spanish podcasts - includes, for example, "Accelerated Spanish," by Timothy Moser, who claims that his list of six words will give you 10% coverage of the language. (His style and approach might not appeal to everyone.)

  • I notice that your code is a bit different than what I've previously been using -- [title](url). You use the brackets and then add another set of brackets with a numeral and then add a link at the bottom. I was going to do the same thing, but I kind of see this as a work in progress that's probably still very much in its nascent stages. Doesn't it complicate the process by adding numbering so early on? I'm not trying to be rude. I'm just genuinely curious. – Lisa Beck Mar 26 '18 at 7:02
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    Some time ago, in a related question, somebody listed few interesting podcasts. See them in Free online resources for beginner course and feel free to add those you think are good enough :) – fedorqui 'SO stop harming' Mar 26 '18 at 10:16
  • @walen Very interesting. So it would seem that this is then a choice of some convenience rather than a coding protocol that programmers try to adhere to. Let's say it's just easier for a person to do the bracket+parentheses combo. Will there be any problems in a post that contains mixed coding methods? – Lisa Beck Mar 26 '18 at 22:40
  • @fedorqui Thank you for the link. I'll definitely take a look at it. And thanks for adding a section on podcasts. This is a really great resource that I think is sometimes underutilized by beginning learners of Spanish and it's something that could really improve their oral comprehension skills, one of the hardest things to develop while learning a foreign language. – Lisa Beck Mar 26 '18 at 22:42
  • @LisaBeck - Thanks for the additions. To match with the style of the rest of this page I'm doing some trimming. If there's something you feel needs to be restored, though, please do. – aparente001 Mar 28 '18 at 2:44
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Lists of words

Links to files containing lists of Spanish words, to use in applications or whatever:

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Other reference resources

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How to learn Spanish

  • https://languagelearning.stackexchange.com: a question and answer site within the StackExchange family, intended "for students, teachers, polyglots, and anyone interested in the techniques of second-language acquisition."

  • the growing body of Q&As here at Spanish Language! You can search by a tag you're interested in, such as .

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Websites

  • Duolingo is a website (as well as an app for both Android and iOS) that allows you to learn Spanish (and many other languages) in just 5 minutes a day with game-like lessons.

  • elcastellano.org is a website about the Spanish language in general.

  • NachoTime is a website for students trying to get out of Spanish Intermediate Purgatory (maintained by nachocab).

  • Memrise is a website (as well as an app for both Android and iOS) for Spanish learners. You can learn Spanish (and many other languages) by using flashcards.

  • Quizlet is a website where you can make study sets (or find study sets created by other users) of Spanish (or anything) terms. Quizlet offers several games where you can compete against users across the internet. It also has a flash card mode and a test mode.

  • Destinos. An audiovisual course that exposes students to conversations in Spanish, while following a story line.

  • Anki. Free, spaced repetition system. It comes in a desktop version and mobile versions. Once you download it you can get free decks of the most common words or useful sentences.

  • Castellano Actual is a blog with articles and answers about the Spanish language and especially the Peruvian dialect.

  • Prutzkow - Online number translator into English, Spanish, German, Russian, Finnish.

  • Word of The Hour - A website that features one basic vocabulary word every hour along with crowd-sourced Spanish language translations. Translations are crowd-sourced by community members on Reddit.

  • Technically, a lot of what is on here could be considered a website of some sort. What about changing the title of this section to "Language Learning Platforms," keeping Duolingo on it, but then also adding sites that also fall into this category? There's probably even enough of the type that would be considered interactive language learning platforms with some amount of "gaming aspect" or point system to them. Span¡shD!ct comes to mind, but there's likely to be many others. Gamified or not, there's Babbel, LingQ, Lingualia, Digital Dialects, et cetera. – Lisa Beck Mar 26 '18 at 0:11
  • Then you've got sites that are geared more toward conversation (e.g., Conversation Exchange, Hellolingo), and others that are good for getting help with writing practice (e.g., The Mixxer). Many sites offer multiple features. For example, Conversation Exchange is mainly for helping people text via chat or make arrangements to chat via voice, but its mail message features make it great for writing corrections (bolding, italicizing, changing colors, ...). – Lisa Beck Mar 26 '18 at 0:12
  • I suppose a separate category could be created for those and/or some sort of matrix with various features (e.g., chat/conversation, grammar, teachers, free, gamified, et cetera) could be created. Sites like Memrise, Quizlet, and Anki probably deserve their own separate section since these have one thing in common -- they're flashcard sites. Destinos (and Extra) along with others of this type also probably deserve a category of their own. elcastellano.org seems to defy description, so it might be a good choice for a "Multiple Features" category. – Lisa Beck Mar 26 '18 at 0:14
  • NachoTime is basically a blog, which would also make for a good category because there's a lot of blogs on the Spanish language out there. I don't recommend making categories for beginning, intermediate, and advanced because those definitions are somewhat nebulous, shifting, and not always apparent or applicable, but if you know for a fact that a site is geared more toward a particular level, subdivisions within the larger main categories or even just annotated and then sorted within categories as such might be useful to those who come to this page. – Lisa Beck Mar 26 '18 at 0:15
  • @LisaBeck - The beauty of SE is that you can propose a reworking by editing, but it can be rolled back. If you still feel doubtful, though, why not post a draft reworking at Meta? – aparente001 Mar 29 '18 at 4:19
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Corpora

  • Real Academia Española - Corpes XXI. A corpus of the written Spanish with texts from 2001 until 2012.
  • Real Academia Española - Corpus de Referencia del Español Actual (CREA). A corpus of the written Spanish with texts from 1975 until 2004.
  • Real Academia Española - Corpus Diacrónico del Español (CORDE). A corpus of the written Spanish from its beginnings until 1974.
  • Real Academia Española - Corpus del Nuevo Diccionario Histórico del Español (CNDHE). The corpus used for building the NDHE, 400 million entries. Allows searching for terms that frequently appear together.
  • Biblioteca Nacional de España - Hemeroteca Digital de la Biblioteca Nacional de España. It contains publications from 1683 until today, most of them are free to use although many of the most recent ones can only be seen from the library facilities due to copyright restrictions. The texts are completely OCR-scanned and are searchable through its search engine.
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Dictionaries (paper)

  • Diccionario de uso del español. María Moliner. Available in online book stores (ahem Am ahem azon ahem) in both book and DVD formats.
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Videos

Videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and elsewhere will be found in this section. This post will contain general interest videos or videos that would fall under the category of entertainment — not feature length films (see the Film section for that), television series (see the Television category for that), documentaries, or what would be considered educational programming (see the Documentaries/Educational Programming category for these last two types).

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