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España is well known for its delightful sun, delicious tapas and great fun. Our list of ideas and resources can be useful for teachers, learners of Spanish and those who enjoy expanding their knowledge of Spain and Spanish culture. This page is regularly updated. More resources can be found under the flag 

 
     
 

Bailando

 

Bailando - Enrique Iglesias

Yo te miro, se me corta la respiración
Cuanto tú me miras se me sube el corazón
Me palpita lento el corazón
Y en silencio tu mirada dice mil palabras
La noche en la que te suplico que no salga el sol

Bailando, bailando, bailando, bailando
Tu cuerpo y el mío llenando el vacío
Subiendo y bajando (subiendo y bajando)
Bailando, bailando, bailando, bailando
Ese fuego por dentro me va enloqueciendo
Me va saturando
...

 
     
Spanish Tapas and Pinchos

Tapas and Pinchos Recipes

 

Spanish Cooking Vocabulary

Amaze your family and friends by cooking some of the best recipes for Spanish Tapas and Pinchos.

The city of San Sebastián, located in the north of Spain (Basque Country), is famous for its wide range of delicatessen food called Pintxos in the Basque language.

Find a drop-down list of recipes in Recetas de Pintxos y Tapas.

For those who enjoy travelling and 'eating in situ' there is a page with information about organised visits to bars. Select top menu Rutas and you will see a map of San Sebastián with a list of guided tours on the left hand side. English version available.

 
 
 
     
La Tilde o acento ortográfico

Behind the grammar rules of the Spanish accent mark

 

The Spanish Accent Mark – Grammar Rules

Written Spanish gives you all the information you need to pronounce words correctly.

Accent marks are used to stress the right syllable and to distinguish words with the same spelling, for example:

Soy de Inglaterra. (Preposition) – Dile que te lo . (To Give verb)

Advanced learners may be interested in exploring the grammar rules and discover when to use accents. Find out more at the official website of the Spanish Academy RAE.

Exercises for practising can be found at aprenderespañol.org.

 
 
 
     
Cuento de Navidad, Charles Dickens

Christmas Carol in Spanish

 

Christmas Carol

Book lovers will enjoy this website full of classics and organised by author. It includes a short biography and a list of publications. Some of them are now available for free download.

Expand your vocabulary and learn new expressions in Spanish from the original Christmas Carol.

Dominio Público

In this particular case the direct link is not available. A few quick directions: Search D for Dickens on the left-hand side and you will see Biografía on the right, scroll down to find Obras and Cuento de Navidad which is available for download as a PDF file.

 
 
 
     
Sopas de letras y otros juegos

Sopa de letras con imágenes

 

Word Search Puzzles

Playing games is a fun way of learning a new language.

The website offers a good range of games, in Spanish and English.

Select your favourite and enjoy!

Pasatiempos

In order to expand your vocabulary you may need the help of a dictionary. For beginners we encourage the use of a bilingual dictionary such as Oxford Dictionary Spanish and for experienced learners Diccionario de la Real Academia Española.

 
 
 
     
Spanish keyboard

Spanish accents and symbols

 

Type Spanish accents without a Spanish keyboard

Writing in a foreign language may be difficult depending on which set of characters, symbols and accents is used.

Tomasz P. Szynalski offers on his website a useful tool which includes the full set of characters for writing correctly in the Spanish language.

Keyboard shortcuts are available for faster typing.

The website also includes currencies, IPA phonetics, mathematical symbols and sets of characters for other languages.

 

 
 
 
     
Madrid Top 10

Madrid Top 10

 

Madrid Top 10

According to Madrid's Official Tourism website these places are a must if you visit Madrid. See the full list and other hidden gems.

El Paseo del Arte. Classic and modern art.
El Palacio Real. The largest royal palace in Western Europe.
La Puerta del Sol. The symbolic centre of Madrid.
La Plaza Mayor. The arcaded main square.
La Puerta de Alcalá. Built for Carlos III in the 18th century.
La Fuente de La Diosa Cibeles. Icon and start of the Art Walk.
El Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid C.F. Stadium.
La Plaza de Toros de las Ventas. Neo-Mudéjar bullfighting ring.
El Parque del Retiro. The green lungs of the city
El Rastro. Street Market dating back to mediaeval times.

 
 
 
     
Useful phrases in Spanish

Spanish useful phrases

 

Useful phrases in Spanish

A selection of useful words and phrases for real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.

What to say in Spanish when meeting people.

How to ask questions or give information about yourself in Spanish.

Asking for directions, telling the time, emergency situations, days of the week, dates and numbers.

Find out more...
 

 
 
 

Me gustas tú. Manu Chao.

 

Me gustas tú - Manu Chao

... Me gustan los aviones, me gustas tú.
Me gusta viajar, me gustas tú.
Me gusta la mañana, me gustas tú.
Me gusta el viento, me gustas tú.
Me gusta soñar, me gustas tú.
Me gusta la mar, me gustas tú.

Qué voy a hacer, je ne sais pas.
Qué voy a hacer, je ne sais plus.
Qué voy a hacer, je suis perdu.
Qué horas son, mi corazón ...

 
     
Madrid tourist map

Madrid Tourist Map

 

Maps and Essential Guides of Madrid

A selection of maps and guides by the Madrid Council, available for you to explore the Spanish capital.

Streets
Districts
Tube
Bus routes
Tourist guides with practical information
Assistance and information services network

Practise your Spanish by downloading the maps and brochures in Spanish, also available in English and German. More versions can be found under the flags on the top right-hand side.

 
 
 
     
The pronunciation of Spanish

The pronunciation of Spanish

 

Spanish Pronunciation

Spanish pronunciation is directly represented by the written form of words. Only ‘loan words’ which retain their original spelling need phonetic transcription.

The Oxford Dictionary offers on its website a list of the phonetic symbols used in Spanish pronunciation, followed by an example and a brief description of the sound. It also provides, when possible, an approximation to an English sound as a guide.

Remember that the five Spanish vowels are uniform in length, something between the short and long English vowels.

Visit the Oxford website for more details...

 
 
 

¡Aprende a ser feliz!

 

Be Happy

Un pequeño libro que te ayuda a ser feliz.

 
     
Spanish Meteorological Agency

Spanish Meteorological Agency website.

 

The Weather Forecast

Planning a weekend in Spain? If not, perhaps this link is the perfect excuse to learn new vocabulary about climate and weather variables in Spanish.

From temperatures to warnings, including rainfall probability and ultraviolet radiation, the site is full of maps and information.

The Spanish Meteorological Agency website provides information in English and Spanish, among other linguae.

Agencia Estatal de Meteorología

 
 
 
     
Belén Navideño

Typical Spanish

 

Traditional Spanish Christmas

Christmas is a time for celebration, gifts and, above all, joy. Discover Spanish traditions starting with the day of the 'Santos Inocentes' 28th December (April Fools’ style tricks), living cribs, family dinners, Three Kings’ parades, New Year’s grapes… A host of customs that you will love and will ensure the most exciting of holidays.

Find out more by browsing the page Winter travel ideas, which is available in different languages.

The tradition of creating nativity scenes to commemorate the birth of Jesus in Spain is thought to be some seven centuries old.
 

 
 
 
     
Test your skills in the Spanish language

What's your level of Spanish? Take a test and find out

 

Test your level of Spanish

Instituto Cervantes
The system will estimate your level: A1, A2, B1, B2 or C1. Introduce your name, email and country (Reino Unido for The United Kingdom) to access the free online placement test.

Cambridge Institute
By taking this grammar-based test of 60 questions you can obtain an approximate rating of your Spanish language skills.

 

 
 
 
     
El ocio juvenil en España

Click the image to access to the topic El ocio juvenil en España

 

Improve your Spanish Listening Skills

Listen to the recordings while reading the text or download the audio to practise later.

Comprehension exercises for learners can be found in Espacio del aprendiz (top right green button), and ideas for teaching just underneath Para el docente.

The application can record your voice, if you wish, to help your pronunciation of Spanish.

The website En sintonía con el español is available only in Spanish. Start listening and improve your understanding with the Centro Virtual Cervantes.

 
 
 

Discover Madrid!

 

Travel plan to Madrid (Spain)

Find out about the best places to go for sights, trips, shopping, accommodation, food and drink. Choose a guided tour in your language, enjoy art in museums, visit parks and gardens, discover places to go with the children, choose between a variety of exhibitions and much more.

The new website is available in English, Español, Chinese, Japanese, German, Italian, Portuguese and French.

Madrid Tourist Services

 
     
Spanish Radio and Television

Spanish radio and television programs

 

Radio Televisión Española - A la Carta

The official Spanish website offers a wide range of radio and television programmes.

From live programmes (en directo) to historic archives, classified by category such as: news, series, culture, music, sport, documentaries, science and technology. There is also a special channel for children called 'clan'.

Improve your Spanish pronunciation and listening skills with the original Castilian accent from Spain.

RTVE - A la Carta

 
 
 
     
Spanish verb tables

Spanish verb tables

 

Spanish verbs

Learn how to conjugate the three types of Spanish verb which end in  -ar, -er and -ir.

The website also gives you more details about how to form other tenses such as perfect and continuous.

You may find more information by searching each particular verb in the dictionary. For your convenience there is a link to the most common irregular verbs.

Oxford Dictionary Website

 
 
 

This is España

 

España: Holiday Planner

What are you looking for? Towns or villages? Seaside or inland destinations? Art, routes, nature, gastronomy, events, sport, shopping, nightlife or themed tourism? Spain's Official Tourism Portal provides practical information to help you plan your holiday in Spain.

It offers a wide range of brochures by e-mail. Choose a region or any theme such as: coasts & beaches, cultural heritage, great routes, maps, and sport & nature.

Choose 'Spain For': adults without children, families, young people, and holiday for seniors. Browse the website, and find interesting links to, for example, a useful map or travel tips.

 

Calligraphy

 

Sample letters and correspondence in Spanish

Letters in Spanish with their translation into English. Ready to download PDF and Word files.

Choose between topics such as: vacation and travel plans, personal and social correspondence, the world of work. (A few examples: Accepting an invitation - Aceptación de una invitación, Booking a hotel room - Reserva de habitación en un hotel, Replying to a job advertisement - Respuesta a un anuncio de trabajo.)

Find out more at the Oxford website

 
     
 

Oxford English-Spanish Dictionary

 

Oxford Dictionary translates English–Spanish

Because language matters, Oxford Dictionary keeps evolving and it offers new  languages.

The Oxford Dictionary website offers a range of resources in Spanish, from cultural facts to famous quotations. The Spanish dictionary offers more than 800,000 words, phrases and translations.

Find out more at Oxford English-Spanish Dictionary

 
 
     

Spanish course 'Mi vida loca'

 

Learning Spanish with the BBC

A Spanish course with interactive tools and certificate.

With 'Mi Vida Loca', explore the city of Madrid in 22 episodes (each 10 mins long). Meet people from all walks of life, visit a variety of places, engage in diverse tasks and activities.

A learning section accompanies each episode. Explore the vocabulary and grammar in greater detail and in your own time, and practise various exercises at your leisure.

BBC

 
 
 
     

300 years of Spanish Language Academy RAE

 

RAE Dictionary

For advanced learners of the Spanish language

Expand your knowledge by checking the meaning of new words using the dictionary Real Academia de la Lengua Española.

The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) was founded in Madrid in 1713 under King Felipe V. The Academy created the first dictionary of the Spanish language. Its purpose is to preserve the good use of the language, its evolution and expansion.

Link to Diccionario de la Real Academia Española.

 
 
 
     

Practica Español

 

Practica Español con el Instituto Cervantes

Practise your Spanish by reading the news, watching videos and listening to recordings. Comprehension exercises are available on the website by clicking on the button 'PRACTICAR' next to each article. Do the test to check your level (A,B,C) and practise at your leisure.

Explore the different categories: España, world, sport, travel, entertainment, health, business, culture, etc.

The website Practica Español is made available by prestigious Spanish organizations such as the Cervantes Institute.

 
 
 
     
Spanish and more languages

News in Spanish, phrases, expressions and more...

 

More Spanish resources...

Find more tools to improve your Spanish for free in our page for various languages.

News
Phrases
Expressions
The Language of Bakeries

New resources are added regularly to keep the page up to date.

More Spanish resources can be found here, under the flag 

 
 
 
 
   

 

 
 
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