A website to learn Spanish maintained by a group of teachers. It is free, clear and has comprehensive grammar explanations, including a random Spanish verb test generator, as well as a diverse range of interesting cultural articles. It also offers the option of purchasing additional ‘premium’ services. The pronunciation section is particularly interesting for students that need to improve this particular skill.
A website created and maintained by Gerald Erichen, a North American journalist who provides a comprehensive set of well-explained grammar lessons, as well as many other interesting and original articles.
Professor Enrique Yepes has created a collection of resources for intermediate and advanced students of Spanish from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. It contains grammar explanations and exercises, a guide to Spanish writing-style, articles, etc.
Annenberg Learner is a North American company whose multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. You can watch episodes of ‘Destinos’, a soap-opera in Spanish. The episodes begin with basic and end with advanced language, providing a fun and effective way to practice your Spanish listening skills.
The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada has created this website as part of a Project to collect stories from all over the world written in Spanish. A great resource for advanced learners who want to branch out and experience some Spanish texts.
Among the many available options, these dictionaries seem particularly helpful to us. Most of them have also a free mobile app version downloadable in Android and iPhone.
This monolingual dictionary is particularly useful for intermediate or advanced level students. It is a very comprehensive source because it has been developed by theReal Academia de la Lengua Española (Royal Academy of the Spanish Language), which is the is the official institution responsible for overseeing the Spanish language in Spain.
Sometimes you may have to search for informal expressions that don’t show up in regular dictionaries. This monolingual dictionary providing definitions of colloquial expressions in Spanish can help in such situations.
The Spanish Language Foundation is a private institution created to respond to a twofold desire: on the one hand to promote the Spanish language and culture in countries where Spanish is not the main language, and secondly to spread the image of Spain and Castilla y León throughout the world. It offers different multimedia channels for students to practice their Spanish and know more about the culture:
Practica Español Website to practice Spanish with EFE PRESS news contents, supported by the Instituto Cervantes and the Fundación de la Lengua Española.
Campus Virtual Website that offers a wide range of online courses to learn Spanish
Canal desarrollo A portal with content related to immigration, information for immigrants, visas, working experience, etc.
Professor Orlando R. Kelm from the University of Austin, Texas has created this site to provide video activities for Spanish students of different levels. Spanish Proficiency Exercises is a compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Spanish from various locations throughout Latin America and Spain demonstrate various language tasks. The videos come with transcripts as well.
A resource for students and teachers. Students can use it to learn or to supplement their learning and teachers can use it to supplement their lessons plans. It offers free videos made by Spanish speakers or students all with a teaching point about vocabulary, grammar or culture. Each video is accompanied by a script and a translation.
Podcasts are certainly one of the most convenient ways to develop our listening skill. You can download them onto your computer or smartphone and listen to them during a commute, working out, tidying your place, having a coffee… Nowadays, you can listen to many podcasts that are specifically designed for Spanish language learners (apart from the ones that are for Spanish speakers which might be too challenging for you) and you can download them easily from their websites or online broadcasters like Itunes. These are only a few of the many you can find:
A podcast for learners of Spanish who wish to revise and update what they have learnt. In the blog you can find the transcription of some of the most up-to-date news and videos which are being discussed in Spain.
Even if their effectiveness is still put into question by some, nobody can deny that mobile apps for language learning are generally convenient, attractive and cheap (or even free), which is certainly why they are becoming so popular. These are just a few of the many apps available for you to learn and practice Spanish, but you can find reviews and comparative charts like this easily on the web.
Website that allows you to practice your written skills with a pen pal.
Purchasing Spanish books in Hong Kong
Most bookshops in Hong Kong sell Spanish dictionaries or grammar books, however, to buy textbooks in Hong Kong there are limited options:
The University bookstore on campus sells the textbooks that are used by the Spanish Programme at HKU:
HKUP Bookshop 出版社書店 G/F, Run Run Shaw Heritage House (HKU MTR Station Exit C1) Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong Pokfulam Road Hong Kong 香港 薄扶林 香港大學 百周年校園 逸夫苑 地下 Business hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closes on public and University holidays) Tel: (852) 3917 7801 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
An online store that provides books for people learning or teaching Spanish in Hong Kong. They also distribute other materials printed and/or made in Spain such as educational toys/games, backpacks or notebooks.
A wholesale book distributor that sells books at a lower price from that offered by publishers. They also serve retail.
Learning Spanish Outside HKU
Many students ask about learning Spanish outside HKU so that they can continue improving their Spanish after finishing their degree at HKU. There are many institutions in Hong Kong which offer Spanish courses, however, you will need to check the levels offered because most places teach beginner or intermediate level courses. Below is a list of some of those places: