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Tell Me More Language Learning Software

The UIUC library has licensed Auralog's award winning Tell Me More language training software. Includes English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. To try it, use the link below.

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Spanish Translation Tools

Online Dictionaries Spanish


Real Academia española

Web of Dictionaries: Spanish

For synonyms and antonyms:

 El Mundo Dictionaries

Verb Conjugation

Verbix -- Spanish Verb Conjugator
Spanish Verb Conjugations
Wordreference Verb Conjugator


Google Translate

Print Dictionaries

The Literatures and Languages Library circulates print dictionaries. To find a monolingual Spanish dictionary, search the Online Catalog using the subject heading Spanish Language Dictionaries (Tips For Searching the Online Catalog). To find a Spanish/English dictionary, search the Online Catalog using the subject heading Spanish Language Dictionaries English. 


Online Resources

Great Ways to Learn Spanish Online

BBC Languages: Spanish--A comprehensive and lively collection of free audio and video courses for both beginners and intermediate learners. Spanish Language -- The website maintaned by's Spanish Guide features a variety of language lessons, blog posts and several interactive elements including quizzes.

Spanish Blog: Language and Culture -- Great blog maintained by Transparent Language, a leader in language software. It has a staff of several writers and uses lessons, videos and even cultural anecdotes to help you learn grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and more.

Coffeebreak Spanish--Excellent Spanish Podcast aimed primarily at beginning and early intermediate learners.

More Online Resources

Notes in Spanish and Notes From Spain --Sister sites that offer a wide variety of helpful resources for Spanish language and culture. NIS focuses on learning the Spanish language with a series of podcasts and NFS focuses cuisine, lifestyle and travel in Spain.

The Spanish Blog --A good resource put together by a Spanish teacher from Bilbao, Spain. Blog posts range from pronunciation guides to recipes and there are a wide variety of cultural and multimedia resources to help you learn and have fun at the same time.

Spanish Language and Culture--Maintained by a Spanish professor at Colby College, this website contains grammar exercises and some excellent activities which use songs, videos and even poems to help improve your Spanish.

FSI Language Courses--Free Spanish audio courses designed by the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. As such, it looks a bit stiff and formal but there are exercises, lessons and a wealth of audio files.

Learn Spanish in Chile--Their Spanish Learning Area offers online quizes and games for practicing Spanish.

Study Features a wealth of tutorials for grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary and verbs available for free. Mostly for beginners and intermediate learners, with advanced lessons available if you sign up for their premium account.

Social Sites to Help Learn Spanish

Bitacoras and Meneame--If you've heard of the social bookmarking site Digg, these are two Spanish language equivalents. Search across thousands of blog posts and articles in Spanish, read the most popular posts on their homepage and vote for ones that you like. Great way to practice your reading skills and you might even meet some interesting new people. The two function almost exactly the same. Forums and Forums--Active language forums where you can post grammar questions to have them answered by native speakers, or you can learn by reading other threads or answering others yourself. You will almost always get replies by authoritative, knowledgable posters, which you can verify by seeing their native language, number of posts and reputation.

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Learning Resources at UIUC Libraries

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Ultimate Spanish [sound recording] : beginner-intermediate - Stern, Irwin
Call Number: CDISC 468.2421 UL82004
Note: CD Set A requires the book; CD Set B covers the same material as Set A but does not require the book. Some patrons might find using Sets A and B together useful

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Ultimate Spanish advanced [sound recording] - Holodyk, Daniel. | Bilingual, Rennert. | Suffredini, Ana. | Schier, Helga
Call Number: CDISC 468.2421 Ul82003
Note: CD Set A requires the book; CD Set B covers the same material as Set A but does not require the book. Some patrons might find using Sets A and B together useful

Camino al español: A Comprehensive Course in Spanish - Consuelo de Andrés Martínez
Call Number: 468.2421 An256c
ISBN: 0521824036
The course gives balanced attention to the four key language skills: the development of listening comprehension and speaking skills is supported by quality audio materials recorded by native speakers, while answer keys support written work and grammar-acquisition exercises, and facilitate independent study.

Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language - Matilde Olivella de Castells
Call Number: 468.2421 M852002
ISBN: 0130314803
This lively and practical Elementary Spanish Program combines the very best elements of contemporary approaches to language instruction, skill building, and practice of the five skillslistening, speaking, reading, writing and culture.


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