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There are countless resources on basic Spanish via the Web. Use this section to dive in and get started.
- Far from universal, Spanish spellings and meanings vary from country to country and from region to region. Even if your Spanish is good, a quick look at some local vocabulary could help.
- There are many free translation sites on the Web but most should not be trusted for translating a full text—only for single words or very short phrases. A missing accent or “ñ” can change the meaning of a word or tense so it’s best to avoid using these sites for longer texts.
Once you have a base to work with, you can take your Spanish to the next level with conversational exercises and study programs in Spanish-speaking countries. Continue studying conversational and advanced Spanish to gain a full and fluent understanding of the language.
- Many argue that the best way to learn any language is full immersion in a country that speaks it. Spanish offers at least a dozen countries to choose from, and organized programs to visit and study can be found on many of the sites listed in this Web guide.
As students can begin studying Spanish at any age, teachers must be prepared to address the needs of children and adults alike. This section includes resources and tools for teaching Spanish to students from age 9 to 90.
- Many large universities host offices dedicated to study-abroad programs—an approach to learning a language that many feel is most beneficial and effective for students. These offices can be helpful when exploring possible study-abroad options for college-bound students as well as teachers and professional educators.
- The Web is full of Spanish reference resources you can point students to when they need extra help. Grammar, vocabulary and simple translation sites can be found in the first section of this guide.