Grammar & Vocabulary Practice:
There are many grammar and vocabulary sites on the internet, but these I've numbered below are exceptional!! I hope you visit them often!!
1. Spellic.com practice site
2. Digitaldialects.com practice site
3. Studyspanish.com practice site
4. Google Translate
5. Tons of vocabulary practice sites. Covers most topics.
6. Spanish Verb Conjugation Trainer
7. LanguageGuide.org--Great vocabulary practice...It Talks!!
8. Tripod.com--Interactive Spanish flashcards--They Talk!!
9. Read along while you listen. Video clips on a variety of topics5.
Here are some other Grammar/Vocabulary sites:
Barbara Kuczun Nelson's grammar practice, pronunciation practice and study modules
Learn and practice basic vocabulary
Dictionaries for the Romance languages (including many specialty dictionaries)
A very nice Spanish Grammar site
Things to Read
Audio books—beginner level—but very fun!
Animated Merpy stories—“Merpy en Español”!
“Mi Mundo en Palabras”—A bit “young”, but fun!!
Tracts in Spanish
Archie Comics in Spanish
This site has links to many Spanish-language newspapers on the web.
Online newspapers from all over the world, including Spanish-speaking countries
Online children's books from all over the world
Choose stories from 3 levels of difficulty from the Centro Virtual Cervantes
Misc. Travel & Culture sites:
A very well-done site for TONS of Spanish-related resources—super!
Yahoo news in Spanish
BBC in español—world news
The Spanish version of Cartoon Network’s website.
Spanish music—links to many music sites
Currency Converter--How many pesos are your dollars worth?
Photos of currency from around the world
Links to historical/cultural info for all Latin American countries
"Lonely Planet's" travel destination website for the world
Travel to...Wherever!! --Excite.com
Maps of North & South America
The Disney Website in Español
Pics from around the world--alovelyworld.com
Lots of links on many culture and Spanish-related topics
Scholastic Magazine’s “Hispanic Heritage” page, plus a neat Concentration game
Nice map website—both political and physical
Interactive map of South America
Interactive map of Central America
Cartoon Network en Español
Isla Mágica--a cool themepark in España
Visit the zoológico in Guadalajara, Mexico
A website from Chile all about Perros!
Visit the zoológico in Barcelona, España
Visit an aquarium in Argentina!
Online store for baby clothing
Online store for quinceañera dresses and accessories
Online florist shop in Monterrey, Mexico
Art by Mary Louise López depicting people in indigenous settings
Some really nice paintings by Frido Kahlo
B. C. Comic Strips
Baldo Comic Strips
Mutt and Jeff Comic Strips
Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strips
Cathy Comic Strips
Condorito Comic Strips
Foxtrot Comic Strips
Fred Basset Comic Strips
Garfield Comic Strips
Gaturro Comic Strips
Ginger Meggs Comic Strips
Heathcliff Comic Strips
Overboard Comic Strips
Pooch Café Comic Strips
Ronaldinho Gaucho Comic Strips
More Condorito stuff
Comics on Yahoo.com
All about Mafalda, a popular Argentine comic strip character
Create a comic strip--in Spanish!
E-Travel Photos.com -- Spectacular pix of several regions
CIA World Factbook -- Tons of info about...everywhere!
National Anthem lyrics & sound files for countries in the Americas -- also passports
¡El Chupacabra! Beware of the Goatsucker!
This site has a link to a really cool Chupacabra song
Gloria Estefan website
Marc Antony website
Latino sports legends
Tejano culture and history
"Puro Mariachi"--a super place to start an investigation of Mariachi music
Fascinating list of Spanish baby names -- zillions of them along w/meanings (also Basque)
Text and book excerpts from a Day of the Dead journalist
Pre-Columbian art; life and death in ancient Mexico
A nice little summary of Día de los Muertos
More info on Día de los Muertos
Folk traditions--El Pan de los Muertos
Folk traditions—Papel Amate
Folk traditions—Papel Picado
Folk traditions—Calaveras de azúcar—sugar skulls recipe in Spanish
Kristy Placido's Day of the Dead presentation
Visit the region of Segovia, Spain.
Virtual tour of Madrid and surrounding environs—very cool slide show…and more!
Explore a Spanish castle!
Explore a 1000 year old Spanish cathedral!
Website for one of Spain’s soccer teams
Website for the king of Spain
Discover Spain -- Be sure to visit the Virtual Tour feature
Sí Spain -- info about Spanish current affairs, history, linguistics, and culture
All About Spain -- Travel all over Spain; great photo-tour features
El Escorial -- Visit the gigantic old monastery and cathedral of King Felipe II
Traveling in Spain -- Visit several fantastic places all across Spain
Flamenco Dancing in Spain -- Dazzling photography by Paco Sánchez
Castles in Spain!
Photos tour of La Mancha, the home Don Quixote
Barcelona's official tourism site
English online version of Cervante's "Don Quixote"
Tourism guide for each of Mexico’s 32 states
The Website for "Bilbao", a school on the outskirts of Mexico City
Virtual tours to many places in Mexico, including history, etc.
Arts, Culture, History of Mexico
Mexico para Niños-- Another super site, great to explore
Lots more stuff about Guadalajara, Mexico.
Virtual studio of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera.
The Mexican Museum in San Francisco.
Spanish missions in old California
Nice map of Mexico!
Visit Mexico City's Chapultepec Castle
Gorgeous pix of some of Mexico's volcanos and pyramids
Take a virtual tour of Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas
The official website of the Mexican state of Puebla
Virtual tours of 4 colonial cities of Central Mexico
Mexico Connect--Check out the "All About Mexico" section--halfway down on the left
Visit Llera, a quaint town set in the orange groves of Tamaulipas (be sure to click "Galería")
A very nice website on The Alamo
Mexonline.com--some great features in the "Content" area --Enjoy!
Visit Cozumel--very pretty!
The Mexican state of Morelos--Be sure to check out the "Destinos" and "Foto Galería" buttons
Cibercuates--A very colorful kids' site from Guanajuato, a state in Mexico
Enfoque Deportivo --a Mexican sports magazine
Plan a trip to Puerto Vallarta!
Dazzling fotos of Mexico
Argentina -- www.sectur.gov.ar
Argentina -- www.e-argentina.com
Argentina -- The official Evita Perón website
Argentina -- Iguazú Falls: spectacular pix of this massive falls
Argentina -- Explore the world of the "Gauchos"--Argentina's cowboys
Argentina -- a great website for exploring Argentina; has a link to the Tango
Bolivia -- www.bolivia-tourism.comArgentina --
Bolivia -- CARE's virtual tour of Bolivia
Bolivia -- very pretty pix of Bolivia
Chile -- http://www.ciudadnet.com/chile/tc.htm
Chile -- http://www.visitchile.org/
Chile -- http://www.chileinfo.com/
Chile -- http://www.e-chile.com/
Colombia -- www.colombiaemb.org
Costa Rica -- www.incostarica.net
Costa Rica -- http://ns.cr/ very nice site!
Costa Rica -- http://www.travel-to-costarica.com/ Eco-tourism. Dazzling photos and tours
Cuba -- www.lahabana.com
Dominican Republic -- www.dominicana.com.do
Ecuador -- www.ecuador.org
Ecuador -- http://www.ecuador.com/
Ecuador -- Galapagos Islands -- be sure to check out the "Pictures" section
Ecuador -- Stunning pix from all around Ecuador, including the Galapagos
El Salvador -- www.virtualnet.com.sv/tourism
El Salvador -- http://www.4elsalvador.com/index.html picturesque!
Guatemala -- a great tourism site - lots of pix
Guatemala -- Nice views of Lake Atitlán
Guatemala -- More nice views of Panajachel, Lake Atitlán
Guatemala -- Hotel Casa Florencia in Antigua, Guatemala
Honduras -- visit the Mayan ruins of Copán
Honduras -- Let's Go Honduras--lots of pix!
Nicaragua -- "Your Guide to Nicaragua"--News, search, links, etc.
Paraguay -- Nice pictures from around Paraguay
Panama -- Incredible pix of the Panama Canal
Peru -- http://www.destination360.com/lostcities.htm
Peru -- http://www.e-peru.com/
Peru -- Nazca Lines
Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico.com: Your "window on Puerto Rico"
Puerto Rico -- Website for a huge Puerto Rican mall
Puerto Rico -- Explore the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico -- Very nice photo gallery
Uruguay -- Discover Uruguay virtual tours--click on itineraries and photo album
Venezuela -- Venezuelatuya: Nice Virtual Tours
Venezuela -- Think Venezuela: Online Tourism Directory
Maya astronomy page—math, writing, calendar, and useful links
Photos of ancient Mesoamerican ruins—Tulane University
Mesoamerican photo archives—pre-Columbian
Virtual tour of Teotihuacán
Indigenous images of Mexico: Mayan and Aztec images—nice pix.
Tenochtitlán—city of the Aztecs. Legends, gods, lots of colorful illustrations.
Mayan ruins—Spectacular photos of Mayan ruins
Incan ruins—Spectacular photos of Incan ruins
Teotihucán--Ancient city of the gods, near Mexico City
Mexico for Kids
Mayan-World.com--history, travel, pix
Easter Island--check out the massive stone moai
Olmec culture--REALLY old colossal stone heads
Cultures of Ancient Mexico--comprehensive & fascinating --many pix
Mundo Maya --a very nice website produced by the state Quintana Roo
Links to several Aztec, Inca, and Maya sites--very impressive!!
Creating accent marks on your keyboard
Since your American keyboard cannot create accent marks directly, you can do it this way:
1. Make sure “Num Lock” is “ON”
2. Use the keypad to type in these codes—as you hold down the ALT key
á é í ñ ó ú ü ¡ ¿
0225 0233 0237 0241 0243 0250 0252 0161 0191
Á É Í Ñ Ó Ú Ü
0193 0201 0205 0209 0211 0218 0220
These codes are found in your computer's "Character Map" section: Programs / Accessories / System Tools / Character Map.
Francisco's professional links (teacher stuff)
Blaine Ray's website
Collegeboard AP Central
New York Regents Spanish Proficiency Exam
MORETPRS main page
International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines
Suzanne Giordano Craig's SDE World Languages
Joanne Goldstein's website
Goodteachingstuff.com - Ben Slavic
Tprstories.com (Karen Rowen)
Kristy Placido's school website
National Capital Language Resource Center
Great summary of TPRS philosophy and methodology by Karen Rowan