Category Archives for Free Spanish Resources

10 Free Ways to Improve Your Spanish Listening Skills – Spanish Tips

For many Spanish learners, reading and writing comes a lot easier than listening and speaking. That's why I've assembled a list of some of my favorite FREE ways to practice your listening skills (with suggestions from other Spanish learners, too).

  1. Speak Better Spanish YouTube Channel, where I upload multiple new videos every week
  2. Join in a weekly bilingual live stream in the Speak Better Spanish Hangout facebook group.
  3. Tune in for weekly videos with travel tips and Spanish vocab on Instagram! I occasionally feature other Spanish teachers in my weekly videos, too!
  4. Join me for other Spanish videos and live streams on facebook
  5. Listening to music in Spanish on YouTube. I gathered some of my favorite songs from some of my favorite artists in Spanish, as well as suggestions from other Spanish learners to create this playlist of 48 songs and counting.
  6. Watch videos from other YouTube creators in Spanish. I've compiled a list (with the help of other Spanish learners) of some of the best YouTubers in Spanish here. It's important to listen to speakers from a variety of countries and regions as accents will vary.
  7. Listen to music in Spanish on Pandora or Spotify. Here are some of my favorite playlists on Pandora:
    Latin Workout Radio
    Reggaeton Radio- a form of dance music of Puerto Rican origin, characterized by a fusion of Latin rhythms, dancehall, and hip-hop or rap
    Latin Hits Roadtrip
    Pop Latino
    Zumba Fitness
    ​Whatever your preferred genre of music, there's probably a Spanish version. My friend Jenn even enjoys Gospel music in Spanish on Pandora!
  8. Listen to the radio in Spanish. You might have to find a few minutes tuning the dial to find a local station, but even listening to advertisements in Spanish is great practice! Plus, hearing songs repetitively will help you to pick up words and phrasing.
  9. Watch TV in Spanish. Whether it is cartoons, telenovelas, shows or movies on Netflix, Caso Cerrado, sports, news, or something else, there's plenty of variety! Your best bet is to watch shows or movies that were originally created in Spanish (rather than created in English and translated to Spanish). If you must use subtitles, use only Spanish subtitles to prevent yourself from just reading along in English. Even if you feel like you don't understand anything, just keep watching. Your brain is probably picking up more than you give it credit for.
  10. Listen to podcasts in Spanish. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, there are helpful free podcasts out there for you to continue your Spanish listening practice! Check out the blog post I wrote with how to get started with podcasts and suggestions for each level here.

    What's your favorite way to hone your Spanish listening skills? Let me know in the comments!

    If you want to take your Spanish skills to the next levellearn more about working with me in a one on one online setting for conversation sessions or personalized lessons!

Spanish Learning Q&A Session (FB Live)

Join me each Friday in February at 5pm Central for a Q&A session for Spanish learners on facebook live. I'll be answering a variety of questions that come up while teaching Spanish throughout the week, plus any questions that you have while tuning in live, which you can drop in the comments of the live video.

To participate, be sure to like Speak Better Spanish on facebook and change notification settings to "See First" so you'l be notified when I go live. Here's how to do that: https://www.facebook.com/help/1188278037864643

Get all the details here. 

What Your Spanish Teacher Really Thinks About You

Ever wondered what your Spanish teacher actually thinks about you, her online adult Spanish student? You might be surprised to hear from this Spanish teacher!!

Think we might be a good match to work together and take your Spanish to the next level? Learn more here: http://www.rompiendolasbarreras.com/speak-better-spanish/. 

Enter to Win 4 Online Spanish Lessons!

When Speak Better Spanish reaches 400 likes on facebook, one lucky follower will win 4 personalized online Spanish lessons with me. Lessons are appropriate for all ages and levels of Spanish learners, even if you know 0 words of Spanish. $135 value

To enter for your chance to win, all you have to do is like Speak Better Spanish on facebook!

Let’s Connect and Practice Spanish Together!

If you want even more ways to learn Spanish, let's connect!

  • 22 Free Ways to Learn Spanish PDF
  • weekly Spanish for Travel YouTube videos
  • weekly 1 minute Spanish Travel Tip videos on Instagram
  • Facebook page 
  • Look for Upcoming Events such as Adventure Immersion Trips, Spanish Learning Q&A sessions & Free Online Spanish Conversations
  • Speak Better Spanish Hangout Facebook group (with weekly Spanish conversation live stream sessions)
  • Spanish + English Language Exchange Group (find a language exchange buddy for free!)
  • Free resources for learning Spanish on Pinterest
  • Google Plus (Hannah and Speak Better Spanish)
  • LinkedIn (Hannah and Speak Better Spanish)
  • Other free Spanish learning resources
  • Schedule a free consultation or learn more about personalized online lessons, conversation sessions, or adventure immersion trips
  • Check out Hannah's personal blog Destined For Adventure
  • Questions or comments? Send me an email: hannahrompiendolasbarreras@gmail.com

Tips for learning Spanish

In this video I share 4 tips that my Spanish students have used to successfully learn Spanish over time.

  • How to learn vocab easily (two different ways)
  • How to allocate time to study Spanish in a way that you can consistently do so
  • A fun and interesting way to practice writing in Spanish
  • How to optimize your daily commute for Spanish learning

Check out this helpful resource to get going!

Facebook Live Spanish Chat- All Levels Welcome!

Join me for an informal Spanish chat for all levels- free! Let's get to know each other in Spanish! Ask questions in a supportive and encouraging environment. Get practice writing in Spanish and listening. Boost your confidence.

You can drop in anonymously and view the video right here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1880508425558368/. I can't see who is watching unless you choose to comment. If you want to participate in conversation, that's great too! All you have to do to participate is click the link to join the FB group and then at the scheduled time click the live streaming notification when I start the video!

If you can't make it live and have questions, just email them to me (hannah@speakbetterspanish.com) and I'll answer them on the video, which will be available for replay. These have been a lot of fun and a great opportunity to practice Spanish for free in the past. Hope to see you!

Check for upcoming dates and times.

We typically need on Monday evenings from 8:15-8:45 pm Central US time.

Here's what regular attendees have said about Facebook Live Spanish Convo Sessions:

"I am so glad I came across your group. Thanks to you I am finally speaking the language. 🙂 Slowly and with mistakes but I am speaking. Your group is so fun." - Jola

"Que interesante...soy un introvertido, es decir que prefiero pensar sobre lo que quiero decir o escribir. Cuando estaba escribiendo muy rápido a contestar a las preguntas, di en cuenta que la cualidad de la comunicación era similar de cuando hablo por Skype. Pero eso es normal. Era divertido. Gracias Hannah Pinkerton.  Gracias por la sesión anoche, fue interesante y divertido." - Brad

English Translation: "How interesting. I am an introvert. I prefer to think about what I want to say or write. When I was writing very quickly to answer your questions, I realized that the quality of communication was similar to when I talk on Skype, which is normal. It was fun. Thanks, Hannah Pinkerton. Thanks for the session last night. It was interesting and fun." - Brad



Top 10 Things to Eat in Peru

Curious about what to eat when you visit Peru? Worry no more, as today we are sharing the top 10 things you have to eat when you go to Peru!

  1. Ceviche- raw fish marinated in citrus juice
  2. Cuy- guinea pig (baked or BBQed)
  3. Causa- A cold layered casserole type of dish, that might contain potato, cheese, tuna, meat, or hard-boiled egg.
  4. Lomo saltado- hearty hybrid stir-fry, in which beef, tomatoes, peppers, and onions are blended in a pan with soy sauce and fried potatoes. Usually served over white rice.
  5. Aji de gallina-  stew made with chicken and condensed milk and thickened with de-crusted white bread
  6. Anticuchos- skewers of grilled, marinated meat (much like shish kebabs) 
  7. Rocoto relleno- a fiery pepper stuffed with spiced, sautéed ground beef and hard-boiled egg. This is topped with melted white cheese, baked, and served whole.
  8. Alpaca- The taste is similar to buffalo or other grass-fed meats: somewhat gamier than beef and very lean. Alpaca’s lack of greasiness makes for excellent jerky.
  9. Lucuma- Lucuma is a tree fruit that looks like a mango, but it has a custardy taste akin to maple syrup. It’s usually used as a flavoring in desserts, and is justifiably popular as a variety of ice cream.
  10. Pollo a la brasa- The secret is marinating the bird in soy sauce flavored with red peppers, garlic, and cumin, which gives the meat and skin a smoky, salty taste. Typically served with fried yuca, a waxy tuber that has a pleasant chewiness.

​Information obtained thanks to National Geographic.

Have you tried any of these dishes in your travels? Which is your favorite?

Want to make lomo saltado in a traditional cooking class in Cusco, plus see Machu PIcchu and so much more? Join me and a small group of Spanish learning adventurers in Peru in October. Hurry, registration closes 1/15/18. Payment plans available.

Learn Spanish For Free On YouTube

Hola amigos! I'm Hannah from Speak Better Spanish, and together we will learn Spanish for travel with new videos every week!

We'll cover vocabulary, verbs, slang, expressions, culture, and travel tips! These videos are for students of all ages and skill levels to gain the confidence and language abilities to speak Spanish with native speakers! As a native English speaker, I understand the difficulties faced by English speakers learning Spanish. I can help form and fine tune your Spanish abilities, regardless of your age or level of previous Spanish knowledge.

Sound good? Here's what to do:

1. Subscribe here on YouTube for free and turn on the notifications bell 

2. Watch all my videos 😀

3. Subscribe to my free newsletter: http://eepurl.com/czV06z

4. Listen, watch, and learn Spanish with me!

Spanish + English Language Exchange

New!!! Want to practice Spanish for free with native speakers? Check out the Spanish + English Language Exchange Facebook group!

It's an intercambio for native Spanish speakers who want to learn and practice English, and for native English speakers who want to learn and practice Spanish. If you're looking for a friend or friends to practice with one on one or in a small group, this group is for you.

Wikipedia says:

Language exchange is a method of language learning based on mutual language practicing by learning partners who are speakers of different languages. This is usually done by two native speakers teaching each other their native language. Language exchange is different from other Language learning methods as there is usually no set syllabus or activities. Language exchange is sometimes called Tandem language learning.

In modern contexts, "language exchange" most often refers to the mutual teaching of partners' first languages. Language exchanges are generally considered helpful for developing language proficiency, especially in speaking fluency and listening comprehension. Language exchanges that take place through writing or text chats also improve reading comprehension and writing ability. The aim of language exchange is to develop and increase language knowledge and intercultural skills. This is usually done through social interaction with the native speaker. Given that language exchanges generally take place between native speakers of different languages, there is also the side benefit of improving cross-cultural communication.

Want in? Check it out here!

Want more? Join me on Sunday for an AMA Facebook Live on the Peru Trip! Spanish, adventure, and new friends! Learn more!

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