- Time of past OR future Camino
- July 2017
I'm looking for an app to learn Spanish that is audio based so I can listen
while I go for my daily walk. Thanks
while I go for my daily walk. Thanks
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Wow you are pretty thorough. Thanks MichaelA lot depends on your time frame and budget. I've used the following audio programs, for Spanish and other languages:
- *** Language Transfer Complete Spanish. All audio, 90 lessons. Free. This course will take you step by step through the structure of Spanish. This is a professional-level course that was funded through a Patreon campaign. I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Michel Thomas. All audio. Cost. Michel Thomas covers similar territory as Language Transfer. There's a nice synergy if you do both simultaneously, but I don't think it's necessary. If you have to pick one, pick Language Transfer. If you can find a free copy of Michel Thomas as the library, then by all means use him also!
I would absolutely recommend Pimsleur if you can find it an an affordable price. I don't think it's worth the hundreds of dollars per level that they charge on Amazon.
- Pimsleur. All audio. Can be expensive. Pimsleur is great for developing automaticity in speaking, and for developing a decent accent. It covers the necessary grammar, though it doesn't cover a lot of vocabulary. Each level has 30 half-hour lessons. There are a few drawbacks, though. 1: I find that you really need to complete two levels to reach a usable, semi-functionable speaking level. You'll want at least two months, and that is doing one lesson per day. 2: It is incredibly expensive. If you can find it at a library, then by all means use it. You can also buy it with credits if you are an audible.com member, and that can bring the price down to a manageable level.
I never found some of the other free language learning podcasts to be useful.
There are a few other apps that are a nice addition to language learning, though they aren't stand-alone courses like the ones above (and you can't do these while walking):
- Lyrics Training - Online only. Free. You pick your language, select a song, select your level, and then practice by filling in the missing words as you watch a music video. It's super fun.
- LingVist. Free. This is mostly a vocabulary building courses.
- Memrise. Free. Similar to DuoLingo (free) and Babbel (cost), though I think the official Memrise language courses are better organized. My experience is that these kinds of apps are good for light study, but not so effective if you are aiming to really learn a language well.
I had forgotten about VideoEle. I was just perusing their videos and found that there is one about the Camino! It's a level B1 video.In case this could be useful, I found this:
Curso de español para extranjeros online y gratis con vídeos. Unidades didácticas con una guía y actividades interactivas. Canciones para aprender españolvideoele.com
Select at the top your language, students and the level you want (from A1 to B2). This will open a video collection. From what I saw, you can get the video transcript by pressing "Transcript".
It seems to be based on the official Spanish school program for foreigners. (ELE - Español como Lengua Extranjera- Spanish as a foreign language).
And only two tips like native Spanish: Don't worry too much about pronunciation (in Spanish pronunciation, being important, is not as important as in English) and if you get lost in a conversation ... just tell people to repeat and to speak slower ! No one is going to be upset for that!!