Verb and Vocab Workout
Instructions: Use "Verb Champion: Spanish" and "Vocab Champion: Spanish" app available on Apple App store and Google Play to do the following verb conjugation “workout”. You can also do the workout without the app with the following printable worksheet on Google docs.

  • Select the following verbs and tenses in the app and hit “play”. Do this exercise three times this week for 20 minutes each time. If you are beginner select the beginner verbs, if you are more advanced select both the beginner and advanced verbs.

This Week's Verb Tense: Preterite
 
Verbs
andar .......................to walk
ayudar .....................to help
bailar .......................to dance
buscar ......................to look for
caminar ....................to walk
cantar ......................to sing
cocinar .....................to cook
comprar ...................to buy
dejar ........................to allow, to leave
desear ......................to desire
enseñar ....................to teach
entrar (en) ................to enter (into)
enviar .......................to send
escuchar ..................to listen to
esperar .....................to hope, to wait for
estudiar ....................to study
prometer ..................to promise
romper .....................to break
temer .......................to fear
vender .....................to sell
decidir ......................to decide
describir ...................to describe
descubrir ..................to discover
discutir .....................to discuss
escribir .....................to write

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Advanced

to be sorry/to feel - sentir(ie)
to begin / start (to…) - empezar(ie) (a…)
to close - cerrar(ie)
to lose - perder(ie)
to prefer - preferir(ie)
to recommend - recomendar(ie)
to require - requerir(ie)
to snow - nevar (ie)
to begin / start - comenzar(ie)
to think - pensar(ie)
to understand - entender(ie)

VocabularyRooms and areas of the house:

  • attic: el ático, el desvánel entretecho
  • basement: el sótano
  • bathroom: el bañoel cuarto de bañoel retrete
  • bedroom: el dormitorio
  • closet, wardrobe: el armarioel ropero
  • courtyard: el patio
  • den, study: el estudio
  • dining room: el comedor
  • entryway: la entrada
  • family room: la estancia, el cuarto de estar
  • garage: el garagela cochera
  • kitchen: la cocina
  • living room: la sala de estarel salón
  • room: el cuarto
  • ceiling: el techo
  • cupboard: el armariola despensa
  • door: la puerta
  • electrical socket: el enchufe (de pared)
  • faucet: el grifo

 
 
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Are you planning to visit a Spanish speaking country for a long period of time? Do you need to improve your Spanish and are plateauing? Well then, have you ever considered doing a Spanish immersion course?


General Tips On Choosing A Spanish Immersion Course:

1) If you really want to improve your Spanish, it is probably a good idea to learn look for a place to learn Spanish where you can interact with  local people and really live in the language. Look for activities and other cultural experiences that could be had in the school's location. Some of these activities should be guided by school instructors or guides.

2) You should probably choose a Language School in the locality where you are planning to visit or live in the future. This would even help you to learn the local dialect, which can vary widely by region no matter what country you are in.

3) There should be some homestay option available. A homestay is when you live with a family or with a group of people from the local population. If you stay with other people who are not natives you will likely continue to speak your native language after class which defeats the whole purpose of a Spanish immersion course!

Ok, so you have decided a Spanish immersion course seems interesting. Let's look at some of them!

Best Places For Spanish Immersion:


Learning Spanish in Spain

Spain is my favorite place to learn Spanish. The birthplace of the language has tons of great cities to learn in and the culture and friendly people also make it a prime location to really learn the language.  Madrid is usually where people go because it is full of cultural activities that support language learning. But no matter where you go, there are usually museums, restaurants, bars and cultural activities galore.

Spanish Immersion Course in Spain: Don Quijote

Don Quijote offers comprehensive training courses to learn Spanish language effectively at various centers located in Latin America and Spain. The school is highly reputed and has branches at several locations in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Salamanca and other places. They have had learning courses in the Spanish Language since 1989. They offer Spanish courses mentioned below –

·       Intensive Spanish
·       DELE
·       Spanish and Work
·       Summer camps
·       Premium Mini-group Classes

Don Quijote also has an exceptional blog and a good email newsletter for students around the world. It mostly focuses on culture, rather than just Spanish language. If you love Spanish culture, then this school is geared toward you.

It's is also one of the few schools I have seen that teach a DELE (the official Spanish skills test of the government of Spain) classes.

Learning Spanish in Mexico

Mexico is another popular place to learn Spanish, especially for North Americans. The food and culture of this large country are famous world wide, so its no wonder it is a good place to go and study.

Spanish Immersion Veracruz in Mexico

Spanish Immersion Veracruz in Mexico offers optimized Spanish learning experience in a friendly environment. The region of Veracruz shares a significant coastline with Gulf of Mexico.  This school says it uses non-traditional, but successful approach to introduce the language for beginners. They offer seven basic Spanish language programs –

·       Intensive Business Spanish Immersion
·       Intensive Conversational Spanish Immersion
·       Cultural Tourism and Spanish Immersion
·       Subjunctive Intensive Spanish Immersion
·       Mexican Cooking and Spanish Immersion
·       Family Mexico Vacation and Spanish Study
·       Adventure and Ecotourism with Spanish Immersion

Argentina

Argentina is a very popular country for people to learn Spanish! Several people I know rave about their time in Argentina (especially the capitol, Buenos Aires) so I know I have to include a school from the country.  

Spanish Immersion in Argentina I.L.E.E Spanish Language Schools

I.L.E.E. Spanish Language Schools are situated in central Buenos Aires. They are highly dedicated institutions that offer Spanish language classes and are on the more affordable spectrum. Branches of the Spanish Language schools are located in the regions of Bariloche, Costa Rica and even Bolivia. They offer comprehensive study materials for the entire course, free tour activity every week and weekly evaluative certificates.

Spanish language courses in Venezuela and Margarita Island

If your goal is to Learning Spanish in a beautiful beach location,  Venezuela is a good place to try it out. CELA Spanish School offers 5 ability level courses for special purposes. They offer special Spanish courses on business and Medicine Law. They even keep the number of students limited to 7. The lessons usually cost about $250 per week, which is inexpensive compared to many schools in other countries. They arrange about 25 lessons every week, including 3 excursions a week to the amazing beaches and other exotic sights of the region. Their teaching system tried to impart skills of the language under natural and social environment of the region.

Are Immersion Programs In Another Country For Me?

So why choose an immersion experience? Anyone who is fluent in a foreign language will tell you that immersion experiences are often times necessary, or at the very least, highly recommended if you really want to learn a language. Immersion programs offer you the ability to do that without having to quit your job and move to a new country to live for a long period of time.

Pros: Immersion programs really train and force you to use the language, which will do more to help your foreign language acquisition than anything else.

Cons:
They usually are fairly expensive and to be effective usually require at least a couple weeks to be effective. This is fairly easy to do for students with educational funding, but if you are a busy professionals learning a language for fun, this can be very difficult.

Any other countries or schools you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments section

Note: None of these schools are affiliated with me or paid any money to be mentioned.


 
 
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Workout #3

Instructions: Use "Verb Champion: Spanish" app available on Apple App store and Google Play to do the following verb conjugation “workout”. You can also do the workout without the app with the following printable worksheet on Google docs.

Select the following verbs and tenses in the app and hit “play”. Do this exercise three times this week for 20 minutes each time. If you are beginner select the beginner verbs, if you are more advanced select both the beginner and advanced verbs.

Tenses:

Future and Imperfect


Verbs:

 Beginner Verbs:

quedar -to stay, remain

creer - to believe

hablar - to speak

llevar - to carry, bring

dejar - to leave, abandon, to let, allow

seguir - to follow, continue

encontrar - to find, encounter

llamar - to call, to name

venir - to come

pensar - to think

salir - to leave, go out


More Advanced Spanish Words:

traer - to bring, to get, fetch, to carry

partir - to divide, to leave

morir - to die

realizar - to achieve, attain, accomplish

suponer - to suppose

comprender - to understand, comprehend

lograr - to get, obtain, to achieve, attain

explicar - to explain

preguntar - to ask, inquire

tocar - to touch, to play (an instrument)


Verbs were found from Linguasorb




 
 
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We are proud to present our newest app Vocab Champion: Spanish for iOS!  We are very proud of the new app and we have outlined several reasons why below. Let us know if there is anything we should add or change in future updates!


How is Vocab Champion Different From Other Apps?


1) Vocab Champion: Spanish allows players to actually spell out the correct answer in Spanish, as opposed to just choosing the correct answer, like in other apps, most particularly the flashcard style learning apps. Spelling out the correct answer helps the student to remember the Spanish word more effectively.
 
2) The app also tests student's spelling of multiple variations of the Spanish word. Other apps will give you something like: "la naranja" = the orange. Our app automatically tests the player with variations of that word like " the oranges" "a orange" "some oranges" in Spanish so that the student will be able to use the noun in any situation.
 
3) You can add as many other Spanish/English words as you want. There is no limit. Other apps will give you several hundred words to practice with, but ours allows the user to add as many others as they want and organize them into lists.
 
4) We have included our own Spanish keyboard, which means you do not have use Apple's which takes more time to add Spanish accents. With an Apple keyboard, you are required to hold down some buttons to choose an accented Spanish letter option. With ours, we added custom accented letter buttons so you would not have to mess with the Apple keyboard.
 
5) The gameplay in the app is more fun than most other Spanish apps, and really makes practicing Spanish vocabulary a more effective and fun experience.
 
Other Useful Information:

  • The app has over 500 of the most common Spanish words organized by thematic lists like "Body parts",  " People and Family", and "Jobs" as well as lists for specific grammar lists like "adjectives" and "verbs".

  • The player can add or subtract words from any list, as well as add custom words that you input so you can have a truly custom Spanish learning experience that is appropriate for any level Spanish student. You can also make your own custom lists with any amount of words, so the game will grow with you as you become better and better and Spanish vocabulary. You will never need to buy additional in app purchases for more vocabulary because you can input whatever you want. 



  • You can also choose "Beginner Mode" while playing for game for those just learning Spanish, which will ensure you are learning the most important and basic vocabulary, before you start worrying about more advanced words. 



  • The app saves your game metrics and shows your improvement over time. You can see what lists you are playing and what scores you have gotten, as well as if you have been playing in beginner mode or regular mode.



  • Vocab Champion: Spanish also allows for multiple people to log in, play, and save their own games on the app. Your whole family can use the app just by logging in to their own unique player account. 

 
 
Here is a great video by my favorite Spanish musician. Anyone interested in learning Spanish should give her a listen. The band's name is Chambao and you won't regret it. 
RSGCSYFECYWS
 
 
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1.Mindsnacks


Best for: Beginners, Visual Learners, Game fans.


Mindsnacks is perhaps the best foreign language learning app on the market and really takes the “gameization” of foreign language concept and excels at it like no one else has. The graphics are great, gameplay is excellent and fun, and you really end up learning a lot of essential vocabulary. I used both Spanish and Portuguese versions and learned Portuguese colors very quickly.


The app teaches vocabulary by having the student play different vocabulary games that test your speed,  understanding and spelling. The better you are and the higher the score the more games you end up unlocking. I expect more and more apps will try and do what Mindsnacks does, by putting a lot of time and money into creating fun games that students want to play, and as a result learn the foreign language.


This app is best for learning vocab and will not teach you much in the way of grammar, and they do have most of the vocabulary in audio form so you can hear the pronunciation, which will help with yours. Mindsnacks is best used to reinforce learning from a textbook or in a class, and is probably not the best for learning travel and common phrases.


You can try the Mindsnacks app for free in several different languages and upgrade to the full version with 50 lessons for $4.99.


Pros: Vocabulary, Audio pronunciation, Games are addicting and fun.





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2.  Verb Champion and Vocabulary Champion


Best for: Visual learners, students who want more grammar practice, quantitative minded learners.


We are a bit biased because we designed these apps, but we really think they are some of the best Spanish learning tools available. Both Verb Champion: Spanish and Vocabulary Champion: Spanish (due out in early May) are designed to be fun ways for you to practice verb conjugation and vocabulary. Unlike other apps, that use flashcards to help you learn words, these apps make you spell it out to help improve memory retention. The concept is easy. The English verb or vocab words will randomly pop up and you need to spell or conjugate the correct answer. The process better mimics real life language use, rather than practicing verb conjugations on just one or several verbs and tenses at a time.


Verb Champion includes over 520 verbs to practice with and over 8 tenses that you can use to practice verb conjugation. You can play random or customize your practice session to help study for a test or help improve in a particular area. It also won About.com’s Readers’ Choice Awards for best Spanish app for Android.


Vocabulary Champion has over 500 vocabulary words to choose from, and even allows you to add your own custom words into the mix, which can be very helpful when studying for a quiz or test. You can also choose from several pre made lists like “Food” and “Adjectives” that can help students at any level.


Verb and Vocab Champion are primarily meant to be practice tools and should not be your primary teaching resource. They are best used in conjunction with a class or a textbook. The apps are free to try, but upgrade to full version costs $2.99.


Pros: Customizable, Fun, Effective way to learn verb conjugations and vocabulary.




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3. Word Reference


Best for: Beginner and advanced learners. People who want to need definitions and are connected to the internet all the time.


If you have ever used the website www.wordreference.com, then you realize how great of a tool it is. Well, Word Reference also has an app now that you can use on your iPhone. Word Reference is a Spanish dictionary that provides translations in many different languages. It is our primary reference for Spanish to English translations, and has a huge following.


The best thing about Word Reference are the forums. You can search for phrases and chances are you will find a question posted by someone else about that phrase or word that has been answered.


Word Reference app is free to download and use and you can get an ad free version for $4.99. It is also important to remember that you have to be connected to the internet to look up words on this app, so look elsewhere if you want something that is stored on your device.


Pros: Easy to use, Forum participants answer your questions, and lots of definitions.


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4. Now You’re Fluent


Best for: Intermediate and advanced learners. People who learn best through translation exercises.


When I first saw “Now you’re Fluent” I was sure I would not like it, but after using it for a while I have totally changed my mind. I think it is one of the better Spanish learning apps, especially for more advanced students.


Now You’re Fluent is a very simple idea, in fact, it is its simplicity that first makes you question whether or not it provides any value to your learning, but I promise you it does. The app is separated into days, and each day has 5 or so sentences that are in both English and Spanish. You can compare the two languages and learn new vocabulary and it helps a bit with verb conjugation as well.


Again, it sound simple, but in reality it is very difficult to find consistent translations of English sentences into Spanish to practice your own translation. The computer program "Verbarrator" does this a bit, and there are some books that offer it as well, but for the most part you are not going to find good English-Spanish sentences that are accurately translated and can be used for learning.


I find I use this app a lot, and it really has helped me to review words I already know and learn some that I do not know. There are no explanations of the rules, however, so this app is best used to practice with the help of a textbook or in class with a Spanish teacher. You can try it for free, and buy a years worth of lessons for $8.99 or purchases individual months (with 30 lessons in each month)


Pros: Lots of material, accurate translations, interesting topics.


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5. YouTube


Best for: Students who want listening practice, students who learn best through hearing.


I know, Youtube is not a Spanish learning app, but it can help you to learn more Spanish than most any other app if used correctly. There are literally millions and millions of Spanish videos on Youtube that can be invaluable in practicing listening. One thing that is bad about most Spanish educational tools is that they audio practice is done very slowly and deliberately made easier so students have an easier time understanding. The videos uploaded to Youtube are not meant for students, but for native speakers and because of this you are going to find more natural and real interviews, documentaries, and stories than you would find in any textbook or Spanish learning app.


Youtube has tons of Spanish TV shows, news stories, as well as an incredibly variety of other Spanish language videos available. You like sports? You can find the latest news and interviews with your favorite Spanish athletes. Arts more your thing? There is an infinite amount of documentaries and stories highlighting arts communities in Spanish speaking country. Just find out what you are interested in and search on Youtube. Some videos even have English subtitles if you want them.


Since Youtube has so much material it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start, but just think of vocabulary in Spanish that you are interested in and search. You will be entertained for hours and learn a lot! The app is free with no need to upgrade.



Pros: Almost infinite videos in most any language

Those are my top 5 Spanish apps for iPhone and iPad. I will be doing the next five in the next few weeks. Do you have any apps we should be looking at that missed the list?

 
 
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Sorry for the delay in getting the second workout on the blog. We have been busy finishing up our app Vocab Champion, which will be out next month. Here is your Second workout:

Instructions: Use "Verb Champion: Spanish" app available on Apple App store and Google Play to do the following verb conjugation “workout”. You can also do the workout without the app using the following printable worksheet on Google docs.

Select the following verbs and tenses in the app and hit “play”. Do this exercise three times this week for 20 minutes each time. If you are beginner select the beginner verbs, if you are more advanced select both the beginner and advanced verbs.


Tenses: Present, Imperfect


tener: to have

hacer: to do, make

poder: to be able, can

decir: to say, tell

ir: to go

ver: to see

dar: to give

saber: to know (information)

querer: to want, love

llegar: to arrive, come, reach

pasar: to pass, to pass on, to spend (time), to happen



More Advanced Spanish Students Can Add:

contentar: to gratify, please
contradecir:  to contradict
contraponer:  to compare, contrast
contratar:  to contract, engage, hire
controlar:  to control
desordenar :  to disarrange
desorganizar:  to disorganize
despedir: to dismiss, fire, discharge
despertar:  to wake up (someone)
desplegar:  to unfold, unfurl, spread out

Verbs were found from Linguasorb



 
 
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Workouts aren't only for your body, you can also do mental workouts to improve your Spanish! We will have weekly Spanish "workouts" to improve verb conjugation and vocabulary retention. This is the first verb conjugation workout. Enjoy!

Instructions: Use "Verb Champion: Spanish" app available on Apple App store and Google Play to do the following verb conjugation “workout”. You can also do the workout without the app with the following printable worksheet on Google docs. 

Select the following verbs and tenses in the app and hit “play”. You can also practice each verb on the printable worksheet. Do this exercise three times a week for 20 minutes each time. If you are beginner, select the beginner verbs. If you are more advanced, select both the beginner and advanced verbs.



Tenses: Preterite

Subjects: All

 Verbs:

  Beginner Verbs:

   estar - to be (temporary)

   sentarse- to sit down

   ver - to see

   mirar- to watch

   hablar- to talk

   comer- to eat

   tomar- to take

   beber- to drink

   aprender- to learn



 More Advanced Verbs:

 añadir- to add

 cerrar- to close

 coger- to take/grab/pick up

 comenzar- to start

 conducir- to drive

 continuar- to continue

 deber- have to/ must

 declarar- to declare

 descubrir- to discover

 desear- to want/desire

 despertarse- to wake up

 disculparse- to forgive




 
 
We are trying out some interesting graphics for students to learn the definition of verbs by using real world examples. We are hoping that the real world use of the verbs will help beginners learn the meaning of the verb and how it is actually used, not just "textbook scenarios". The question we have is, would you use these to help learn Spanish verbs? What suggestions do you have? We are hoping to have the 50 most popular verbs made into this or similar format and perhaps put them in an e-book or pdf for people to use for self study or as a classroom aide. What do you think? Leave us your comments below!
 
 
Deb Roy talks about language acquisition of his new born son. He sets up video and audio recorders throughout his entire house and recorded how his son learned words. He shows an example of how he learned the word "water" which was fascinating. Roy's results from this study will certainly be fascinating and will illustrate how we learn to pronounce words as little kids.

Video here