miércoles, 31 de enero de 2018

Recommended: 7 free key tools (I)

In this first part of today's post we would like to introduce seven free tools that can be really useful to learn Spanish. Some of them can be used to learn other languages. With these we can aprehend grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as oral and written skills. Let's go to it!

Eventhough Spanish isn't a complicated language for pronunciation, having in mind the writing basis, it's useful to have a page that can be checked as a guide when needed.

Here you can find words, and even phrases which contain those words, pronounced by native speakers (in this case Spanish). Next to the user name you can check the country, so, you'll be able to listen to the distinctive accents.

You don't need to register in order to use it, although, if you did create a user, you could record the pronunciation of the words in your native language, as well as give and recieve reviews to and from other users.

While in the first tool we shared, we talked about the affordability of Spanish pronunciation and reading comprehension, with this second tool we present one of the most difficult parts of the Spanish grammar: the verb conjugation.

In this web site you will find a conjugation model of the verbs, whatever their verbal form, infinitive included.

Have in mind that, if the ending of the verb you introduce shares the ending of one of the model verbs, it will be conjugated following the pattern even if it doesn't exist in Spanish and without locating possible spelling mistakes.

You will find as well a translator that lets you listen the pronunciation of the word searched. In case your keyboard doesn't have the Spanish special characters, both tools have access to them in case you need it.

3. WordReference

Although this web site has also a verb conjugator, we highlight WordReference for its translator.

When searching a word, apart from the translation and pronunciation, you will find some other options of great interest: definition, synonyms, antonyms, images, "in context" and forum discussions related to the word.

The "in context" section will adress you to articles in Google News which contain the term. This way, we will have a reference on how the native use the term. As you see, it's a really complete tool on the amount of information given from a single term.

4. Linguee

Same as before,  Linguee is also a dictionary with pronunciation, featuring the fact you can search in it complete phrases.

It contains a linguistic corpus of external resources that can help us locate the natural context of a word or phrase.

Also, it has a free app for Android and iOS, which doesn't need an internet connection to work properly.

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