By: Mindy Scirri
Are you looking for homeschooling Spanish lessons? Are you constantly asking yourself, how can I help my child learn Spanish better? Do you find it difficult to teach and learn outside of a structured Spanish classroom? Going to Spain would be best, of course, but most of us cannot do that. What if there were resources available online for a free Spanish homeschool curriculum that could help you teach and learn Spanish more effectively and in fun ways? How about extra activities and games to practice Spanish? We’ve put together a list of all of that and more! .
Free Comprehensive Spanish Websites
Some websites have just about all you need for learning Spanish from beginning levels to advanced. Here are a couple of free comprehensive Spanish websites:
Use the assessment tool to get you started at the right level and then find free lessons and courses; links to Spanish phrases, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation; and programming for children and adults. Resources for teachers are also available. The website is archived and no longer updated, but there is a wealth of information here.
A comprehensive Spanish website for beginners to advanced Spanish speakers. Not sure of your level? Take the proficiency test before you start. Then access resources on everything from grammar and pronunciation to travel and culture. Access games, quizzes and tests, videos, etc.
Free Websites to Learn Basic Spanish
If your Spanish learner is just a beginner, make sure that you build a solid foundation. Check out these resources for the new Spanish student:
“Since 1997 Lingolex has been creating this site for people learning Spanish. We have lived in Spain for many years and the content is based on our own experiences learning Spanish and what we learned as private language teachers teaching English to Spanish people. It is not a complete course it is just a grab bag of lots of learning resources.”
Find free Spanish tutorials here for pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and verbs. Also available is a travel helper, directory of Spanish schools, a daily word, and cultural notes and idioms. You can register for a free membership by providing your name and email address, or you can upgrade to a paid membership.
“123TeachMe is used by more than two million students each month! It is the largest website in the world for learning Spanish, with over 500 Spanish lessons, more than 3,000 quizzes, hundreds of games, and over 12,000 pages of quality content.” Two full courses, Spanish 101 and Spanish 201, are also available.
“Do you want to learn Spanish? It’s one of the world’s fastest growing languages and is widely spoken throughout many countries – especially in South America. If you’re planning on travelling, or just have an interest in learning a new language, you’ve come to the right place! I’ll teach you the basics, including common phrases and vocabulary that travelers should learn, and basic use of verbs. It’s simple, easy, and free.”
“My name is Tyler Chambers, and I have prepared these Spanish lessons to teach basic knowledge, grammar, and vocabulary for Mexican Spanish…. Each lesson is loosely organized around a central theme. New words, sample sentences, pronunciation guides, grammar explanations, and self-tests are included in most of the lessons. In addition, each lesson contains audio of that lesson’s new words being spoken (by me) to help with pronunciation.”
Free Websites to Learn Advanced Spanish
If your Spanish learner is a little more advanced, you might want to check out these websites:
“This free course, Advanced Spanish: Language in context, will develop your knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America and extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course focuses on the many ways in which living languages – notably Spanish – adapt to the contexts in which they are used.”
Read the Spanish articles, check the vocabulary lists, and then answer the questions at the ends of the articles to check your comprehension.
Check your Spanish fluency and learn about the world. Read the news in Spanish!
Read about Spanish culture while learning the language.
If you prefer reading something both entertaining and informative, People magazine is available online in Spanish, too!
Check out these PowerPoint presentations used by a high school Spanish teacher to teach the more advanced parts of the language to Spanish II classes.
Milpitas High Spanish teacher, Srta. Feige, created this free online resource for her Spanish 2-level students. Includes activities and quizzes, as well as links to java games, hangman, and jumbled words.
Milpitas High Spanish teacher, Srta. Feige, created this free online resource for her Spanish 3-level students. Includes activities and quizzes.
Do your research in Spanish and see what you can learn! These Spanish-versions of Google and Yahoo allow you to search in Spanish and read results in Spanish. The possibilities for learning Spanish are endless!
“This is the place where people meet to talk (discuss) in Spanish. Native speakers of Spanish are asked to make corrections of mistakes, whereas non-native speakers can basically talk about anything they want to.”
Check out videos of tv shows, news, gossip, sports, and radio–all in Spanish.
Free Spanish Apps
Apps can sometimes make learning more accessible and fun. Here are some free apps to help learn Spanish:
“Quickly learn basic Spanish vocabulary with exciting, colorful, and addictive game play through Spanish School Bus for Kids! Inspired by Award-winning instructor Yvette Montalvo and her Montessori-based approach, this app is perfect to help young learners expand their world knowledge while strengthening their Spanish vocabulary. Complete the entire curriculum to earn a Certificate of Completion, while unlocking fun-filled achievements along the way!
“Learn Spanish for Kids is an educational application for your kids to learn Spanish effectively. With this free app to learn Spanish for kids, kids can recognize Spanish Alphabet, animals, fruits, color, food, numbers…. Learning while playing is the best fun and effective way for your kids to learn Spanish easily.”
“The fast, fun and effective way to learn… languages from content you love…. Everyone learns to speak their native language. Why not use the same approach with a second language? Surround yourself with meaningful input that matters to you. Start at an easy level and work your way up. Learn from your favourite content: Netflix, YouTube, CNN.”
This free app for toddlers and kids less than 7 years old with activities like drawing shapes and connecting alphabets and numbers. Uses almost 200 pictures to teach categories like colors, fruits, sea animals, body parts, and many more.
“Learn or refresh your Spanish, anytime and anywhere with a mobile language lab. 24/7 Spanish goes beyond the simple talking phrasebook or flashcard programs, providing a set of engaging, interactive study tools that help you really learn the language. FREE Spanish lite edition is a fully functional version containing a useful subset of vocabulary and phrases drawn from several of the learning modules in the 24/7 Spanish series.”
Free Spanish Stories & Songs
You can practice Spanish in fun ways through stories and songs. Here are some free online resources to get you started:
“Reading Spanish books and short stories for beginners is a great way to increase your vocabulary and improve comprehension. Short stories take less commitment than a book, but they are just as helpful if you read them regularly.” Find free downloadable short stories for beginners and intermediate learners here.
“Are you ready to read in Spanish? We’ve compiled a list of more than 20 Spanish books in PDF form to keep you and your family busy reading! The following PDF books, novels, and stories are organized by age groups: preschoolers (2-5), kids (6-12), teens (13-17), and adults (18+). All the links have been checked and approved for quality!”
“BookSpring recommends that kids and families interested in reading diverse and multicultural stories try the award-winning, international site Storyweaver. While BookSpring recommends starting with print books for all infants and toddlers, digital and downloadable books can also help emerging and independent readers if they are shared with an adult caregiver or friend. Luckily, our friends at Storyweaver have built an amazing free platform for very interesting and amusing children’s books from all over the world! Filter by Type, Level, Categories, and Language to find books of interest to your child.”
“Reading is so important for building Spanish language skills! I love to read picture books and early readers with my students, but I also make free printable Spanish books to read in class and send home. Check out our Spanish Reading for Kids resource page for more printable reading activities, activities for favorite picture books, and online stories.”
Learn the songs and rhymes of Mexico here. Includes lullabies, singing games, nursery rhymes, and more.
“Learning to speak Spanish? Check out our free Spanish lessons and our children’s stories in Spanish (Good for adults too!) We’ve also got reviews of Spanish courses if you’re ready to get serious. Enjoy!”
Look here to find Spanish songs about colors, months of the year, animals, and parts of the head.
Other Free Spanish Resources
Talk Spanish with the rest of the world at this forum.
“Become fluent in any language while making friends with native speakers. We are the only website with a proven language exchange method and lesson plans, so you can get fun, effective practice! Created by a qualified language teacher specializing in language exchange learning, this will: show you how to do a language exchange effectively – even without a teacher and no matter what your level or personality, foster a safe and supportive learning environment during your practice, and promote fun and friendship with your language partners, so you stay motivated.”
Join one of many active threads to practice your Spanish with others.
Speak in English, Spanish, or both here to practice your Spanish with Spanish speakers.
“Share your experience in studying Spanish and help fellow Linguaholics to get fluent in this beautiful language. The Spanish forum section holds subforums for Spanish Grammar, Spanish Idioms, Spanish Vocabulary and a forum area for Spanish-only conversations.”
“This page allows you to easily type Spanish accents and other Spanish characters without a Spanish keyboard. You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc.”
Access Spanish-English forums on vocabulary, grammar, and specialized terminology (i.e., medical, financial, legal, computers).
Learning Spanish for free at home is doable! These are just some of the resources available; there are so many more! Consider using online resources together with other family members or friends to make learning a language more fun and interactive. If not, try speaking with advanced or native speakers over the Internet or through video conferencing. Or just treat yourself and practice at a Mexican restaurant!