Read My Lips (and learn Spanish)

What value is there in lip reading when it comes to language learning?

Crowd of people, some of whom are draped in Spanish flags
Spain: The Basics. Languages

Confused about Castilian? Jim explains the languages of Spain.

Birds flying at sunset, evoking the idea of broadening your horizon
Language Learning and Your Personality

When I switch from my native English into Spanish, it's not just the language which is changing. I switch into Spanish mode. Can speaking a different language change your personality? Or does it reveal different facets of you?

The letter R
The Most Dreaded Letter in Spanish – and English

The word "rural" has the same spelling and meaning in both English and Spanish. And it inspires terror in learners in both language..... The following article is from Paul, an English teacher who lives in Argentina. Paul writes on behalf of Language Trainers, a language tutoring service offering personalized course packages to individuals and groups.

Speekee, Dino and Lupi
Speekee's friends Dino and Lupi

Many years have passed since the original ideas for Speekee came together. One of those ideas was the use of Sock Puppets. We felt certain they were perfect language learning tools - especially for kids - and that's why we gave instructions on how to make Dino and Lupi right at the start of our FastTrack curriculum for homeschoolers.

Homeschooler Kimberly Lacey follows Speekee’s FastTrack program

My name is Kimberly and I am a homeschooling mom of 3. My 9 and 3 year old daughters are embarking on a year long journey to Spain. How, you may ask? It will be a virtual tour! A tour of the Spanish language through www.speekee.com and the accompanying homeschool curriculum. I am so excited to see where this path will lead us. Come along with us with weekly updates and see just how far our adventure will take us over the next year.

Watching computer
Faultless Spanish Learning for Kids

For us at Speekee, teaching Spanish is not simply about getting students to memorise words and phrases. Sure enough, the language itself must be carefully chosen to reflect a child's linguistic needs in real-life settings, and memorisation forms a part of the learning, but it's more important to cultivate the learner's ability to be flexible with the Spanish learned.

10 Common Spanish-Language Mistakes That English Speakers Make

When learning Spanish (or any language), it's natural for English speakers to try to form their Spanish phrases in the same way that they'd form English ones. Unfortunately, this does not always work, and often times will result in making you look quite silly. In order to improve your grammar and protect your dignity, read on to learn which mistakes English speakers make the most, as well as how to avoid them.

Rare fauna in Southern Spain

The region known as Andalucí­a, which makes up most of the south of the country, is home to the driest place in Spain; the wettest place in Spain; the hottest place in Spain; and it has the highest mountain on the Spanish peninsula. Andalucía's fauna is similarly varied.

Barcelona
Spain: The Basics. Cities

Quick guide to Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.

Spain: The Basics. Climate

Is it true that the rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain? A quick guide to Spain's climate.

Flamenco dancers
Spain: The Basics. Flamenco

Flamenco can be song, it can be dance, or it can be guitar. Or it can be any combination of these three forms of artistic expression. Flamenco is about passion, spontaneity, individuality. It's in the blood.

A Conversation about Spanish versus English

Perhaps there is no art in the 'art of conversation'; my own theory is that the very best conversations have no idea where they are heading, no interest in any particular objective. Such conversations - with a 'life of their own' - can produce many an inspiring moment, and one such moment occurred last night as I discussed an aspect of the Spanish language with a Spanish friend.

The Perfect Language Teacher

What attributes does the perfect language teacher have?

7 Ways to Turn Your Home into a Spanish-Immersion Oasis

There's no doubt that childhood is the best time to learn a foreign language: children's brains are growing and flexible, and have the seemingly magical ability to soak up linguistic information like a sponge. Of course, the best way for children to learn a language is to live in a place where that language is spoken. That way, they'll be using the language to communicate, and their skills will increase rapidly.

Bilingual kids rock by Olena Centeno
Bilingual Kids Rock... with podcasts!

Jim chats with Olena Centeno of Bilingual Kids Rock.

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