You’ve reached the end of the long tunnel known as “the beginner level.”
In language learning, once we reach the end of one level, we simply go to the next. But making the leap from beginner to intermediate is a lot harder than it sounds.
You’re trying to find new resources, maintaining the Spanish you learned and becoming more comfortable using your skills in real-world environments.
This is commonly known as the “intermediate plateau”—a phase in your learning where you feel stuck in the intermediate level. You feel like you aren’t progressing, and you aren’t sure where to start next.
Well, consider this blog post the cure to your ailment.
In this post, I’m going to introduce you to eight online resources for becoming a rockstar intermediate Spanish speaker, and passing the DELE B1 exam.
We’ll also go into detail about what B1 really means, and what achieving this level entails.
Let’s get rolling!
What Does B1 Spanish Really Mean?
Are you wondering what exactly B1 means for Spanish speakers? No worries! The details are actually pretty straightforward when it comes to language levels.
The Council of Europe—which is a human rights organization—established the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
This leveling system makes a distinction between the various language abilities of speakers of any given language.
The classifications are separated into six levels. The levels go from A1 to C2.
A1 and A2 are considered basic, B1 and B2 are the intermediate levels and C1 and C2 are proficient language users.
As a B1 Spanish learner, you fit into the “lower intermediate” level.
According to DELE.org, B1 Spanish speakers can…
- Understand the basic concept of clearly-written texts that discuss well-known topics (like jobs, studying or travel).
- Deal with most situations as they arise while traveling in a Spanish-speaking country.
- Write simple but well-written texts about topics you’re familiar with or have a personal interest for.
- Describe experiences, wishes, events and hopes.
- Briefly explain your opinions.
But “B1” is more than just a progress marker. It’s also a certification.
The DELE is the official Spanish language proficiency test. You can take the test for a certain level (such as level B1), and if you pass, you receive a diploma that clearly states which level of proficiency you possess.
So by taking courses suitable for B1 Spanish learners, you can prepare to take the DELE Level B1 test!
This is especially useful if you ever want to live or work in a Spanish-speaking country. And even in countries like the United States, bilingual people often have more career opportunities and qualify for higher pay.
So by showing your employer your B1 level certificate, you can open endless doors of opportunity!
8 Foolproof Intermediate Resources for Achieving B1 Spanish
Amauta Spanish offers excellent materials for learners to work toward the B1 level. Their grammar exercises cover important topics like direct object pronouns, past participles and prepositions.
The worksheets are entirely in Spanish, which is excellent for encouraging you to think more in the language!
And the exercises they include are multiple-choice questions that can be worked more than once. For best results, keep with a particular topic until your score is perfect before moving on!
FluentU is a Spanish immersion experience—online! No need to grab a passport or head to the airport.
To start, select your level as “Intermediate 1” on your FluentU dashboard.
Then, browse FluentU’s library to find thousands of videos in Spanish taken directly from the internet.
Before you watch, each video introduces key vocabulary and grammar points that are going to be used and that you should learn at your level.
But if you still come across a word you don’t understand in the video, just click on it in the subtitles to instantly see its meaning, example sentences and related images!
Finally, never forget vocabulary words again by using FluentU’s flashcards. The flashcards use a spaced repetition software, which is programmed to store new words into your long-term memory, making them extremely difficult for you to forget!
Ready to give learning Spanish with videos native speakers watch a go? Give FluentU a try today!
If you’re wondering how intermediate your Spanish really is, or start to feel stuck even while using other resources, turn to One-to-One Spanish for a quick status update.
This quiz is a quick method for checking your progress with 35 multiple-choice questions. Plus, it’s entirely in Spanish!
A valuable feature of this quiz is that if you get an answer incorrect, it’s immediately identified in red. This gives you the opportunity to correct—and learn—from mistakes as they occur!
KwizIQ is a super spot for Spanish language learners at any level!
They offer so many incredible, engaging and educational topics that any learner could easily spend hours going from one to another without getting bored.
And at the B1 level, KwizIQ doesn’t disappoint.
The material is organized by topic so learners can peruse the offerings and choose what to work on. They cover many issues, from grammar to reading comprehension, and do so in a very entertaining way.
Finally, most of the topics feature a cultural explanation of the material covered so learners get a feel for authentic Spanish life.
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin is a Spanish learner’s dream come true!
They offer so much valuable material that it’s almost mind-boggling. Every level is covered in-depth, where they feature videos, grammar lessons, vocabulary, phrase sections and even podcasts!
Native speakers present the information, which improves your listening skills.
Also, the topics are divided so clearly that it’s a snap for users to focus on areas that need attention, like a particular conversational topic or even a how-to issue like buying theater tickets.
Finally, the podcasts make listening practice so mobile that learning anytime and anywhere is effortless. Learners should add these to their programs for fast, interesting bursts of Spanish practice!
Let’s Learn Spanish
Let’s Learn Spanish offers courses to take learners to any of the CEFR levels.
Each course is 20 hours in length and learners can decide how intensively they want to study a course. They can be done in different increments ranging from doing the 20 hours in a single week to spreading it out over 10 weeks.
This is a way for learners who need a syllabus and structured coursework to level up.
An interesting feature of this method is that they hold daily online social activities. Learners chat with each other, play games, enjoy culture classes and much more.
And if you’re uncertain about which level you actually fall into, take their quick test to gauge your Spanish skillset!
The Spanish Forum
The Spanish Forum has plenty of material geared toward helping Spanish language learners become proficient at the B1 level.
Every topic is separated by content and clearly marked so it’s a breeze to just choose the areas that need the most attention or to learn topics in the order presented. Either method works and both are facilitated by the orderly presentation of material here.
Topics explain the differences between common words, grammar rules and even how to properly use accent marks.
Plus, there are opportunities to practice the material after you read the presentations. Use the practice exercises to ensure that you’re getting those news skills down pat!
Lingolex has an extensive list of resources for B1 learners. The topics cover everything from pronouns to grammar rules, from vocabulary to sentence structure and much more.
One of the interesting things about this site is that it features some really engaging topics alongside the typical grammar and vocabulary.
Interested in proverbs, weather, airports, literary tidbits or holidays? There are sections that cover all of those!
Finally, Lingolex provides comprehensive vocabulary lists, which is truly beneficial to Spanish learners.
Pick and choose from those lists to compile a personalized one of your most useful words and phrases—and then commit to using those words at every opportunity! Pull them into conversations and writing activities, and your skills will really take off!
Learning to speak Spanish is a wonderful adventure. And adventures shouldn’t stop!
So if you’re stuck at the basic level don’t settle or decide to stay there. You’ve got places to go and things to learn!
If you want to improve and move beyond basic to intermediate, the key is to add solid resources to your program. And then you’ve just got to practice!
Make that commitment and watch your Spanish skills level up.
Head to level B1—and beyond!
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