You’re ready to level up.
No, not in your current video game, in your Spanish studies!
Yes, Secret Agent Spanish Student, your mission to master the basics is officially accomplished. Now it’s time to move on to your next assignment and become an intermediate master! The task before you is no simple one—you’ll encounter confusing words and new grammar rules, irregular verbs and other obstacles. But, they’re obstacles you’ll overcome!
Only you can determine your readiness to progress up the rungs of the Spanish-learning ladder. If you feel unsure as to whether or not you can consider yourself to be labeled an “intermediate” as opposed to a “novice” learner, check out some of the criteria used by others as determinants.
How to Know When You’ve Reached Intermediate Spanish Status
On this forum on SpanishDict, users piped in offering their insights on what they consider to be the determining factors for when you can consider yourself an intermediate learner. Some say that it depends on how much of a conversation you can sustain, or how much you can understand while listening or reading. Check out this conversation for more ideas about this abstract idea.
Perhaps you’re on the other end of the spectrum and are curious as to whether you’re intermediate or advanced. If that’s the case, this article on The Polygot Dream website could shed some light onto your self inquiry.
Still scratching your head and stroking your chin, possibly even more confused than before you read the above resources? You can always take this test on 123 Teach Me, which was designed to determine your Spanish level. Of course, as mentioned before, only you can really determine whether or not you’re ready to advance your studies or focus on your current goals, so trust your language-learning intuition!
Once you know that you’re ready to proceed with intermediate Spanish, it’s time to choose the best resources for your goals, interests and preferred learning style. That’s where we come in!
4 Titillating Types of Resources for Learning Intermediate Spanish
The four major types of resources we’ve chosen for you aren’t so surprising: Books, websites, videos and immersion resources. They seem obvious, primarily because they’re the classic cornerstones of self-education.
However, the specific recommendations we’ve provided for each type of resource are the really unique parts to watch out for. We’ve made our selections based on what we know you love: hip, fresh, relevant learning material that you’ll be excited to study with.
Not all books are the same when it comes to learning Spanish. You may find that some types of books help you more than others. Some Spanish learners absorb information better via textbooks, and others find more success with a more self-guided study which revolves around reading novels in Spanish. Both ways have their advantages and disadvantages, but only you know how you pick up new information best.
The vast selection of novels out there to choose from may seem overwhelming and downright intimidating. But don’t let the endless options deter you! FluentU has done the monotonous selection process for you and listed an array of ideal intermediate Spanish novels that you can read to boost your skills.
None of those options immediately get your attention? Another idea is to read Spanish-language books you’ve already read in English. That way, you’re already familiar with the plot and can focus on learning new vocabulary instead of feeling lost trying to comprehend the storyline. A few examples include The Harry Potter series in Spanish, “El Señor de los Anillos” (The Lord of the Rings) or “The Hobbit” in Spanish, or “Los Juegos del Hambre” (The Hunger Games). Just one of the aforementioned series should be enough to keep you busy reading for awhile!
As far as textbooks go, there are once again an overwhelming amount of options out there to guide you in your self-study.
“Practice Makes Perfect: Intermediate Spanish Grammar” by Gilda Nissenberg is an ideal option for those whose study benefits from the ability to practice with exercises accompanying the book. The Kindle option and the old-school paperback version feature 160 exercises to help you on your journey to master intermediate Spanish.
“Intermediate Spanish for Dummies” by Gail Stein is another fantastic option to accompany your Spanish studies. This gem of a study manual doesn’t simply bombard readers with new information, but it also reviews more basic Spanish so you don’t get rusty—plus, it features plenty of exercises to accompany the text.
Perhaps you’re not a book person at all and don’t really benefit from any form of text. Perhaps you’re someone who learns best by surfing the web. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, for there are tons of websites to help you learn the ropes of intermediate Spanish.
Fluent Spanish Academy was designed by polyglot Olly Richards and specializes in the intermediate stage of learning. You’d be hard-pressed to find something better suited to the needs of the intermediate Spanish student. Through short stories, authentic audio, goal setting, monthly challenges, progress tracking and live coaching, you’ll feel incredibly encouraged to achieve fluency.
If you enjoy this content, you may also be interested in Olly’s Grammar Hero and Conversations courses, which are designed to help you set up workable, step-by-step systems for learning Spanish (and other languages!).
Practical Spanish provides gems of information to help with some of the trickiest aspects of intermediate Spanish such as the difference between por and para. Along with the lessons on the website are practice readings so you can put your knowledge to the test. Check out the other supplemental materials like their video section to get the most out of the website.
Looking for a place with lessons on topics ranging from intermediate Spanish prepositions to pronouns to adverbs and more? Look no further than About Education’s Continue Learning Spanish page! There, you’ll find concise and extremely helpful lessons that will undoubtedly benefit your Spanish learning, whether or not you’ve come across the topics before.
A simple search with the keyword “intermediate” on 123 Teach Me yields result after result including quizzes, puzzles and activities, lessons and more to benefit your studies. The topics include conjugations for intermediate verbs and proper word order in Spanish sentences, which may sound simple but can have a huge impact on what you desire to communicate.
One of the best aspects of LightSpeed Spanish‘s page listing lessons for early-intermediate Spanish learners is that it teaches the kind of Spanish you can use in everyday situations such as ordering a drink at a bar. There’s an audio and text lesson for asking for and giving directions, buying goods in shops and using reflexive verbs. Another appealing aspect of this site is that it features videos, audio and text for each lesson and therefore caters to all different types of learners.
Books and websites alone not cutting it? Well, you can be thankful to YouTube not just for adorable cat videos but for Spanish lessons as well, as there are tons of videos posted there that can help you learn intermediate Spanish.
LightSpeed Spanish, one of the websites listed in the section above, also posts videos on YouTube that can be beneficial to watch during your studies. This one, for example, introduces the somewhat tricky Spanish verbs conocer, decir and saber and how to conjugate them in the preterit and imperfect tenses.
Want to get more involved in learning via YouTube videos? This eight-part series from Instant Immersion offers hours upon hours of useful information on topics that apply directly to your daily life such as travel vocabulary and phrases.
YouTube isn’t the only place to find fabulous intermediate Spanish videos! Lingus also includes a category on its site entirely devoted to intermediate Spanish videos. Some of the topics are a bit racy, and others are more appropriate, but they’re all fun and include subtitles making it easier to follow along. So, just watch and learn!
Want more resources for watching fun, free video content? Well, you’ve come to the right place, friend. FluentU takes a huge collection of Spanish language video clips from real-world sources—like music videos, movie trailers, news, cartoons and inspiring talks—and uses it to generate personalized Spanish lessons for each learner.
We’ve gathered entertaining clips from all corners of the Spanish speaking world, covering everything from Nicaraguan boxing to Cuban politics and our favorite translated musical numbers from “The Little Mermaid.” You can just sit back, relax and read along with the subtitles. Alternatively, you can kick things up a notch with interactive learning features like flashcards and vocabulary lists. Not to mention, everything’s personalized for your learning level and style based on the content you’ve been learning. It’s perfect for figuring out which types of video resources work best for you!
4. Immersion Resources
Watch your favorite TV show or movie in Spanish with or without English subtitles. Doing so is an ideal way to learn that won’t feel like grueling school work at all.
Depending on your willingness and ability to invest in your Spanish studies financially, you may or may not want to splurge on StudySpanish.com. You can opt for either the audio CD lessons or the electronic version, both for around $150. The benefits to the program include being able to practice with a native speaker, and a focus on conversation, which is often the most difficult aspect of language acquisition.
When it comes down to it, learning should be fun. Plain and simple. So, play games to learn Spanish! Digital Dialects is a great place to kick off your gaming (I mean…learning…) with games dedicated to learning verb conjugations and more.
LingQ is a cool resource with a wide variety of learning materials, all of which are great to take on the go with you. “On the go” is essentially code for “ideal for immersion.” The more you’re able to listen to Spanish, read Spanish and practice Spanish, the more immersed in Spanish you’ll become.
And don’t forget—FluentU is still the closest you can come to real-world Spanish immersion without leaving home, plus we’ve got great learning games to make your experience more effective and interactive. Try it for free!
Now you’re equipped with the tools. Go forth on your mission to master intermediate Spanish!
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