You’ve just won seven golden tickets to Spanish fluency!
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” only has five, so we do them two better. And you won’t even have to worry about blowing up into a huge blueberry.
Our golden tickets come in the form of Spanish language tutorials. These are fun but focused language lessons that take you behind-the-scenes of Spanish grammar, word usage, cultures and way more.
Best of all, they’re offered online, often for free. You can follow them at your own pace.
In this post, we’ll show you seven of our favorite Spanish language tutorials that’ll get you soaring on a glass elevator to fluency.
3 Secrets to Maximizing Spanish Language Tutorials
Before letting you in on some of those awesome online tutorials, let’s first talk about the all-important mindsets that allow you to milk them for all they’re worth. With these three mindsets, you’ll be able to learn more for every minute of study than the next language learner.
Aim for Mastery, Not Just Completion
Many language learners are missing the point when all they do is count how many more videos to go, how many pages before finishing the chapter or how many sections before finishing the whole course. They have their heads in the numbers and are really not focused on the task.
Instead of tallying blindly, why not do something productive and check whether you’re actually learning from the material? Go ahead, test yourself on what you just learned. Can you remember the definition for every new word? Can you conjugate an unfamiliar verb based on the rules you just saw? If not, why not repeat that particular session? Don’t move along unless you’re reasonably confident that you’re ready.
Repetition is key to truly absorbing language concepts. Repeat lessons right away, then again after a few days or weeks! And then when you think you’re done… do it again.
The reality is… it doesn’t really matter if you finish all the tutorial videos offered on a YouTube channel. It doesn’t matter if you finish the chapter in the one session you allotted. All that really matters is whether you’re learning from what you’ve studied.
If not, then what’s the point of finishing everything on time when you have nothing to show for it?
Passive Income Is Good. Passive Learning Is Not.
When watching a tutorial on YouTube, or listening to a podcast, it’s tempting to simply sit back and enjoy. You just let the product do its job of educating you.
That’s called “passive learning” and it’s not really very effective when it comes to languages—or any subject for that matter. The more effective way to learn is actively.
This means you try to use new vocabulary in sentences on the very same day you’ve learned it. It means that when you hear “Say it with me, ‘Hola, cómo estás’” in a video lesson, you actually repeat “Hola, cómo estás” (Hello, how are you?) out loud. It means not skipping those drills usually located at the end of every textbook chapter.
By actively engaging with your tutorial content, you’re sure to pick up the lessons faster and remember them longer.
Build Your Spanish Study “Dream Team”
Even LeBron James needs teammates!
In the next section, I’ll be giving you some really awesome content to consume. You’ll meet great tutors who are passionate about their work, PDFs that rock and videos fat with learning content. But none of them are perfect and complete.
Your job as a language learner is to assemble your own “Dream Team” of Spanish language learning content. Use language apps throughout the day when you don’t have time for a full tutorial lesson. Try to put your new knowledge to use in real life with Spanish language exchanges. Or even mix and match your tutorials—how about one that’s video-based and one that has print lessons?
However you build out your studies is up to you, but the idea is to make sure you’re getting consistent and varied practice.
7 Online Spanish Tutorials for Language Learning That Counts
NoComprendo’s Spanish for Beginners Tutorial
These lessons from NoComprendo will get you up to speed on the fundamentals of Spanish grammar—fast! There are eight sections that teach you the basics of the language, from the regular endings for –ar, –er and –ir verb conjugations to irregular verbs like tener (to have).
There are plenty of interactive exercises that drill the lessons into practice, so it’s easy to get that active learning we talked about above. You’ll also enjoy exercises that relate to specific categories like sports, music, food, fashion and films. (You’ll need Flash to access the tutorials.)
Most of the early grammar explanations are provided in English. As you progress, you’ll notice that Spanish is used more and more. But don’t worry if a Spanish term escapes you—the site has a dictionary feature where you only need to copy and paste a mystery word, and voilà! You learn that “pescado” means “fish.”
FluentU’s tutorials take learning to another level by providing you with authentic, interactive Spanish video content.
FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
Take a Spanish interview, for example. FluentU provides interactive subtitles in Spanish—that means when you click on or hover over any word, out pops an information block that gives you practically everything you’d ever want to know about the word. I’m talking definition, translation, native pronunciation audio, the particular part of speech and visual learning aids!
This way, you not only see the language in action, but you’re also able to look under the hood and examine every word. There are also captions in English that you can turn on or off depending on how much of a challenge you want.
Once you’re done watching a video, FluentU’s Learn Mode kicks in. You’ll get flashcards and exercises tailor-made for each video—and remember the repetition and review we were talking about earlier? FluentU takes it up a level with Spaced Repetition technology. This system uses an algorithm to review the words you find hardest at just the right moment before you forget them.
The videos are organized by genre and learning level, so it’s easy to find something that works for you. Grab a FluentU trial to start exploring the full library for free!
Here’s your chance to learn from a veteran Spanish language teacher from Madrid—and you don’t even need to move an inch. Her name is Pilar González Manjavacas and she’s the cofounder of Tilde Madrid—an Instituto Cervantes-certified Spanish language school that caters to adults, professionals and travelers.
It’s a wonderful thing that she decided to put up a YouTube channel so learners from around the world need not travel to Madrid to enjoy them!
The lessons are bite-sized, lasting around four to five minutes. Which is actually a good thing, because they’re presented in Spanish and you’ll really feel immersed in the language quickly. (Don’t worry, there are always transcriptions to help you out.) There are more than 50 high quality video tutorials that provide your daily dose of Spanish grammar.
Some sessions are conducted outside the usual classroom and happen in the streets of Madrid. Pilar will be interacting with a guest in Spanish and you’ll get to listen in on their conversation.
How many video tutorials does it take to teach you Spanish?
Is nearly 500 enough? That’s the number of free videos available on SpanishPod101’s YouTube channel.
There’s a whole team behind SpanishPod101 whose goal is to make language learning effective but fresh and entertaining. With their video lessons, you’ll have different teachers handling different topics or different elements of Spanish. These include everything from how to use common Spanish verbs to phrases tourists should never use in Mexico.
There are also several playlists with mini-courses that’ll take you through a specific topic or theme, such as “Spanish in 3 Minutes.”
Because their videos are excellently presented and produced and come with colorful visuals, it’s easy to keep your motivation to study up. In fact, if you enjoy these videos, there’s lots more material waiting for you with the SpanishPod101 podcasts. This resource takes your learning a step further, with thousands of audio and video lessons as well as exercises, vocabulary builders, PDF lessons notes and more. If you never want to run out of enjoyable Spanish tutorials, you’ll definitely want to check it out!
ielanguages’s Spanish Language Tutorial
How does free lifetime updates sound?
Well, that’s what you get with the Spanish Language Tutorial by ielanguages’ Dr. Jennifer Wagner. It’s a 150-plus page e-book that also comes with two hours of native Spanish audio.
The book is a healthy balance of vocabulary, grammar and cultural topics. You’ll learn things like tenses in Spanish or the most common colloquial expressions that would pay dividends the next time you visit a Spanish-speaking country. The audio represents Spanish from three countries to give you well-rounded listening comprehension and accent skills.
There are also transcripts of authentic videos and eye-grabbing photos to make the language come alive. And with those lifetime updates we mentioned, you can be sure the information is always up-to-date!
Do you want to learn Spanish with a teacher who’s a complete delight? Sure you do!
And that’s why you shouldn’t miss out on Spanish teacher Ana’s lessons through Butterfly Spanish. She can teach you vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and Spanish learning tips and techniques. Being a native speaker herself, she can even throw in a cultural tidbit or two.
Ana’s friendly smile can make you realize that Spanish is an approachable language. Her happy demeanor is disarming and she only needs a whiteboard and marker to open you to the wonderful world of Spanish. For example, learn the nuances of Hispanic first names or the verbs most often used for the holidays!
Soon, you’ll have the confidence to speak Spanish. And who knows, you might even be as passionate as Ana in teaching the language.
SpanishDict on YouTube
You’re probably familiar with SpanishDict, the site where you can look up definitions, translations and conjugation tables in Spanish. But did you know that they also have a YouTube channel with Spanish language tutorials?
Paralee Whitmire, the channel’s main teacher, takes you through your Spanish language lessons in a very structured but friendly manner. She’s fluent in Spanish and English and can switch between them without breaking a sweat.
She also has English lessons for Spanish speakers. It’s actually worth checking out when you’re a more advanced learner, if only to put your Spanish through its paces.
Tutorials last around 10 minutes on average so you’re guaranteed lots of language content every time you press play. The lessons cover everyday topics like vocabulary for the house or Spanish professions and questions.
Hopefully you’ve found a “kindred spirit” from the seven provided. Check them all out, they’re all excellent! As always, I’d like to wish you the best in your Spanish language journey.
It won’t be smooth sailing all the time, but with a little bit of help from these tutorials, you’ll soon arrive at your most cherished destination: Spanish fluency!
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