Free Spanish Resources for Beginners – Top 3
Learning Spanish is always fun and it becomes even more fun when using free Spanish resources to do it, especially for beginners.
When starting out you may not always want to go out and purchase a language program or product.
I’ve always found that the best way to start on your journey is with free resources and when learning Spanish that is achievable for beginners.
Below is a list of the 3 best free Spanish resources for beginners.
Duolingo is a great app to use in order to enhance your language learning endeavours. It makes use of skill trees which each has a different topic.
This ranges from the basics such as introductions and everyday phrases all the way to grammar exercises such as adjectives and tenses.
It is very engaging because it makes use of experience points and streaks in order to level up.
The great thing about this is that it encourages daily use of the app which promotes consistency – the all-important skill when learning a new language.
You can set your daily goal between 10 – 50 experience points.
You receive a minimum of 10 experience points per lesson you do.Reminders can be set for yourself at certain times of the day in order to get into the habit of practicing every day.
This is the method you should use in order to make sure you stay on track with your goals.
There are also achievements to be won [Almost like trophies in Playstation] which you can win after completing certain challenges.
There are however some downsides to the app.
One being that this is only a supplement to learning a language.
This means you need to be doing a language course and speaking to people in order to effectively learn a new language.
There is no effective speaking portion of the app, there is a microphone that can record you saying certain phrases but have found it to be not very accurate.
You earn lingots, which is the currency in Duolingo, for completing different sections.
Lingots can be used to purchase different outfits for the Duolingo Owl, which is the official mascot for Duolingo.
There are also nifty features such as streak freezes which freezes you day streak in case you miss a day or to double your lingots for keeping a streak for 7 days.
The following languages are available for English speakers currently:
Other languages are included as well but the ones listed above would be the most popular.
You can also join clubs in Duolingo so that you and friends can learn (or compete) together.
This is great because learning together with your friends always makes it more fun.
Duolingo is a great app despite the minor negatives to using it and you should make sure to always practice it every day in order to give you a slight edge.
Final rating: 9/10
Duolingo is an important tool to have in this free Spanish resources for beginners list.
I would highly recommend practicing at least 2 lessons [20XP] per day.
You’ll pick up grammar tips by going through the levels and can learn through both speaking, reading and writing.
Try and maintain a streak for as long as possible and practice every day. Sign up for it here.
Memrise is a web-based app that uses flash cards in order for you to learn words and phrases of your language of choice.
A great thing about this app is that it reinforces repetition and drills words into your head (in a good way ha!).
There are different courses which you can take for the languages that you want to learn.
It ranges from basic to intermediate to advance and goes up in levels. Level 1 will give you very basic words and phrases. Let’s use Spanish as an example.
Words like hola, the difference between the formal and informal of you [es vs eres] and some other basic words thrown in for good measure.
The higher up you go in levels, the more challenging and interesting the words become.
There is also a timer thrown in to keep things interesting and give a sense of urgency to remember the words.
You can also review words to make sure that the words stay fresh in your mind. It’s always a fun challenge to review the words on a weekly basis and if you can remember those words.
The downside of Memrise is that it doesn’t teach you any rules of the language you’re learning.
This means it’s really only good for remembering words, which is not an altogether bad thing but it means that you aren’t getting any grammar rules for the language.
That being said it’s still a great app for getting familiar with words and how they are pronounced.
Which is also why it’s included on my free Spanish resources for beginners.
Like Duolingo it is a supplement to learning and not the sole resource you should be relying on. I like to stick to a daily habit of going through 5 words a day [equivalent to 1 lesson].
It might not seem long but 5 words a day =1825 words a year. Small habits increase in number of time.
There are 3 different modes which you can use in order to learn on Memrise for free.
Learn words and phrases – Simple exercises in order to learn words and phrases
Speed review – Tests your speed and memory by seeing how many words you can translate before the timer runs out
Classic Review – Reviews all the words you learned in the above mode
The rest of the modes can be used if you purchase Memrise’s Pro programme.
Languages available on Memrise currently include:
- Chinese (Simplified)
The above languages are the most popular on Memrise.
Final Rating: 8/10
Memrise is a great app and a welcome addition to your arsenal.
Very useful in learning new words but unfortunately it doesn’t go further than that.
However this is still fantastic considering that it is a free Spanish resource for beginners.
I use it to learn 5 new Spanish words everyday and then review these 25 words on the weekend.
Feel free to add 5 more words per day if you feel you want to test yourself.
Click here to get set up.
SpanishDict is an effective language learning app to use in your learning Spanish journey.
But like Duolingo and Memrise, SpanishDict is only a supplement to more comprehensive language courses.
Check out my reviews such as Pimselur or Rocket Spanish which has much more in-depth content on what exactly those products entail.
So you probably guessed that SpanishDict is an online Spanish dictionary.
However SpanishDict is incredibly accurate when translating words from English to Spanish or vice versa.
You can throw an incredibly complex statement in there and it will spit out a rather accurate translation.
I love using it when practicing my Practice Makes Perfect exercises as your vocabulary increases quite a bit when using it.
It also has the verb conjugations which is really useful when you struggling to get to the correct verb endings.
Overall this is a very useful app to have and it beats having to carry a dictionary round like people had to do 10 years ago.
Final Rating: 8.5/10
Check out the free app here.
Conclusion to Top 3 Free Spanish Resources for Beginners
These are great supplements to learning Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese and many others.
If I were to rank my favourite of the 3; in order I would have to say Duolingo as number 1 and Memrise and SpanishDict a close second and third respectively.
There are so many ways to learn Spanish today.
Go out and sign up for these apps to make your language learning more fun and easy.
The great thing about these apps is that it doesn’t feel like a chore. It makes it fun and exciting.
I hope you enjoyed this top 3 free Spanish resources for beginners.
If you got some value out of this article and want to fully dive into a comprehensive course please feel free to read my reviews of language courses.
There has never been a better time to start learning Spanish.
I have personally tried out all of these programs and offer my unique insight and benefits of the programs to benefit you.