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Spanish Course Resources
- September 6, 2020
- Posted by: Kelly McLarnan
- Category: Blog
¡Hola a Todos!
I have compiled a list of resources to help you get started and have greater ease and success in your Spanish I course! There is a lot you can do to improve your understanding of Spanish and boost your vocabulary, so here we go! You may return to this page throughout your course.
First of all a dictionary is ideal; language dictionaries are free to download and install and are just clicks away from your course content. Do you have to look up words to be successful in this course? Yes, you do. Please go to your App story and search for a nice Spanish to English dictionary to install on your system.
Translators: You should be able to work through this course without a translator, however, if you are going to use one appropriately, I have some suggestions:
DeepL Free Translator: https://www.deepl.com/translator
Spanish Dict. https://www.spanishdict.com/
Google is not an ideal translator, and may get you into trouble in many situations. Keep in mind that verbs and nouns may not come out correctly in the translator, and the wrong word may also come out. This is pretty easy for me to tell. I am interested in grading your work, seeing your understanding level, and working with you to improve. I highly recommend looking up just single words with these online tools.
I have created a generic recorder you can use throughout your course for Speaking Assignments. Simply bookmark this page and use the recorder. When you are satisfied with your work, you can download the file and upload it to the ThinkWave grading system where all of your assignments will be reflected.
Using the Spanish ISO (Spain) Keyboard
First, you must install the Spanish keyboard in your computer or device´s Input Preferences. The keyboard should be installed on the desktop in order to help you change back and forth quickly. Getting used to using the keyboard throughout your course will really make things easier, so we suggest getting used to it now, and continuing with it!
- In order to add an accent mark to a vowel, press the apostrophe (´) key before you press the vowel letter key.
- In order to make ¡, press +.
- In order to make !, press SHIFT 1
- In order to make ¿, press SHIFT +
- In order to make ?, press SHIFT –
- In order to make an ñ, press the key colon/semicolon key immediately right of the L key
- In order to make @, press alt 2
Your course may supply documents outside of the learning management system. These documents are designed for you to use as reference as you practice, as well as take quizzes. Hand-written notes are also highly encouraged.