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Learning Spanish

More and more, Spanish is being taught in elementary and middle grades. Whether you need study resources or ideas for extra credit projects, the library can come to the rescue with books, databases, videos, audio recordings, computer programs, and more!
Looking for Spanish materials for preschoolers? Check out our list, Spanish for Young Ones.

Reliable Reference Reads
Handy dictionaries translate words from English to Spanish--and vice versa, and grammar books teach you how to use Spanish words correctly for school assignments and talking with friends.

Beginner's Spanish Grammar by Keith Chambers
"There's only one grammar point on a page. It's explained in clear and simple language, ideal for any beginner, and even better, there are exercises on the facing page so you can practice the new grammar immediately."

Cassell's Spanish-English Dictionary
A thick, "pocket" dictionary for quick reference.

Random House Spanish-English, English-Spanish Dictionary by Margaret H. Raventos; revised and updated by David L. Gold
A large dictionary which includes many modern words, such as centro calculador (computer center).

Spanish in Bits and Bytes
Computer + Spanish = more fun while learning.

Mango Language Database
Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like French, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek, Italian, Russian, and more. It requires a CRRL library card for access.

Let's Talk Spanish: Vocabulary & Pronunciation: Interactive Skill Builder
Helps with learning over 2,200 Spanish words--grouped alphabetically and by subject. Both the speech recognition feature and the record/playback function help the learner improve pronunciation. Includes photographs, games, exercises, and a Spanish-English glossary

Spanish Grammar Online
Click here for eBooks on Spanish grammar that may be read from your home computer or online at the library. Many are appropriate for more advanced students.
Not familiar with our eBook collection? Click here to learn more.

TV for Your Brain

Elementary Spanish
Lots of vocabulary for beginning students. Four VHS cassettes.

Just for Fun (and Practice)
These selections could be adapted for class projects.

A Crazy Mixed-up Spanglish Day by Marisa Montes
Mustangs at sunsetA story about a girl who lives in two worlds-- in Northern California, Maritza Gabriela Morales Mercado struggles to deal with the third grade bully, to control her temper, and to remember to speak Spanish at home and English at school.

Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes by Manlio Argueta; English translation by Stacey Ross = Los Perros Magicos de Los Volcanes Escrito por Manlio Argueta
When the magic dogs who live on the volcanoes of El Salvador and protect the villagers from harm are pursued by wicked lead soldiers, they are aided by two ancient volcanoes. In English and Spanish.

My Mexico = Mexico Mio: Poems by Tony Johnston
"Small house steeped in sunlight, stay just as you are, bordered with roses in coffee cans, lilies in chile jars. Chocita banada por el sol, quedate tal como eres, bordada de lirios en botes de chile, y rosas en latas de cafe.
Tony Johnston and F. John Sierra compose a book that whispers the soul of Mexico. In poems to be savored slowly, author and illustrator share a Mexico they know from deep within. Sway to the sounds, reach for the colors, dance to the rhythms, and you may find your own Mexico."

Radio Man = Don Radio: A Story in English and Spanish by Arthur Dorros; translation by Sandra Dorros
As he travels with his family of migrant farm workers, Diego relies on his radio to provide him with companionship and help connect him to all the different places in which he lives.
In English and Spanish.

Tell Me a Cuento = Cuentame un Story: 4 Stories in English and Spanish as told by Joe Hayes
A collection of four stories presented in both English and Spanish: "No Way, Jose! ("De Ninguna Manera, Jose"), "Mariposa, Mariposa," "The Terrible Tragadabas" ("El Terrible Tragadabas") and "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Oh!" ("Lunes, Martes, Miercoles, O!").

You're on! Seven Plays in English and Spanish selected by Lori Marie Carlson
A collection of plays in both English and Spanish include, "These Shoes of Mine," "Tropical Memories," "Jump in," "The Girl Who Waters Basil and the Very Inquisitive Prince," "Luck," and "A Dream in the Road."

Sounds of Spanish
Learn through to pronounce Spanish through stories and songs.

Teach Me--Spanish
Book and audio set teaches vocabulary through songs and stories for young students. If you like this set, consider Teach Me More--Spanish Teach Me Even More--Spanish

Spanish Review Online
Spanish ceramicsCheck out these Web sites for more help.

Beginning Spanish
A basic, no-frills introduction to written vocabulary for older students.

Education World: Spanish
Links to a few fun vocabulary builders, dictionaries (including a picture dictionary), and lesson plans.

A comprehensive site for older students that includes audio files, verb charts, and online tests.

Spanish Lesson Plans
Not just lesson plans-also dictionaries, translators, flash cards, audio files, fonts, and news links.