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Hi. I'm looking for something different to supplement my Spanish study. I already use Memrise, Mango, Duolingo, a native Skype tutor, and a grammar workbook. I'm getting bored with all these, except the tutor. I'm looking to target vocabulary, but intermediate level maybe specific subjects not the same old routine stuff in every program. Or just something fun like puzzles or easy writing assignments, just anything a little mote creative would be a nice change of pace. Bonus if its screen/electronic free.

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My dd reads favorite books in Spanish. Harry Potter and the like. It’s great for building vocabulary. 

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My dd used Newsela and kept bumping up the grade level as she progressed.  https://newsela.com/articles/#/rule/spanish?grade_levels=2

Reading favorite books in Spanish as the PP recommended is also great.  My dd loves reading Harry Potter in Spanish as well as other books.  

She also recommends this:  https://www.notesinspanish.com/

ETA:  not sure if these are helpful:  https://www.studystack.com/users/fiesta

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3M77wNeopjQbL9mpSVvLg

https://studyspanish.com/

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Not electronic free, but I used to listen to News in Slow Spanish. They have levels now, and grammar and who knows what else.

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Oh, Zambambozo has these conjugarte pages. I don't know if you would find something interesting there? If not there is always Miáucoles...

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Coffee Break Spanish!  From Britain so it's Spanish from Spain, but fun and when he speaks English the guy has a Scottish accent!  He has native speakers on each program too.

Also, go watch some TV in Spanish (you can start with English subtitles and graduate to Spanish subtitles).  Lots and lots of good shows on Netflix these days.  Or even easier is watching a show you're already familiar dubbed in Spanish.  Most Netflix originals can be switched to a number of languages.  Same thing with reading - like someone else said, something like Harry Potter you already know translated is easier, then you can read 'real' Spanish books later.

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A book suggestion for you to consider ~ Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach

 

Here's an informative post on the book:   Best Book for Learning Spanish: Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish

and here's a portion of that post:

"How Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish Excels:

  1. Quickly teaches 1000’s of words you will remember
  2. Verb conjugation is made easy
  3. Teaches you to pronounce with confidence
  4. Pronouns not in English are made clear

1. Quickly teaches 1000’s of words you will remember

First thing I loved is how it starts off by progressively showing similarities between English and Spanish words, so that by applying a few simple rules, your vocabulary can go from 0-60 in 4 seconds flat.

For instance: the English “…tion” words and the Spanish “…ción” words. If in English the words are “temptation” and “convention,” in Spanish it becomes “temptación” and “convención.” Did you clock yourself? See? 0-60 in 4 seconds! Felicitations!

In like manner, the book shows you thousands of words that either have the same spelling, but different pronunciación, or slightly different spelling, but it’s still easy to distinguish the meaning. From the beginning therefore, I felt like I was making progress. There is a nice balance in the book between difficult and easy, and it eases the pain of the difficulties. And if you’re happy learning a language, you’re likely to optimistically keep it up as opposed to throwing in the toalla.

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Regards,
Kareni

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