Spanish Basics: Resources For Language Learners

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Spanish Basics: Resources For Language Learners

If you’re trying to learn Spanish and looking for online resources to help, you’ve come to the right place. This is your Spanish Basics Resource Hub! We’ve collected all of our articles about Spanish, including basic words and phrases, pronunciation and grammar tips, general facts about the language, our favorite Spanish-language media and much more. 

When you’re learning a new language, you’ll want to start with some foundational building blocks and work your way up to more complex topics. This guide is structured in a similar way, starting with the most basic of Spanish basics and getting more challenging and more creative as we go along.

Whether you’re just beginning your Spanish journey or looking for ways to supplement your ongoing language learning, this hub will be a useful resource for you to refer back to whenever you need it.

Basic Spanish Words And Phrases

Languages are vast and full of exciting things to learn, so where do you even start? These fundamental conversation topics are a good jumping off point.

How To Say Hello
Hola is easy, so what are some other ways to say hello in Spanish? Learn how to introduce yourself and start a conversation in Spanish right away.

How To Say Goodbye
You have options that aren’t “hasta la vista, baby.” Here are the most common ways to say goodbye in Spanish.

How To Ask Someone Out
Find out what you need to know to satisfy your need for companionship in the mundo hispanohablante with these helpful expressions for asking someone out in Spanish.

How To Insult Someone
So you learned how to establish rapport with someone. Now, learn how to insult their mother. Just in case.

Spanish Business Phrases
Doing some work in a Spanish-speaking country? Here are 18 phrases you should know, pulled from Babbel’s Spanish For Business course.

Spanish Vacation Phrases
Make the most of your trip to a Spanish-speaking country — and avoid getting lost and frustrated — by learning how to say these key phrases.

10 Best Slang Expressions In Spanish
Knowing a language is often more about mastering the linguistic turns than knowing a lot of words. Improve your command of Spanish with these 10 useful expressions!

9 Most Common Adjectives
Learning the most common adjectives in Spanish can help you differentiate between things, whether they be grande or pequeño. Here’s a few to get you going!

20 Most Common Verbs
Want to know the most important verbs in Spanish, how to conjugate them and how to use them in a sentence? Check out our handy guide.

General Tips For Beginners Learning Spanish

If you’re new to the Spanish language, or even if you just need a refresher, these articles will give you some advice for how to approach learning Spanish basics.

5 Very Specific, Very Useful Tips To Learn Spanish
Is it too ambitious to say that after reading this article you’ll understand Spanish way better? Well, we’re willing to take that risk.

Words You Might Struggle To Pronounce
Have you ever wondered how to pronounce armadillo in Spanish? Or how to roll your Rs? Follow these simple guidelines for pronouncing Spanish words, and you’ll be a pro in no time.

How To Learn Spanish For Travel
So you want to learn some Spanish for your upcoming vacation, but don’t know where to start? Here’s a two-week timeline we’ve put together to get you speaking confidently before you head out.

The 7 Most Common Mistakes English Speakers Make In Spanish
We all make mistakes when trying to speak Spanish, but the most embarrassing ones can be avoided. Keep reading to save yourself the embarrassment in the future.

How To Read Spanish Letters And Accent Marks Aloud
One of the first things to go after when you’re learning Spanish is how to actually pronounce Spanish. Fortunately, it’s not too hard!

Spanish Numbers

When it comes to Spanish basics, learning the numbers is as simple (but important) as it gets. Make sure you get counting down before you move on to the slightly more difficult number-related articles.

How To Count To 100
Fortunately, counting in Spanish isn’t that hard. Some would even say it’s as easy as “uno, dos, tres.”

How To Tell The Time
If you speak English, you’re already halfway there, as many of the same rules apply (barring a few differences). 

How To Write The Date
Need to learn how to say what day it is in Spanish? It’s a date! Here’s how to write the date in Spanish, along with pronunciations of calendar terms.

Spanish Vocabulary Lists

Ready to expand your vocabulary? Check out these lists of words and phrases to explore topics that seem relevant or interesting to you. We even have recordings of native speakers to teach you the correct pronunciation.

Spanish Food Vocabulary
Once you learn to name and pronounce these Spanish food words, you’ll be ready to have a delicious meal in any Spanish-speaking country.

Spanish Travel Vocabulary
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, we’ve got you covered with the words and phrases you need to navigate transportation in Spanish.

Spanish Color Vocabulary
Roses are rojas, violets are azules; mastering the colors in Spanish would make you the coolest! Here’s a quick guide to el arco iris (“the rainbow”).

Spanish Weather Vocabulary
Whether you’re figuring out what to pack for vacation or just really love talking about the climate, knowing Spanish weather vocabulary is very useful.

Spanish Animal Vocabulary
Do you prefer los perros or los gatos? Here’s a list of some of the most useful vocab for discussing animals in Spanish.

Spanish Emotions Vocabulary
Whether you’re happy, sad or somewhere in the middle, you should let someone know! We collected basic vocab for emotions and feelings in Spanish, which will help you get started.

Spanish Body Parts Vocabulary
If you’ve always been curious about el cuerpo, click to learn how to name the parts of the body in Spanish.

Spanish Family Vocabulary
Love ’em or hate ’em, tu familia is here to stay. Find out all the expressions you need to know to talk about family in Spanish.

The Babbel Pocket Spanish Guide
Wherever your travels take you, our foldable pocket Spanish conversation companion is perfect to take right alongside!

Spanish Movies, Books And Other Media

Watching movies and TV shows, reading books, listening to music and podcasts, and following Spanish social media accounts are all fun and helpful ways to supplement your studies. Not sure where to start? Check out these recommendations!

Palabras Bravas: Babbel’s Spanish Podcast
Are you looking to add another dimension to your Spanish learning? Introducing the new podcast made by Babbel’s language experts.

Other Spanish Podcasts To Listen To
Foreign language podcasts can be a great supplement to your language learning. Check out our list of the six best Spanish language pods!

Spanish TV Shows To Stream
By helping you improve your Spanish from the comfort of your bed, these shows provide the only excuse you need for binge-watching TV.

Spanish Movies To Watch
Want to combine your Spanish learning with the wonder of film? We’ve rounded up the best movies to learn Spanish with, all chosen by our language experts.

Spanish Music To Listen To
Check out our Spanish playlist, and follow along with our guide to pick up some language and cultural tips.

Spanish Books To Read
Supplement your studies with these Spanish-language books, chosen by experts to help you learn.

Spanish YouTube Channels To Subscribe To
Looking for a fun way to mix up your language-learning routine? Check out these Spanish-speaking YouTubers!

Spanish Instagram Accounts To Follow
Want to follow some Spanish Instagram accounts but don’t know where to start? Here are a few options.

Spanish Twitter Accounts To Follow
Turns out, Twitter is good for more than just ranting about politics. We’ve compiled 9 Spanish Twitter handles to consider following if you’re learning the language.

Spanish Puzzles, Quizzes And Other Fun Stuff

If you’re looking for a way to switch up your learning methods and make things a little more interactive, try one of these puzzles, quizzes or other fun activities.

Spanish Reading Comprehension Test To Determine Your Proficiency
From beginner to mastery, find out your Spanish level by reading a paragraph!

How Much Do You Know About Spanish? Quiz
Spanish has a long history, stretching back several centuries and covering half the globe. Test your knowledge of Spanish trivia with this quiz!

Do You Know The Colors In Spanish? Quiz
Can you tell the difference between verde and azul? Test your knowledge of color words in Spanish!

How Well Do You Know Spanish Animal Names? Quiz
Take our Spanish animals quiz below to test your knowledge of some of your favorite creatures and to see where a bit more practice might be in order.

Do You Know The Days Of The Week In Spanish? Quiz
Do you even know what day it is? This Spanish weekdays quiz will help orient you in time.

Differences Between Latin American And European Spanish Quiz
If you’ve been to multiple Spanish-speaking countries, you’ll know that everyone doesn’t speak Spanish the exact same way. Can you tell the difference between the Spanishes?

Common Mexican Vs. European Spanish Mistakes Quiz
This quiz includes a variety of some of the most common mix-ups people make related to Spain vs Mexican language differences.

Can You Spot The Spanish Grammar Mistake? Quiz
This beginner quiz will help you sort out the most common Spanish errors.

Spanish Language Facts Crossword Puzzle
Test your Spanish smarts and try your luck at this criss-crossed crucigrama.

How To Host A Spanish Dinner Party
Impress your friends (and yourself) by using these recipes to make an authentic Spanish meal!

Miscellaneous Spanish Facts

Beyond learning the Spanish basics, it’s fascinating to learn about the Spanish language and culture. Take a deep dive into the world of Spanish!

How Many People Speak Spanish, And Where Is It Spoken?
As one of the most spoken languages in the world, Spanish is a popular tongue to learn, as well as to learn about.

Top Spanish-Speaking Countries To Visit That Aren’t Spain
If you’re looking for travel destinations where you can practice your language skills, add these Spanish-speaking countries to your list!

How Hard Is It To Learn Spanish?
Babbel’s expert linguists are here to guide you through the delights and difficulties of the language.

The History Of The Spanish Language
Have you ever wondered about the history of the Spanish language? Let’s travel back in time and discover where everything began.

The Nuances Of Spanish Dialects Around The Globe
What are some of the distinguishing factors of Spanish dialects across the globe? Here are a few of the biggest differences.

Mexican Spanish Vs. European Spanish
Even when sharing the same language, Mexican Spanish and European Spanish have little differences between them that learners should know about.

New Mexican Spanish: A Dialect Preserved In Time
A look at how New Mexican Spanish formed and why the dialect remains similar to its colonial form.

English Words That Are Actually Spanish
Spanish and English have been trading vocabulary (and culture) for centuries. Here are just some of the Spanish words in English that you use all the time.

The Influence Of Arabic On The Spanish Language
Modern Spanish includes thousands of words of Arabic origin. How did this happen and what does it mean for learning Spanish today?

11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Día De Los Muertos
Ancient rituals, hairless dogs, Disney fails — these fun facts about the Day of the Dead may come as a surprise.

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