September 2, 2010

See How Spanish is Spoken Online

I mentioned in an earlier post that there is a free online Spanish dictionary program,, where you can look up words and translate English words into Spanish words. Usually on most online dictionaries, you have two options: read the words in written form and listen to them being pronounced. are experimenting with using videos of native Spanish speakers saying the words. This way you can see and/or hear how the word is pronounced. The creators of this learned that for many people, it helps to see native speakers pronouncing the new words they are learning. I thought this was an excellent idea especially for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Personally, seeing someone say the word helps me tremendously.

My boyfriend, Jose, got involved with this project. They filmed him pronouncing several different Spanish words. These videos are up on their site now. Check it out!

Although, I think the site needs a little more tweaking in relation to the videos. I notice that some videos were captioned and some were not. Also, the placement of the captions could use some work. Some were distracting and covering up too much of the speaker. Of course I think he looks great. :)

What do you think? Are these videos helpful?


1 comment:

  1. Yes, these videos are helpful! I am going to forward this information to my son's Spanish teacher. Thanks, (e!

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