Does SpanishDict Offer a Step-by-Step Spanish Course?

SpanishDict offers grammar lessons, divided into levels (Introduction, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced), along with 1,000-word vocabulary lists divided into three levels that can be used in practice quizzes. In addition, we provide a wide variety of à la carte resources that you can pick and choose from to supplement other courses or use as an ongoing reference tool if you already have knowledge of the language.

If you're looking for a course that guides you through learning grammar and vocabulary in a step-by-step fashion, please check out our Fluencia program.

How to Navigate Through the Resources on SpanishDict

Dictionary/Translation

To access our dictionary and translators, type a word/phrase/sentence into the search box on the home page of SpanishDict.com or the SpanishDict app. If we have a match for your query in our dictionary, you'll be directed to a dictionary page that contains numbered translations with corresponding example sentences. If we cannot find an original dictionary entry for your query, you'll be routed to a translation page where you can compare the results of three different computer translation services. If you're in our app for iOS or Android, you might be prompted to tap a button to search for the word on our website, which has a larger available database than the app, due to differences in storage limitations.

Typing Accents/Search Query Audio/Writing Checker

If you use SpanishDict.com on a computer, you'll see a little arrow on the right end of the search bar.

You can click that to expand the text box, which will reveal three small symbols. 

If you hover your mouse over the á symbol, you'll see an animation that shows you how you can type accented letters in the search box by pressing and holding a letter key. After typing text into the search box, you can click on the audio icon to hear the text pronounced, and you can click the circle with a check mark to have our system check the grammar of the text you wrote.

Conjugation

If you searched for a verb, you'll see a conjugation tab on the page that you can click to view all conjugations. We offer both Spanish and English verb conjugations, so you may need to click on a link at the top of the conjugation page that says "View the conjugation for..." to switch the language of the conjugation charts.

Examples/Phrases

When available, you'll see an Examples tab that contains more sentences beyond what the Dictionary tab shows and a Phrases tab that shows the word used in the context of common phrases. If you're in the app and the page has many tabs, you can scroll them to the left to reveal the hidden options.

Thesaurus

We offer a Thesaurus tab on many dictionary entries on our website that shows synonyms and antonyms for the word you searched for. This feature is not available in the app.

Pronunciation

You can access native speaker video pronunciations and phonetic transcriptions by clicking the speaker icon next to a word at the top of a dictionary page or clicking the pronunciation tab.

Vocabulary

The Vocabulary section in the menu of the website and app offers curated word lists, including our "big lists" of 1,000 words/phrases that are available at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. You can also create your own lists. (See the Vocabulary section in our Help Center for help with making and editing lists.) You can then take practice quizzes on those word lists, either by writing your answers or doing multiple choice. The iOS version of the app (for iPhone/iPad) offers an option to also speak your answers.

Grammar

The Grammar section contains interactive lessons and practice activities, as well as in-depth explanatory articles. To access the lessons, click on a topic in the "Popular Topics" section. You can also use the search bar on the Grammar page to find a specific topic. The lessons include both grammar explanations and videos/audios of native speakers that test your grammar understanding in combination with your listening and reading comprehension skills.

Conjugation Drill

You will find a link to our conjugation drill feature on the pages for verb tense grammar lessons (e.g., "Preterite" or "Present"). You can also navigate directly to the drill feature by clicking the three dots at the top of the page (on a computer) and selecting "Conjugation Drill". If you're using a mobile device, you'll find this option in the site menu. You can select the parameters for your drill, including the types of verbs, tense(s), and pronoun(s). You can then select a pre-made verb list or select one of your vocabulary lists. Even if the vocabulary list contains other words beyond verbs, the drill will just extract the verbs from your list for use in the drill.

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