Resources on SpanishDictionary.com
SpanishDictionary.com offers a step-by-step Spanish course, which can be found by clicking "Learn Spanish" in the menu. The course currently starts at the absolute beginning and works up to an intermediate level. If you find the lessons at the beginning of the "Learn Spanish" course to be too easy for you, scroll down on the course page to the first grayed-out “Checkpoint” section and click the “Jump Ahead” button.
Beyond the comprehensive course, we also offer interactive grammar and vocabulary 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. These features are explained in more detail below.
If you're looking for a course that guides you through learning grammar and vocabulary in a step-by-step fashion from absolute beginner to a high-intermediate level, please check out our program Fluencia.
How to Navigate Through the Resources on SpanishDictionary.com
To access our dictionary and translators, type a word/phrase/sentence into the search box on the home page of SpanishDictionary.com or the SpanishDictionary.com 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 iOS or Android app, 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 SpanishDictionary.com on a computer, you'll find a little downward-facing arrow on the right side 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, an animation will show you how to 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, if you have a Premium subscription, you can click the circle with a check mark to have our Writing Coach feature check the spelling and grammar of the text you wrote.
If you search 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.
When available, you'll see an Examples tab after translating text 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.
We offer a Thesaurus tab on many dictionary entries on our website and the iOS app that shows synonyms and antonyms for the word you searched for. This feature is not available in the Android app.
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.
This is our step-by-step course that starts at the absolute beginning and combines grammar and vocabulary in reading, writing, and listening activities. Speaking questions are available when using the Google Chrome browser to access the lessons on the website on a PC, Mac, or Android device. (Not available on iPhone or iPad in Chrome.)
If you click on the three dots at the top of the page (or open the menu on the mobile website or app), you'll see Grammar in the list. Clicking that will take you to interactive lessons and practice activities, as well as in-depth explanatory articles. To access the lessons, just click on a topic of your choosing. The lessons include both grammar and vocabulary explanations and videos/audios of native speakers that test your grammar understanding in combination with your listening and reading-comprehension skills. Speaking questions are available when using the Google Chrome browser to access the lessons on the website on a PC, Mac, or Android device. (Not available on iPhone or iPad in Chrome.)
You will find a link to our Conjugation Drill feature on Conjugation pages in the dictionary to practice individual verbs. 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 then select the parameters for your drill, including the types of verbs, tense(s), and pronoun(s). You can 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.