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Spanish

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 328,518,810

 

Language Family: Indo-European

 

Spoken in:
 
Spain, Canary Islands, Andorra, Anguilla, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela.

 

 

History:
 
Spanish first started to appear in writing in the form of notes and glosses in Latin religious texts, the Glosas Emilianenses, dating from the 11th century. During the 12th century, law codes (Fueros) were being translated into Spanish. Spanish prose flowered during the reign of King Alfonso X the Wise of Castile (1252-84), who in addition to being the king and a poet, also found time to write an encyclopedia in Spanish called Las Partidas, which contains laws, chronicles, recipes, and rules for hunting, chess and card games. The first Spanish grammar, by Antonio de Nebrija, and the first dictionaries were published during the 15th and 16th centuries.

In Spain this language is generally called español (Spanish) when contrasting it with languages of other countries, such as French and English, but it is called castellano (Castilian, the language of the Castile region) when contrasting it with other languages spoken in Spain, such as Galician, Basque, and Catalan.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

Books

 
Communicating in Spanish: Advanced Level

 
Author: Conrad J. Schmitt & Protase E. Woodford
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Copyright: 1991
ISBN 0-07-056644-5
No of Copies 1

 
Communicating in Spanish: Intermediate Level

 
Author: Conrad J. Schmitt & Protase E. Woodford
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Copyright: 1991
ISBN 0-07-056643-7
No of Copies 1

 
Communicating in Spanish: Novice/Elementary Level

 
Author: Conrad J. Schmitt & Protase E. Woodford
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Copyright: 1991
ISBN 0-07-056642-9
No of Copies 1

 
Conexiones: Comunicacion y cultura

 
Author: Eduardo Zayas-Bazan, Susan M. Bacon, & Dulce Garcia
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 1999
ISBN 0-13-107129-7
No of Copies 1

 
Mosaicos: Spanish as a World Language (Annotated Instructor’s Edition)

 
Author: Matilde Olivella de Castells, Elizabeth Guzman, Paloma Lapuerta
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2002
ISBN 0-13-031480-0
No of Copies 1

 
Music that Teaches Spanish! (Música que enseña español!)

 
Author: Patti Lozana
Publisher: Dola Publications, Inc
Copyright: 1995
ISBN 0-9650980-0-1
No of Copies 1

 
Trato Hecho! Spanish for Real Life (Annotated Instructor’s Edition)

 
Author: John T. McMinn, Patricia Rush, Patricia Houston, & Rosa Maria Acero
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2000
ISBN 0-13-021596-1
No of Copies 1

 
Vistas: Introduccion a la lengua Espanola (Instructor’s Annotated Edition)

 
Author: Jose A. Blanco, Mary An Dellinger, Philip Donley, & Maria Isabel Garcia
Publisher: Vista Higher Learning
Copyright: 2001
ISBN 1-931100-01-2
No of Copies 1

DVDs

 
All About My Mother

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English & French
Running Time 102 min
Rating R

 
Amores Perros

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English & French
Running Time 153 min
Rating R

 
Bitter Sugar

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 102 min
Rating Not Rated

 
La Buena Nueva

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 103 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Buena Vista Social Club

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 105 min
Rating G

 
Butterfly

 
Audio Tracks Spanish & French
Subtitles English
Running Time 94 min
Rating R

 
Cilantro y Perejil

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 90 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Dark Blue, Almost Black

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 105 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Goya in Bordeaux

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English & Spanish
Running Time 105 min
Rating R

 
The Holy Girl

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English, French, & Spanish
Running Time 104 min
Rating R

 
Like Water for Chocolate

 
Audio Tracks Spanish, English
Subtitles Spanish, English
Running Time 105 min
Rating R

 
The Motorcycle Diaries

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 127 min
Rating R

 
Nine Queens

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English & French
Running Time 115 min
Rating R

 
The Official Story

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 114 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Open Your Eyes

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 117 min
Rating R

 
To The Other Side

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 85 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Los Pasos Perdidos

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 93 minutes
Rating Not Rated

 
The Sea Inside

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English & Spanish
Running Time 125 min
Rating PG-13

 
Secrets of the Heart

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 108 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Sin Nombre

 
Audio Tracks English
Subtitles English & French
Running Time 96 min
Rating PG-13

 
Talk to Her

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 114 min
Rating R

 
Tesis

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 121 min
Rating R

 
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 101 min
Rating NC-17

 
Tierra

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 122 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Like Water for Chocolate

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 105 min
Rating R

 
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

 
Audio Tracks Spanish, English, & French
Subtitles English, French, & Spanish
Running Time 89 min
Rating R

 
Y Tu Mama Tambien

 
Audio Tracks Spanish
Subtitles English
Running Time 105 min
Rating Not Rated

Software


One-Day Spanish

Going on vacation or studying abroad? Need to learn a few basic phrases to get you by? The One-Day language learning program will help you do just that. Quickly learn the necessary words and phrases that will help you while abroad. The audio CD comes with a booklet to help users visually recognize words and phrases if desired.


Rosetta Stone V3 - Spanish Levels 1 & 2

One of the leaders in language learning software, Rosetta Stone allows you to learn a new language almost effortlessly. The interactive software helps you learn through imersion rather than repetitive memorization. Learn the essential structure needed to help you develop a foundation in the language. Rosetta Stone Software cannot be checked out and is for in-lab use only.


Rosetta Stone Audio Companion - Spanish Levels 1, 2, & 3

Need to learn a language but don't have time to use a computer program? The Rosetta Stone Audio Companion is an audio CD that you can bring anywhere to develop your language skills. Each CD contains several different units that help reinforce pronounciation, voabulary, and basic phrases. Unlike the software component, the Audio Companion can be taken out of the lab.


Tell Me More - Spanish

Whether you're a beginner or just looking to improve your vocabulary, Tell Me More is a great tool to help you develop your language skills. With hundreds of hours of language practice and thousands of exercises, you'll be on your way to learning a new language in no time.

Web-Based Resources

Web-Based Software

Mango Languages LogoMango Languages is available free to all Saint Michael's students, faculty, and staff in a number of languages. Each Mango lesson is focused on practical, common conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

For assistance with Mango, please see the Getting Started with Mango Languages guide.

 

 

Powerspeak Logo Includes a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons and games. Course activities include an adventure story containing graphics, audio, video and an intuitive way to track learning progress. Learners are also challenged to practice speaking and writing in a variety of interactive modules designed to simulate real conversations with native speakers.

For assistance with Powerspeak, please see the Getting Started with Powerspeak guide.

 

Saint Michael’s is now offering online accounts to use Rosetta Stone, a leader in language learning software. While the LLRC still has Rosetta Stone software available in the lab, this software can be used anywhere, anytime! Interested in learning more? Click here to get started.

 

 

Web-Based Links

 
BBC Languages — Spanish

BBC Language is an online base language learning software that offers resources for Chinese, Spanish, French, English, and many more languages. Learn the basics of 36 different languages and the culture as well!


Centro Virtual Cervantes

Cervantes Institute webpage to make the Spanish language and culture accessible.

 
Global Road Warrior

Use this database to get acclimated to a country's business culture and etiquette (greetings & courtesies, ethics, meetings, attire), society and culture (gift giving, food, media, time & punctuality) and travel tips (money & banking, transportation, and more) for 175 countries.

 
Gramática y Ortografía

Explanations of grammar, links to grammar exercises, and cultural materials all in Spanish.

 

InsureMyTrip

This InsureMyTrip site provides Spanish language sources for travel. It includes dictionaries, grammar sources, translators and fun activites and games. This is a great resource if you're traveling to a Spanish-speaking country and need to brush-up on or learn some Spanish.


Learn Spanish

Free tutorials, over 1,000 pages of resources for learning Spanish, podcasts, and an online Spanish translator. Also offers several paid options for a more enhanced learning experience.

 
Lenguajero

Lenguajero.com is an online language learning community for Spanish and English learners. Members can practice and share their knowledge of these two languages with other learners from around the world.

 
MYLO

MYLO is a free language learning program developed by the Department of Education to help users learn a new language. MYLO utilizes engaging activities and challenges to make the learning process more interesting. Users are able to skip around the various activities to focus on learning the grammar and vocabulary that suits their needs and interests.

 
Online Spanish Dictionaries

Includes links to many online spanish dictionaries.

 
Spanish Grammar Tutorial

Offers explanations of Spanish grammar with written practice, oral practice, etc.

 
Spanish Reference Center

Produced by Britannica, this site offers 3 resources for Spanish students: PlanetaSaber, a Spanish encyclopedia, Enciclopedia Universal en Español for high school ages and up, and Enciclopedia Juvenil for ages 6-12.

 
Spanish Proficiency Exercises

An index of Spanish video interviews and podcasts, as well as related grammar and vocabulary exercises.

 
Spanish Verb Conjugator

A tool to practice the most important basic and irregular verbs of the Spanish language.

 
UTA Spanish Proficiency Exercises

Provides video clips and various free language tools to help students learn Spanish effectively. Also has Podcasts available for download to help you learn on-the-go.

 
Web Spanish Lessons

Basic lessons in Mexican Spanish with links to other websites.

 
Word Reference (Spanish)

 Free online Spanish/English dictionary.

 
Work in Spanish-speaking Countries

 Great resource list focusing on career opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries, including teaching English in Spanish-speaking regions.