7 Resources to Increase Spanish Vocabulary
Are you having a hard time understanding the Spanish words you hear or read? The vocabulary struggle is real.
We face some challenges as second language learners. For words to stick in the memory, it takes lots of repetition. New words become recognizable with listening and reading practice. Passive vocabulary becomes active with speaking and writing practice. This is what I call exposure and active engagement.
No worries, I’m here to help you with vocabulary resources for planning, tracking, and defining words.
How do I increase my Spanish vocabulary?
The experts have failed us! They tell us to take a class, study vocabulary lists, do lab work, and take quizzes and tests. But none of that works to increase Spanish vocabulary skills in the language parts of our brains.
On the other hand, having the right resources and study methods does build your passive and active vocabulary.
Ultimate Spanish Vocabulary Toolbox
The Ultimate Spanish Vocabulary Toolbox is your go-to resource for increasing your vocabulary all in one place!
The Ultimate Spanish Vocabulary Toolbox Will Help You…
- Set up a systematic plan to increase your vocabulary
- Track words by their status – new, active, passive
- Record meaning, synonyms, antonyms, examples, and your notes
- Pull up your entries on the Flash Sheet tab
- View graphs of your progress on the Dashboard tab
What You’ll Get
The toolbox includes a spreadsheet, vocabulary tracking worksheets, and a collection of word lists. You can track your vocabulary digitally or keep your printable pages in a learning notebook!
- Word Bank Spreadsheet
- Ultimate Vocabulary Guide
- Most Frequently Used Spanish Vocabulary Lists
The most important thing is to have a growing passive and active vocabulary. This is the kind where you understand the words you hear and read, then use them from your memory to speak and write.
English to Spanish Dictionary
The classic resource for increasing vocabulary is an English-Spanish dictionary. It contains words, pronunciation, meanings, and sometimes examples. Every language learner should have access to at least one dictionary and translator. These are free online Spanish dictionaries and translators.
Frequency Dictionary of Spanish
If you’re going to buy one dictionary, this is the one that you need. The main index has the 5,000 most frequently used words in the Spanish vocabulary. Each word has a part of speech, an example, and a translation. This is the ideal resource to complement your vocabulary and grammar study.
Look inside – A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish: Core Vocabulary for Learners
Spanish Random Word Generator
Occasionally, you might want to find new words at random to increase your vocabulary. Or, just to increase the variety of the kinds of words you’re learning. Press the button and a selection of new words is listed.
English – Spanish Thesaurus
Once you’ve learned a word and its meaning, the next logical step is to find similar words, synonyms. Even antonyms can easily expand your vocabulary with opposite-meaning words.
- This resource is special because you can search words by part of speech, rhymes, metaphors and concordance.
Spanish Number Translator
Spanish numbers can be tricky with spelling, accents, and how some of them break the patterns. Type in a number and the spelling is given.
All in all, each of these tools are invaluable resources to increase Spanish vocabulary. I highly recommend using them as you build your skills to listen, read, speak and write Spanish in real life.
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