Making things clear(er)! (Nueva York)

Getting down to the grammar

One of my students was asking today about grammar sites online, so I thought I’d put together a few sites that I use myself so that they’re here for the benefit of everybody.

Making things clear(er)! (Nueva York)

Making things clear(er)! (Nueva York)

Spanish Language and Culture with Barbara Kuczun Nelson has a selection of interactive lessons with a grammar focus on its main page. The menu down the right hand side of the page has a comprehensive list of grammar topics. There is a short explanation of the topic, followed by a grammar exercise, and it’s very easy to check your answers. Some topics are further broken down into subtopics. For example, here’s the page on question words (essential for Ordinary Level students looking at the first Spanish to Spanish comprehension). There’s also a page to practise lots of irregular verbs in different tenses. Here’s the link to the present tense. And here’s a link to a page on those pesky tener expressions that come up so often in the dialogue and the note. 

Another student of mine has recommended Span¡shD!ct to me before, so I thought I’d take a look at it. Again, all the topics are broken down into subtopics and there are practice quizzes to go with each topic. On this site, their explanations are a bit more detailed than the one above, but the quizzes are a little more simplistic. They are good if you want to start off on a topic or review it, but if you want to more into depth, look elsewhere. Here’s a link to apocopating adjectives. ¿Qué? I hear you say! These are adjectives that drop a letter before certain nouns. You should remember ones like primer and tercer from the numbers section in the Junior Certificate exam. No? Might be a good one to revisit then. And here’s another one on the basic conjunctions (joining words) you need to know when putting together sentences, paragraphs and anything longer.

The third website I’m going to put up today is Spanish Grammar.com. It has very clear explanations of grammar which are particularly good for people who like to read explanations rather than listen to or watch explanations. There’s a paid version but I only ever use the free sections. Here’s the section on direct and indirect object pronouns (which can be difficult even for teachers)! Here’s the future tense section – something there’ll definitely be a question on in your oral.

There are so many different websites out there. I also like Señor Jordan on Youtube. For other practice, there are tools that are apps and websites such as Duolingo which is great for solo study.

If there are any sites you have tried that you would recommend, do let me know in the comments and I’ll update the post.

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