The Best Online Spanish Resources Available on the Internet

By Levi Flint

Obviously I’m a big proponent of e-learning when it comes to learning foreign languages. Here is nice little compilation of the best online resources for learning Spanish. If you know of others, please feel free to leave a comment below!


FSI: Spanish Programmatic Couse

Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish Telenovela and Supplementary Exercises

Destinos Summaries

Destinos Flashcards

Bookbox: Learn Spanish with Subtitled Videos for Children!

Notes in Spanish

Señor Jordan Grammar Videos

Telenovelas en Español

Más Telenovelas en Español

Al Punto: Noticias con Jorge Ramos

Mexican Slang Flashcards

Website that have Spanish videos / series subtitled in Spanish

Telemundo Series (subtitled in Spanish)

Univision Series (subtitled in Spanish)

Spanish E-Books

Practice Español: Real News / Audio / Quizzes in Spanish

Spanish Listening Videos: Listening / Quizzes / Transcripts 

IVONA: How to pronounce any word in your language

El Deforma
(Mexican version of “The Onion”)
Online Dictionary: Word Reference

Spanish Verb Conjugation

Spanish Profanity


News in Slow Spanish

Spanish Language and Culture:

Lingro: Online Dictionary to Read and Save New Vocab in Portuguese / Spanish

Telenovela: La Hija del Mariachi

El Universal: Periodico de México

El Mundo: Periodico de España

Defense Language Institute: Listening Activities

Men’s Health en Español

Women’s Health en Español

Univision Radio

Espn Deportes (español)

Free Podcasts (history, audiobooks, movies,etc)

Busuu: Language Learning Community

Hulu Plus LATINO

Los SImpsons

South Park in Spanish

List of free sites to watch Spanish TV online.

LoMasTv: Spanish Immersion TV

Professor Jason: Spanish and Portuguese Instruction

Chistes Cortos (Short Jokes) en español

Personal Online Language Tutor

Italki: Find language partners and low cost language teachers!

The Best Online Spanish Resources Available on the Internet

Why Do I Write? I Write For You!

I write articles on foreign language learning, acquisition, and confidence for adult learners of any age who want to learn a foreign language, but who have always been fed the lie time and again that only children are good language learners. I want to inspire and motivate readers to take on the challenge of second language learning!

The notion that adult’s can’t properly learn a language is clearly bullshit, because I’m currently 30 years old and I am pretty good at it when I’m organized, motivated, confident and consistent in my daily learning rituals. So are many, many other adult learners around the world with the proper self-discipline and motivation. Yes, of course it is a challenge but so is going to the gym, right? The brain is also a muscle and must be worked out just like all of our other muscles through repetition, drills, and real world practice. Learning a language is an amazing way to work out your mind, connect with others, and let’s face it, you can help but to feel cooler and more interesting the better you get. Why else take on the seemingly incredibly difficult challenge? How about looking at it not only as something you’ve always (or recently) wanted to do, but as a way to push yourself, to force yourself out of your comfort zone, or even perhaps as a way to develop more self-discipline.

I currently speak English (duh), Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and I am learning French. I’m specializing in North and South American languages. I’m not doing it for any particular reason other than I am an American and I not only love these neighboring languages, but I find them to be incredibly useful for travel, job opportunities, and personal growth. Rather than become a typical “jack of all trades” polyglot I’ve resigned to just become really good at these core languages spoken by millions worldwide. I have a Masters in Teaching Spanish, a professional certificate to teach English, and lots of experience learning languages on my own online, at the university, and at language schools. I also work for a tech startup. My goal with these articles is not to impress you with you current and future credentials, but to help you reach your goals! I’m on a mission with Personal Fluency Coach to do just that.

By reading these articles it is my goal that you will:

  • Better understand how adults acquire languages
  • Learn strategies to improve how you learn languages on your own and in a classroom.
  • Improve your confidence in your abilities to learn a language.
  • Decrease your anxiety when attempting to speak a new language.
  • Follow me on my journeys to become fully proficient in Spanish, Portuguese, and French on the side while I juggle work and life’s responsibilities.
  • Figure out how to motivate yourself to learn a foreign language (and keep learning)
  • Figure out where you, an adult, can safely (and affordably) go to a language school in North, Central, or South America and improve your skills at a very rapid rate.
  • Learn about the best online resources for fantastic e-learning opportunities



I am also currently working on a podcast where I interview foreign language teachers, learners, and polyglots to discover language hacks and strategies of the best out there. I will also interview language learners who have experienced both minor and epic language learning failures to see and better understand where they went wrong and how they can get back improve. I offer them coaching to try to get them back on track, moving towards fluency.

Why Do I Write? I Write For You!

Daily Rituals: Vital To Learning a New Language on Your Own

By Levi Flint

Last night I started reading a book titled “Rituals: How Artists Work”, and as I read I reflected on my daily language routines or “rituals” as they are called in this book. In the book the author researches the daily rituals as well as the often erratic work schedules of authors and artists of all sorts. You quickly realize that they all share common habits and quirks (cigarettes, coffee, and uncommon sleeping schedules), but what is important for us language learners and teachers to see is how the consistent minutes, hours, and days that daily rituals tend to occupy are vital to learning a new language as a responsible, working adult.

Daily Rituals To Effectively Learn a Language?

Let me explain what I mean by “daily rituals” by describing my current daily rituals with my new project for 2015, French. Daily rituals with language learning should be integrated into your daily life and not interfere or ruin any of your other life activities. Since everyone’s daily work, school, family routine varies, this only serves as an example to hopefully motivate you to do something similar, or even something better!

Daily Language Rituals:

DLR #1

8:00 am: Coffee, Fruit Smoothie & (30 points), (10 new words and at least one review)

DLR #2

8:45 – 9:20 am: Workout and do one Pimsleur lesson while exercising (yes, I talk out loud to myself in French while I exercise at the gym or park)

DLR #3

3pm: 30 minute walk (around the neighborhood, to get lunch, go to store or park) Repeat Pimsleur activity

DLR #4

7-7:30 Do an immersion activity (online language conversation, watch video, or read in language)

Add up the time these daily language rituals take and you are looking at approximately 2 hours daily study and language confidence growth. This may seem like a lot to some; but when they become habits, and then ritual (very productive, and enjoyable rituals) and they are integrated into your day. At this point you then you are knocking out – in my case – two hours of productive language learning daily. This is an easy 14 hours per week. In other words, a solid 56 hours per month! The Foreign Service Institute recommends about 600 hours of focused language study to become competent for Level 1 languages such as: Spanish, Italian, French, and other. Implement language learning rituals and you’ll make that goal in no time at all.

Why are rituals / routines so important to learning a new language “on your own”

Clearly, in my view, implementing these rituals are absolutely necessary to develop since they help to create a world in which you are constantly surrounded by the language in your day to day life (when not in the country where the language is spoken, for example). Furthermore, rituals help you improve as a person since they become very much ingrained into who you are and require dedication, self control, and focus on a daily basis.

Recommendations For Setting Up Your Own Daily Language Learning Rituals

I recommend following a similar approach. In my first month of developing my French ritual I did not attempt to speak with a native speaker and I focused mainly on developing the vocabulary necessary so that I would be able to be a bit more coherent and confident when the time came this month, in January. Now, this month, I have been gaining confidence speaking with native speakers from Quebec, Canada since that is where I’m going to immerse myself this summer for 3 months. I have literally engaged in four 30 minute one-on-one conversations thus far, and I can successfully communicate decently; albeit, with broken French. This strategy works for me and will make any enormous addition to anyone learning any language.

However, the scheduling of my rituals are personalized to my needs and daily work and exercise routine. You should make sure to personalize your own. Personal Fluency Coach can absolutely help you with this if you’re interested in a consultation “fluency coaching” session .

it absolutely can be done regardless of your schedule and daily obligations. Let’s quickly examine some common activities when you’re spending time, but doing nothing to actually improve your mind and/or foreign language skills:

  • Watching “hilarious” baby videos on YouTube
  • Cooking
  • Walking your dog
  • Commuting on the bus or metro
  • Working out
  • Driving
  • Sitting in traffic
  • Washing the dishes
  • Folding clothes
  • Cleaning your house
  • Watching TV
  • Reading the news (Seriously, in most cases, this does not affect you directly. Lets be honest here)

*Write out a ritual building plan that is personalized and that works for you and fits into your life. You will be amazed at the progress you can make in just a few months!

As a final note, it could be useful to keep this quote in mind:

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”


*Personal Fluency Coach also consults and coaches those interested in integrating this practice into their lifestyles.


Levi Flint is the creator and head “fluency coach” at Levi holds a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a second language. He teaches English and Spanish as a second language online both privately and for several colleges. Furthermore, he also does consulting on self-study language learning for students interested in studying English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French on their own, in an online setting. Currently based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, Levi plans on being in Quebec City over the summer and then back in Latin America thereafter.

Contact him at 

Daily Rituals: Vital To Learning a New Language on Your Own

Top 3 Mistakes I’ve Made When Studying A Foreign Language

By Levi Flint

The following are the 3 top mistakes that I have made when learning Spanish, Portuguese, and French in the past years of my life. Hopefully by reading this you can avoid the pain, suffering, regret, and doubt that I have had the misfortune of experiencing.

2015/01/img_0175.jpg 1) I Often Waited Until I was “Good Enough” to Speak, Before Having My First Conversation.

This is an enormously common problem for people who study a foreign language outside of the country where it is spoken. It is astonishing that more teachers aren’t working to fix this problem and take some sort of leadership. Blogger and author, Benny Lewis is really the only ‘authority’ that I’ve seen who has said anything on this matter. The reasons behind this are silly and in large part based on assumptions, old beliefs, and some applied linguistic studies that speak of a necessary “silent period” that one must allow all language learners to go through.

For me, in my opinion, this is really just a personality thing. If the learner is extroverted, then he typically wants to speak immediately and is excited to do so. If he is an introvert, then perhaps no. Instead, he prefers to collect his thoughts, analyze, and maybe study a good deal before he begins to speak. Despite this, however, everyone has some sort of anxiety when first speaking a new language. The idea is to get over this fear as quickly as possible so that you can practice and gain more and more exposure to real language over time.

Unfortunately for me I did NOT do this with Spanish, but I did with Portuguese and I now am also doing this with French. As a result I developed a comfort level for Portuguese at a much faster rate than I ever did with Spanish and to this day and I speak Portuguese well enough to communicate effectively with native speakers.

Even though I am now a fluent Spanish speaker, I still catch myself feeling anxious to speak freely when around strangers or in large groups. As a result native speakers are often surprised when they get to know me better and often say “Wow, your Spanish sounds so natural. Especially for a gringo!” So, to reiterate, breaking through this barrier early on is super important. Don’t be like me and screw it up! Don’t be afraid and start attempting to communicate as early as you can. It pays off in the long run.

2) I Often Times Studied Too Many Translation Apps and Textbook Activities Instead of More Immersion Focused Ones.

From my experience apps like Duolingo, Memrise, and also most typical face-to-face classroom translation type of activities and flashcards are fine to use when learning a new language. Today, in many cases, it has become popular for teachers and applied linguists oppose translation activities when learning a new language. I totally understand this, but I don’t agree with it for the following reason: using our first or second language as a crutch to help us gain vocabulary and understanding of a new language is one of our biggest advantages that we have as adolescent or adult learners. Use it as a tool, but never fall in love with any one method or form of practice. At times in the past I would spend way too much time focusing on this and not enough with more immersion focused activities. You must find immersion practice via movies, video series, reading, or speaking as much as possible. Interestingly the brain can learn a ton of language consciously, but only to a certain degree. The subconscious picks up more language than you can imagine in immersion practice sessions such as with conversation, writing, and listening comprehension.

3) I Often Tried to Study and Practice Too Much. Moreover, I Often Stressed Out About It When I Didn’t Do Enough or If I Skipped a Day.

You needn’t over study. However, you must make it a habit to study everyday. Consistency is when you really see improvement. At Personal Fluency Coach I try to really push the concept I use with both exercise and language learning by setting “daily minimums” and following through with them consistently, on a daily / weekly / monthly basis. A “daily minimum” is something that appears upon very glance as easy and doable each day within your day-to-day schedule. You’ll find that these little minimums add up each day, bit by bit, and quickly turn into hours upon hours of productivity and growth as months pass by.

For example, right now I am learning French.

This is my daily / monthly “minimum” plan for this month, January 2015. To some this may look like a lot, but one could easily just incorporate the morning part into their daily routines and see huge improvement over time.



Duolingo: min 30 xp daily
Memrise: 10 words daily
Pimsleur II Daily (during my 30 minute morning workout)

Online Convo Lesson w/ Personal Fluency Coach: (2) 30 min lesson per week

Afternoon / Evenings:

French in Action: Review chapters 1-4 in week 1
and then 2 chapters per wk for remaining three weeks

Sequence for each chapter:
-Read chapter
-Audio Text Work Up (while walking / cooking / working out)
-Audio textbook activities

FSI Pronunciation Cap 5, 6, 7 (by the end of the month)

Saturday Class at French Language School (12-3pm) each week


Levi Flint is the creator and head “fluency coach” at Levi holds a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a second language. He teaches English and Spanish as a second language online both privately and for several colleges. Furthermore, he also does consulting on self-study language learning for students interested in studying English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French on their own, in an online setting. Currently based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, Levi plans on being in Quebec City over the summer and then back in Latin America thereafter.

Contact him at 

Top 3 Mistakes I’ve Made When Studying A Foreign Language

Want to be fluent in a foreign language? Better start reading in your language of choice now!

By Levi Flint

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Hello friends! In this post I am going to ramble a bit about the importance of forcing yourself to read in a foreign language (both to yourself and out loud) to improve both your cognitive language development of the language as well as the your pronunciation and confidence. This is not really groundbreaking news, I know, but it’s a nice reminder nonetheless. Applied linguists, teachers, and language learning aficionados all over the globe agree that this one act can substantially increase your skills greatly over time. Renowned linguist, Stephen Krashen, is notorious for preaching the importance of literacy in dominating another language. So, pick up a book, newspaper, magazine, instruction manual, children’s book, or whatever interests you. The internet has a an infinite amount of content. Don’t know where to begin? Go to Wikipedia, put it on the appropriate language and type in the first thing that comes to mind.

But, I don’t understand everything!

This is OK! Unlike hearing the language, reading Spanish, Portuguese, and French are actually quite easy to begin to read even with a limited skill level due to the large amount of cognates in each one. Furthermore, with websites like Google translate and, the days of carrying around and thumbing through a heavy bilingual dictionary are more or less over.

I’ve never read anything in Spanish, Portuguese, or French. What should I begin reading, a children’s book?

I recommend simply reading what you like and legitimately most interested in. If children’s books are what honestly interest you the most then by all means, read children’s books! However, if you’re more interested in current affairs, for example, try to start consistently reading the newspaper in Spanish in the country you are most interested in and/or Portuguese from São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. These can all be easily accessed online for free for a fair monthly subscription through an Amazon kindle. Each day simply turn on the WiFi on your Kindle and “voilà” you have the day’s newspaper right in front of you. Moreover, Kindles dictionary can easily be changed to a bilingual or one language dictionary for a matter of dollars and cents.

Ok, I’ve been reading a lot in a foreign language and I’m getting more comfortable with it, but I’ve got a huge list of new vocabulary I have been writing down. What can I do to actually learn this vocabulary?

This is a question I’ve often struggled with personally and here is my current opinion on the matter. I think jotting down vocabulary is perfectly fine. However, whenever you can, I’d say don’t translate. Instead, try to write out the foreign language definition of the word or perhaps even just your own foreign language rendition of a description of the word. This will start getting your mind used to using the language to describe the word you have in mind. This is a great step in the right direction toward becoming fluent. Second, another thing you can do is to put all of your vocabulary learned on This is a very nice way to access your new words learned either on the desktop app or on the smartphone app. Both function incredibly well and are slightly addicting once you really start building up a solid word bank that comes from texts that actually interest you personally.

I hope these tips help. Part II coming soon. Any comments, advice, complaints, or ideas? Feel free to leave a comment!


Levi Flint is the creator and head “fluency coach” at Levi holds a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a second language. He teaches English and Spanish as a second language online both privately and for several colleges. Furthermore, he also does consulting on self-study language learning for students interested in studying English, Spanish, Portuguese, or French on their own, in an online setting. Currently based out of Guadalajara, Mexico, Levi plans on being in Quebec City over the summer and then back in Latin America thereafter.

Contact him at 

Want to be fluent in a foreign language? Better start reading in your language of choice now!

Personal Fluency Coach FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

What is this blog about exactly?

I write articles to focus primarily on language learning, confidence, and motivation for adult learners. I also offer consulting and advice to readers who ask for it. I feel like I have a unique voice when it comes to these topics and I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience with the world.

How long will it take me to become fluent in a foreign language?

There is no specific answer to this question although almost everybody thinks they know the answer. It ultimately mainly depends on the following factors:

1) Definition: How you define “fluency”.

2) Mental State: How much motivation and passion you have for the language you are learning,

3) Work: Your study regiment (organization, time spent speaking with native speakers, contact time per week, etc)

What is fluency?


At Personal Language Coach we believe that fluency begins at the B2 level.

Personal Fluency Coach FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions