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Spanish Lesson 1 for Kids Updated

October 23, 2013 Leave a comment

We have just put the finishing touches on our update to Lesson 1 Spanish for Kids.  All five topic areas are now designed for modern browsers and work great with touch devices!

Greetings in Spanish

We have added a little comic strip with Spanish audio to demonstrate a short conversion using our greeting’s vocabulary.  Simply click or tap on one of the scenes to listen.  Following the comic strip you will find a list of common Spanish vocabulary related to greetings.  Again, it is designed for touch devices as well as the mouse.  Learn Spanish vocabulary for greetings.

HellosaludosVocabulary

About You in Spanish

In this section SpanishTown.ca introduces you to question and answer phrases commonly used when describing yourself or someone you know.  The basic vocabulary focuses on asking someone’s name in Spanish, how old you are and where do you live.  Another comic strip and additional Spanish phrases have been added.  Try some out with a friend! Learn some Spanish phrases!

WhatIsYourNamesobreTiVocabulary

Colors and Shapes in Spanish

These two short topic areas will provide you with some basic vocabulary for colors and shapes in Spanish.  Click or tap on one of the tiles to listen in Spanish.  Learn colors in Spanish!  Learn Shapes in Spanish!

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Enjoy learning Spanish!

Telling Time in Spanish

October 20, 2013 1 comment

TimeSpanishRulesWe have just finished updating our Spanish Lesson 12 on SpanishTown.ca to HTML5 so it works well with all modern browsers!  It is also designed for touch, a fantastic feature for all our visitors using a Windows 8 touch device, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Rules for Telling Time in Spanish

Start with the basic rules for learning the hour, half hour and quarter hour.  Tap or click on the clock to listen in Spanish.

Rules for Telling Time in Spanish

Examples for Telling Time in Spanish

Next we’ll show you how to tell time in Spanish whether it is 5 minutes past the hour or 20 minutes past.  Click or tap on the clock examples to listen.

Examples for Telling Time in Spanish

Vocabulary to Help When Talking about the Time in Spanish

When talking about the time of day in Spanish, it is often important to add some vocabulary to your sentences in order to give the other person more clarification.  We have included a long list of vocabulary that you can learn and use.  Listen in Spanish and learn how to ask: What time is it?, or say “in the morning”, “in the afternoon” or “on the dot”.

Spanish Vocabulary for Telling Time

TimeExpressionsSpanishExpressions for Telling Time in Spanish

We are not stopping with just the added vocabulary however.  You can also learn some common expressions used when referring to a time.  Some examples are: “yesterday”, “overnight”, “in a little while” and “as soon as”.  Learning some of these simple expressions is a great way to dramatically improve your conversational ability in Spanish.

Expressions in Spanish Related to Time

Enjoy learning Spanish!

From Flash to HTML5

October 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Counting

Moving Forward

You may have noticed a few changes that have been taking place on SpanishTown.ca over the last week.  We have begun to transition away from using Flash and moving towards HTML5 for our Spanish language audio.  The first pages to see the change are our “Counting in Spanish” pages, from 0 – 100.

More Devices

By making these changes we are opening up the site to students using Windows Phones, iPads and iPhones.  The larger “tiles” also make it easier for those using touch interfaces on Windows 8 devices and iOS.

Browsers

These changes should work on any modern browser such as IE, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.  Just make sure you are using a current version.

The Plan

Eventually all of our audio vocabulary pages will be moving to HTML5.  It will take some time to convert all of our vocabulary (we have a lot) so be patient.

Check out some of the pages:

Count to 10 in Spanish
Count to 20 in Spanish
Count to 30 in Spanish
Count to 40 in Spanish
Count to 50 in Spanish
Count to 60 in Spanish
Count to 70 in Spanish
Count to 80 in Spanish
Count to 90 in Spanish
Count to 100 in Spanish