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SpanishTown on the Xbox One

September 22, 2016 Leave a comment

We are very happy to announce that our Windows 10 SpanishTown app is now available across all of your Windows 10 devices including the Xbox One. What is even better is that you only have to buy it once and it will be available on all of your Windows 10 devices: phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, Surface, Surface Hub, HoloLens and now the Xbox One.

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Download it now for a FREE 7 day trial! English_Get_it_from_MS

 

 

 

Tenses and Moods

Access hundreds of example verbs and full sentences with audio across a variety of different tenses and moods. Practise for the next exam by using our multiple choice quizzes and fill-in-the-blank worksheets which draw on a database of thousands of different questions.

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Grammar Topics

grammarTopicsWe have loaded the app with a large variety of grammar topics that will help you navigate through those difficult areas. When do you use ser or estar or por or para? What are the rules and exceptions to the gender of nouns? Why is the verb gustar different and why is it so important to understand?

 

 

 

Vocabulary

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Learn new Spanish words and listen to the pronunciation. Our vocabulary section is organized by category but you can also search for a specific word either using English and Spanish. We are not a dictionary but we do have hundreds and hundreds of the most common words available, all with audio and the English translation.

 

 

 

 

Verbs

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With over 350 of the most common Spanish verbs available you can look through them, either alphabetically or by using our search feature.  Search using the English verb or the Spanish verb.  View the verb conjugations for different tenses and moods.

 

 

 

 

 

Try it now on any Windows 10 device including your Xbox One!

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SpanishTown App for Windows 10–UPDATE

We have been working hard to bring you the best Spanish app for students available on Windows 10.  Our latest update includes an updated look and the addition of the imperative.

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IMPERATIVE

  • 500+ Sample sentences with audio
  • 8 multiple choice quizzes with 500+ questions
  • 15 fill-in-the-blank worksheets with 1000+ questions

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WINDOWS STORE FOR BUSINESS

SpanishTown is also available for Educational institutions via the Windows Store for Business which allows administrators to find, acquire, manage, and distribute apps to Windows 10 devices.

SpanishTown Windows 10 Universal App!

December 9, 2015 2 comments

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Announcing the Public Beta

We are pleased to announce the public availability our new SpanishTown App for Windows 10 devices. 

Try it now for FREE!  We are so happy with the app’s progress so far that we have decided to make the beta available now.  In fact, we are so confindent, we are willing to give you a 7 day free trial with no strings attached.

English_Get_it_Win_10Not only do we offer a free trial, we are having a Beta launch sale until the end of December.

We are launching the app with:

Present, Preterite, Imperfect and Future – each full with verb examples for regular, irregular and verbs that change. Includes sample sentences with audio for all the example verbs.

2600+ quiz and worksheet questions to test your knowledge of verbs and give you some practice before a big exam.

300+ verb conjugations for the most common verbs. Search by alphabet, English or Spanish.

Vocabulary – hundreds and hundreds of common words sorted by categories, with audio and fully searchable.

Grammar topics – ser vs estar, por vs para, pronouns, articles, using gustar, gender of words, interrogative and negative words.

Learn to tell time in Spanish and count.

 

Who is the App For?

We have designed our SpanishTown App for students currently progressing through their Spanish courses.  Whether you are starting at the junior high level, senior high or college, you can use our app to help you achieve success throughout your Spanish language learning. 

SpanishTown will grow with you as you progress.

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Spanish For Kids Receives an Update

December 16, 2011 2 comments

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New Spanish Vocabulary

We’ve been hard at work over the last few months preparing a major update to our Spanish for Kids Grade 1 pages.

The vocabulary has been reorganized into 10 themed free Spanish lessons.  Each lesson contains a number of vocabulary pages.  A lot of new vocabulary has been added and all of the Flash audio has been remade.

Each themed lesson includes counting in Spanish with audio up to 100.  In lesson 1, learn to count to 10.  In lesson 2, count to 20 and so on.

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To compliment this massive amount of work we’ve also added 50 completely free, fully illustrated, Spanish vocabulary sheets in PDF format for downloading and printing.  Teachers are free to download and print them for use in their classrooms.

Spanish Lesson Booklets Coming Soon

We are still not finished updating the Spanish Grade 1 section.  Next on our list is the creation of our Lesson Booklets to accompany each Spanish lesson.  Hopefully we’ll start publishing those booklets early in 2012.

Feedback

We have scoured these new sections for errors and problems with links.  If you find any please let us know so that we can get those repaired.

Feel free to comment on the material as well.  We are always looking at ways to improve the site and the materials.

Spanish Past Tense Cheat Sheet

October 7, 2010 1 comment

Spanish_Cheat_Sheet_Past_Tense-marketing-200w All you need to know about the simple past tense in Spanish condensed into one quick and easy reference page.

  • Which two verbs change ‘o’ to ‘u’ in the third person singular and plural?
  • How do you conjugate verbs that end in ‘CAR‘, ‘GAR‘ or ‘ZAR‘?
  • Do you know how to conjugate these verbs that change the ‘c’ to a ‘j’ in all persons?
  • BONUS: 38 Spanish expressions about time

Regular verbs
Irregular verbs
Verbs that change
Uses of the past tense

Keep a copy of this PDF file on your smart phone, another copy on your laptop and print out a copy for use in your Spanish class.

An indispensible reference sheet for students studying the past tense in Spanish

Spain’s Ministry of Education Awards Certificate of Excellence

Certificate-of-Excellence Congratulations to all of the Grade 4 students in the CBE’s Spanish Bilingual Program!

For their dedication and completion of the first four years in the International Spanish Academy’s program the students were rewarded with a Certificate of Excellence from the Embassy of Spain in Canada and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

International Spanish Academy in Edmonton

The Edmonton public school system has a number of Spanish programs for kids. If your living in the Edmonton area and curious about the program you can read about their programs here.

The International Spanish Academy

This is a bilingual program offering 50% of the instruction in Spanish and 50% in English.  Currently they offer the program in three different schools. Instruction begins in Kindergarten and continues through grade 12. Normally children can only enter the program in Kindergarten or Grade 1.

Escuela Mill Creek Campus (Elementary)

Mckernan School (Junior High)

Sweet Grass School (Elementary)

Spanish Language and Culture

Further options are available for older students.  They have a 3, 6 and 9 year Spanish language and culture program which start in grade 10, 7 and 4 respectively.  For schools in the Edmonton area offering this program please visit their website.

Our Spanish Bilingual Schools page tries to keep an up-to-date list of schools in Alberta.

Why Learn Spanish?

Learning Spanish provides children with so many benefits that the title of the post should really read “Why Wouldn’t You Learn Spanish?”.

Interesting Facts

  • Spanish is the second most spoken language (native language) on the planet? Between 329 and 358 million people speak Spanish.
  • Mexico has the largest population of Spanish speakers
  • Spanish is an official language of the United Nations
  • The USA has more Spanish speakers than Spain.
  • Canada has over 900,000 Spanish speakers.
  • The majority of Spanish speakers reside in Latin America.
  • Spanish is an official language in 20 different countries.

    Benefits of Learning Spanish (for Kids)

  • Fluently bilingual students score higher in verbal and non-verbal intelligence.
  • Students studying a second language are superior in memory ability.
  • Score higher in reading, language and math.
  • Second language education strengthens first language skills.
  • Students gain superior cross-cultural skills.
  • Students display greater cultural sensitivity.
  • More choices for higher education and job opportunities

Learn Spanish

Andres Sanchez at William Aberhart International Spanish Academy Spanish bilingual education programs are growing in popularity in both the USA and Canada. Calgary’s Board of Education is home to one of the most successful Spanish bilingual programs in Canada.  From its humble start in 2001 with 150 students it has grown the enrolment to 1800 students in 2009.  As of 2009 they are home to Canada’s first high school level International Spanish Academy at William Aberhart High School. Visit their website for more information on their Spanish Bilingual Program.

Online Spanish resources are also widely available to student learning Spanish and many are free such as SpanishTown.ca which focuses on Spanish for Kids.

Employment Opportunities

Take a look at some of the current job opportunities available to those with Spanish language skills at Spanish Jobs in Canada or in USA.

Sources and further information:
Spanish for Kids
Alberta Education
Wikipedia
Calgary Board of Education