Conversational skills can be greatly enhance by listening to or reading Spanish. Finding materials in local stores in the suburbs can be difficult, but the College of DuPage Library and the World Wide Web offer a number of great opportunities.
Dictionaries, Grammars, and Other Learning Aides
- American Heritage® Spanish Dictionary (Diccionario inglés-español)
- Collins Spanish/English & English/Spanish Dictionary (Available through Credo Reference)
- Diccionarios y Enciclopedias Generales
- Fluency Prof
- Spanish audio, phrases, dialogues, and myths and legends.
- Free Spanish Lessons
- How to Study and Write for Foreign Languages
- Learn Spanish: A Free Online Tutorial
- Business Spanish Dictionary - Collins Publishing
- Radio Lingua
- 15-20 minute podcasts of language lessons.
- Spanish Language and Culture
- Spanish Proverbs and Sayings with Their English Equivalents
Feature Films in the College of DuPage Library
The Library has a number of Spanish language films in both VHS and DVD formats. To locate them, do a subject search on the words "feature films" followed by any spanish speaking country. For example: Feature Films, Spain or Feature Films, Mexico. Many American produced movies in the DVD format have alternate soundtracks in Spanish. The rental cost is quite reasonable, just $1.00 (VHS) or $2.00 (DVD) for one week.
Spanish Language Magazines in the College of DuPage
Like films, magazines can improve your fluency and vocabulary. In addition they keep you up to date with the culture, history, and current events of Spanish speaking communities. The Library owns the following titles. All can be found in the Current Periodical section on the main floor of the Library. Comfortable chairs are located nearby for you to sit and read.
People en español
Magazines and News on the Web
The web is an excellent source for Spanish language newspapers and magazines. The current day is usually available for free; some charge for articles in back issues and some do not. This is just a sample of what is available.
- BBC Mundo
- CNN enEspanol
- El Comercio Digital
- Deportes ESPN
- Google News Espana
- Hoy (Chicago edition)
- El Mundo
- El Nuevo Herald
- El Norte
- La Nueva Espana
- El Pais
- El Periodico
- LaRaza (Chicago)
- Reflejos (Suburban Chicago)
- El Universal
- La Vanguardia
- Voice of America
Check out these additional suggestions from Language Box and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Spanish Language Books in the College of DuPage Library
The Library has a number of Spanish readers, books in Spanish, and bilingual Spanish-English books to read. Check out the titles we own!
There are several Spanish language radio stations that can be picked up locally.
- 1200 WLXX
- 1450 WRLL
- 90.5 WRTE
- 93.5 WVIX
- 95.5 WNUA
- 103.1 WVIV
More are available via web broadcasting.
- Latino USA
- Radio Bilingue
Or browse these radio and television listings at Language Box.
Local Cultural Experiences
- Instituto Cervantes
Spanish Language Study Abroad Experiences at the College of DuPage
- Costa Rica
Check with the Office of International Education for other experiences.