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Conversational Spanish

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!

Radio Stations

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.

Sept 2012

Ken Orenic
Reference Librarian

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