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Free Spanish Resources

There are so many resources that it is sometimes difficult to know which ones to use, and to identify which ones are good. Cactus has carefully assessed the wide range of free Spanish language resources. Below you can find a selection of our most recommended, useful and reliable Spanish language resources. These can be used as a helpful support to language learning whilst learning Spanish with Cactus.

Spanish Dictionaries

WordReference is a popular bilingual dictionary, and combines its own dictionary with the long-established Collins dictionary. WordReference also includes a handy Spanish verb conjugator and a forum where users can get help with Spanish language related questions.

Reverso is a well-established bilingual dictionary. It includes an English-Spanish dictionary, along with other handy tools such as a translator and spellchecker.

Diccionario de la lengua española
The Diccionario de la lengua española is the official monolingual Spanish dictionary published by the Real Academia Española. In Spanish only.

Clave is a useful monolingual Spanish dictionary. In Spanish only.

General Spanish resources

BBC Learn Spanish
The BBC has an extensive Spanish section with grammar, vocabulary, and culture resources.


Verbix offers a free Spanish verbs conjugator.

Aprender Español
Aprender Español is a comprehensive website offering grammar resources and exercises. It also has a vocabulary section along with songs and videos to help you practice Spanish.


Forvo is a free and comprehensive pronunciation guide maintained by native speakers around the world. It includes the pronunciation of more than 3 million words in 325 languages.


Memrise is a popular website and mobile app which enables you to memorise Spanish vocabulary. It is a great and fun way to learn new vocabulary in addition to your language course.

Language Guide
Language Guide is a project helping Spanish language students to build their vocabulary using an image and sound dictionary.

Quizlet is a fun and simple website and mobile app which will help you develop your Spanish vocabulary using flash cards.

Cram has a large list of flash cards to help you learn new Spanish words. It also has a mobile app, so you can memorise Spanish vocabulary anywhere anytime.

Guides & Articles

Spanish Articles
Cactus has a great selection of articles and guides about learning Spanish. From Spanish alphabet to vocabulary and Netflix TV shows. Discover the best resources to help you learn Spanish with Cactus.

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