LaPasserelle.com is another website we will be discussing today that offers free Spanish lessons online. But as a website, what other advantages do they offer in comparison with previous websites we have discussed?
LaPasserelle.com offers Spanish language tutorials divided in 90 lessons. They also provided a table of keyboard shortcuts that non-native speakers of the Spanish language can use in writing some of the words that contain iterations, a nice alternative to “Alt + 164” that some are accustomed to using when writing words or names that contain the letter “ñ”.
I admit that I was taken aback by the disorganized layout. I am used to seeing the ads as sidebar add-ons at a website, not as occasional objects of annoyance in the middle of the home page itself. Although some websites are guilty of putting the ads in the middle of their pages, it doesn’t come close to how scattered the ads could get here. (Truth be told, they made creating the screenshots a little more challenging.)
Cluttered ads aside, not only do they offer lessons by letting you hear the words as they are spelled out on a page. Some sample dialogues are also accessible by a simple mouse click. Just click the audio icon at the beginning of each sentence and it would show at the bottom of the page the English translation of the sentence as you listen to the audio read the Spanish sentence out loud. You get to learn Spanish at your own pace instead of letting the dialogue run continuously on audio. The way that it is spelled sometimes differs with the way it is said.
LaPasserelle.com encourages listening to Spanish songs for a better immersion into the language itself. Some of the songs are not so familiar to me but it’s a nice way to introduce Spanish and Latin American music to non-Spanish speaking audiences. They enjoy the songs, find themselves singing to it occasionally in the middle of the last song syndrome and learn Spanish. Upon reaching a level of understandability, they end up enjoying the Spanish songs even more.
And upon clicking one of the songs, you’d realize that translating the lyrics to English is easy, thanks to LaPasserelle.com. Think of it as bilingual karaoke where you see the lyrics at the right side of the video clip and the English translation of the lyrics highlighted in blue. The translation is also available in Japanese and French, very helpful for those who speak other languages too.
LaPasserelle.com also offered other websites that teach Spanish online for free too. (A nice array of websites we might also review in the future)
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