How I began the 1000-Word Challenge:
I began by processing the entire 1000-word list using Google translate, with both English and German texts, and whenever results clashed, those words were marked for additional investigation later on. This way, I had some basic Spanish material to work with straight away, and I began learning the words in random order, one at a time.
This was my workflow:
Working from my Excel list, I cut & pasted the words into each of the following online resources:
The trick is to look for great pictures using Google, and great sounds using Linguee, both are fantastic language-learning resources.
By quickly checking all four webpages, I was able to confirm that the Spanish word which I had selected was what I thought it was, because if any of the translations were off, or the pictures didn’t match the original concept, it was immediately obvious.
With these resources open and ready to go, I was able to copy my Spanish word, with the gender el or la, choose a nice picture to go with it, and links to two audio files. I plugged all of these into my Spanish Anki template before moving onto the next word. As I did this, I also updated my word list, the Excel spreadsheet and another resource which combines both pictures and text.
This was the result after a few days of solid work:
Working with Anki:
Having learned the words, the next phase was memorisation using Anki, and I will post more on this process in the next update. I have already found and fixed one or two small bugs along the way, and I’m sure there will be many more, but it’s all part of the learning process. Here are three examples of words which are causing a little bit of trouble:
So far I have learned just over 100 words and everything is going well!
If you want to see the first 100 words of Spanish in an Anki deck, then please install the program (apps.ankiweb.net) and then download this file, double click and go!
You are welcome to use my Spanish template for Anki (for any language), which is here:
If you have any questions, please feel free to post them below, and stay tuned for more language-learning tips as I continue to learn my 1000 words of Spanish in 3 months…