Welcome. Again. Read on to learn about Word Reference, International Satallite TV and Willamette World News!
Resource #1: Word Reference. This is definitely the best online dictionary/thesaurus I have encountered. It’s not just some crappy language translation site… WordReference provides multiple translations for words, plus examples of how exactly to use the translations. There is even an online blog based forum where you can post questions and converse with native speakers on correct translations and their usage. On top of all that, WordReference also offers a built in verb conjugator, word definitions in both Spanish and English, additional information on context and images. Forget the days of terrible direct translations and use this tool to improve your writing and speaking skills.
Resource # 2: Our second topic this week involves an amazing resource that Willamette provides. As you may or may not know, the large and rather ugly satellite dish on the south roof of Smullin/Walton is not merely for show. It is part of a special program that enables the building to receive television channels from around the world. You can watch these channels from any of the TVs in Smullin or Walton, or from any of the computers in the Language Learning Center (room 18B in the basement, remember?). At the moment, there are four Spanish Channels available, CNN Espanol, TVN, Univision, and HTV. Click here to see a full listing of channels. And there are certainly more channels out there, so if you prefer to watch one of these others, let the LLC assistant know and we will switch it out. If something is broadcast during a busy time for you, we can even digitally record programs!
Finally, for all you multilinguals, keep in mind that there are many other channels offered as well – TV5Monde in French, Prosieben in German and others in Japanese, Chinese, and Russian.
Resource #3: Last but not least is the Willamette World News. You can find it here, or from a link on the left side of the LLC home page. This site is a great way to get to know your Willamette peers better, while keeping in touch with what events are happening around the world. The World News is basically a blog created by international students at Willamette. For each entry, they link to a current event or news story about their country and give their explanation, opinion, or cultural context about it. This year’s issue debuted last week with an introduction from each of our contributors. Find out what Spanish TA Karen Cresp from Chile and law student Rafael Cocios from Ecuator have to say. Check it out!
Finally, if there’s anything you’d like to know more about, or a Spanish resource you need, let us know by leaving a comment on this blog. We are here to help you!