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Spanish language information resources

Contact info

If you need help, please contact Ivana Niseteo, Liaison Librarian for English, French, French Programs (FASS), Humanities, Linguistics, and World Literature at 778.782.6838 or or Ask a librarian.

Spanish is a Romance language with approximately 417 million speakers, 322 to 358 of whom speak it as a first language, while the remainder speak it as a second language. Spanish is spoken in Spain and 43 other countries including: Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela. (Source: Omniglot)


Spanish books at SFU Library

If you want to find books in Spanish, search the SFU Library Catalogue and limit by Language = Spanish.

Easy reads

SFU library has a very small number of easy books in Spanish, such as fairy tales, children's books and short stories, e.g. Historias de México [print]. Try the  Curriculum Collection. Public libraries usually have a larger selection of easy books. Check, for example, the Vancouver Public Library and search in 'Call numbers' by SPA J, or SPA J FIC.

Movies and music in Spanish

To find a movie or music at the SFU Library, search the Catalogue, search by your chosen keyword then limit by Resource Type = Audio Visual and Language = Spanish.

A selection of movies available at the SFU library:

  • Amores perros (Love's a Bitch) [DVD]
  • Cría cuervos [DVD]
  • El espíritu de la colmena [DVD]
  • Fresa y chocolate (Strawberry & chocolate) [DVD]
  • La historia oficial (The official story) [DVD]
  • Lengua de las mariposas [Butterfly] [DVD]
  • Kamchatka [DVD]
  • El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) [DVD]
  • No habrá más penas ni olvido (Funny Dirty Little War). Argentina, c2001. [DVD]
  • Relatos salvajes [DVD]
  • Un cuento chino [DVD]
  • Y tu mamá también, c2002. [DVD]

Films by Pedro Almodóvar:

  • Carne trémula (Live flesh), 2000. [DVD]
  • La flor de mi secreto (The flower of my secret), 2000. [DVD]
  • Hable con ella (Talk to her). [DVD]
  • La ley del deseo (The law of desire), c2007. [DVD]
  • La mala educación (Bad education), c2007. [DVD]
  • Matador, c2007. [DVD]
  • Todo sobre mi madre (All about my mother), c2007. [DVD]
  • Volver, c2007. [DVD]

Films & video clips on the Internet

  • - Watch full movies in Spanish. Some have subtitles in Spanish and English.
  • Listen to the Foreign Language Video Clips, in which native speakers elaborate on a wide variety of topics about their culture, family and daily life. Digital Resource Commons from OhioLink. Go to Search/Advanced Search mode and in the 'Search Type' choose Language (ISO) and type in 'Spanish'.

Articles in Spanish

How to search for articles in Spanish

Some databases (e.g. MLA International Bibliography, Anthropological Literature, ERIC, PsycINFO) allow a researcher to limit the search to a particular language. Connect to the MLA International Bibliography database. In the 'Publication type' box choose 'Journal Article', and in the 'Language' box type in 'Spanish'

Newspapers and radio stations

Dictionaries and encyclopedias


To find the Spanish grammar books in the SFU Library, search the catalogue by Subject 'Spanish language--Grammar'.

Public libraries have a good selection of audio tapes for learning and practicing Spanish. Search, for example, the Vancouver Public Library catalogue by Subjects: 'Spanish language--Sound recordings for English speakers'; 'Spanish language--Spoken Spanish--Interactive multimedia'; 'Spanish language--Study and teaching--English speakers'.


Fun section

Language games, quizzes, chat rooms

Food & travel