Bored? Here’s a Free Site Where You Can Improve Your Spanish and Learn a New Skill at the Same Time

Self-isolation wasn’t too bad the first week or so. I binge watched all my favorite shows, ate my favorite foods and took frequent naps. It was pretty sweet at first, but you know what they say about too much of a good thing.

It wasn’t long until I developed a severe case of cabin fever and time itself seemed to slow to a crawl. I needed to find something more mentally stimulating to do other than through funny memes on Facebook.

I had been kicking around the idea of creating a phone app to teach Spanish, so I enrolled in a free online course in mobile app development offered by the Carlos Slim Foundation. It’s one of over 160 free courses on their site,

This isn’t the first time that I’ve taken one of their courses. I took their air conditioner repair course back in 2016 to learn how to perform routine maintenance and minor repairs on the three mini-splits in our condo. The course was excellent in terms of content and presentation.

I even received a certificate of completion.

Just in case any of our readers would find the site useful, here’s some information about it.

Capacítate (

The courses are only available in Spanish; however, some of the more recent courses do include subtitles in either English or Portuguese. You can learn about everything from computer programming to construction.

This is a great site for those folks who are learning Spanish on their own and would like to improve both their vocabulary and listening comprehension. The Spanish spoken in the videos is very clear.

You can access the videos on their main site (below) or download the app (

Let’s Wrap This Up

So far, I’m enjoying the course. A couple of hours flew by quickly as I worked my way through several lessons and quizzes.

Now it’s time to take a break from my studies and go back to scrolling through funny memes on Facebook. That should keep me busy until Linda announces it’s happy hour.

Stay safe, everyone!

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico ( to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

8 Comments on "Bored? Here’s a Free Site Where You Can Improve Your Spanish and Learn a New Skill at the Same Time"

  1. Patricia L Armstrong | April 18, 2020 at 4:33 pm |

    Great Bored terribly even in PV Gracias

  2. Great suggestion! I’ve been watching your Spanish language videos on Youtube. I highly recommend them for anyone who wants to learn or improve their Spanish.

  3. Great info, Will hop over there and give it a try. BTW … I followed your advice and checked out Transferwise. It was just what I have been looking for. Thanks so much for being the Expat Guru.

  4. Tony Kendig | April 19, 2020 at 4:02 am |

    Nice tip. Have you checked out MasterClass. Todo bein. Yes the Carlos Slim family just keeps on taking and giving

  5. Huguette Van Sickle | April 28, 2020 at 3:44 pm |

    I went to but did not find the site for Spanish lessons please send me a response in my e-mail

    • Qroo Paul | May 3, 2020 at 1:02 pm |

      All of the classes are in Spanish, so that was what I was referring to when I said it was a good way to practice the language.

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