Beginning Spanish 1

Learn the basics of the Spanish language and how to put it all together to express yourself in the language.
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Instructed by Thomas C. Farias Language / Spanish
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  • Lectures 35
  • Contents Video: 3.5 hours
    Other: 1 min
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2014 English

Course Description

This course is intended to be an overview of the most important aspects of the Spanish language. Each lesson is designed to reveal the inner workings of the language through clear, concise explanations and numerous text based examples that appear in the videos. This is primarily a video lecture based course which includes over two and a half hours of explanations, examples, guided practice and exercises. It is not designed to "wow" you with action videos, pictures and cool music. There are other courses that already do that very well. Rather, the purpose is to provide you with solid explanations of how the language works.

Everything you need is included in the course: explanations, vocabulary, examples and exercises.

There are over two and a half hours of lecture videos and an additional 30 minutes of review videos. The minimum time to complete the course is about 3 and a half hours.

The approach is academic. The sequence of grammar and topics generally follows the sequence found in most university level Spanish textbooks. This course is a good companion course to anyone already taking a beginning Spanish course at the college or university level. If you are taking any other informal, self-study or software / app based Spanish course this course is designed to complement all other Spanish courses by helping you to understand how the language works.

You should take this course if you are interested in acquiring a quick overview of the language at the beginning level and if you would like to learn how to express and/or create your own original thoughts in the language.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no prerequisites and there are no required materials.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • In this course you will learn:
  • the Spanish alphabet and spelling
  • numbers from 0 to 2,000,000
  • the verb 'hay' to express 'there is' and 'there are'
  • pronunciation of Spanish vowels and diphthongs
  • pronuciation of basic consonant vowel combinations
  • basic greetings, farewells and introductions
  • subject pronouns
  • gender and number of nouns
  • the present tense of '-ar' verbs
  • the present tense of '-er' verbs
  • the present tense of '-ir' verbs
  • negation
  • how to form yes / no questions

What is the target audience?

  • This course is intended for absolute beginners.
  • It is also designed to help college and university students enrolled in a beginner's Spanish course to understand basic Spanish grammar.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome! / ¡Bienvenidos!
00:27

Welcome to the course! You will be provided with everything you need to get started within the course.

01:24

The intent of this course

Section 2: Preliminary Material
Article

This is a downloadable reference section of vocabulary that is used in the course.

08:54

Learn the Spanish Alphabet. After this lesson students will be able to write down words in Spanish that are spelled to them and learn how to ask Spanish speakers for word spellings.

08:40

In this exercises students will practice spelling words that they see.

12:28

Students will learn how to say the numbers in Spanish from 0 to 2,000,000.

07:01

Students will practice using Spanish numbers by doing simple math problems.

04:25

Students will learn how to say 'there is' and 'there are' in Spanish and begin creating complete sentences.

05:18

Students will practice using the verb form "hay" in Spanish and learn how to combine "hay" and nouns to create many different different complete sentences.

10:53

Students will learn how to pronounce Spanish vowels and combinations of vowels (diphthongs).

12:04

Students will learn how to pronounce all Spanish consonant and vowel combinations, the building blocks of all words.

05:19

Students will learn how to greet other Spanish speakers and practice the pronunciation of some basic greetings.

01:37

Students will learn various farewell expressions and practice pronunciation.

05:35

Students will learn how to introduce themselves in Spanish and how to introduce one person to another.

Section 3: Basic Grammar. The really good stuff!
10:36

Students will learn all the subject pronouns in Spanish and how to start off sentences with a subject.

5 questions

Pick the correct subject pronoun.

05:36

Students will learn how to say the equivalents of "the" in Spanish.

13:13

Students will learn how to use Spanish "-ar" verbs in the present tense to be able to talk about things they "do", "are doing" or "will do". Part 1

07:15

Students will learn how to use Spanish "-ar" verbs in the present tense to be able to talk about things they "do", "are doing" or "will do". Part 2

06:54

Students will learn how to use Spanish "-ar" verbs in the present tense to be able to talk about things they "do", "are doing" or "will do". Part 3

11:28

Students will learn how to use Spanish "-er" verbs in the present tense to be able to talk about things they "do", "are doing" or "will do". Part 1

06:04

Students will learn how to use Spanish "-er" verbs in the present tense to be able to talk about things they "do", "are doing" or "will do". Part 2

03:03

Students will learn how to say 'not' in Spanish to negate sentences.

04:07

Students will learn how to formulate simple "yes / no" questions in Spanish.

Forming Yes / No and Information Questions
02:39
06:09

Students will learn some additional uses of Spanish subject pronouns.

06:16

Students will learn how to use different grammatical elements to create many different complete sentences with the vocabulary they have learned in this course.

Section 4: Review and Additional Material
Additional Material
Article
12:12

This is an optional lesson that includes a review of the many ways to greet people in Spanish.

04:03

This is an optional lesson that includes a review of how to inquire about another person's name.

01:46

This is an optional lesson that includes a review of how to ask where another person is from in Spanish.

01:55

This is an optional lesson that includes additional spelling practice in Spanish.

02:55

This is an optional lesson that includes a review of the Spanish verb form "hay".

07:17

This is an optional lesson that includes a review of "-ar" verbs in Spanish and additional examples of questions and sentences using "-ar" verbs.

02:09

This is an optional lesson that includes a review of "-er" verbs in Spanish and additional examples of questions and sentences using "-er" verbs.

01:06

This is an optional lesson that includes a review of "-ir" verbs in Spanish and additional examples of questions and sentences using "-ir" verbs.

Optional Quiz: Gender and Number of Nouns: "el" or "la"?
10 questions
Optional Quiz: Gender and Number of Nouns: "los" or "las"?
10 questions
5 questions

Practice your numbers from 1 to 100 with simple math problems.

Optional Quiz: There is, There are
5 questions
10 questions

Pick the correct form of the Spanish "-ar" verb that completes the translation.

5 questions

Pick the correct form of the Spanish "-er" verb that completes the translation.

6 questions

Pick the correct form of the Spanish "-ir" verb that completes the translation.

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Instructor Biography

Thomas C. Farias, Assistant Professor, Language Instructor

Thomas Farias has a BA in Spanish from St. Mary's University and MA in Spanish Linguistics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has completed over 50 hours of coursework on a variety of linguistics topics towards a Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Texas. Graduate coursework includes Spanish Linguistics, Spanish Literature, Spanish Syntax, Romance Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology, Language Change, Foreign Language Teaching Methods, German Syntax and History of the Spanish and French Languages. He studied Italian at the Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Aligheri in Florence, Italy and he completed an internship with a book publisher, Visor Libros, in Madrid, Spain.

Thomas has formally studied Latin, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. Informally he has studied Portuguese and a smattering of Norwegian and Dutch.

Thomas does not believe there is one, best, universal way to learn a foreign language. We are all different and learn in our own unique ways. He believes that the best approach is to try different courses/methods and find what works best for you. Although it takes time to acquire a high level of fluency, Thomas believes that you can become functional in another language in a short time if you understand how that language works. This is what he tries his best to help students do.

Thomas has been teaching since 1992 for several colleges and universities and he very much enjoys helping students to achieve their language learning goals. Currently he teaches Spanish, French and English as a Second Language at the community college level.

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