Beginning Spanish 1
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Beginning Spanish 1

Learn the basics of the Spanish language and how to put it all together to express yourself in the language.
4.3 (3 ratings)
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41 students enrolled
Created by Thomas C. Farias
Last updated 9/2016
English
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites and there are no required materials.
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.

Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
35 Lectures
03:21:38
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Welcome! / ¡Bienvenidos!
2 Lectures 01:51

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

Preview 00:27

The intent of this course

Preview 01:24
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Preliminary Material
12 Lectures 01:22:50

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

Basic Vocabulary
00:36

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.

Preview 08:54

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

Spelling Practice
08:40

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

Numbers 0 - 2,000,000
12:28

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

Practice with Numbers
07:01

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

Preview 04:25

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.

Practice with 'Hay'
05:18

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

Basic Pronunciation, Vowels and Diphthongs
10:53

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

Basic Pronunciation, Consonant-Vowel Combinations
12:04

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

Pronunciation and Greetings
05:19

Students will learn various farewell expressions and practice pronunciation.

Pronunciation and Farewells
01:37

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

Pronuciation and Introductions
05:35
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Basic Grammar. The really good stuff!
12 Lectures 01:23:20

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

Subject Pronouns
10:36

Pick the correct subject pronoun.

Subject Pronouns
5 questions

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

Gender and Number of Nouns
05:36

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

The Present Tense of '-ar' Verbs 1
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 2

The Present Tense of '-ar' Verbs 2
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 3

The Present Tense of '-ar' Verbs 3
06:54

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

The Present Tense of '-er' and '-ir' Verbs 1
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 2

The Present Tense of '-er' and '-ir' Verbs 2
06:04

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

Negation
03:03

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

Yes / No and Information Questions
04:07

Forming Yes / No and Information Questions
02:39

Students will learn some additional uses of Spanish subject pronouns.

The Use of Subject Pronouns
06:09

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

How do I create with what I know?
06:16
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Review and Additional Material
9 Lectures 33:36
Additional Material
00:13

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

How are you?
12:12

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

What is your name?
04:03

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

Where are you from?
01:46

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

How do you spell that?
01:55

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

There is..., There are...
02:55

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

Q & A with "-ar" Verbs
07:17

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

Q & A with "-er" Verbs
02:09

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

Q & A with "-ir" Verbs
01:06

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

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

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

Optional Quiz: Numbers
5 questions

Optional Quiz: There is, There are
5 questions

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

Optional Quiz: Conjugation of "-ar" Verbs
10 questions

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

Optional Quiz: Conjugation of "-er" Verbs
5 questions

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

Optional Quiz: Conjugation of "-ir" Verbs
6 questions
About the Instructor
Thomas C. Farias
4.3 Average rating
3 Reviews
41 Students
1 Course
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.