"Learn the Spanish Basics...¡Pronto!" seeks to bridge the communication gap between English and Spanish speakers. Students will build their basic Spanish vocabulary through videos, click-n-learn vocabulary lists with audio, language tips, flashcards, and Spanish conversation ideas to practice with your family, friends, and colleagues. While there is only less than an hour of official lectures, you will have lots of downloadable resources to practice your new Spanish vocabulary at your own pace on your own the computer - or if you prefer, on paper with good old fashion flashcards
"Learn the Spanish Basics...¡Pronto!" is designed to increase your Spanish vocabulary - not make you fluent in the language or have you focus on complicated grammar structures. It is designed to give you lots of relevant words and phrases you can use from Day 1. ¡Vamos! (Let's go!)
In this video, meet your profesora, Tara Bradley Williams. Señora Tara has over 20 years of teaching Spanish and ELL (English Language Learners), from elementary school through adult students. Her business has been around since 2002 and has helped thousands of students learn relevant, conversational Spanish that not only helps them communicate with the Spanish-speakers in their community, but also with Spanish-speakers at their worksite. ¡Vamos! (Let's go!)
Unlike English, Spanish pronunciation is super easy! Learn the letter sounds and pronunciation rules to be able to pronounce Spanish. In this video, you will learn the 5 vowels sounds, as well as the consonants of the Spanish alphabet. You will also learn how and why you use Spanish accents. By the end of the video, you are well on your way to pronouncing any Spanish word!
¡Hola! ¡Buenos días! Let's start out learning words you will use everyday when greeting the Spanish-speakers in your community and your worksite.
Expand upon the basic greetings to such phrases as mucho gusto (nice to meet you) and hasta luego (see you later). In this video, you will start feeling like you will be able to have a very basic small talk conversation.
You want to go beyond the minimal small talk? Learn some more useful expressions, such as ¿Qué pasa? (What's up?), to keep expanding your vocabulary.
There are always words that you won't know how to say or may need someone to repeat. This section teaches you how to ask ¿Cómo se dice? (How do you say...) and¿Qué significa...? (What does .... mean?) and the ever important survival phrases as repite (repeat) and no entiendo (I don't understand).
You have seen ¿Qué?, ¿Dónde?, and ¿Cómo? before this course. Learn what the actual translations are as well as how more question words (Who, What, When, Where, Why, How).
Find a friend, co-worker, or family member to help you start practicing these new words and phrases. Read through some various practice ideas that you will help you retain the vocabulary words and phrases.
You use numbers a lot in the every single day! This lecture will help take your Spanish number skills beyond saying them in order to actually using them in the real world.
Already know your numbers to 10? Challenge yourself to go beyond all of the way to 1000!
You use time every day - especially when talking about the time right now and setting up appointments and meetings. Learn how to not only say the time, but also to find out when events take place.
Months are extremely useful when setting up appointments (and talking about birthdays!). Plus - this is a nice, easy vocabulary list where you will feel successful right away because most of the words look and sound like their English equivalent.
Learning the days of the week will help clarify meetings and upcoming events.
Every been lost? Have you ever helped someone who has been lost? Learn how to communicate in Spanish during these situations.
Take this time to practice what you have learned! Find a partner to practice saying these words and phrases aloud using these ideas in the article.
Once you learn your colors, you will be amazed how handy they will come in when trying to communicate in Spanish!
Family is VERY important in Latino/Hispanic families! Learn the names of family members, ranging from parents to siblings to grandparents to even aunts and uncles.
Being able to describe somebody (tall, young, artistic, etc.) will really add to your general vocabulary that you will be able to call on time and time again.
This is just good vocabulary to know! You never know when you'll get a stain on your camisa or have a hole in your pantalones!
Want to connect better with the Spanish-speakers in your life? Ask them about what they and don't like in their first language!
Time for you to grab a friend (or even some alone time) and practice what you have learned in this section by putting to use your new vocabulary in practical situations.
Practice your new vocabulary with these digital flashcards and online games!
This section includes Vocabulary Flashcards that you are able to download and print out to study away from electronics.
All you have to do is open up the file attached below, click on the word or phrase, and listen to the native speaker pronounce the word.
Thanks for taking this course! I hope that you are well on your way to communicating better with the Spanish-speakers in your life. There are so many great Spanish resources out there to help you along your language journey.
Are you looking for more occupational Spanish - or Spanish that you can use in your job?
Make sure to check out the Pronto Spanish for Teachers course here at Udemy.com.
My company, Pronto Spanish (www.ProntoSpanish), also offers 14 other online Spanish courses for specific industries, including:
Spanish for Banking
Spanish for Construction
Spanish for Dentists & Dental Hygienists
Spanish for the Classroom
Spanish for Firefighters
Spanish for Food Service
Spanish for Health Care
Spanish for Housekeeping
Spanish for Law Enforcement
Spanish for Manufacturing & Warehousing
Spanish for Social Services
Spanish for the Medical Front Office
Spanish for the Workplace
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I learned early in my life that I want to spend my days doing something I love. I discovered a love of the Spanish language in college when I studied abroad in Spain and since then, have built my life - not just my career - around sharing my passion and breaking down the communication barrier.
In 2002, I co-founded Pronto Spanish Services with my husband. Together, we created experiences and products that would improve language learning. It has morphed tremendously over the years. Pronto Spanish started out by providing Spanish Weekend Immersions and weekday conversational classes in Madison, WI. As we developed our own materials for these weekend immersions and courses, we then started to package them into the ¡A Conversar! series.
The more I taught adult students, the more I realized the need for occupational Spanish. Most adults were not coming simply to learn Spanish for the sake of learning Spanish. Rather, they were coming for a specific purpose and mostly, it was work-related. So I developed courses and materials specifically for the workplace, such as Spanish for Educators, Spanish for Medical Professionals, Spanish for Constructor Workers, etc. Almost 10 years ago, our conversational and occupational Spanish courses moved all online and we have continued to grow partnering with several leading online providers.
Much of my time, however, is still in the classroom. I continue to teach Spanish and ELL (English Language Learners) in the K-12 public school classroom as I just enjoy the students and using my Spanish - the one passion that always grounds me.