Spanish conversation lessons for beginners A1.1
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 18 Articles
  • 98 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Introduce themselves in Spanish
  • "Catch up" in Spanish and express what they have been doing lately
  • Express future events in Spanish
  • Inform others about their daily activities in Spanish
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Requirements
  • WIll need a Laptop/Desktop Computer or Smartphone
  • Will need Basic Proficiency in the English Language.
  • Have a Desire to incorporate Spanish into your life i.e. - listening while showering, eating breakfast or at the airport, for example.
  • Have an ability to distribute your time during the day to study the course.
  • Will need to talk to native speakers. It is better to create your own immersion experience in a non Spanish speaking country. If you relate learning Spanish to a positive experience, I can assure you that sooner rather than later the language won't be so foreign to you. Make friends online or in person and everything will feel more familiar to you.
  • Know that you can do homework on your commute.
Description

Hey!  Nice to meet you!  I know why you're reading this, you're looking for something new to do.  Learn a new language? Why not!  But, why Spanish?  Perhaps because it's the second most spoken language in the world, or because you'd like to be able to add something new and useful to your resume, or simply because you just like the way it sounds. Whatever your reason, It is going to be challenging and fun! and if you connect the language with something positive it gets easier. I know, because I've done it, but with English.  But, I feel that much better for it.  You know when you get a promotion at your job and at the beginning it is challenging and overwhelming but at the end of the day you feel better and a bit more content. Or when you fall in love and consciously knowing that it's something out of your control you dive out of your comfort zone into love.  It always takes a little work to nurture it, but you feel content and overall happy. Engaging in activities that get you out of your comfort zone can be addictive because they can consistently make you feel more confident and happy.  Learning a language, like Spanish, is like these things. For me, It opened doors, I have more friends because I can communicate with more people, I travel to countries that speak English or Spanish, and even understand other languages like Portuguese, and Italian - It has been an amazing experience. The challenge kept me going and also the motivation that I was going to be able to communicate with more people! My future has been bright since then! I even opened a school to shared it with you!

This program helps you achieve all of the above during your language studies by pushing you out of your comfort zone to speak with a native speaker (native Spanish speaker). Giving you the opportunity to experience the language instead of just listening to a computer.  We help you learn vocabulary that you can apply to your day to day, not just primary things like days of the week or colors.  

This is the way I learned English, I teach using this method to my students in Chicago, and now to you, online. 

What am I going to get from this course?

- A webinar to clear your doubts. You can also contact us and we can schedule calling times to help you understand better.   

- You will be more confident and make new friends while you take this course - if you do go and find a conversation partner

- You'll learn how to introduce yourself, catch up with a friend, talk about what you are going to do next weekend/week/month, what you're going to do for upcoming vacations, talk about your daily activities (if you have kids, dogs, a boyfriend/girlfriend, if you go to the gym often, how often and many hours you sleep, etc). 

Requirements: 

- Understanding of the English language. 

- Desire to have fun, meet people and get out of your comfort zone. 

- Microsoft Office or equivalent (Google Docs) 

-  We assume you don't have prior Spanish knowledge (but if you have some background in Spanish you'll still learn some more!)

- A Headset is recommended but not necessary 

- Access to a computer, laptop or smart phone/device with internet or sufficient data. 

What is the target audience?

- Teenagers/Adults (over 16 years old) 

- Persons that are willing to meet people from different countries and speak! 

- English Speakers


Who is the target audience?
  • Adults/Young Adults (16+) should take this course
  • Persons that are willing to meet people from different countries and speak!
  • Target student will be willing to speak with native Spanish speakers. Free resource options are provided in this course.
  • This course will work for you if you really want to start speaking with native Spanish speakers in a realistic time frame.
  • We teach Spanish from Latin America except for Uruguay and Argentina, which are the only countries that use "vos" instead of "tu", like the rest of the Latin American countries.
  • We do not teach "Vosotros" from Spain. Again, we teach Spanish from Latin America.
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Curriculum For This Course
51 Lectures
03:00:21
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Introduction
4 Lectures 16:19

Welcome to the Latin American Language Center online course. We hope you are as excited to start your journey towards learning Spanish as we are. LALC wants to thank you for choosing us to be your partner throughout  this journey. We promise to make this learning experience fun.  You made the right decision by taking the first step to learn a new language. In this course you will  learn vocabulary, learn common expressions, learn different tenses, practice conjugations, play games in Spanish, and so much more! We hope that by the end of the course, you are able to have and understand a basic conversation in Spanish. At any point when taking this course, feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. And Have fun! Enjoy!

Preview 01:11

This lecture explains how to use this course to achieve your goal and become conversational in Spanish. 

We recommend that you read the resources first. It will help you understand how to really take advantage of this course. 

Preview 06:28

Here we explain the methodology that we use to teach at the Latin American Language Center and reasons why we are sharing this course with you.

Preview 06:05

In this section we have covered two important parts:  Advice on what you should apply outside this course, and the structure of the course.

It is important that you incorporate Spanish in your daily life and apply it to what matters to you. Always relate it to yourself. 

First, we suggest resources for you to speak with native speakers. Even if you do not have many events in your city (found through Meetup.com) or you are simply too busy, you can still talk with people online. I strongly recommend that you try to find a native speaker in your city because the social component is very important. If you cannot develop a relationship with someone in person you can do it online!

Second, we mentioned that you have to develop your listening skills. Incorporate this as part of your routine. For example, listen to a podcast in Spanish every time you shower, listen to music while you cook, the radio, etc.  Remember that you don’t have to understand everything you hear, but getting used to the accents and intonations of the language is very important.

Third, remember to take the time to do your homework. Do it throughout the week, read something for 10 minutes, then come back to it later. Focusing 10 or 20 minutes at a time is more manageable than doing for 2 or 3 hours, which also isn’t effective. Cramming is never effective. 

Fourth, we are not going to cover all Spanish vocabulary in the class, it doesn’t make any sense. There is just too much vocabulary to learn. Teachers are there to guide you, not to quiz you on the vocabulary all the time. They can, but it is not going to be affordable for you, and it won’t be beneficial either, right?  Take these tips and try them! It will make your Spanish experience more fun and productive.

Try to study vocabulary in context, not just a list of verbs. Relate the verbs to a noun, and also to a place. If you're interested in where to start your vocabulary search we provided a link of 500 most important verbs in Spanish. Which can also be used through the Quizlet app on your smartphone. 

In the second part, we saw the structure of the lessons. It is important to start with a game because that will help you to focus. Play the game for the first 10 minutes before starting the lesson. Next, we go over vocabulary, where we relate the pictures to the pronunciation of the word, and then show you how it is written. The third part of the class is either a function or grammar. A function, as we mentioned, is a short term goal where you learn about a specific topic like ‘how to introduce yourself’ or, for advanced speakers, ‘how to give advice’.  For example, when we teach grammar we use the inductive methodology which forces you to be more active in class by guiding you to the rule by yourself, or we give you an activity so you can try to get to the rule by yourself.  If you can’t, don’t worry, mistakes are a part of learning. We always end the lesson with the conclusion: we will help you apply what you learn orally so that you can practice with a native speaker. We will teach you how to ask a question and put sentences together. Of course, if you are a beginner they will be simple questions and answers, if you are more advanced, the oral practice will be to give you a context or role-play skit.  It is helpful to think or try it because then you won’t have to study much.

Preview 02:35
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How to introduce yourself
5 Lectures 32:14

The vocabulary is tailored towards the class. This means that you are going to see greetings and important expressions so that you can proceed to introduce yourself.

Preview 05:29

Remember to take 10 minutes before the course to play a game. It is important to warm up before you start, definitely check out the 'additional resources' list to help you choose a game to play!

When using games we can influence motivation and engagement of the learners in a positive way. Games offer a secure and contextual environment that foster different skill acquisition. Basic skills levels start with eye-hand coordination skills and continue to more complex skills e.g. problem solving skills, communication and collaboration skills, strategic thinking skills, social skills,etc. In a game-like learning environment, learning by doing, active learning and experiential learning, step in foreground. 

Play a game
00:06

This video will teach you "How to introduce yourself". It is a short term goal, but it is important that you begin to learn this because it is the most common conversation you will have when you meet someone. 

Drilling means listening to a model, usually provided by the teacher, or a tape, or another student, and repeating what you hear. The repetition drill is a technique that is still used by many teachers when introducing new language terms to their students. The teacher says (models) the word or phrase and the student(s) repeat it. Repetition is the mother of all skills. 

Also, please check out the additional resources we have attached for you. A quiz, homework, and also links for you to study some countries and other vocabulary that might be related to your life.

Remember: Don't study random vocabulary, study what you actually talk about. We will mention this a lot.

From this lesson forward, find a language partner  in order to practice this lesson (and future lessons) with a native speaker. Exchange English for Spanish with someone. We repeat the resources in this class as well to help you finally take that step! 

Drilling on how to introduce yourself
16:14

Dialogue on "How to introduce yourself"

Did you get it?
13 questions

In this presentation you will learn how to decide when something is masculine or feminine, you will also learn about articles and how to use them within a sentence structure.  You'll soon see, it's not too different from English!

Gender of the nouns rules. Definite and indefinite articles
09:55

Indefinite vs. Definite Articles
6 questions

Congrats! You made it here! If you have any doubts please let us know!  You have now seen "Greetings" and "How to Introduce Yourself". Please talk to your language partner and practice the dialogue that we saw. As we continue to see more material, please keep practicing and reviewing with your language partner. 

Conclusion
00:30
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How to "catch up" in Spanish - Present Progressive
10 Lectures 23:22

In this section we are going to learn the "Present Progressive Tense", the "Ing" in English. The main use that we are going to get from this grammar, is how to "catch up".  It is important that everything that we see you learn to use in a conversation.


Introduction
00:12

Remember to always start by playing a game the first 10 minutes of starting the course. 

Benefits of using games:

By using games, we can influence motivation and engagement of the learners in a positive way. Games offer a secure and contextual environment that foster different skill acquisition. Basic skill levels starts with eye-hand coordination skills and continues to more complex skills. For example, problem solving skills, communication and collaboration skills, strategic thinking skills, social skills, etc. In a game-like learning environment, learning by doing, active learning, and experiential learning are very important. 

Play a game
00:22

Remember to repeat and then write it down! 

Vocabulary
03:45

Personal Pronouns in Spanish are used in the same way as the English equivalents. In this lecture, you will learn how to write and pronounce properly each Pronoun. 

Preview 01:51

Personal pronouns quiz
6 questions

All verbs in Spanish in infinitive have a stem and ending.  An infinitive is the "to ______" verb . These verbs end in /ar/er/ir/. 

This will help you understand how to conjugate.

Preview 01:56

Please write the conjugation/ending and a stem 

Verbs in infinitive stem
4 questions

In this lecture you will learn the basic way to construct the gerund, or the 'ing' form of a word in Spanish.  This is used to express an action that is happening in the actual moment. You will have a verb in infinitive and depending on their ending (AR, ER, IR), you will add to the stem of the verb the endings (ANDO or IENDO). 

You will also have a short introduction about the behavior of irregular verbs and the way they are conjugated. 

Grammar present progressive part 1
02:40

In this lecture you will learn how the present progressive is formed.  The last lecture introduced how to create verbs in the present progressive, now you will learn how to apply them in a conversation.

Present Progressive is an extension of the present tense that describes something that is happening in the current moment; It is formed with the verb ESTAR conjugated in the present tense plus the verb in its gerund form.  

We encourage you to practice the language skills that you have been learning with your practice partner in order to improve your Spanish!

Present progressive part ll
03:05

Building Present Progressive Quiz.
5 questions

Congratulations!  You have made it through your first grammar lesson with us!  Believe it or not, at this point you have learned enough vocabulary to hold a conversation with a Spanish speaker.

There are three different uses for the present progressive:

. Expressing what you have been doing lately. (I am working a lot lately) 

. Expressing what you are doing right now at the moment. (I am talking with my mom.)

. Expressing an event in the near future safe future. (I am working Christmas Eve.) 

Learn these and practice with your conversation partner!  You'll be surprised how much more you will learn.  

3 Different contexts for the same grammar
04:44

3 Uses of Present Progressive
5 questions

In this video we will review the two questions you will begin to use in order to start a conversation with your conversation partner and use the Present Progressive. You will also review the phrases mucho (a lot), no mucho (not much), mas (more), menos (less), to add to your sentences... 

-  ¿Qué estás haciendo últimamente?/ What are you doing lately?

- ¿Qué hay de nuevo?/ What's new? 

Ex: Tu estas comiendo muchos vegetales últimamente?/ Are you eating a lot of vegetables lately?

How to apply orally the present progressive
04:04

You've made it this far!  Not only do you now know how to introduce yourself but also how to express yourself in a familiar way. We've learned how to use the verb Estar, quite possibly one of the most important verbs in the Spanish language, and how to create the 'ing' in Spanish (ando and iendo) also known as the Gerund. Also, we learned how to apply into a context the verb "estar".  We can use "estar + ing (ando/iendo) to express things that we are doing right now, to express commitments we are going to have in a near future and the most important one for now - to practice orally is, how to catch up with someone. 


Also, at the beginning of each lecture, there will be a quiz in order to see if you have been studying what we saw before. 

Now, it's up to you to put this into practice!  Grab a coffee with your language partner, or schedule a video meeting over Skype...ask them what they have been doing lately!  Have fun and HAPPY STUDYING! 

Conclusion
00:42
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Colloquial Future
5 Lectures 10:02

In this section you will learn the future tense.  You will learn "I am going to go to work tomorrow" and other expressions that will help you speak in the future tense. This is called colloquial future; because it is the one that we use to have regular conversations. Later in the course, we are going to see the formal future which is "I will do" = "lo haré". The one we are seeing in this section is "I am going to do it" = "lo voy a hacer". Let's start the lesson!


Introduction
00:03

Remember to play a game the first 10 minutes of doing this course. 

Benefits of using games:

With using games we can influence motivation and engagement of the learners in a positive way. Games offer also a secure and contextual environment that foster different skill acquisition. Basic skill level starts with eye-hand coordination skills and continues to more complex skills e.g. problem solving skills, communication and collaboration skills, strategic thinking skills, social skills. In game-like learning environment, learning by doing, active learning and experiential learning step in foreground. 

Play a game
00:22

Thank you for tuning in!  In this lesson we are going to introduce you some new vocabulary terms (verbs and nouns) that you can continue to apply to your studying.  You'll also learn how to speak in colloquial future! (look how far you've come!) :D  We'll review in this lesson the pronouns in Spanish and teach you how to apply the future in a conversation! 

Happy Studying!

Vocabulary & Colloquial future tense grammar
08:35

In order to memorize the content that you are learning in each lecture, we encourage you to find a speaking partner through websites like www.languageexchange.com. Remember that you will improve your language skills through the way you practice and you will also gain confidence through speaking with native speakers. 

How to apply orally the future tense
00:23

Please chose the best option according to we just learned. 

Colloquial future
8 questions

In this section we have seen the colloquial future tense therefore you can now talk about events in the future. It is colloquial because it is most commonly used when having a conversation.  Formal future will be seen later (comeré). 

In this lesson, we saw the grammar first and then the expressions that will be used in a conversation. 

The idea is that you use "yo voy a " (I am going to ...), plus a verb in infinitive. Therefore, study the most common verbs that you use in your daily life and also the nouns. Therefore, if you work out "hacer ejercicio", then you will have to know how to say gym "Gimnasio". It is important that you study using this methodology and incorporate it into practice...a conversation. 

Have you found a language partner yet? If not, do so soon!

Conclusion
00:37
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Present tense regular verbs
5 Lectures 16:13

In this section we are going to learn how to communicate your daily routine by learning the Present Tense. We have to learn how to conjugate and use basic verbs like "I eat". Also, we are going to be learning expressions to add to these verbs, such as "twice a week". The idea is to also learn nouns to add to the sentence such as "eggs"(huevos).  The idea is to be able to build sentences using basic verbs, basic expressions and basic nouns. We will finish speaking by putting this together. 

Example: I eat eggs twice a week. 

Additionally, we will teach you how to ask a question with these sentences. 

For example: What do you do regularly?/ Que haces regularmente?

Answer: I eat eggs twice a week./ Como huevos dos veces por semana.


Introduction
00:31

Remember to play a game! 

Play a game
00:29

Hello again!  In this lecture we are going to see a review of how to ask questions from the previous information we covered. Additionally, you will learn more verbs related to you daily life in order to use them in a present situation. All verbs in infinitive end in ar, er and ir EXCEPT for reflexive verbs, but we are going to see those verbs later. 

This lecture will cover the regular present tense verbs and how to conjugate them. Keep in mind that these are the regular present tense verbs - so there won't be any "funky" business when you conjugate them. Practice conjugating as many regular ar, er, ir, verbs so that you are able to memorize the conjugations (and more verbs) faster!  

Good luck and as always, practice with your conversation partner! 

Vocabulary & Grammar present tense regulars verbs
10:51

The Present Tense is used to express routines and things that you usually do on a regular basis. For example, I work, I cook, I exercise, etc. In this video we are going to see useful expressions used with the verb and the nouns. In order to do this, we need to be able to conjugate the verb correctly, according to the pronoun of whom we are talking about (yo, tu, el/ella, I, you, he/she/it) Then, you build your sentence using one of the expressions we learned. Remember, the Present Tense is used to express routines that you do on a regular basis.

For example: I eat chicken often./ Yo como pollo seguido.

How to apply the present tense orally
03:25

Here is a conclusion of what we saw in this section. There is also extra homework attached. 

Conclusion
00:56
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Present tense irregular verbs part l
11 Lectures 49:32

In this section you will learn about the behavior of the Irregular verbs in Spanish. There are several patterns that Irregular verbs follow, in this lesson you'll learn about stem changing verbs which means that the verbs conjugate in the stem.  You'll see the following patterns:

  1. Change E for IE
  2. Change E for I
  3. Change O for UE
  4. The rule of G


Also you will learn the difference between the verbs SER and ESTAR, and you will learn when they are used in Spanish. At the end of this section you will find a lecture that will help you apply the irregular verbs explained here in conversation. 

Introduction
00:25

This is always because it is important that you warm up before you start the course and and ease yourself to concentrate. 

Reminder 

The Benefits of playing a game before starting the lessons are the following:

When using games during a lesson, we motivate and engagement learners in a positive way. Games offer a secure and contextual environment that fosters different skill acquisition.  Basic skill level starts with eye-hand coordination skills and continues to more complex skills for example; problem solving skills, communication and collaboration skills, strategic thinking skills, social skills, etc. In a game-like learning environment, learning by doing, active learning, and experiential learning steps, are crucial for being able to learn Spanish.

Play a game
00:30

In this lesson you will continue to learn and practice the present tense.  The next group of lessons pertains to irregular verbs.  Irregular verbs are named irregular because the verb changes in the stem.  As you saw in the lesson, the endings conjugate like ar,er, and ir verbs.  The stem changing rule you saw in the video is E to IE, O to UE,  U to UE and E to I

With your conversation partner (or alone) you will practice as we have before: the verb plus a noun and expressions which equal your sentence.

¿Qué prefieres tomar todos los días? / What do you prefer to drink every day? 

  • Yo prefiero tomar un café todos los días./ I prefer to drink coffee every day.  
  • Yo duermo ocho horas por día / I sleep eight hours per day.     
  • Yo quiero ir a México / I want to go to México.
  • Yo comienzo mi día a las 6 am / I start my day at 6 am.
  • Yo siempre digo la verdad / I always say the truth.
  • Yo voy al gimnasio todos los días / I go to the gym everyday.
  • Yo puedo andar en bicicleta / I can ride by bike.
  • Yo vuelvo del trabajo a las 10 pm todos los días / I come back from work at 10 pm every day. 
Vocabulary and Stem changing irregular verbs
09:57

We will review O to UE, and we will also see U to UE and E to I verbs.  Just like before we recommend you practice with your ball. If you're a kinesthetic learner, this will really help you.  If you're not a kinesthetic learner the ball still helps in that it'll keep you engaged, more so if you incorporate this while practicing with your conversation partner.  

Stem Changing Verbs and Useful Verbs for this level.
05:59

In this class you will learn about some different sounds that exist within the Spanish language; they are formed when specific consonants are combined with different vowels. 

(Ex. The sounds produced when combining letter G with a, e, i, o or u).

You will also study some irregular verbs and the conjugations that change due to this subject. There are some irregular verbs that you have to memorize in order to know their conjugations because they don't follow any rules of conjugation: memorization is key with these!

Stem Changing Verbs Pt. II
05:44

And we continue to learn more irregular verbs.  

The following set of irregular verbs ONLY change in the first person or in the (yo) form and the rest of the conjugations in relationship with their pronouns STAY THE SAME.  

There are only a handful of verbs that behave this way.  We provide you with a list (in the resources) of most of them; more appropriately the most common ones.  

Study these and try to incorporate them into your practice with your conversation partner in order to memorize them faster!

Verbs that change in "Yo" and the rest behave as "Regulars"
06:27

Hello again!

We still have so much more to learn!  We hope you're having fun while learning and making new friends!  In this lesson you will learn verbs that are not only irregular in the first person (yo), but also follow stem changing irregularity rules in the conjugated forms!  Ouch...sounds tricky, we know!  The good thing is that there aren't that many, just the few seen in the video.  

Again: Continue to incorporate what you are learning when you practice with your conversation partner! 

Verbs that change the in the person "Yo" and in their construction.
06:36

This lecture introduces you to spelling-changing verbs, which are different some stem-changing in that the change actually happens with the conjugation.  You'll learn most of the changes occur only to continue the sound the letters make in the infinitive verb throughout the pattern.  The great thing about these is that not many exist. Grab a ball, and practice with your conversation partner!  And, as always, have fun!

Spelling changing verbs
04:01

We're much closer to the end of this unit!  Yay!  You've come so far!

In this lesson we went over the differences between Ser vs Estar and why they are not the same thing.  We provide you with a few rules to lead you in the right direction.  You will also learn two more completely irregular verbs Ir, and, Oir: their conjugations as well as the conjugations for Ser.  

Our advice with these verbs is to always try and memorize them as soon as possible.  As always, take this new information and practice with your conversation partner!  It will make the learning process faster and more fun!

Completely irregulars
05:14

You've made it!!!!

We hope that you have been studying and practicing as much as possible.  Now it is time to take what you have learned and apply it to your conversations sessions with your practice partner.  You can do it!  Make use of the conversation fillers in this video and watch your vocabulary grow! 

Applying it to your conversations!
04:02

In this lecture you learned the different patterns applied to the conjugations of irregular verbs when you are speaking in simple present. One more time, the first thing you should do in order to succeed when you are conjugating verbs is to identify what is the stem and the ending of each verb. At first sight, with irregular verbs you will check them out and you will learn first those that you commonly use, and then you will start conjugating them.

After you have chosen the first irregular verbs that you want to learn, you will use the rules studied:

  1. Change E for IE
  2. Change E for I
  3. Change O for UE
  4. The rule of G.

We encourage you every time to find a language partner, and practice with him or her every lesson. You will see that your progress in learning Spanish will be increased. 

Conclusion present tense l
00:36
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Present tense irregular verbs part ll
11 Lectures 32:54

The purpose of this section is to apply everything that you have learned in context.

Introduction
00:44

In this video you will learn vocabulary related to means of transport and communication. It is very important that first you listen to the pronunciation of each word and then take notes. Try to repeat each word as much as possible in order to memorize them and then to apply into a real life conversation.

Let's start now!

Vocabulary ll
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Play a game is repeated all the time because it is important that you warm up before you start the course and concentrate. 

Reminder The benefits of playing a game before the lessons are as follows:

When using games during a lesson, we influence motivation and engagement from the learners in a positive way. Games offer a secure and contextual environment that foster different skill acquisition. Basic skill level starts with hand-eye coordination skills and continues to more complex skills for example; problem solving skills, communication and collaboration skills, strategic thinking skills, social skills, etc. In a game-like learning environment, learning by doing, active learning and experiential learning steps are crucial for being able to learn Spanish.

Play a game
00:23

In this lecture you will learn the function of the present tense when you have irregular verbs. Specifically the rule of changing the stem of verbs that follow this pattern - (E to IE). We provide you with a list of the most common used verbs. We recommend that you first learn the highlighted verbs contained in the chart. Remember that in the present stem changing verbs, change all except "nosotros".

Remember to grab a ball or something that won't break and study the conjugations this way. Maybe grab a friend to do it. It is better to study this way so that you do not get bored. Do it with the video on, if it is necessary. 

Grammar present tense irregulars verbs e to ie
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In this video we are going to review again the irregular verbs in the present tense, but now we're going to learn how to use them in a conversation with your language partner.  We'll will still review the irregular verbs so that you can study them better. 

In this lecture you will begin to use the basic question that you can apply when you start a conversation with your language partner, ¿Qué haces regularmente?.  Then, you can start talking about activities that you do on your daily basis, for example: Yo trabajo 5 veces por semana, or Yo siempre duermo a las 8:00 PM...

In the manual you will learn ways to express frequency and time, we suggest that you start to implement these phrases when you interact with your language partner. Remember that the more you practice, you will feel confident with the Spanish skills that you have been acquiring throughout this course.

Let's start!

How to apply the present tense orally part ll
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By this point you have learned not only grammar rules related to the correct conjugation of regular and irregular verbs, but also vocabulary. Therefore, you have the basic skills that will help you start a conversation in Spanish. 

In this lecture, you will find some regularly used questions and answers that you can start implementing. Remember to NEVER GIVE UP, and speak in Spanish. Practicing will guarantee you success in your Spanish venture. 

How to apply orally the stem changing verbs part l
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Apply orally using the rule:  Stem Changing (O for UE)

Up to this point you have not only learned the grammar rules related to the correct conjugation of regular and irregular verbs, but also vocabulary. Therefore, you have the basic skills that will help you start conversations in Spanish language situations. 

In this lecture, you will find some regularly asked questions and answers that you can begin adding to your repertoire, remember NEVER GIVE UP, and let's speak Spanish. Only practicing will guarantee you success in your Spanish venture. 

How to apply orally the stem changing verbs part ll
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In this video, you will see three common verbs: Pedir, Servir and Elegir. These three verbs change the E to I except in the nosotros form.  You will also see that the verb Elegir does not only change the E to I, but also changes in the yo form the 'g' to a 'j' for phonetic reasons. You have Elijo not Eligo. You will see how to apply these verbs orally. You will learn basic questions and expressions that you can use in order to communicate and use these verbs. 

For example: 

Yo pido un cafe en Dunkin Donuts. (I ask for a coffee at Dunkin Donuts.)

Tu sirves la cena todas las noches. (You serve dinner every night) 

Ellos eligen la ropa. (They choose the clothes.)

How to apply orally the stem changing verbs part lll
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In this lecture you will learn when to use the verb SER vs. ESTAR.  We encourage you to study by heart the correct conjugation of both because they are very important in the Spanish language. Also, we can't emphasize any more the importance of practicing the content of each lecture that you are studying with a language partner - this will guarantee a successful immersion in the language. 

This lecture contains as well, other irregular verbs in which their conjugation is completely different and don't follow any rules, Such as the verb OÍR (To hear) and IR (To go). 

In the practice resources you will find some questions related with the verbs studied in this lecture and many other ways to incorporate them in a real life conversation.

How to apply orally the completely irregular verbs in the present tense
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In this video, you will learn about how you are able to ask different questions in order to start a conversation. You will also learn that an affirmative statement can also be turned into a question by adding the interrogative sign before the question and after the question. The tone of the statement to a question changes. You will learn basic questions you can ask others by applying the vocabulary you have learned.

Ex: 

Donde vives?/ Where do you live? 

Cual es tu comida favorita? / What is your favorite food?

Useful questions to apply with your present tense verbs
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Quiz to practice: What do you do regularly.
3 questions

We finished A1.1! YAY!

By this point you should have a language partner who you can practice the questions we have seen with. We learned how to introduce ourselves, to catch up with friends, talk about your future events and talk about your daily routines. 

The next step is to continue building on what you have learned and linking the ‘questions and expressions’ you have learned to your regular/irregular verbs.  Remember that in Spanish a question can also become an affirmation. Tone is extremely important in order to show the difference. For example: 

Question: ¿Tú quieres un chocolate? (Do you want chocolate?)

Affirmation: Tú quieres un chocolate. (You want chocolate) 

We have learned many questions that you are now able to practice at home and prepare in order to talk with your language partner – they’ll be more than happy to help you add to what you’ve learned so far. 

Learning the vocabulary in a type of context is more beneficial than as a list of verbs because it allows you to use the language the way you would naturally in your mother tongue.  

For example: 

Person A: ¿Tú quieres?

Person B: ¿Qué?

Person A: Chocolate, un trabajo, un novio, un café …etc. 

Then, take a leap and ask more questions like: 

Cuando? (When), Donde? (Where), La semana que viene? (next weekend), En la cocina? (in the kitchen)

The only thing you need to do in order to learn a new language (or anything that requires maintenance and consistency) is motivation and a way to link your learning with something positive. Meeting people online or around your community places a fun and safe environment where you’re not just applying this language that you’re learning, but also meeting new people, which can be a powerful source of motivation.

Last thing: You can always reach out to us and ask questions and we’ll get to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your trust during your language studies and we hope to see you in the next level!

Hasta Luego! 

Conclusion present tense ll
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My name is Mara Bogado-Poisson, I am owner and founder of the Latin American Language Center, a Spanish language school specialized for professionals. I am certified with the "International House (IH) Certificate for Teaching Spanish as a foreign language". I have been preparing curriculum and teaching Spanish since 2008 both in Argentina and the United States. In the past couple of years our company has seen enormous growth because our lessons are fun, efficient and above all very cost conscious. 

Latin American Language Center, Inc. (LALC) brings to the US a fresh way of learning Spanish with our Spanish tutoring services – as if you were in a foreign country. LALC offers Spanish lessons tailored to meet a broad spectrum of learning styles. LALC hosts regular Spanish events at Chicago hotspots, and provides resources for you to explore Latin American culture in your own city, so that students can practice Spanish, enjoy Latin music, drinks, and cuisine. LALCenter has successfully created a community of life-long Spanish learners and friends!  If you are not in Chicago, you have online platforms where you can exchange English for Spanish.

Vision:

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Also, we focus on the languages of Latin American, we absolutely believe that if you offer too many things you can't be too good at any of them. We prefer to specialize, update methodologies and build ways of teaching that adjust to the constant changes of society, technology and globalization.