Spanish for Travelers: Start Speaking Today!

Fun contextualized practice with a focus on understanding and responding to spoken Spanish.
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Instructed by David Nance Language / Spanish
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  • Lectures 87
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

Learning Spanish can be fun and engaging.

This course is intended to help you become conversational in basic Spanish. To become truly proficient in a second language requires years of practice, but this course is designed to give you an engaging, intuitive way to start communicating.

The course is designed around an imagined trip to a Spanish-speaking country. You begin at your destination airport, and are guided through various real-life scenarios that you would find yourself in if you were really in a Spanish-speaking country. These practical scenarios will be supplemented by clear and concise direct instruction in vocabulary and basic grammar. For those who are interested in more in-depth explanations of the grammar, there are supplementary videos linked throughout the course.

Throughout the course, you will learn to talk about the following things in Spanish:

• meeting people

• what you need and want

• making purchases

• what you like and don't like

• getting medical help

• restaurants and hotel accommodations

• travel and getting around

The length of completion varies based on how long you need to spend on each unit, and how often you go back to review things that you previously covered. Learning a language is not a race, so don't be afraid to take your time or to go back and review as necessary.

The course is designed to be self-directed, but the instructor will check messages at least weekly in order to answer questions or clarify concerns.

The course presents scenarios that you would encounter as a traveler, but most of what you learn could easily be transferred to other situations. For instance, there are many scenes in which you are a customer of some sort; you could just as easily view these scenes from the point of view of the seller, doctor, etc.

What are the requirements?

  • No prerequisite knowledge or special software or equipment required
  • Be willing to have fun while learning, and be willing to go out on a limb and make mistakes.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course, you will be able to communicate on a basic level with Spanish speakers.
  • In this course, you will focus on seeing the big picture and on communicating basic ideas. The goal is to begin to communicate, not to sound flawless. That takes years of practice.

Who is the target audience?

  • new learners
  • students who need extra help
  • people who want to brush up
  • homeschoolers
  • travelers

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: First Things First

This brief video provides a concise overview of the course.


This video tells you what to expect in the first section, highlighting the situations that you will find yourself in and the important grammar and vocabulary that you will encounter.


You have just arrived in a Spanish-speaking country. You picked up your luggage, and now you need to get some money. Watch this video, and try to use the context to figure out as much as you can about what is going on. After the video, you will complete a very simple quiz.

1 question

This simple quiz asks you to give your first impression of what you just observed.


This lecture discusses exchange rates and introduces you to Spanish numbers.

3 questions

This quiz tests your knowledge of the numbers 0-29.


This lecture teaches you about larger Spanish numbers, well into the thousands. These numbers are important for talking about exchange rates, years, and many other things.

Larger Numbers
5 questions

When learning a language, your first goal is to be able to meet your needs. In this lecture, you will learn to express your needs.

4 questions

Use what you have just learned to complete the following translations.


This video shows the same scenario as the first, but with different people and slightly different wording. Now that you have learned to talk about needs, and learned about Spanish numbers, see if you can pick out some of the things that they are saying. Pay close attention this time - you will be quizzed on it afterward.

3 questions

This quiz tests you to see whether you picked up on vital information from the Scenario 2 video.


Now that you have practiced with this scenario a bit, see whether you can step into the situation and play the role of the traveler. Good luck!

Section 2: On Our Way

This video tells you what to expect in the second section, highlighting the situations that you will find yourself in and the important grammar and vocabulary that you will encounter.


You have your pesos now, and are ready to head out into your new adventure. Let's see what happens next.

4 questions

This quiz checks to see how much you were able to understand from the first video in this module.


The Spanish verb ir is one of the most important verbs that you will learn. In this lecture, you learn how to use it to talk about places you will go.

2 questions

This quiz checks your understanding of the two forms of ir that have been discussed.


In this lecture, you learn the Spanish words for "I," "you," "he," "she," and other important subject pronouns.

4 questions

Test yourself to see how well you know the subject pronouns.


This lecture teaches different ways to talk about where things are, and how far away they are.

Distance and Location
2 questions

This video repeats the same scenario as Scenario 1, but the characters and dialogue have changed. See whether your new-found knowledge from the previous lectures enables you to understand more of what is being discussed, and use the following quiz to test your level of comprehension.

4 questions

This quiz checks your understanding of what happened in Scenario 2.


In this taxi scenario, test yourself to see whether you can respond appropriately to what the taxi driver says to you. Just as in the Scenario 3 video in Section 1, you will be coached along the way.

Section 3: Finding Our Way

This introductory video gives an overview of the topics that will be covered in Section 3, focusing on getting around town and the hotel.


In the previous module, we got dropped off at the hotel. Now we have checked in and settled into our room. Let's see what happens next.

3 questions

This quiz checks to see how much you were able to understand from the first video in this module.


This brief lecture enables you to inquire about prices in a generic sense.

5 questions

This quiz will use the phrase ¿Cuál es ...? to ask you questions about which prices are cheaper or more expensive.


This lecture discusses the differences in currencies and exchange rates in different Spanish-speaking countries.


This lecture teaches you how to understand and follow directions.


This lecture teaches important vocabulary for places around town.

5 questions

This quiz checks to see how well you learned the vocabulary from around town.


This lecture contains key vocabulary for things and people at a hotel.

At the Hotel
3 questions

As you watch this video, use what you have learned to see whether you can better understand the conversation about restaurant recommendations.

5 questions

This quiz checks your understanding of the second video in this module.


This video tests your ability to participate in a conversation about restaurants, prices, and directions.

Section 4: At the Restaurant

This video gives an overview of Section 4, highlighting the main topics of the section, including restaurants, courtesy, wants, and food.


Now that we have gotten recommendations about places to eat, let's see what happens next.

First Impressions
6 questions

This lecture teaches courtesy phrases that are essential for polite communication.

3 questions

This lecture teaches you how to recognize and respond to commands, with a focus on learning key verbs that are likely to be used as commands.

4 questions

This quiz tests your ability to remember the common command verbs that you just learned, and also to make educated guesses about the meanings of commands with those verbs.


This lecture teaches you how to talk about things that you want.

5 questions

This quiz tests your understanding of the verb querer and things that you may want.


This lecture focuses on important food and drink vocabulary.


Restaurants are not the only places to try the local cuisine. Watch this video, set in a different locale, and see how well you can apply your new knowledge to this similar scenario.

6 questions

Not all meals are eaten at restaurants. Street vendors are very common in many parts of Latin America. Now that you have watched the video with the street vendor, take a minute to test your comprehension of the video.


In the Spanish-speaking world, restaurants can be pretty informal, sometimes even being located in the same building as a person's home. In these cases, there may only be one or two workers present, who are almost certainly the owner or relatives of the owner. Use this video to test your ability to order food in a restaurant.

Section 5: Meeting People

This overview video introduces the important concepts that will be introduced in Section 5.


At this point, we have already begun to experience a lot of things. We have ridden in a taxi, asked for recommendations, gotten directions, and eaten at a restaurant. Let's find out what happens next.

5 questions

Check to see how well you understood what was happening in this video.


This lecture teaches you how to introduce yourself and others.

3 questions

Test how much you know about introductions.


This lecture teaches you how to discuss where you and others are from.

3 questions

How well can you talk about where people are from?


As a follow-up to the previous lecture, this lecture teaches the names of various countries, as well as how to discuss nationality.

6 questions

You have learned that the verb ser is used to talk about where people are from, and you have learned the names of many different countries. Ser is also used to express someone's nationality, such as "Sheila is American." See whether you can correctly match the nationalities to their respective countries.


This lecture provides a brief explanation of the Spanish present tense, with a particular focus on talking about people besides yourself.

3 questions

Now that you have been introduced to the method for talking about other people, test yourself to see how well you understand the concept.


This lecture teaches you how to discuss likes and dislikes, including talking about things that you would like to do.

Likes and Dislikes
4 questions

See how well you can answer questions about things that you like or dislike.


This lecture teaches you to talk about different time frames and lengths of time.

How Long and When?
6 questions

This video shows a scenario similar to Scenario 1, but in a different location and with different vocabulary and circumstances.

Comprehension Check
4 questions

This video asks you to test your ability to introduce yourself and talk about things to do.

Section 6: Descriptions

This section overview focuses on the key goal of Section 6: learning to describe people and things.


In this video, the protagonist has a problem. See whether you can figure out what his problem is.

First Impressions
2 questions

This lecture contains useful adjectives for describing people and things.


This lecture teaches clothing vocabulary.


This lecture teaches colors.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of clothing and colors.


This video also features someone who is looking for a friend. Test yourself to see whether you are able to follow along better than you could in Scenario 1.

Comprehension Check
4 questions

Test your ability to describe your missing friends. As always, you will be coached as necessary.

Section 7: Purchases

This overview discusses the main topics of Section 7: possessions, family, and souvenirs.


We've had a great time so far on our trip. We ought to find some way to commemorate it.

First Impressions
3 questions

In this lecture, you will learn about the essential Spanish verb tener.

3 questions

Study the forms of tener well, because in this quiz you will be asked to type in the correct answers.


This lecture contains vocabulary for talking about family, friends, and acquaintances.


This lecture teaches the Spanish equivalents of "my," "your," and other possessive adjectives.

Possessive Adjectives
3 questions

This lecture teaches useful vocabulary for talking about souvenirs and other related purchases.

Souvenirs and Purchases
3 questions

Use the grammar and vocabulary that you have learned in this section to see whether you are better able to understand the conversation in Scenario 2.

Comprehension Check
4 questions

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Instructor Biography

David Nance, Spanish Teacher

I have spent seven years as a Spanish teacher, and all of that time has been in distance learning, meaning that I have considerable experience with using technology to create effective learning opportunities for my students. I have created courses not only for the students who are actually enrolled in my high school classes, but also for distribution through other platforms, before finding Udemy. I have been able to work with students from around the world, and look forward to continuing to do so through this course, which I consider to be my best yet.

My experience with Spanish dates back to my time as a missionary in the small South American nation of Uruguay. Although I had taken several years of Spanish in high school and college, it was not until I lived in Uruguay that I became anything near fluent. Through my own experiences and the experiences of others around me, I have come to realize what makes for effective language learning, and I hope to replicate some of that in this course.

In addition to spending two years in Uruguay, I have also traveled to several other Spanish-speaking countries, and I maintain contact with many friends throughout Latin America and Spain.

I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Spanish Teaching, and more recently completed an MSE in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. I am a firm believer in the individualization of education, and I am excited about the opportunities that the Internet is providing for us to learn at our own pace and in our own way.

I also have a passion for creating good content. I have spent years refining my approach to teaching and trying to find the best tools to create the best learning opportunities for my students. While I am proud of my past efforts, I feel that in many ways, this course represents my best work yet.

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