Spanish for Travelers: Start Speaking Today!
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- 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.
- 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.
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.
- new learners
- students who need extra help
- people who want to brush up
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.
This lecture discusses exchange rates and introduces you to Spanish numbers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.