Freshman Year Spanish: First Semester
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Freshman Year Spanish: First Semester

Learn Spanish while exploring real locations throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
4.7 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
411 students enrolled
Created by Paul Sebastian
Last updated 12/2014
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
What Will I Learn?
  • Communicate at a novice level of Spanish language proficiency.
  • Share newly acquired knowledge about the Spanish speaking world.
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Requirements
  • A handy dandy Spanish dictionary (online dictionary is just fine).
Description

¡Hola, amigos! This course will provide you with everything you need to know in order to jump start your Spanish language learning. You will learn essential grammar and vocabulary while exploring real locations throughout the Spanish-speaking world!

Learn Real Language and Explore Real Places

You’ll be introduced to core concepts that include everything from pronunciation to conjugation. You’ll have access to a variety of vocabulary packets. And finally, you’ll experience 8 different countries and visit 12 distinct locations.

  • 15+ Comprehensive Grammar Lectures
  • 6 Robust Vocabulary Packets
  • 8 Different Spanish Speaking Countries (12 different locations)
  • 3 Helpful Quizzes

Quality language acquisition takes time and requires consistent practice and dedicated study. I have studied the history of language learning, and I'm here to tell you that there is no secret or quick fix to learning a second language. Successful language acquisition boils down to two things: student engagement and access to quality language resources. This, mis amigos, is your resource for learning the Spanish language.

Who is the target audience?
  • True beginners. No previous exposure to Spanish language study is required.
  • Current Spanish students who are in need of review or reinforcement.
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
01:45:46
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Getting Started
6 Lectures 34:38

Broad outline of what you can expect in the following lectures. You can move through the rest of the course lecture by lecture (recommended) or jump around to the concepts that are of particular interest to you.

Preview 01:22

Introduction to every letter in the Spanish alphabet and explanation of the Spanish vowels and their pronunciations. You'll also explore Santiago, Chile including El Palacio de la Moneda and The University of Chile.

Preview 07:56

Explore rural Chile as you learn the sometimes tricky pronunciations of Spanish consonants.

Consonants in Talagante, Chile
12:19

Have a look around Chichén Itzá while learning about Spanish definite and indefinite articles and linguistic agreement.

Articles and Agreement in Chichén Itzá, México
07:26

Continue your tour through Chichén Itzá and find out how to greet someone new and introduce yourself with two very important verbs, ser and estar.

Ser & Estar in Chichén Itzá, México
05:35

Articles and other useful vocabulary to help you greet someone new and introduce yourself.

Vocabulary 1 - Articles, Greetings, and Introductions
1 page

Test your comprehension with a variety of questions dealing with the topics addressed in section 1 of the course. May the force of Spanish language learning be with you.

Section 1 Quiz
10 questions
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Conjugation Made Easy
6 Lectures 25:30

Learn the basics of verb conjugation in Spanish while looking around the famous Don Quixote windmills of La Mancha, Spain.

Conjugation Basics and -AR Verbs in La Mancha, Spain
08:47

Learn how to conjugate regular -ER and -IR verbs while walking the very same streets where the running of the bulls takes place.

Regular -ER and -IR Verbs in Pamplona, Spain
04:48

Includes a list of frequently used common regular verbs in Spanish.

Common Regular Verbs
3 pages

Explore the ancient Incan city, Machu Picchu and learn about the many irregular Spanish verbs.

Preview 06:36

Includes a list of frequently used irregular Spanish verbs.

Vocabulary 4 - Common Irregular Verbs
3 pages

Find out what situations do not call for conjugation while having a look around Lima, Peru's capital city.

When not to conjugate in Lima, Perú
05:19

Test your comprehension with a variety of questions dealing with the topics addressed in section 2 of the course. May the force of Spanish language learning be with you.

Section 2 Quiz
12 questions
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More Essentials
8 Lectures 18:50

Find out how to express likes and dislikes while taking a look at two amazing Central American countries.

El Verbo Gustar in Costa Rica and Panama
03:02

Learn how to use Spanish demonstratives while having a look around San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital city.

Demonstratives in San Juan, Puerto Rico
05:04

Learn every Spanish number from 1-100 while checking out the cultural fusion in Miami, Florida.

Numbers 1-100 in Miami, USA
04:43

Comprehensive list of Spanish numbers 1-100.

Vocabulary 5 - Numbers 1-100
2 pages

Learn how to talk about time in Spanish while exploring the U.S. Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego.

How to Tell Time on the U.S./México Border
04:03

Expand your ability to ask questions in Spanish with this helpful vocabulary list.

Vocabulary 2 - Interrogatives (Question Words)
1 page

Vocabulary list organized into three different themes; travel, business, and education.

Vocabulary 6 - Travel, Business, Education
3 pages

Wrap up the course with a look back to the various topics that have been addressed. Congratulations!

Conclusion
01:58

Test your comprehension with a variety of questions dealing with the topics addressed in section 3 of the course. May the force of Spanish language learning be with you.

Section 3 Quiz
11 questions
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Snack-Sized Lessons
6 Lectures 13:48

Basic introduction to pronouns. English and Spanish pronouns are introduced here.

What's a Pronoun?
01:37

Explanation of the NC-PIG rule and how to properly place pronouns with respect to verbs in a sentence.

NC-PIG (Pronoun Placement)
02:18

Brief video that explains the basic concept of direct object pronouns and how they function in Spanish.

Direct Object Pronouns
02:51

Brief video that explains the basic concept of indirect object pronouns and how they function in Spanish.

Indirect Object Pronouns
02:15

Covers the technical (conjugation) aspect of regular preterit verbs.

Preview 01:29

Learn about irregular preterit conjugations in this short video.

Preview 03:18
About the Instructor
Paul Sebastian
4.7 Average rating
17 Reviews
619 Students
2 Courses
Professor

I currently teach Spanish language and culture at a private liberal arts college in the United States. I learned Spanish while living in Chile and continued to study the language upon returning to my university studies.

After earning my bachelor's degree in Spanish, I went on to complete a master’s degree at Brigham Young University where I specialized in language pedagogy. This specialty allowed me to focus on the science of effective language teaching and learning. My sub-specialty is in the area of technology use for second language acquisition. I'm currently working on completing my doctorate in the area of bilingual and English as a second language education.