Greetings and welcome to Spanish for Beginners I! This course is highly interactive, so make sure you find a quiet space where you'll be able to listen and then repeat after the instructor. (Yes, that means you will be speaking Spanish out loud right from the very beginning!) Also, in order to get the most out of the pronunciations and hear the nuances of the language, it may be best to view this course with headphones.
Each video introduces one learning topic of the Spanish language. Each topic is first introduced and then multiple practice opportunities are provided. The goal of this method is to get you speaking and thinking in Spanish right away. Keep in mind you should feel free to repeat all or just parts of any video as many times as you need in order to master the learning topic. In case you're wondering, typically learners are able to learn and solidify their understanding by going through a video just one or two times!
So, let's get started. !Vamanos!
Get ready to learn the most important lesson in Spanish - the Spanish alphabet. The Spanish language is a phonetic language, meaning that letters are generally always pronounced the same way. So if you know the alphabet, you know how to pronounce the letters. And, if you know how to pronounce the letters, you know how to pronounce words in Spanish.
In this lesson we'll cover how to say the colors in Spanish. Knowing the colors will help you when you're describing something that you may not know the word for in Spanish. They are also a good place to start in the quest to learn another language.
This lesson covers how to say numbers from 1 to 100. There is a lot to cover and the lesson is twice as long as other lessons in this course. So feel free to press pause at any time or replay any portion of the lesson in order to solidify your understanding.
Learning the days of the week is an important part of communication and planning in any language. We rely on our knowledge of the days of the week when making plans to meet a friend or setting up a meeting with a client. In this video, you'll also learn a quick poem that will help you remember them.
The months of the year are also important for knowing dates like birthdays, meetings, and events. The calendar is a bigger part of our lives than most of us realize. Learning the months of the year in Spanish is the next step in being able to use the language in your everyday life.
I am a certified Spanish Teacher with many years of experience teaching children, youth, and adults. I received my BS in Secondary Education - Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my MBA in International Business at the University of Maryland University College. I have studied extensively in Spain and Mexico, spent significant time training adult learners in Puerto Rico, and traveled throughout North America and Europe. I have taught students at all ages in Spanish and English Language Arts, trained an army of adult learners, and spent a large portion of my career working with schools and state departments of education on the largest federal longitudinal educational research studies and assessments in the U.S. that show what students know and and an do.
I enjoy sharing my passion for learning with my students and strive to provide multiple ways to practice learning. Understanding that not everyone learns the same way and emphasizing that Spanish is primarily a spoken language are key tenets in my teaching and presenting style.