Spanish Made Simple

Complete Guide to Becoming Conversational and Fluent in Spanish Using a Simplified Approach.
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  • Lectures 50
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2016 English

Course Description

In this course you will build a solid foundation for Spanish by learning the basic key concepts of Spanish and then build upon those concepts and be conversational by the end of the course.

Become Conversational Using This Simplified Approach For Beginners Through Intermediate Level Spanish  

  • Be understood by learning the correct way of pronunciation.

  • Learn how to have basic conversation with people

  • Learn to be yourself in Spanish and not just a memorization robot.

  • Learn how to master the conjugation of the simple past, present, and future tenses of verbs.

  • Learn travel Spanish ie. at the airport, renting a car, in the restaurant, getting directions

  • Be able to go anywhere and do anything where Spanish is required.  

  • Enrich your life by opening the door to a new culture and be able to communicate with more than 400,000,000 more people worldwide.

Learning the Spanish Language is Vital

In our day, knowing more than one language is important and knowing Spanish is vital.  Spanish is becoming more and more popular in English speaking countries, especially the U.S.  Knowing Spanish has so many benefits: it gives you a competitive edge in the job market (I have met countless qualified people who didn’t get the job because they couldn’t speak Spanish), gives you the opportunity to be more cultured, travel to 22 more countries and speak their language, open up opportunities that didn’t exist before, and so much more.  It might even spice up your life by marrying a latino or latina, like I did :-)

Content and Overview

This course contains over 50 lectures and 2.5 hours of video with updated and added content added as needed.  I've designed a simple step by step process which anyone can follow.  It’s designed for the beginner and will take you to an intermediate level of Spanish where you’ll be conversational.   (I’m in the process of creating the Advanced Spanish course that you’ll be able to graduate to if you desire to take your Spanish to another level.)

I didn’t learn Spanish until I was 20 yrs old and couldn’t speak a lick of it before then (well, I could count to 10 like most everyone else but that was it.)  Because I didn’t grow up bilingual like most Spanish teachers did, I’m able to simplify the learning process for you and give you that perspective that others simply can’t because I’ve been in your shoes.

In this course, you will first learn “half the battle” of being fluent in Spanish and that is pronunciation.  No matter how well you learn vocabulary, phrases, grammar, etc. if you can’t pronounce the words right you won’t be understood.  Thus, pronunciation being half the battle.

Then you’ll learn basic meet and greet vocabulary and phrases.  Memorization is important to learning Spanish but as you progress through the course you’ll learn why you’re saying what you’re saying and will be able to use those principles with any word or verb and in this way you’ll learn to be yourself in Spanish.  Also, as part of your vocabulary building you will learn over 100 words in Spanish that you didn’t know you already knew!

Next, you’ll begin to learn simple parts of speech and how they work in Spanish.  This is where you’ll begin to understand why you say what you say in Spanish.  Vocabulary and quizzes are spread throughout the course to keep you constantly learning new words and phrases and to test your growing knowledge of the language.  

You’ll then learn situational Spanish ie. Spanish in the home, at the airport, hotel, car rental, getting directions, buying and paying for stuff, at the restaurant, etc.

And finally,  you’ll really start to hone your parts of speech skills as you continue through the last section of the course as the lessons will clarify many pitfalls for English speakers.  Many frequently asked questions will be cleared up in this section. For instance, “para” and “por” both mean “for” how are they used differently?  or “saber” and “conocer” both mean “to know” how and when do I use each?

By the end of this course you will feel comfortable to speak and carry on conversation with any Spanish speaker and even travel to any Spanish speaking country with confidence that you’ll be able to get around without any problems.  I look forward to seeing you on the inside!

What are the requirements?

  • You'll need to be patient with yourself as learning any language isn't easy.
  • Be committed to practice and/or study Spanish daily (I recommend minimum 15 min. per day)
  • You'll need access to a computer, laptop or smart device with internet or data.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Pronounce Spanish so you'll be understood.
  • Meet and greet people
  • Carry on a conversation in Spanish
  • Be yourself in Spanish not just a memorization robot
  • Conjugate verbs in present, past and future tenses.
  • Speak Spanish around your home and at work.
  • Travel to a Spanish speaking country and be able to get around places such as: the airport, bus station, renting a car, hotel, asking for and understanding directions. and how to shop and buy stuff.
  • know the parts of speech and how to use them well.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is an introductory through intermediate Spanish course. So if you know little to no Spanish this is your course!
  • If you are already conversational and fluent in Spanish but want to master Spanish this course isn't for you. (My Advanced Spanish Course is coming soon)

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
04:11

¡Bienvenidos!  Welcome to Spanish Made Simple!

Section 2: Pronunciation
Before You Begin....
Preview
Article
03:04

In this lecture you'll learn how to pronounce the Spanish vowels.

09:18

In this lecture you'll learn how to pronounce the Spanish consonants and learn the 3 letters in Spanish that don't exist in English: LL - Ñ - RR.

03:42

In this lecture you'll learn:

  • How to pronounce Diphthongs (when two vowels together make a different sound than when they're by themselves.)
  • How to pronounce Triphthongs(three vowels together)
Quiz: Test your Pronunciation knowledge
03:28
Section 3: Meeting and Greeting People
Intro to Vocabulary
Preview
04:28
02:09

In this quick video you'll learn to navigate Quizlet.com, an awesome service used throughout the course for learning Spanish vocabulary and phrases.    

Article

In this lecture you'll learn the vocabulary and phrases for meeting people and carrying on a conversation in Spanish.

01:46

In this lesson you'll listen to a meet and greet conversation between two native Spanish speakers.

Meeting People Quiz
9 questions
Section 4: Putting Together The Parts of Speech
Article

This lecture starts the first series of the most commonly used words in Spanish not including verbs. The most common verbs will be covered in the next set of vocabulary.  

06:21

This lecture is a great vocabulary builder of words that you actually already know, because they're practically the same in Spanish as they are in English.

02:45

In this lecture you'll learn how to use Gender (masculine and feminine) and Number (singular and plural)

03:08

In this lesson you'll learn the Spanish personal pronouns.  This lesson will be key for understanding how the verbs work in the next lesson and throughout the course.  

05:56

In this lecture you'll be introduced to and learn how to conjugate verbs in the present tense. 

Article

Now that you know a little bit about conjugating verbs this lesson will build your vocabulary of most commonly used verbs.  

05:45

There are two basic conjugations for the past.  In this lesson, you'll learn how to conjugate in the past preterite.  The other form is called "imperfect"  which you'll learn in a later lecture.      

03:51

In this lecture, you'll learn the verb tener- to have.  Tener is used quite frequent in Spanish being that it takes on other meanings than just "to have" which you'll learn in this lecture.  

Vocabulary 3
Article
05:35

In this lecture you'll learn how to say and use the Spanish possessive adjectives such as: my and mine, his, hers, our and ours, etc.

02:29

Conjunction conjunction what's your function¿?  In this lecture you'll learn the Spanish conjunctions and, or, but & nor. 

02:53

Practically every Spanish preposition has more than one meaning in English and are often part of expressions that don't relate to the actual meaning of the preposition.  In this video you'll learn some of the most common prepositions and the study material will show you common expressions associated with them.  

04:23

About everyone I know knows how to count to 10 in Spanish,  This Lecture will take you to 100.  And a future lecture will expand that to a billion, 

03:44

In this lecture you will learn how to ask for and communicate what time it is in Spanish.

Telling Time Quiz
4 questions
08:49

In this lecture you'll learn how to form questions using Who, What, Where, When, Why, How and How much.  And you'll learn common questions formed with these words.  

03:18

In this lecture you'll learn to count up to the billions.  You'll learn the simple patterns that Spanish numbers use in the hundreds, thousands, millions, etc. 

Section 5: Situational Spanish: Around The House
Article

After this lecture you'll be able to communicate the everyday activities around your home in Spanish.  

Section 6: Situational Spanish: At the Restaurant
Article

After this lecture you'll be able to greet the hostess, order food, and finish up by asking for the check in Spanish.

Section 7: Situational Spanish: At The Airport
Article

After this lecture you'll be able to check in, check bags, find your gate, and board the airplane at the airport in Spanish.  

Section 8: Situational Spanish: At The Beach
Article

After this lecture you'll be able to communicate with native speakers at the beach.

Section 9: Situational Spanish: At The Hotel
Article

After this lecture you'll know the common vocabulary at the hotel and in the hotel room.  You'll be able to check in, check out and ask for different services and amenities at the hotel.

Section 10: Situational Spanish: Renting a Car
Article

After this lecture you'll be able to go through the process of renting a car in Spanish.

Section 11: Situational Spanish: Asking For and Getting Directions
Article

After this lecture you'll be able to ask for and get directions to wherever you need to go.

Section 12: Situational Spanish: At The Bus Terminal
Article

After this lecture you'll be able to go through the process of buying a bus ticket, boarding the bus and getting to your destination.

Section 13: Situational Spanish: Money and Buying
Article

After this lecture you'll be able to go shopping, ask buying questions, make purchases and be comfortable doing so.

Section 14: More on Spanish Parts of Speech and Common Pitfalls
04:20

After this lecture you'll know what reflexive verbs are and mean, how to conjugate them and learn how it translates for us to say "to get... or to become... " such as "to get sick"  "to get lost"  etc.   

02:29

In this lecture you'll learn the imperfect past, which is how you say the English "used to" + a verb or  "would" + a verb in the past.

03:38

In this lecture you'll learn how to use and say the future tense "will" as in "I will go." And you'll learn the conditional "would" as in "I would go if it weren't so expensive."

03:20

After this lecture you'll know how to use the present and past participle.

02:10

Haber is the other way to say have.  In this lecture you'll learn how it's used.

04:05

In this lecture you'll learn this, these, that, and those in Spanish.

06:29

After this lecture you'll know how to use comparison adjectives in Spanish such as bigger than, smaller than, the biggest, the best, etc.  

03:34

In this lecture you'll learn how to say and use each, every, rest of and both in Spanish.

06:31

"Para" and "Por" both mean "for" in Spanish. They both carry other meanings as well.  In this lesson you'll learn how and when to use them.

5 questions

This quiz will test to see if you know when to use para and when to use por

07:20

You don't need to know what a pronoun direct object is to learn this.  It's simply learning how to use me, you, them, etc. in Spanish

03:43

Tiempo and vez both mean time.  In this lecture you'll learn how to use each of them properly. 

09:11

Ser and Estar both mean "to be."  Being that we use "to be" more than any other verb it can be a confusing thing for us English speakers in the beginning.  This lesson will clear up when we use ser or when we use estar.  Speaking from experience this will be a lesson that will need to be visited frequently for the first little while til you understand it. 

6 questions

This quiz will test to see if you know when to use ser and when to use estar

03:19

Saber and Conocer both mean "to know" In this lecture you'll learn the difference between the two and when to use them.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of the difference between these two verbs.

03:32

In this lecture you'll learn how to use Alguno and Ninguno- some and none in Spanish.

Section 15: Conclusion
Conclusion
01:19

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Instructor Biography

Mark Barnes, Spanish Instructor at Udemy

Before I was 20 years old I didn't know any Spanish, I bombed my 1 year of French in high school and thought I’d never be able to learn a second language. When I was 20 I took a 2 month crash course in Spanish and went to Mexico for two years where I continued to self teach and mastered the Spanish language.  I’ve been speaking Spanish now for 14 years. I’m a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  When I was working in Miami, I met a guy from Venezuela who had authored a book in Spanish.  He wasn't very proficient in English and after about a week of getting to know him he asked me if I could translate his book to English.  Which I did and it was fun and all but translating a book isn't as exciting as teaching Spanish.  I was an interpreter for a couple of landscape companies in Las Vegas and ran a business of my own in Spanish being that my employees were Spanish speakers.  Over the years I've had a lot of people ask me if I can teach them to speak Spanish like I speak it.  From these requests this course was born.  I've taken the concepts of how I learned and mastered Spanish and have simplified them so that those who take this course will become conversational in Spanish in a simple step-by-step fashion.    

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