Speak Spanish from Scratch: Foundation Speaking Course
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Speak Spanish from Scratch: Foundation Speaking Course

An easy guide for beginners Spanish for students of all ages: it's easy when you know how! Let me show you
4.3 (23 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.
1,929 students enrolled
Created by Stephen Beale
Last updated 8/2017
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Simple tips and tricks for learning Spanish
  • Continue learning Spanish independently following best practice
  • Pronounce all the sounds in Spanish
  • Understand foundations of the Spanish language (and grammar!)
  • Have a conversation on your holiday to Spain
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  • A clear goal in mind for learning to speak Spanish
  • Internet connection
  • Speak English
  • That's it!

Speak Spanish from Scratch

Welcome to my course on learning to speak Spanish from scratch.

This Spanish speaking course can help you if you any of the following apply:

  • You have tried to learn a language before and found it 'wasn't for you'
  • You found language lessons in school or elsewhere difficult to follow
  • You would love to chat and meet people from all over the Spanish speaking world
  • You want to chat with in-laws or family members of a loved one or partner
  • You want the freedom to travel, and perhaps live, in a Spanish speaking country and get by in the local language

Sound like you?

Come on in!

I look forward to helping you on the inside.

Hasta pronto,


Who is the target audience?
  • People who need to speak Spanish
  • Anyone focused on learning the systems for a foundation in oral Spanish
  • People who think that learning a language is difficult - it's NOT! I'll show you how!
  • People looking to learn Spanish in a fun and light-hearted way
  • Anyone who has tried to learn Spanish before but found it difficult
Compare to Other Spanish Language Courses
Curriculum For This Course
40 Lectures
Getting Started
14 Lectures 31:51

Welcome to the course!

Welcome to the course: Your first challenge!

Let's dive right in - the first phrases to say in Spanish!

Hola! Me llamo Steve

Using 'the' in Spanish is straightforward if you know the rules, which are all explained in this clear video.

How to say and use the word 'the' in Spanish

Starting from morning until night, it is important to get your greetings right! Learn the key differences between greetings in Spanish.

Basic Spanish Greetings

Pronunciation is one of the most important parts of speaking a language properly. I go through pronunciation of basic greetings in depth with you to help you on your way to speaking to the locals with ease!

Pronunciation of basic greetings


One of the most confusing words or terms when learning Spanish is the idea of 'gender', with all nouns being either masculine or feminine - let me explain it in simple terms!

What is 'gender' in the Spanish language?

There are some simple rules for the endings of nouns which follow the same principles as when using 'the' in Spanish.

A simple breakdown of these rules is provided here.

Spanish nouns and their easy endings

Some more on the exceptions for Spanish nouns

Things to do before going further!

Countries of the world

Building on previous lectures, it's time to say where you're from. Let's keep up the momentum!

Say where you're from

This lectures explains how 'de' works in Spanish when talking about countries and saying where you are from.

Using 'de' to say where you are from

Learn how to speed up your learning and find answers to all your questions in no time! 

How to fly through this course & get the most from it!
Focus on what you already know: everyone already knows some Spanish!
7 Lectures 10:06

There are many Spanish words used in English and you probably know at least 10! Start here to remind yourself that you already know a lot of words - it's just something you might not have thought about yet!

You Already Know Some Spanish Words!

There are many more Spanish words that you already understand just because of the similarity with English, often the Latin or Greek origin words. Remember - you are not starting from zero!

Spanish words which are the same in English

You may not be aware but there are many Spanish words in use in English - let's have a look at them inside!

Spanish words in English

False friends can be the cause of both hilarity and embarrassment when you are speaking Spanish with native speakers. 

Here are some tips to keep you aware of the common pitfalls!

False friends: don't make these classic Spanish learner mistakes!

Save yourself the embarrassment - check out this list of false friends:

Conversations in Spanish are made much easier if you simply prepare for them in a methodical and timely way.

Here are some key tips to get you going!

Preparing for a conversation in Spanish

One classic problem for language learners is speed. Speaking a new language is hard, so hard that it makes people slow down to an unnatural pace. This can cause people you speak to in the street to become frustrated and even leave without answering your question.

Follow my tips for how to avoid this,

Speed & Making Yourself Understood
Spanish Pronunciation: An A-Z guide to all the sounds
9 Lectures 30:32

Essential viewing before starting on the series of lectures detailing all the different sounds in Spanish!

This explains how I teach them, in what way and why (there's a reason for everything!)

Pronunciation of all the letters

To begin with proper pronunciation, I take you through the entire alphabet in chunks, starting here with letters a to d.

The same system is used in the videos which follow to go through the rest of the alphabet.

Pronunciation: Letters a-d

Further pronunciation of each sound of the alphabet from e to h

Pronunciation: Letters e-h

Some more Spanish letters and sounds to learn to pronounce - these have an interesting bit of history behind them!

Pronunciation: Letters i-l

Spanish letters aplenty in this lecture! The pronunciation for the 'll' through to 'ñ' letters is pretty straightforward, you just need to get used to saying them.

Pronunciation: Letters ll-ñ

The pronunciation guide for the Spanish sounds continues here with the letters 'o' to 'rr' (a tricky one!) Learn how to master them inside.

Pronunciation: Letters o-rr

Some more interesting Spanish sounds - be careful with 'u' and its many forms, while 'v' is pretty similar to another sound in Spanish!

Pronunciation: Letters s-v

The last few letters of the Spanish alphabet - some lesser used ones but useful nonetheless!

Pronunciation: Letters w-z

Give yourself a pat on the back! You got through the whole alphabet!

Remember to come back here and check for reference - that's what it's here for!

A-Z - Well done!
Learning and remembering new words
1 Lecture 00:58
The Right Way to Learn Vocabulary
Best free tools for learning Spanish
9 Lectures 17:57

Get started with these essential free tools for learning Spanish!

Best free tools

Here's a simple system using free software to make sure you retain all the vocabulary you possibly can - I use this regularly!

Tips for learning new words AND remembering them!

A first-timers guide to Quizlet - learn how to find other sets people have made, test your spelling and record your new words.

Using Quizlet for the first time - recording new words the right way

Thanks to Google, you can find free and legal previews of some fantastic grammar books - my guide shows you how to use this fantastic resource!

Best Grammar Books (for FREE!)


Great resource for listening to pronunciation from the Spanish-speaking world

To get talking, find a language exchange partner ASAP with this guide - you can get started this week!

Find a Spanish language exchange partner for FREE!

Bonus Lecture!

Before you head on over to other things - let me ask you something quickly! It'll be less than a minute, I promise!

The end? One more thing!
About the Instructor
Stephen Beale
4.3 Average rating
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5,372 Students
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Academic English Tutor, Linguist, Educator

I am an academic English for university tutor currently working at a UK university and am an expert in the field.

I am also a graduate in Spanish & French from the University of Exeter, UK, and a keen language learner.

I have many years' teaching experience, having taught in both Europe and Asia with students from all over the world.

I do this every day to help students like you improve and achieve your goals - I look forward to helping you on your journey to success!