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:
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I look forward to helping you on the inside.
Welcome to the course!
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!
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!
You may not be aware but there are many Spanish words in use in English - let's have a look at them inside!
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!
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,
Starting from morning until night, it is important to get your greetings right! Learn the key differences between greetings in Spanish.
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!
Using 'the' in Spanish is straightforward if you know the rules, which are all explained in this clear video.
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.
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!
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!
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!)
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.
Further pronunciation of each sound of the alphabet from e to h
Some more Spanish letters and sounds to learn to pronounce - these have an interesting bit of history behind them!
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.
The pronunciation guide for the Spanish sounds continues here with the letters 'o' to 'rr' (a tricky one!) Learn how to master them inside.
Some more interesting Spanish sounds - be careful with 'u' and its many forms, while 'v' is pretty similar to another sound in Spanish!
The last few letters of the Spanish alphabet - some lesser used ones but useful nonetheless!
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!
Get started with these essential free tools for learning Spanish!
Here's a simple system using free software to make sure you retain all the vocabulary you possibly can - I use this regularly!
A first-timers guide to Quizlet - learn how to find other sets people have made, test your spelling and record your new words.
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!
To get talking, find a language exchange partner ASAP with this guide - you can get started this week!
Before you head on over to other things - let me ask you something quickly! It'll be less than a minute, I promise!
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!