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Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language

Course No. 2810
Professor Bill Worden, Associate Professor of Spanish
The University of Alabama
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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article.
  • Practice times, days, months, and seasons, and learn how to ask questions or express information with this vocabulary.
  • Study how to conjugate verbs of this type as you learn a range of new verbs.
  • Learn about regional differences in the language as it's spoken across the world.
  • Explore helpful strategies for learning and remembering new vocabulary.

Course Overview

Have you ever tried to learn another language, only to abandon your efforts due to boredom or frustration? In this highly effective course, we’re pleased to present an approach that turns the tables on the problems so many people face in learning a new language. Experience the fastest and most direct way to get up and running with a beautiful and highly useful language. Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language offers you an exciting and practical way to quickly build the ability to communicate in Spanish.

In 30 highly engaging lessons, this ingeniously constructed program leads you sequentially through the core building blocks of competence in spoken Spanish. In each lesson, you’ll get “under the hood” of the language, learning the key concepts of grammar, culture, and vocabulary that will make acquiring Spanish easier than you ever imagined.

You'll also gain a rich working vocabulary that will prepare you for a wide range of everyday situations. The end of each lesson includes audio exercises that will build your pronunciation, comprehension, and conversational skills. Plus, the workbook includes plenty of reading and writing exercises to practice and build upon what you learn.

This course is designed to cover the curriculum of a first semester college course in Spanish. Throughout the lessons, you’ll explore how to learn a language and start communicating. Your teacher, world-class language instructor Professor Bill Worden of the University of Alabama, has refined this approach over more than 20 years, distilling the step-by-step system that works the best for adult learners. As an integral part of the language lessons themselves, he teaches a set of learning strategies that will enable you to be a successful language learner and will help you actively use and remember the material.

Even if you believe you have no aptitude for language learning, this course will show you otherwise. If you follow these fun and rewarding lessons, and practice by using the specially crafted accompanying audio and print materials, by the end of the course you’ll be able to converse in Spanish, and to communicate about work, leisure, food, family, friends, travel, and much more.

Useful, Beautiful, and Mind-Expanding

Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world. Increasingly relevant in global culture and economics, it’s the official language of 20 countries, plus the territory of Puerto Rico. Half a billion people speak it, including over 50 million in the U.S., and every day we encounter Spanish speakers right around the corner. For these reasons and more, Spanish is one of the most useful languages on earth.

Spanish is also one of the great Romance languages of Europe, with a rich and glorious literature from both the Old and New Worlds, and whose poetic sensibility and sensual rhythms make it one of the most beautiful languages in the world to hear and speak.

Learning a foreign language is one of life’s most broadening experiences, allowing you to travel into other cultures, to build new friendships and professional contacts, and to communicate with a vast segment of the human population where conversation would otherwise never take place.

For these reasons and more, learning Spanish is a practical, enjoyable educational endeavor, and Learning Spanish is designed to provide the tools you need to embark on this journey into an important and incredibly useful language.

Master the Essentials of Spoken Spanish

The remarkable effectiveness of this course rests on Professor Worden’s skill in breaking down the core elements of Spanish into an easily learnable sequence. From the beginning, you’ll work with key material and concepts that help you build a fundamental “feel” for the language.

The lessons begin with simple groundwork for Spanish: the proper pronunciation of consonant and vowel sounds, the alphabet, and greetings and responses to greetings. With these building blocks, you can start speaking to people in Spanish right away!

From there, you’ll delve into the most important part of speech: verbs. This is anything but dry, rote repetition: you’ll discover verbs through their living context, by using them in many different practical settings, getting a visceral sense of how they operate in everyday speaking, and, most importantly, experiencing how they form the basis for expressing yourself in Spanish.

By working sequentially with ser and estar—the two Spanish verbs meaning “to be”—plus vital verbs such as ir (to go), tener (to have), hacer (to make or do), and querer (to want or to love), you’ll learn to talk about basic thoughts, feelings, and actions.

You’ll build on the ability to express yourself with verbs through in-depth practice with the forms and uses of Spanish nouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and pronouns, and an ever-expanding vocabulary—all the necessary linguistic tools that will allow you to communicate successfully in Spanish.

Enriching the language lessons, Professor Worden exposes you to the culture and ethos of the Spanish-speaking world. At key moments, you’ll explore Spanish literature, soccer rivalries, family relationships, and more. You’ll also learn about variations in how Spanish is spoken in different regions of the world.

Lay the Groundwork for Real Conversations

Professor Worden has structured this course to give you the ability to communicate about many kinds of practical, daily situations. Across the span of the lessons, you’ll learn to negotiate common activities and concerns in Spanish through these vital subjects and forms of speech:

  • Understand a full range of social greetings and expressions used in social interactions.
  • Learn to express time, days, and dates in Spanish, as well as to count and use numbers.
  • Study how to talk about emotions and mental states.
  • Develop vocabulary on subjects such as social life, the family, the home, food and drink, money, the Internet, travel, leisure activities, the human body, romantic relations, and more.
  • Study how to make useful affirmative and negative statements, and learn the rules for commands (also called imperatives), which are indispensable for everyday speech.
  • Learn to form interrogatives and to ask and answer questions—vital skills for building conversational fluency in Spanish.

Throughout the course, you’ll deepen your facility with verbs as you learn how to speak about events using the present tense, become familiar with two different ways to talk about future events, and practice talking about the past using several key expressions and the preterite tense.

Discover Principles of Successful Language Learning

As a key component of this course, you’ll use specific study tools and approaches that will allow you to succeed with Spanish.

First, in addition to the video lessons, the program provides the core resources of an audio glossary for each lesson, audio speaking activities, and a course workbook.

  • Following each lesson, the audio glossary will give you practice with pronunciation, listening to a native speaker, and reviewing the lesson’s new vocabulary.
  • The speaking activities that follow the audio glossary help you improve your listening and speaking skills as you become comfortable with dialogues and interactions in Spanish.
  • The exercises in the workbook develop your reading and writing skills in Spanish while you practice the vocabulary and grammar presented in the lessons. The workbook also contains enlightening Cultural Reading sections about different aspects of the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

As an added benefit, Professor Worden teaches you a range of specific learning strategies that help you to fully incorporate and remember the material, and that help you build real conversational skill. Among these strategies, you’ll learn about

  • the mindset of successful language learners, which involves developing a positive response to the unfamiliar, and approaching the new language as a puzzle to be solved;
  • ways to remember new words and build vocabulary, using all five senses;
  • how to find a real world connection to the language, and use your Spanish from the beginning;
  • sources available all around you for practicing, such as reading the news and listening to news broadcasts in Spanish;
  • three potent listening tools for deepening your comprehension; and
  • specific, easy-to-implement approaches to remembering key points of grammar.

Knowing and using these strategies will help you acquire and begin using Spanish more quickly than you may have thought possible.

Experience the Magic of Speaking a New Language

Learning a new language opens the door to an entirely new dimension of experience, and brings you a much broader and deeper connection with the world. In just 30 lessons, Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language teaches you the essentials of Spanish, empowering you to converse with Spanish speakers and to embark on the extraordinary journey of discovery that a new language brings. By simply using these lessons and the accompanying materials, you’ll enjoy a life-changing skill.

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30 lectures
 |  Average 43 minutes each
  • 1
    Introduction to the Spanish Language
    Begin by looking at both the “whats” of Spanish (elements such as grammar and vocabulary), and the “hows”—how to study, practice, and learn the language most effectively. Start with identifying cognates (Spanish words that are similar to their English equivalents), hearing the five Spanish vowel sounds, and practicing basic greetings, responses, and goodbyes. x
  • 2
    Definite Articles and Nouns
    Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article. Grasp how the suffixes of nouns can help identify their gender. Study how to make nouns plural, practice pronouncing Spanish consonants, and learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet. x
  • 3
    Subject Pronouns and the Verb Ser
    Investigate the five singular subject pronouns and the seven plural subject pronouns in Spanish, and how they are used in Spanish-speaking cultures. Then conjugate the verb ser (to be) in the present tense, create simple sentences, and explore how Spanish adjectives agree with the nouns they modify in number and gender. x
  • 4
    Regular -ar Verbs in the Present
    Here, learn about an important category of Spanish verbs—those whose infinitives end in -ar. Conjugate regular -ar verbs in the present tense by identifying the verb’s stem and adding the appropriate endings. Continue with Spanish adjectives and their placement, cognate adjectives, and the pronunciation of important consonants. x
  • 5
    Indefinite Articles and Numbers to 100
    Acquire the Spanish indefinite articles (“a”, “an”, and “some” in English), and observe how indefinite articles are used in Spanish. Learn to count to 100, and practice simple math problems. Finally, complete your work with Spanish consonants, making important distinctions in the pronunciations of b, v, g, d, and x. x
  • 6
    The Verb Estar and Numbers over 100
    Investigate the verb estar, the second Spanish verb for “to be”. Learn about the uses of estar, as contrasted with ser. Conjugate estar in the present tense, and use it with adjectives describing emotions, conditions, and locations. Learn to count to 1000, and conclude with a historical note about Spanish pronunciation. x
  • 7
    Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Present
    Conjugate two new categories of Spanish verbs—those that end in -er and -ir. For both, learn and practice the appropriate endings for the present tense. Continue with possessive adjectives, and study how these are used in Spanish. Then discover three ways of forming questions, and learn vocabulary related to the family. x
  • 8
    The Verb Ir in the Present
    Begin with an important irregular verb: ir, meaning “to go”. Conjugate ir in the present tense, and learn about its key uses in Spanish. Next, study and practice common Spanish interrogatives—words used in asking questions. Finish by looking at effective ways to remember new words and build vocabulary. x
  • 9
    Expressing Time in Spanish
    First, practice telling the time of day in Spanish, expressing the hour and minutes, and learn important vocabulary relating to time. Continue with the days of the week and vocabulary regarding days and dates. Finally, learn the months of the year, and form questions relating to time, dates, and the seasons. x
  • 10
    Expressions Using the Verb Tener
    This lesson begins with another important irregular verb: tener (to have). Grasp how to conjugate tener, and learn expressions using it regarding physical conditions, emotional conditions, and age. Add more important vocabulary related to the family. Finish by considering some important strategies to help you succeed as a language learner. x
  • 11
    Verbs like Hacer and Interrogative Words
    Study the verb hacer (to make or to do), and learn some of the many familiar expressions that use it. Continue with the similar verbs poner, salir, and traer, and take a deeper look at Spanish interrogatives. Learn how to talk about punctuation in Spanish, and discover how it is used. x
  • 12
    The Verbs Saber and Conocer
    Spanish has two verbs, saber and conocer, which carry the meanings of the English verb “to know.” Investigate their conjugations, their differences in meaning, and their uses. Then add some new verbs that are conjugated like conocer, and begin to study Spanish prepositions, focusing on those that describe spatial relationships. x
  • 13
    Stem-Changing Verbs
    Here, work with Spanish verbs that are irregular—not in their tense endings, but in the verb stems used to conjugate them. Study how to conjugate verbs of this type as you learn a range of new verbs. Also study prepositional pronouns, as well as rules for which syllables to stress when pronouncing Spanish words. x
  • 14
    Ver, Dar, and Other Irregular Verbs
    Delve into the fascinating history of U.S. place names that are derived from Spanish, including the names of five states. Continue your work with key irregular verbs, and study important guidelines for conjugating them. Then, listen to excerpts from a Spanish newscast, and explore the value of listening to the news in Spanish. x
  • 15
    The Present Progressive
    The present progressive is a useful grammatical construction in Spanish that describes something that is in progress right now, happening in the present. Learn how to form and use the present progressive, and how its use in Spanish differs from the way it's used in English. Continue with vocabulary related to dining, meals, and eating venues. x
  • 16
    Direct Object Pronouns and Adverbs
    Begin with additional vocabulary concerning food and drink, focusing on breakfast and lunch. Then study direct object pronouns (such as “them” in English), which replace direct object nouns to avoid redundancy, and learn their uses and placement in Spanish. Finally, encounter Spanish adverbs: common words used to modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. x
  • 17
    Affirmatives, Negatives, and Demonstratives
    Now add the Spanish demonstrative adjectives (“this” and “that” in English) and the related demonstrative pronouns, and study additional vocabulary related to eating dinner. Look at ways to create both affirmative and negative statements in Spanish, and learn about regional differences in the language as it’s spoken across the world. x
  • 18
    More Affirmative and Negative Expressions
    Learn and practice a range of new vocabulary related to colors, followed by words that describe clothing. Take a detailed look at Spanish affirmative and negative adjectives (as in “some” and “none” in English), which can also be used as pronouns. Also study how to pronounce vowel combinations, diphthongs, and triphthongs in Spanish. x
  • 19
    Indirect Object Pronouns
    Continue working with vocabulary related to clothing, and practice describing clothing. Then study Spanish indirect object pronouns—pronouns that replace indirect objects—and learn verbs that commonly use them. Last, explore some additional strategies for learning and remembering new vocabulary. x
  • 20
    Double Object Pronouns
    Enlarge your vocabulary with words relating to rooms and furnishings in a house, and learn how to say ordinal numbers in Spanish. Then study how to use indirect and direct object pronouns together (as in, “I give it to you” in English), and explore some important expressions using the verb pensar (to think). x
  • 21
    Reflexive Verbs
    Reflexive verbs are those for which the subject and the object of the action are the same (as in, “I wash myself” in English). Study how these verbs function in Spanish, and learn commonly used examples. Look deeply at the uses of the verbs ser and estar, the two Spanish verbs signifying “to be.” x
  • 22
    Talking about the Past: Acabar and Hace
    Here, add important vocabulary relating to motion and travel, and learn some common reflexive verbs that describe mental and emotional states. Then study two useful constructions for speaking about the past: acabar de, which describes something that just happened, and hace…que, which expresses how long something has been going on. x
  • 23
    Talking about the Past: ¿Desde Cuándo…?
    This lesson introduces two common constructions that allow you to ask how long someone has done something, and how long something has been going on. Following this, add a range of vocabulary related to leisure activities, household chores, and romantic relationships. Also explore strategies to improve your speaking in Spanish. x
  • 24
    Formal Commands and Unequal Comparisons
    Continue to enlarge your vocabulary with words relating to places, such as public venues and businesses. Then learn how to say formal commands, also known as imperatives, as well as negative commands, and practice using them in different contexts. Study ways to compare two things that are not the same. Finally, consider two effective approaches to remembering grammar rules. x
  • 25
    Informal Commands
    Study and practice informal commands, both affirmative and negative, including their important irregular forms. Learn vocabulary related to the human body, and practice commands referring to the body. Then grasp how to use pronouns with commands, and explore some of the most commonly used command forms in Spanish. x
  • 26
    Superlatives and Equal Comparisons
    Delve into vocabulary relating to sports and outdoor activities, and investigate the importance of el fútbol, or soccer, in Spanish-speaking countries. Learn how to make comparisons involving actions, numbers, and things that are equal, and how to express superlatives. Last, consider a useful approach to thinking about and incorporating new vocabulary. x
  • 27
    Regular -ar Verbs in the Preterite
    Begin to work with the preterite tense, which expresses actions completed in the past. Explore how to use this tense in Spanish, how to conjugate regular -ar verbs, and how to make preterite conjugations easy to remember. Expand on preterite usage by practicing with new vocabulary used in describing past events. x
  • 28
    Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Preterite
    Continue your exploration of this vital tense in Spanish, and learn to express past actions with regular -er and -ir verbs, stem-changing verbs, and irregular verbs. Observe how some Spanish verbs actually change meaning when used in the preterite. Also learn important adjectives that describe inherent characteristics of something, as well as others used to describe changeable conditions. x
  • 29
    Irregular Verbs in the Preterite
    Round out your knowledge of the preterite by working with the full range of Spanish verbs that are irregular in this tense. Grasp why, in studying the present and preterite tenses, you have now learned the hardest verb conjugations in the Spanish language. Then add important vocabulary about work and money. x
  • 30
    Next Steps in Improving Your Spanish
    Begin this final lesson with useful vocabulary regarding professions, technology, and the Internet. Learn about key verbs that are commonly used with prepositions, and review the preterite tense. Conclude by looking at ways to have an immersive experience with Spanish, and get a preview of a second level of Spanish study. x

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Bill Worden, Associate Professor of Spanish
The University of Alabama
Dr. Bill Worden is an Associate Professor of Spanish at The University of Alabama. He received his A.B. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College, his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. Since 2002, Dr. Worden has taught a wide variety of courses at The University of Alabama, ranging from Introductory Spanish and Advanced Grammar and Composition to undergraduate and...
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Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 271.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent teacher I am pleased with the instructor and his clear and careful approach to instruction.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The professor is great. It would be great if I was able to download the exercises in a visual form that are given at the end of each lesson.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ¡Muy bueno! There is no easy way to learn a foreign language as an adult. That said,It t I found this course to be very engaging and certainly helped me in learning Spanish. I have taken several Spanish courses at my university (I teach computer graphics and creative coding) and this was on a level equal to the intro course I took. To really get the most out of it you do have to do the homework. You are not going to learn to speak Spanish just watching videos. It takes time and practice. I like soccer and have found it very useful to watch games in Spanish when I can and also to get as much of my news as possible from Spanish-language web sites. Make it something fun to do, not a chore.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal ‘Great Courses’ course This course is exceedingly worthwhile. The combination of lecture, practice in speaking and listening is very effective in propelling my Spanish skills towards fluency. Each lesson covers relevant language usage and increases vocabulary. The underpinning language learning strategy and approach is well thought out. I am confident that I will be having meaningful conversations with native Spanish speakers for years to come.
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a well thought out presentation This course is so good I just had to buy it! The presentation is well organized and progresses in a clear logical way. The workbook and materials are also a great resource. I highly recommend this for beginning and intermediate Spanish learners
Date published: 2019-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish I was disappointed in the teachability of the DVD. There was little or no time to repeat the words as they were stated and the portion that had to do with stating phrases, etc show be something more geared toward learning like having the words spelled out and broken up into sound sections
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great resource for learning Spanish. Only had this course a couple of weeks, but I have learn so much. Great for anyone wanting to learn Spanish. Easy to understand, at a pace that you can follow. Covers all the basic information. Professor Worden is excellent. Thinking about ordering Spanish II when I am done.
Date published: 2019-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastico! We wanted to wait until half way through to review this course. The professor is outstanding as well as entertaining in his presentation and makes learning a lot of fun. My wife and I have learned more in the last two months than we have in other Spanish courses in the last 20 years. I really now believe we will achieve our goal of speaking Spanish at a respectable level within another few months. Thanks Professor Bill.
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is a great course. The instructor is excellent and the book that comes with it is great!
Date published: 2019-04-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish I just bought this course. I find Bill the instructor spends a lot of time with small talk and repeating what he just said 3-4 times. When you start finally learning words and how they sound... he goes into super fast mode. Not repeating words, or giving you an opportunity to recording you saying them - that way you can hear how you sound then hearing it again how it should sound so that you can adjust. In the first lesson, there were MANY words the listener has no idea what they are yet...Bill speeds along- I presume thinking you (If not frustrated) will listen many more times. The Spanish person speaking the words, speaks at a normal speed for someone listening who speaks Spanish - however, not for an English speaker listening for the first time. Her voice trails off and it is not repeated for you to grasp. So far, not too happy with the course
Date published: 2019-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Beginning Course. Everything is first class. I especially appreciate the ability to practice listening to and speaking the language. The explanations of the nuances of the Spanish language are very helpful.
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish I have gotten only a few lecciones into it, and I am catching on. I just wish he would let us see words on the screen more often. I learn by seeing.
Date published: 2019-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jumpstart to language proficiency I am only 7 lessons into my Learning Spanish course and am amazed at how much I am already able to use. It is extremely well organized with excellent tools for practice, speaking and listening. The glossary and workbook sessions build on each video session. What is especially valuable is that I can repeat my lessons or go back to a needed part of a specific lesson any time I choose to do so. Professor Bill Worden is a very gifted instructor. He patiently, pleasantly but firmly challenges me to relate this language to what is already familiar, but to push me always further with new vocabulary (sorely needed!), greetings, numbers, verb forms and expressions. The lessons also include the culture and geography of countries where Spanish is spoken. All in all, a terrific opportunity for anyone who wants to learn Spanish.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak I have spent lots of time and money on self-teaching books with very little clear understanding of how to understand the structure of the language. Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language gives you more than just words and speech to recite. The Professor is very engaging and you feel as if your sitting in his class (No, this is not the boring High School Spanish class). He clearly explains the concepts and it makes sense. Definitely worth investing if you're really excited about learning, understanding and speaking Spanish.
Date published: 2019-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Professor, with well explained lessons I've been using this every day and although I would love to have a book, I can download (over 240+pages) the workbook. Prof. Worden has organized the course in such a way that understanding of, and communication in Spanish grows in a logical way. In essence, the presentation of vocabulary, nouns, verbs, gender is coherent. In addition, the professor's style and manner of presentation, which I admit is a very subjective experience, I found was professional - there was no stiffness in front of the camera. This man is a teacher in the best sense of the word. I always make it a point to read the best and worst reviews but honestly, any negative considerations were quite minor and have more to do with how "The Great Courses" formats each lesson. For example, I would appreciate a 15 sec forward and ahead play button so that I can replay material easily. It's difficult to find a particular part of the lesson when playing back because there is no frame bar at the bottom of the screen. Having said all of this, obviously this has nothing to do with how the course is taught. Prof. Worden reminds me of an Anatomy/Physiology professor I once had: he used just enough drills and gave us great pointers to make the class lively and enjoyable while enabling us to learn a lot. The lessons are roughly divided into two, 20" sessions. The first section includes a review of previous material, the presentation of new material (using very good screen visuals) and is concluded with a quick review of the material presented. The next section is divided into a review of the vocab and conversation, giving the students time to say the word/sentence aloud (altho the a few more seconds to respond would be helpful). I will disagree with what one reviewer said about there being too much emphasis on the culture. Indeed, I found Worden's references to regional differences informed my understanding of how these differences in language developed. One final note on the supplementary material - it's really good. There are lots of suggestions for further on-line ways to enhance learning.
Date published: 2019-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good so far After watching the first few lectures, I'm happy with my purchase. I wanted something to help me remember the little Spanish I have learned and help me progress further. Starting without any Spanish at all, it would be more difficult to follow the lectures, but not impossible. On the down side, I wish the course focused exclusively on Latin American Spanish. Learning the pronouns proper to Spain I find to be counter-productive since I will (probably) never need to use those.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spanish I'm very pleased with this course!!! It breaks down into smaller pieces that I can understand!!
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not exactly what I had hoped for This is an academic Spanish 1 course. Not what I had in mind. I had hoped for a slowly expanding use of the language written and verbal. Exceptions can wait until near the end of the course. Things like differences spoken in Spain itself are of little use to a beginner. How to say the names of all Western Hemisphere Spanish speaking countries also is of little use to me. I was hoping to achieve some measure of competence in the language simply because of the increasing usage of it in the United States. The instructor is excellent in his lectures, though he does not allow adequate time when he is looking for a response. The Audio Glossary and Speaking Activities needs to show the words visually. Sometimes it is impossible to know what word is being said. The workbook exercises are most useful when they are multiple choice.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking forward to each lesson! I had three years of Spanish in high school many years ago, but I sadly never mastered the skills necessary to become fluent. I felt that my teachers were always harsh and demanding, making the experience of learning very stressful. Since 2000, I have homeschooled my own children, placing them with Spanish tutors and having them take Spanish at our local community college. I purchased this program series to help my youngest child improve, and I must say that after watching and studying with him, I find this to be the best program to which I have been exposed. We are only a few lessons into the series, but we are already gaining necessary skills without the high anxiety and stress. I can tell that the professor actually wants his students to learn and internalize the language. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. We're looking forward to positive results.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have only had the program for a short time but am very impressed so far. The instructor presents the info in a very friendly and very easy to understand format. I can certainly say a few words in Spanish thus far and am eager to watch listen and learn fom all of the remaining lessons.
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this instructor This is exactly what I needed. I had one year of college Spanish 25 years ago and it was gone. After 4 lectures it is all coming back to me - I wake up thinking I’m Spanish and I’m starting to practice with my coworkers. Honestly, this instructor does a better job more on speaking and understanding than my college instructor did.
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Professor - fantástico! The opportunity to be taught by a truly world-class language professor is something just not available in my area, and if it were it would be in the range of $1,000 for one term. The format of the lecture + audio guide + workbook exercises allows for multiple learning methods. The chance to review the material repeatedly works so very well with language learning. Other than immersive experiences living in a Spanish speaking community I think this is the second best way to learn for me.
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No CD The CD was not shipped with the textbook. The packaging information was not clear enough to understand if a second package is being shipped, or that the CD was missed.
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning made fun! I’m preparing for a trip to Span, and this is the perfect course! I love the workbook exercises and instruction is straight forward. Very well done!
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delighted! Very thorough! I initially bought this to review my Spanish. Not only was this an excellent review, but I learned a great deal that was missing in my prior study of Spanish!
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The professor really knows how to TEACH this info in an efficient and effective manner.
Date published: 2019-02-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor spoken portions This course would be very nice if I wanted to learn about the Spanish culture and geographical curiosities. However, I wanted to learn some of the basics of the language. The approach that is used is very poor. I can not understand the Spanish translation as given by the young lady giving the translation. The translation goes too fast and with a very poor audio quality. Too bad. I wasted my time and money on this one.
Date published: 2019-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Learn Spanish I bought this course based on two things. Cost and fundamental or basic beginning of learning the language. I am disappointed in the latter. The DVD's do not play well. Some of the videos don't play at all. Also, I expected the fundamentals to begin with the Spanish alphabet and pronunciation of the alphabet. Instead the professor began speaking as if I understood what he was saying. I appreciate that he is with the University of Alabama faculty because I received my Bachelors Degree from there. I have several laptops in my home with DVD players but the dvd;s for this course only work on one ??? can't figure out why not all. I am now searching for a course in Spanish which begins with the audio pronunciation of the Spanish alphabet which I will use to supplement this course.. AAs for the videos that won't play, I don't know what I am not getting. I start the video bu selecting the play Sutton but it immediately stops. I tried playing the video multiple time with the same result.
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Class I have been using Babbel and Duolingo for almost a year and am finding this class to be the best ever. I'm learning a great deal everyday and actually remembering it. Terrific teacher and presentation.
Date published: 2019-01-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I expected I must say, the professor is awesome. Wished I would have had him in college! However, I was expecting a course that would teach me Spanish and this was not it. The course was organized to be a reference not to teach the language. Having said that, it did clarify some aspects of Spanish for me. Bottom line, I did not get much out of it. The pauses between his question and my response were way too short. Not even enough time to hit the pause botton. I think this course is best for someone with a firm grasp of the basics of Spanish. I would call this an intermediate course.
Date published: 2019-01-31
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