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?

  • numbers Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article.
  • numbers Practice times, days, months, and seasons, and learn how to ask questions or express information with this vocabulary.
  • numbers Study how to conjugate verbs of this type as you learn a range of new verbs.
  • numbers Learn about regional differences in the language as it's spoken across the world.
  • numbers 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 340.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from learn at your own speed I like the fact that I can do a lesson or part of a lesson several times. The workbook is a good reinforcement. The language explanations are clear and adding the culture and history aspects enhances the lessons.
Date published: 2020-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ever I have tried several different Spanish language courses over the years on CDs. This is, by far, the best.
Date published: 2020-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish I bought this course as part of a way to survive the Covid -19 's required home isolation. And I'm glad I bought the DVD set-up; the sale price was irresistible. Three hundred eight-four US dollars is way too much money and I wouldn't have even considered it. Your program is aimed at a US market which is not an endearing aspect of the narrative. In Canada we think more of Spanish as a European language. The southernmost country in Central America is barely relevant.
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short Lessons I like the format of each of the lessons. The vocabulary, the snipet of history, the conversation and the written exercises. Personally, I would like to learn some Spanish to use on vacations. It seems I frequent Spanish-speaking countries and would like to better communicate with the locals. I've met many nice people and would like to make an effort to do better.
Date published: 2020-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent teacher Presented in a personal style with an understanding of the learners needs.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak. I am a pretty healthy 68 yr old married to a Spanish speaking Colombian who speaks pretty good English and I want to be able to converse and read and write more Spanish to communicate with her and her family more! I also love to read classic literature and science etc. and want to read in Spanish as well. This Course is very good and Bill Worden is an excellent professor!
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is how a foreign language should be taught! I took Spanish courses in college, many, many years ago. I have used the language very sporadically over the years. I can read Spanish a bit better than I can understand it spoken but speaking is a struggle and an embarrassment. I thought this course looked like a good basic refresher. And I am finding that it is! I tried other language programs and apps for Spanish and Italian. Sure you learn words and some key phrases by associating them with pictures but you do not learn the structure and the grammar of the language through those apps. You just memorize but don't understand why or the key language concepts of the phrases that help you really learn the language. Maybe I am 'old school' but this course is the way I have learned in the past and the way I learn best. Professor Worden uses a good methodology and the structure is clear. He builds on each section and progressively moves the learner through the course.
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best spanish course I ever took. covers the nuts and bolts of grammar
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thorough Course/Great Teacher I am a student of languages. I studied German in high school and was an exchange student. I studied Mandarin at Yale as an Air Force linguist. And I have studied many languages with Rosetta Stone since. This course is the most thorough language course I have taken. Bill Worden is a superb teacher. His lectures last longer than 30 minutes and keep you involved, and his workbook is a terrific supporting tool. If you want to learn Spanish, I recommend Great Courses Spanish I & II.
Date published: 2020-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good Language Course When I first saw that The Great Courses offered a foreign language course, I had a hard time taking it seriously. Any successful language learning activity has to be highly interactive, and based on my (very positive) experiences with other Great Courses, I just didn't think this was a legitimate vehicle. But I tried it anyway just for the fun of it (I had already been studying Spanish, so this would be a nice supplement). Well, I was completely wrong. This series is HIGHLY interactive: First, there are pauses in the 30-minute lectures where the student tries to anticipate the correct response or simply repeat something, but in addition, each lecture is followed by 10 to 15 minutes of pure audio exercises providing practice on the new material and a bit of review of previous topics. But there's still more: Every course from The Great Courses has a supplemental workbook, but in this case, it is an essential component, and includes written exercises which are a critical part of the learning process. I was amused when I completed Lesson 24 (of 30) this morning, when Professor Worden spoke about different styles of language learners ("rule followers" and "sounds right" learners). Although I am a classic rule follower and lover of linguistic theory, I had actually begun my Spanish learning with a program absolutely in the other camp (pure interaction with no explicit mention of grammar rules at all). After all, that is how we all learn our native language, and how children often learn a second language. I think both methods work, and I continue to study in both modes. But make no mistake: This series with Professor Worden is firmly of the "rule follower" variety, even though he talks about the validity of the other approach. So this course has been an enjoyable and a surprising challenge, and a great way for me to spend my time while having to stay in my home. Sometimes things go by too fast for me, and I find the "Listen to the dialogue and then answer questions" exercises particularly difficult, but I'm plugging along, sometimes backing up and replaying the same passage repeatedly, but still having a good time.
Date published: 2020-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to follow I just received my DVD and have only had one lesson, but it looks like it's just what I want.
Date published: 2020-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So well designed! I had a year and a half of college Spanish...then "life got in the way." I never got far enough along into fluency. Then I took an evening adult ed class from 7:30 - 9:30, which was too late for an early riser, and the instructor did not bother to correct homework. Professor Bill Worden is fantastic. He presents new material in such a logical way and is always talking about how to learn and gives very helpful advice. The course is fast-paced. It is essential to do the oral and written exercises that follow the lectures. Answers are provided, so you can check your work for accuracy. This is some of the best Spanish teaching I've experienced. I'm thrilled to be making excellent progress following his guidance. He is fun to watch too. He will tell you that learning Spanish takes commitment and time and a strong personal desire. It does. No language is an "easy" language. This is a fantastic way to learn. I recommend the course strongly.
Date published: 2020-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dr. Worden is an outstanding Spanish teacher I have taken many conversational Spanish courses at colleges and online. Dr. Worden is without a doubt, the best lecturer in conversaional Spanish I have ever encountered. His lecture is articulate, succint, and his anecdotes and suggestions are always appropriate and helpful. This is the best conversational Spanish course that I have ever purchased.
Date published: 2020-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to follow, great in depth knowledge. Working my way through the lessons with great compliment of video, audio aids, and workbook. Learning to help communicate on my next trip to Guatemala.
Date published: 2020-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhat frustrating. I've watched the first lesson. Both the instructor and the workbook gives the following advice: "When you finish watching one of the 30 lessons, you should next listen to the audio glossary, which will give you the pronunciation and definition of all the new vocabulary words." Unfortunately, no where do they tell you where to find this audio glossary. I've looked on all the DVD's gone online and hunted. Studied the "extra resources" and found no links. Where is it hidden?
Date published: 2020-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am only about 4 lessons in but so far I think the course is excellent. My only suggestion is that sometimes the professor goes pretty fast and could probably slow down just a bit to let people practice their pronunciation.
Date published: 2020-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish Professor Bill Worden is an excellent presenter and the course is very well sequenced.
Date published: 2020-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak I got a brochure in the mail offering the class for a special discount and I kept thinking about it. When I finally decided to do it, I thought the offer had expired but I got an even better price! That alone made it worthwhile. But, the course itself is fantastic. I've had some experience with Spanish and am currently enrolled in a very basic course at a local Senior Center. This online course covers much of the same vocabulary in the first 3 lessons plus gives me so much more speaking, listening and writing practice. It is the perfect addition to my course and also has made me realize I can take the Center's conversational Spanish. The online professor encourages speaking as much as possible even if you don't have all the vocabulary you think you need. My live Spanish teacher says the same. So, with this online course as support I'm unafraid to plunge into something I would have thought too difficult for me.
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent presentation The professor is an excellent presenter and has a well organized approach. His tips and advice on learning are spot on.
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Course & Customer Service Great Course! Wonderful Customer Service! Looking Forward to strengthening my Spanish skills and actually speaking the language!! Thank you for All your Help. Truly Appreciated
Date published: 2020-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This course has been easy to use, at my own pace. The information is clearly presented & immerses you in the language right away. Definitely a good purchase!
Date published: 2020-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good basic course I'm working my way through, and enjoy the format. El Professor es mug bien. However, he thinks I understand more about the parts of speech than I can recall from grade school. Infinitive forms? conjugation? Feeling a bit lost at lesson 8 or so.
Date published: 2020-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great value I have not taken the time to watch the DVDs much but so far I'm impressed. I took four semesters of Spanish in college and have been studying the language off and on for years but still feel dumb as a box of rocks. I think the Great Courses DVDs will help me learn.
Date published: 2020-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great method for learning The combination of audio, video and the workbook create an environment for optimum learning. Fantastic layout of course materials.
Date published: 2020-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish through the Great Courses I retired this year and had always wanted to learn Spanish since I live in Nevada. This course is fantastic . It is well organized, starting with the basics but with a practical perspective. The audio provides the much needed pronunciation practice and reinforces the workbook exercises. The vocabulary isn't too intimidating and the audio glossary is an extremely helpful feature. Combine it with Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish and you can't fail to be speaking Spanish faster than you would think.
Date published: 2020-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish I am so glad that I decided to purchase this course via DVDs There are thirty lessons altogether and I am on Lesson 3. It has been many years since I was a student, so I am pleased that I am able to go at my own pace and review before I proceed to the next lesson. Muchos gracias!
Date published: 2020-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent program for the serious, Spanish learner.
Date published: 2020-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish I purchased this a few weeks ago, and I am so happy that I did. Hopefully, soon, I'll be able to speak and understand what people are saying. It's exciting.
Date published: 2020-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning Spanish 1 I have tried repeatedly to learn Spanish using other resources but this is my far the best method. I am so happy with the courses that I recommended to 2 friends who have bought it as well. As a matter of fact , I was so impressed and know that I will finally be successful in mastering Spanish that I went ahead and ordered level 11 after only 2 weeks!
Date published: 2020-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from drawing I am very impressed with the credentials of the instructors. I appreciate the ground floor approach and step by step instruction. Very high quality!
Date published: 2020-02-06
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