Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language

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This course is designed to cover the curriculum of a first semester college course in Spanish. You'll explore how to learn Spanish 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 learners.

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Next Steps in Improving Your Spanish
30. Next Steps in Improving Your Spanish
December 11, 2015
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.
Irregular Verbs in the Preterite
29. Irregular Verbs in the Preterite
December 11, 2015
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.
Regular -ar Verbs in the Preterite
27. Regular -ar Verbs in the Preterite
June 1, 2020
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.
Superlatives and Equal Comparisons
26. Superlatives and Equal Comparisons
December 11, 2015
Delve into vocabulary relating to sports and outdoor activities, and investigate the importance of el fºtbol,, 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.
Informal Commands
25. Informal Commands
December 11, 2015
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.
Formal Commands and Unequal Comparisons
24. Formal Commands and Unequal Comparisons
December 11, 2015
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.
Talking about the Past: ¿Desde Cu¡ndo€¦?
23. Talking about the Past: ¿Desde Cu¡ndo€¦?
December 11, 2015
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.
Talking about the Past: Acabar and Hace
22. Talking about the Past: Acabar and Hace
December 11, 2015
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.
Reflexive Verbs
21. Reflexive Verbs
December 11, 2015
Reflexive verbs are those for which the subject and the object of the action are the same (as in, €œI 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 €œto be.€
Double Object Pronouns
20. Double Object Pronouns
December 11, 2015
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, €œI give it to you€ in English), and explore some important expressions using the verb pensar (to think).
Indirect Object Pronouns
19. Indirect Object Pronouns
June 1, 2020
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.
More Affirmative and Negative Expressions
18. More Affirmative and Negative Expressions
December 11, 2015
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 €œsome€ and €œnone€ in English), which can also be used as pronouns. Also study how to pronounce vowel combinations, diphthongs, and triphthongs in Spanish.
Affirmatives, Negatives, and Demonstratives
17. Affirmatives, Negatives, and Demonstratives
December 11, 2015
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.
Direct Object Pronouns and Adverbs
16. Direct Object Pronouns and Adverbs
December 11, 2015
Begin with additional vocabulary concerning food and drink, focusing on breakfast and lunch. Then study direct object pronouns (such as €œthem€ 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.
The Present Progressive
15. The Present Progressive
December 11, 2015
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.
Ver, Dar, and Other Irregular Verbs
14. Ver, Dar, and Other Irregular Verbs
December 11, 2015
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.
Stem-Changing Verbs
13. Stem-Changing Verbs
December 11, 2015
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.
The Verbs Saber and Conocer
12. The Verbs Saber and Conocer
December 11, 2015
Spanish has two verbs, saber and conocer, which carry the meanings of the English verb €œto 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.
Verbs like Hacer and Interrogative Words
11. Verbs like Hacer and Interrogative Words
December 11, 2015
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.
Expressions Using the Verb Tener
10. Expressions Using the Verb Tener
December 11, 2015
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.
Expressing Time in Spanish
9. Expressing Time in Spanish
December 11, 2015
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.
The Verb Ir in the Present
8. The Verb Ir in the Present
December 11, 2015
Begin with an important irregular verb: ir, meaning €œto 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.
Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Present
7. Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Present
June 1, 2020
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.
The Verb Estar and Numbers over 100
6. The Verb Estar and Numbers over 100
December 11, 2015
Investigate the verb estar, the second Spanish verb for €œto 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.
Indefinite Articles and Numbers to 100
5. Indefinite Articles and Numbers to 100
December 11, 2015
Acquire the Spanish indefinite articles (€œa€, €œan€, and €œsome€ 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.
Regular -ar Verbs in the Present
4. Regular -ar Verbs in the Present
December 11, 2015
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.
Subject Pronouns and the Verb Ser
3. Subject Pronouns and the Verb Ser
December 11, 2015
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.
Definite Articles and Nouns
2. Definite Articles and Nouns
December 11, 2015
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.
Introduction to the Spanish Language
1. Introduction to the Spanish Language
December 11, 2015
Begin by looking at both the €œwhats€ of Spanish (elements such as grammar and vocabulary), and the €œhows€-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.
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This course is designed to cover the curriculum of a first semester college course in Spanish. You'll explore how to learn Spanish 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 learners.

Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on December 11, 2015.

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  • Premiere Date
    December 11, 2015