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Learn Spanish 1: Basics, meeting people and describing places

Improve your Spanish speaking skills as you learn vital phrases to help you confidently hold a conversation.

3,195 enrolled on this course

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Learn Spanish 1: Basics, meeting people and describing places

3,195 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 5 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Master Spanish for beginners

Being able to understand and use common Spanish words and phrases is the first step in mastering the language.

This four-week course will help you string together basic Spanish expressions to improve your language skills and help you communicate in Spanish-speaking countries.

You’ll learn from the experts at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana to increase your knowledge of reading and writing the Spanish language as well as grammar and vocabulary.

By the end, you’ll have the opportunity to apply and demonstrate your skills with a short written piece and an oral presentation, graded by your peers.

Learn Spanish greetings to help introduce yourself with ease

You’ll explore and be able to recognise frequently used greetings in Spanish to ensure you can start any conversation the right way.

You’ll also learn how to discuss names, nationalities, professions, and family members as well as typical farewells to help you have full conversations in Spanish.

Increase your language skills to help you communicate in a Spanish speaking country

The course will also give you an opportunity to learn from the cultural diversity and richness of the Spanish-speaking world.

You’ll finish the course with a solid foundational knowledge of Spanish and be more confident in speaking, listening, and reading the language.

What topics will you cover?

  • Basic useful expressions
  • Greetings & farewells
  • Identification of people, places, and objects
  • Family members
  • Description of people, places, and objects

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Recognize general aspects of Spanish
  • Recognize frequently used greetings and farewells
  • Recognize how to use the following grammar aspects: pronouns, the verb Ser and the verb Estar, articles, adjectives, nouns
  • Recognize how to use the following vocabulary aspects: names, nationalities, family members, professions, home & office objects
  • Describe oneself, one’s family members and other people
  • Describe places and objects

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning Spanish.

You don’t need any prior experience as the course will start from the beginning and help you build a solid foundational knowledge of the language.

You can further develop your Spanish language skills with this course from the same provider:

Who will you learn with?

Soy Jorge Estupiñán, profesor de español del Centro de Lenguas de la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.

Who developed the course?

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), located in Medellín, Colombia, is a highly recognized institution not only in the city, but also in the country due to its high-quality accreditation awarded by the Colombian Ministry of Education.

UPB promotes integral development of human being as an ethical, social, rational, religious, artistic person, who gives a humanist sense of the environment through a process of continuous improvement.

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  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
  • Digital certificate when you're eligible

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Buy this course

$134/one-off payment

Fulfill your current learning need

  • Access to this course
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
  • Printed and digital certificate when you’re eligible

Limited access


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  • Access expires 10 May 2024

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