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Learn Spanish 4: Spanish Prepositions, Adverbs, and Tenses

Develop your Spanish as you learn to talk about the past and enrich your conversations with prepositions and adverbs.

Learn Spanish 4: Spanish Prepositions, Adverbs, and Tenses

  • 4 weeks

  • 5 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Hone your Spanish grammar skills

On this four-week course, you’ll delve into Spanish tenses and time, as well as prepositions and adverbs to take your Spanish language skills to the next level. With this knowledge, you’ll build your confidence and ability to have richer conversations.

By following a diverse range of engaging materials, you’ll finish the course with an understanding of advanced Spanish topics and gain an insight into the rich culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

Unpack Spanish imperfect tense

You’ll develop your grammatical knowledge as you learn how to describe past events and experiences.

With this understanding, you’ll be able to develop deeper connections with people as you learn how to share stories about your past.

Explore Spanish prepositions and adverbs

You’ll further your vocabulary as you learn how to use connectors, adverbs, and the prepositions ‘por and ‘para’.

This knowledge will help you narrate past events and add more structure and information to simple sentences.

Learn from the language specialists at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the experts at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana to help develop your listening comprehension, reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary.

By the end, you’ll have the skills and confidence to have in-depth conversations in Spanish.


  • Week 1

    Describing past events

    • Past events

      You will be presented with various resources to describe past events using the Imperfect preterite tense, past time adverbs, and time connectors

  • Week 2

    Narrating past events

    • Narrating past events

      You will be presented with various resources to narrate past events using the Indefinite preterite tense with regular and irregular verbs.

  • Week 3

    Talking about past experiences

    • Past experiences

      You will be presented with various resources to talk about past experiences alternating preterite tenses and using adverbial locutions.

  • Week 4

    Using the gerund in past, adverbs of place, and prepositions por and para

    • Prepositions "por" and "para"

      You will be presented with various resources to learn to use the gerund in past, adverbs of place, and prepositions por and para.

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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...

  • Apply how to talk about past experiences.
  • Apply talking about important past events.
  • Apply how to use the following grammar aspects: imperfect preterite tense (regular and irregular verbs); indefinite tense (regular and irregular verbs); the gerund in past; prepositions por and para.
  • Apply how to use the following vocabulary aspects: connectors: luego, entonces, porque, aunque, sin embargo.; past time expressions; adverbial locutions; adverbs of place.
  • Apply narrating past events.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone wanting to develop their Spanish language skills.

You should have some knowledge of the Spanish language as you will explore advanced topics.

Who will you learn with?

Hola. Soy Gustavo Jaramillo Cardona, profesor de español en el Centro de Lenguas de la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Medellín. ¡Mucho gusto!

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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