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Spanish Across the Americas: Beginners

Join us on a journey across the Americas and learn the basics of the Spanish language as you discover Latin American culture.

17,828 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours

Learn Spanish as it is spoken across the Americas

Spanish is spoken by 575 million people around the world, as a mother tongue or foreign language. More than 80% of all Spanish speakers live across the Americas.

This online Spanish course will teach non-native speakers how to deal with simple information and communicate in everyday situations. Videos, articles and quizzes will help you learn not only about the Spanish language, but also about the culture of four fascinating destinations across the Americas.

You will also have the opportunity to comment and interact with other learners from all over the world.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds The American continent, the only territorial mass that connects the extremes of the planet from north to south. Because of its size, it has the privilege of holding the most diverse climates and ecosystems that are home to the greatest biodiversity in the world.

Skip to 0 minutes and 25 seconds In addition, half of its population shares something in common: the Spanish language. 80% of all Spanish speakers in the world live in the Americas. Learning a foreign language means understanding another way of thinking and experiencing the world. Spanish will allow you to expand your horizons, help your career, extend travel destinations, make new friends and enjoy the American Hispanic culture that involves 19 countries. This course, developed by the National University of Córdoba, one of the oldest in the Americas, will bring you closer to the Spanish language through a tour around different countries, without the need for previous experience.

Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds You will learn some basic language content and how to express yourself in familiar contexts. At the same time, you will dive deeper into the history and culture of the people in this wonderful continent like never before. Join us on this exciting journey and discover Spanish across the Americas.

What topics will you cover?

  • Greetings, simple introductions, ways to ask and give personal information.
  • Regular and irregular Spanish verbs in present tense.
  • Ways to talk about location, time, dates and prices and to describe people.
  • Possessives, demonstratives and quantifiers.
  • Ways to talk about one’s routine, likes and feelings.
  • Cultural topics on Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Argentina.

Learning on this course

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...

  • Describe in Spanish, in simple terms, their present, their environment and issues related to their immediate needs.
  • Perform simple, habitual exchanges in Spanish.
  • Interpret frequently used phrases and expressions in Spanish related to familiar contexts.
  • Apply a range of basic language structures available to deal with familiar and predictable situations.
  • Apply a series of simple grammatical constructions.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn Spanish as a second or foreign language. It covers the basic aspects of the language, so no previous experience or knowledge is required.

Who will you learn with?

Dr. Sergio Di Carlo is a professional specialized in applied linguistics. He has been involved in research projects in the fields of foreign language learning and educational technology. @SergioDiCar

I work for the online learning team at National University of Cordoba, where I participate in the development of learning material and also interact with learners from all over the world.

Who developed the course?

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) is a tuition-free public university funded by the Argentine government. Founded in 1613, it is the oldest university in Argentina and one of the most prestigious.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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