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Online course

Spanish for Beginners 2: People and Places

Learn how to describe people and what they wear, and talk about your family and home in the second Spanish for Beginners course.

Free:

  • Access to the course for its length + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps)
  • Access to quizzes and assignments
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Spanish for Beginners 2: People and Places

This course is part of the Spanish for Beginners program, which will enable you to learn basic Spanish and discover the Spanish-speaking world.

Why join the course?

This free online course is the second of six in the Spanish for Beginners program. It will introduce you to the language that you need to:

  • describe people, both physically and in terms of their personality;
  • talk about what people wear (clothes, accessories and colours);
  • talk about your family;
  • ask for people’s contact details (address, telephone number, e-mail);
  • describe your home and the furniture in it;
  • talk about what you want when looking for accommodation.

Talk about people and places in Spanish

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to talk about people and places, and the present tense of some of the basic verbs, such as se/estar (to be), tener (to have) and querer (to want), and the expression ‘hay’ (there is/there are) to describe places.

You will also learn how to ask questions in Spanish. You will continue to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, through the activities, the audio and the video resources.

You will find tips and advice on how to develop our study skills, and some cultural information about people and places in the Spanish speaking world.

Take your Spanish learning offline by purchasing two hours of downloadable audio files and transcripts made by the course creators at The Open University. These MP3s are a great way to practise your Spanish listening and speaking wherever you are. They cover examples and exercises in the same topics as the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Describe people, both physically and in terms of their personality;
  • Talk about what people wear (clothes, accessories and colours);
  • Talk about your family;
  • Ask for people’s contact details (address, telephone number, e-mail);
  • Describe your home and the furniture in it;
  • Talk about what you want when looking for accommodation.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Develop skills in basic Spanish for interacting in common communicative situations
  • Engage in simple communication in Spanish
  • Apply the language introduced in the course in order to talk about people and places in Spanish
  • Apply the language introduced to describe people, both physically and in terms of their personality
  • Apply the language introduced to describe your home, the furniture in it and talk about what you want when looking for accommodation

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people with little prior knowledge of Spanish who want to learn the basic language and find out about the Spanish-speaking world. The course assumes that you have already studied the first course in the Spanish for Beginners program. This course is taught through English.

Who will you learn with?

Zsuzsanna Bárkányi

I'm a lecturer in Spanish at the Open University. I'm fascinated by languages, how they work, and how we learn them.

Palma Mackenzie

I’ve been teaching Spanish for the last 25 years - at the OU since 2005 - and enjoy teaching now more than ever. Also I enjoy walking in the Northumbrian hills and coast and going to the cinema.

Who developed the course?

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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Charges to your account will be made in GBP. Prices in local currency are provided as a convenience and are only an estimate based on current exchange rates.