• The Open University

Spanish for Beginners 3: My Life

Learn to talk about daily life, what you do during the day and when things happen in the third Spanish for Beginners course.

71,124 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

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

  • talk about your daily life;
  • talk about what you do every day and every week;
  • ask for and tell the time, and say when things happen;
  • talk about means of transport;
  • talk about working hours;
  • talk about opening and closing times of shops and businesses.

Describe your normal day in Spanish

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and expressions to talk about what you do during a normal day, and learn the present tense of regular verbs, as well as some irregular verbs such as ir (to go), salir (to leave/to go out) and venir (to come). You will also learn to talk about things you do frequently.

By now, you will find that you are getting more confident in your listening, and you will continue to work on your speaking, reading and writing skills too.

You will find out more about the variety of people and places in the Spanish-speaking world, and about some differences in vocabulary between the different Spanish varieties.

What topics will you cover?

  • Talk about your daily life;
  • Talk about what you do every day and every week;
  • Ask for and tell the time, and say when things happen;
  • Talk about means of transport;
  • Talk about working hours;
  • Talk about opening and closing times of shops and businesses.

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...

  • 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 your daily life and what you do every day and every week
  • Apply the language introduced to talk about means of transport
  • Apply the language introduced to ask for and tell the time, talk about working hours and opening and closing times of shops and businesses

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 previous two courses in the Spanish for Beginners program. This course is taught through English.

Who will you learn with?

I've been teaching Spanish with the OU for the last 14 years. Over this time I've built up a wealth of experience in distance learning for adults. I also have expertise producing learning material.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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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