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Spanish for Beginners 5: Getting Things Done

Learn how to make phone calls, book accommodation, shop for food and get things done in the fifth Spanish for Beginners course.

Spanish for Beginners 5: Getting Things Done

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 fifth of six in the Spanish for Beginners program. It will introduce you to the language that you need to:

  • make phone calls;
  • talk about what you are doing;
  • book hotel and other holiday accommodation;
  • shop for food;
  • make suggestions, and accept and decline invitations.

Learn Spanish to use on the phone and get things done

During the four weeks of the course, you will learn the vocabulary and phrases you need to get things done, such as expressions to use on the phone, when booking a hotel or a holiday apartment, shopping for food, or arranging to go out. You will also learn to use the present continuous to talk about what you are doing.

You will continue to develop your language skills, and practice how to talk on the phone in Spanish; this can be quite daunting, so you will also find tips and advice on how to do it.

You will find out about several festivals and celebrations from the Spanish-speaking world, including the Barranquilla Carnival in Colombia.

What topics will you cover?

  • Make phone calls;
  • Talk about what you are doing;
  • Book hotel and holiday accommodation;
  • Shop for food;
  • Make suggestions, and accept and decline invitations.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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 four courses 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 many years and enjoy teaching now more than ever.
In my spare time I often go for walks in the Northumbrian hills and coast.

María Fernández-Toro

Lecturer in Spanish at the Open University (UK), Department of Languages.
My research interests include language teaching and learning, intercultural communication, and multilingualism in music.

Who developed the course?

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning, with a mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas.

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