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Learn Spanish: Survival Spanish for Beginners

Grasp the basics of Spanish and gain the skills to speak Spanish confidently in different contexts with this practical course.

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Learn basic Spanish to communicate in a Spanish speaking country

This course will help you start to learn the Spanish language with no need for any prior experience.

You’ll embark on a practical three-week journey to help you build confidence and knowledge of the Spanish language, for use in real Spanish-speaking contexts.

Discover Spanish greetings and farewells

You’ll explore basic topics such as greetings, asking the time, giving personal information, and how to give and ask for directions.

These essential phrases will help you feel comfortable in a variety of situations you may find yourself in when travelling to a Spanish speaking country.

Master Spanish for beginners

This course will help you build a strong foundation of the Spanish language as you tackle the language in different contexts.

You’ll learn useful interactions to help you communicate, build relationships, and navigate around new places.

Learn from the experts at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

You’ll be guided by the language specialists at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. The language centre has been running a successful Spanish program for over 15 years and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help get you well on your way to being a fluent Spanish speaker.


  • Week 1

    How are you? / ¿Cómo estás?

    • Welcome / Bienvenida

      Introduction to the course / Introducción al curso

    • Introduction to module 1 / Introducción al módulo 1

      Brief introduction to the contents of the first module. / Breve introducción a los contenidos del primer módulo.

    • Greetings and goodbyes / Saludar y despedirse

      Recognize frequently used greetings and farewells. / Reconocer saludos y despedidas de uso frecuente

    • Asking for and giving personal information / Pedir y dar información personal

      Recognize basic questions to ask for and give personal information / Reconocer preguntas básicas para pedir y dar información personal

    • Summary step / Paso de resumen

      Here you can review what you have learnt during this week / Aquí puedes repasar lo que has aprendido durante esta semana.

  • Week 2

    How much is it? / ¿Cuánto es?

    • Introduction to module 2 / Introducción al módulo 2

      Brief introduction to the contents of the second module / Breve introducción a los contenidos del segundo módulo.

    • The numbers in the prices / Los números en los precios

      Recognize and use numbers in the pricing of goods and services / Reconocer y utilizar los números en los precios de artículos y servicios

    • Interaction in commerce / Interacción en el comercio

      Recognize the basic forms of interaction in the context of commercial transactions / Reconocer las formas básicas de interacción en el contexto de las transacciones comerciales.

    • Summary step / Paso de resumen

      Here you can review what you have learnt during this week / Aquí puedes repasar lo que has aprendido durante esta semana.

  • Week 3

    Where is it? / ¿Dónde queda?

    • Introduction to module 3 / Introducción al módulo 3

      Brief introduction to the contents of the third module / Breve introducción a los contenidos del módulo 3

    • The places of a city / Los lugares de una ciudad

      Recognizing the common names of most important places in a city / Reconocer los nombres comunes de los lugares más importantes de una ciudad

    • How to get there? / ¿Cómo llegar a ese lugar?

      Recognizing instructions and directions to get to a place / Reconocer instrucciones y direcciones para llegar a un lugar

    • Summary step / Paso de resumen

      Here you can review what you have learnt during this week / Aquí puedes repasar lo que has aprendido durante esta semana.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply basic Spanish language skills
  • Develop confidence to ask and provide personal information
  • Demonstrate how to give and ask for directions
  • Improve your interactions while buying and selling products and services

Who is the course for?

The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish. It will be particularly useful if you are thinking of travelling to a Spanish speaking country.

You don’t need any prior experience to enjoy this course as all the basics are covered.

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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