Speed Spanish

Whether you are just starting to learn Spanish or need to improve your conversational skills for an upcoming trip, this online Spanish course is the best way to learn Spanish fast! You will learn simple formulas for joining Spanish words and phrases together to build sentences and have conversations. The straightforward yet powerful sentence-building strategies presented in this course will help you learn Spanish online for work, travel, or just for fun.

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In this online Spanish course, you will learn to converse in Spanish using common words and phrases and demonstrate the proper forms of common Spanish nouns and verbs. You will also have the opportunity to discuss Spanish culture and differences in Spanish-speaking countries while learning how to use numbers in Spanish to discuss dates, times, and money. By completing this course, you will gain confidence in your ability to converse with others in Spanish, be prepared to travel to a Spanish-speaking country and communicate effectively, and build in-demand skills that can increase your career opportunities.

What you will learn

  • Converse in Spanish using common words and phrases
  • Understand the proper forms of common Spanish nouns and verbs
  • Discuss Spanish culture and differences in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Demonstrate the use of numbers in Spanish to discuss dates, times, and money

How you will benefit

  • Gain confidence in your ability to converse with others in Spanish
  • Be prepared to travel to a Spanish-speaking country and communicate effectively
  • Build in-demand skills and increase your career opportunities

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-Moderated or Self-Guided online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

Just like other languages, Spanish sentences are made up of different parts! In this lesson, you'll learn how to combine those different parts together to create conversations. We'll start this lesson with some tips on how to use the resources in the course to help build fluency. Next, we'll cover some basic rules of pronunciation for Spanish. Then we'll introduce some nouns and verbs you can use to immediately begin building Spanish sentences. You'll be surprised how many sentences you can create after this lesson!

In this lesson, you'll build your Spanish conversational skills with some house-related vocabulary and fun phrases. We'll continue to learn more handy sentence starters and verbs and a new method of building sentences using the word for there is or there are. Imagine how many sentences you can create using these words!

You may already know some numbers in Spanish, but can you count to 15? In this lesson you'll learn to do just that. You'll need to know these numbers to be able to talk about time, dates, and money. We'll cover another handy topic in this lesson – the days of the week, and you'll learn some new vocabulary related to your town or community. And you'll have plenty of opportunity to practice your sentence-building and conversational skills.

In this lesson, we'll cover two important topics – family and food. You'll learn the Spanish words for family members and some restaurant-related words and phrases. You'll also learn how to say where is in Spanish, so you can add important questions to your conversations.

So far, you haven't learned how to describe anything in Spanish. In this lesson, you'll learn several adjectives and how to use them. We'll also continue our counting with the numbers from 16-100. And put on your running shoes, because it's time for a few speed drill activities to teach you to respond quickly with your newly learned Spanish!

Since it's a great start to any conversation, this lesson will teach you how to discuss the weather in Spanish. You'll also learn about the seasons and the months of the year. We'll look at a few more fun phrases and practice with more speed drills.

Are you ready to take a trip? In this lesson we'll travel to a Spanish-speaking country. You'll need to learn some travel-related vocabulary and fun phrases for our journey, so we'll cover those and more in this lesson.

Are you hungry or thirsty? Are you cold? In this lesson, you'll learn how to express these experiences and more, in Spanish. You'll also learn to ask questions using question words like who, what, when, where, and why. You'll be surprised how your conversational skills improve with this lesson.

Is there a doctor in the house? This lesson will teach you how to discuss physical and mental health issues in Spanish. You'll also learn how to identify different types of clothing. You'll learn plenty of new words and phrases you can add to your conversations.

In this lesson you'll learn how to share wants and needs in everyday Spanish-speaking situations and We'll also introduce some handy phrases and several more verbs. You'll get plenty of practice so you can continue to improve your conversational skills.

Now it's time to talk about work, but don't worry it will be fun! You'll learn some occupation-related vocabulary and practice asking and answering questions about jobs and work. You'll also learn to share your likes and dislikes.

In this final lesson, we'll attend a beach birthday celebration! You'll learn some new beach-related vocabulary and some phrases you can use when talking on the phone. We'll also learn how to convert a sentence to negative, so that you can express yourself fully.

Dan Mikels

Dan Mikels is a college instructor who has been teaching Spanish for more than 20 years. He holds a master's degree and has authored and coauthored more than 20 educational products, including Speed Spanish, Fast French, and a variety of reading programs.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. Chromebooks are not compatible.
  • Working headphones or speakers are required for listening to audio content.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor-Moderated: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.​

Self-Guided: Your course begins immediately after you enroll.​

Instructor-Moderated: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends. You will interact with the instructor through the online discussion area. There are no live sessions or online meetings with the instructor.

Self-Guided: You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.

Instructor-Moderated: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. However, you will have access to all lessons from the time they are released until the course ends.​

Self-Guided: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.

Instructor-Moderated: Students enrolled in a six-week online class benefit from a one-time, 10-day extension for each course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.​

Self-Guided: Because this course is self-guided, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.

Yes! This course is designed to help you feel comfortable in situations where Spanish is spoken. You'll be taught conversational Spanish that will help in you restaurants, hospitals, tourist destinations, and everyday life. After this online course, you'll be able to speak and read Spanish!

Did you know that the United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world? It's true, and it growing every day. There are even eight states that have over one million people who speak Spanish including California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Arizona, New Jersey, and Colorado. While these are the largest populations of Spanish-speakers, they are not the only places in the country where you will hear Spanish on a regular basis. Spanish is here to stay and it's growing in popularity.

Yes. Spanish is considered one of the easiest languages for native English speakers to learn. According to the US Foreign Services Institute, it will take you around 600 hours, or under 6 months, to become fully proficient in Spanish. ed2go has additional courses if you'd like to take a deeper dive and increase your Spanish-speaking skills after completing your initial Speed Spanish course.

With the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, you can imagine there are some careers in the United States that are in desperate need of professionals who can speak Spanish. At the very least, if you travel for work, you will need to know Spanish travel phrases which are taught in this course. The top ten careers where Spanish-speaking professionals are needed include:

  • Teacher
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Medical Professional
  • Police
  • Social Worker
  • Writer
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Tellers/Bankers

There are many reasons to learn Spanish. If you like to travel, Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the world. Mexico, Spain, and many countries in Latin and South America speak Spanish (a total of 21 countries overall) as their first language. Speaking the language will let you experience these places more fully including art, music, and writing in a way that translations of the language simply cannot imitate.

This course will help you converse with native Spanish speakers. The United States is a melting pot of people and cultures. Understanding and speaking Spanish (the second most popular language) may help you bridge gaps in differences among us. It may also help you get involved with more volunteer organizations and express your viewpoint more fully.

Learning a new language can keep your brain healthy and agile. You'll create new connections among neurons which can improve your memory and problem-solving skills as you age. You can also set an example for your children who may even be required to learn Spanish in school. You'll be able to help them with their homework as well as pick up Spanish more easily when you bring it to life in the home.