I have been trying to learn Spanish for about 20 years...this is the first course I have taken in Spanish that made complete sense to me! Thank you!"
I have tried other books and tapes to try to learn Spanish, but this course was the most helpful. Very simple and very informative . The recipes were simply brilliant."
Fit my time period. Met my needs. Feel more comfortable with the language."
Great class! Great tips on the easy way to speak Spanish. I wonder why high school Spanish teachers make it so hard."
I am a nurse at the hospital interacting with a lot of Hispanic patients weekly. Although I do speak enough Spanish to get by, I was interested in increasing my grammatical skills as well as my vocabulary. I was pleased to find each lesson added to my base as well as improved what I have been trying to do. The lessons were very easy to follow. Being able to work online at my own pace and schedule was perfect. Thank you."
I liked the course and appreciated not having to get bored over conjugating verbs, etc. It was useful from the beginning lesson. Thanks."
I love the teaching style and the recipes. I took two years of Spanish in high school and didn't learn half as much! If there is going to be a Speed Spanish II, I can't wait to enroll."
I much prefer this conversational/usable type of instruction to the customary sit in the class and memorize words that have no use at that particular time."
I took one year of Spanish at a large university and learned more from this online course than in the entire year of that course! The formulas the instructor presents in this class make it easier to understand Spanish than a traditional university course."
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was very practical and held my interest for each lesson. My son will be studying Spanish next year in eighth grade and I have exposed him to some of these lessons. I hope his teacher next year can make it as interesting for him as you did for me."
Course Code: sps
Just like in English, Spanish sentences are made up of different parts-nouns, verbs, and phrases. In this course, you will learn how to glue those different parts together using a series of recipes. This first lesson will teach you the Magic Circle Recipe-a recipe so powerful that, by learning 200 vocabulary words, you will be able to say close to 150,000 sentences in Spanish. Learn a little, do a lot!
This lesson further explores the Magic Circle Recipe and a new one too: The Hay Recipe. Hay means there is/there are. Think of how many sentences you can say that start this way. You will also learn some fun Spanish phrases, and by the time you’re through, you will be creating more and more sentences.
Now it's time to combine the Magic Circle and Hay Recipes, but this lesson’s bigger goal is to learn to move quickly from one recipe to another. Fluency in Spanish is all about switching from one recipe to another. This lesson will help you get up to speed.
In this lesson, you will move on to the third recipe, the ¿Dónde Está? Recipe. You will also learn more parts to the Magic Circle Recipe and lots more vocabulary. And you will take your first giant step toward Spanish fluency by learning everything you need to know to converse in a Spanish-speaking restaurant.
In this lesson, you will practice the three recipes previously introduced. You will also learn adjectives, numbers, and how to tell time in Spanish. And put on your track shoes because it's time for a few speed drills to teach you how to respond quickly with your newly learned Spanish!
Since it's a great start to any conversation, this lesson will teach you how to talk about the weather in Spanish. You will also learn about the seasons, the months of the year and the days of the week.
In this lesson, you will travel to a Spanish-speaking country. You will need to learn some travel-related vocabulary and fun phrases for your journey, so this lesson covers all that you need to know.
In this lesson, you will learn the fourth recipe, Tengo/Tiene, and a few related fun phrases. You will also learn to produce wh-questions-who, what, when, where and why? The major goal in this lesson will be to become quicker in using your four recipes and fun phrases.
Is there a doctor en la casa? This lesson will teach you how to discuss physical and mental health issues in Spanish. You will also learn how to identify different types of clothing and build your vocabulary.
The fifth recipe is Quiero/Quiere, which means I want/you want. That means you will learn how to share your wants and needs in everyday Spanish-speaking situations. In this this lesson, you will add a few reflexive verbs to your vocabulary.
By learning recipe six, Me gusta/Le gusta, you will be able to share your likes and dislikes in Spanish-speaking situations. In this lesson, you will practice recipes one through five, and learn a score of occupational-related vocabulary.
¡Qué Extraño! In this final lesson focuses on speaking on the phone in Spanish. You will practice how to produce complex negative sentences, so you can get mad in Spanish.
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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a 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.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, 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:
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.