Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language

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30 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Introduction to the Spanish Language
Begin by looking at both the "whats" of Spanish (elements such as grammar and vocabulary), and the "hows"--how to study, practice, and learn the language most effectively. Start with identifying…
Episode 2 Definite Articles and Nouns
Learn the gender of Spanish nouns by practicing each new noun with its masculine or feminine definite article. Grasp how the suffixes of nouns can help identify their gender. Study…
Episode 3 Subject Pronouns and the Verb Ser
Investigate the five singular subject pronouns and the seven plural subject pronouns in Spanish, and how they are used in Spanish-speaking cultures. Then conjugate the verb ser (to be) in…
Episode 4 Regular -ar Verbs in the Present
Here, learn about an important category of Spanish verbs--those whose infinitives end in -ar. Conjugate regular -ar verbs in the present tense by identifying the verb's stem and adding the…
Episode 5 Indefinite Articles and Numbers to 100
Acquire the Spanish indefinite articles ("a", "an", and "some" in English), and observe how indefinite articles are used in Spanish. Learn to count to 100, and practice simple math problems.…
Episode 6 The Verb Estar and Numbers over 100
Investigate the verb estar, the second Spanish verb for "to be". Learn about the uses of estar, as contrasted with ser. Conjugate estar in the present tense, and use it…
Episode 7 Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Present
Conjugate two new categories of Spanish verbs--those that end in -er and -ir. For both, learn and practice the appropriate endings for the present tense. Continue with possessive adjectives, and…
Episode 8 The Verb Ir in the Present
Begin with an important irregular verb: ir, meaning "to go". Conjugate ir in the present tense, and learn about its key uses in Spanish. Next, study and practice common Spanish…
Episode 9 Expressing Time in Spanish
First, practice telling the time of day in Spanish, expressing the hour and minutes, and learn important vocabulary relating to time. Continue with the days of the week and vocabulary…
Episode 10 Expressions Using the Verb Tener
This lesson begins with another important irregular verb: tener (to have). Grasp how to conjugate tener, and learn expressions using it regarding physical conditions, emotional conditions, and age. Add more…
Episode 11 Verbs like Hacer and Interrogative Words
Study the verb hacer (to make or to do), and learn some of the many familiar expressions that use it. Continue with the similar verbs poner, salir, and traer, and…
Episode 12 The Verbs Saber and Conocer
Spanish has two verbs, saber and conocer, which carry the meanings of the English verb "to know." Investigate their conjugations, their differences in meaning, and their uses. Then add some…
Episode 13 Stem-Changing Verbs
Here, work with Spanish verbs that are irregular--not in their tense endings, but in the verb stems used to conjugate them. Study how to conjugate verbs of this type as…
Episode 14 Ver, Dar, and Other Irregular Verbs
Delve into the fascinating history of U.S. place names that are derived from Spanish, including the names of five states. Continue your work with key irregular verbs, and study important…
Episode 15 The Present Progressive
The present progressive is a useful grammatical construction in Spanish that describes something that is in progress right now, happening in the present. Learn how to form and use the…
Episode 16 Direct Object Pronouns and Adverbs
Begin with additional vocabulary concerning food and drink, focusing on breakfast and lunch. Then study direct object pronouns (such as "them" in English), which replace direct object nouns to avoid…
Episode 17 Affirmatives, Negatives, and Demonstratives
Now add the Spanish demonstrative adjectives ("this" and "that" in English) and the related demonstrative pronouns, and study additional vocabulary related to eating dinner. Look at ways to create both…
Episode 18 More Affirmative and Negative Expressions
Learn and practice a range of new vocabulary related to colors, followed by words that describe clothing. Take a detailed look at Spanish affirmative and negative adjectives (as in "some"…
Episode 19 Indirect Object Pronouns
Continue working with vocabulary related to clothing, and practice describing clothing. Then study Spanish indirect object pronouns--pronouns that replace indirect objects--and learn verbs that commonly use them. Last, explore some…
Episode 20 Double Object Pronouns
Enlarge your vocabulary with words relating to rooms and furnishings in a house, and learn how to say ordinal numbers in Spanish. Then study how to use indirect and direct…
Episode 21 Reflexive Verbs
Reflexive verbs are those for which the subject and the object of the action are the same (as in, "I wash myself" in English). Study how these verbs function in…
Episode 22 Talking about the Past: Acabar and Hace
Here, add important vocabulary relating to motion and travel, and learn some common reflexive verbs that describe mental and emotional states. Then study two useful constructions for speaking about the…
Episode 23 Talking about the Past: ¿Desde Cuándo…?
This lesson introduces two common constructions that allow you to ask how long someone has done something, and how long something has been going on. Following this, add a range…
Episode 24 Formal Commands and Unequal Comparisons
Continue to enlarge your vocabulary with words relating to places, such as public venues and businesses. Then learn how to say formal commands, also known as imperatives, as well as…
Episode 25 Informal Commands
Study and practice informal commands, both affirmative and negative, including their important irregular forms. Learn vocabulary related to the human body, and practice commands referring to the body. Then grasp…
Episode 26 Superlatives and Equal Comparisons
Delve into vocabulary relating to sports and outdoor activities, and investigate the importance of el futbol,, or soccer, in Spanish-speaking countries. Learn how to make comparisons involving actions, numbers, and…
Episode 27 Regular -ar Verbs in the Preterite
Begin to work with the preterite tense, which expresses actions completed in the past. Explore how to use this tense in Spanish, how to conjugate regular -ar verbs, and how…
Episode 28 Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Preterite
Continue your exploration of this vital tense in Spanish, and learn to express past actions with regular -er and -ir verbs, stem-changing verbs, and irregular verbs. Observe how some Spanish…
Episode 29 Irregular Verbs in the Preterite
Round out your knowledge of the preterite by working with the full range of Spanish verbs that are irregular in this tense. Grasp why, in studying the present and preterite…
Episode 30 Next Steps in Improving Your Spanish
Begin this final lesson with useful vocabulary regarding professions, technology, and the Internet. Learn about key verbs that are commonly used with prepositions, and review the preterite tense. Conclude by…

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Stem-Changing Verbs
Here, work with Spanish verbs that are irregular--not in their tense endings, but in the verb stems used to conjugate them. Study how to conjugate verbs of this type as you learn a range of new verbs. Also study prepositional pronouns, as well as rules for which syllables to stress…
Indirect Object Pronouns
Continue working with vocabulary related to clothing, and practice describing clothing. Then study Spanish indirect object pronouns--pronouns that replace indirect objects--and learn verbs that commonly use them. Last, explore some additional strategies for learning and remembering new vocabulary.
Next Steps in Improving Your Spanish
Begin this final lesson with useful vocabulary regarding professions, technology, and the Internet. Learn about key verbs that are commonly used with prepositions, and review the preterite tense. Conclude by looking at ways to have an immersive experience with Spanish, and get a preview of a second level of Spanish…
Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Present
Conjugate two new categories of Spanish verbs--those that end in -er and -ir. For both, learn and practice the appropriate endings for the present tense. Continue with possessive adjectives, and study how these are used in Spanish. Then discover three ways of forming questions, and learn vocabulary related to the…
Irregular Verbs in the Preterite
Round out your knowledge of the preterite by working with the full range of Spanish verbs that are irregular in this tense. Grasp why, in studying the present and preterite tenses, you have now learned the hardest verb conjugations in the Spanish language. Then add important vocabulary about work and…
Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Preterite
Continue your exploration of this vital tense in Spanish, and learn to express past actions with regular -er and -ir verbs, stem-changing verbs, and irregular verbs. Observe how some Spanish verbs actually change meaning when used in the preterite. Also learn important adjectives that describe inherent characteristics of something, as…
Direct Object Pronouns and Adverbs
Begin with additional vocabulary concerning food and drink, focusing on breakfast and lunch. Then study direct object pronouns (such as "them" in English), which replace direct object nouns to avoid redundancy, and learn their uses and placement in Spanish. Finally, encounter Spanish adverbs: common words used to modify verbs, adjectives,…
Reflexive Verbs
Reflexive verbs are those for which the subject and the object of the action are the same (as in, "I wash myself" in English). Study how these verbs function in Spanish, and learn commonly used examples. Look deeply at the uses of the verbs ser and estar, the two Spanish…
The Verbs Saber and Conocer
Spanish has two verbs, saber and conocer, which carry the meanings of the English verb "to know." Investigate their conjugations, their differences in meaning, and their uses. Then add some new verbs that are conjugated like conocer, and begin to study Spanish prepositions, focusing on those that describe spatial relationships.
The Verb Ir in the Present
Begin with an important irregular verb: ir, meaning "to go". Conjugate ir in the present tense, and learn about its key uses in Spanish. Next, study and practice common Spanish interrogatives--words used in asking questions. Finish by looking at effective ways to remember new words and build vocabulary.
Regular -ar Verbs in the Preterite
Begin to work with the preterite tense, which expresses actions completed in the past. Explore how to use this tense in Spanish, how to conjugate regular -ar verbs, and how to make preterite conjugations easy to remember. Expand on preterite usage by practicing with new vocabulary used in describing past…
Verbs like Hacer and Interrogative Words
Study the verb hacer (to make or to do), and learn some of the many familiar expressions that use it. Continue with the similar verbs poner, salir, and traer, and take a deeper look at Spanish interrogatives. Learn how to talk about punctuation in Spanish, and discover how it is…