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How To Learn Spanish Online & For Free – Sneak Peek

Intro

You may already know some phrases in Spanish.

”Despacito, suave-suavecito“

”¿Cómo se llama? Bonita. ¡Mi casa, su casa!“

”Dale a tu cuerpo alegría, Macarena, eeeeh, Macarena!“

It is likely that you have already  traveled to a country where Spanish is spoken and you have been able to manage you basic needs with a little “survival Spanish”…

…  Then the language enchanted you and you have been left wanting more.

I’m very happy because you’ve come to the right place to satisfy your curiosity about the Spanish language!

  • Spanish sounds great and is fun to learn, indeed!

These songs are a proof of how melodic Spanish sounds. Without understanding the lyrics, are you able to guess the song topic? Take the test

Well, yes, that is how lovely Spanish is, that we can talk about any subject with such zest for life.

👀And so you to see with your own eyes (👂and hear it with your own ears), I crafted the FREE Spanish mini-course for English speakers to help enthusiastic students like you.

  • In this post I will answer the questions you may have about the mini-course and give you a preview of the contents.
  • When you see this symbol, you will see practical tips so you can make the most of the time you invest learning Spanish.

Let’s jump right into it!

Spanish for beginners: the videos of lessons #1 and #2 of the free mini-course

Here – without having to sign up for the mini-course – you can watch the video of lesson #1.

You will learn your first words and phrases, the alphabet, and the pronunciation of Spanish.

Video chapters:

  • 00:25 First expressions in Spanish
  • 05:16 The alphabet in Spanish
  • 08:00 The pronunciation: word stress
  • 11:47 The pronunciation of vowels in Spanish
  • 14:40 The pronunciation of consonants in Spanish
  • 25:00 The pronunciation of the letter R in Spanish

Here you can download the material and get more information:

How To Speak Spanish: Guide For Beginners With Video and PDF

Here you can watch the video of lesson #2 of the course.

You will learn the most essential vocabulary of Spanish: nouns, numbers up to 100, expressions of time, expressions of place.

You may already know some phrases in Spanish.

”Despacito, suave-suavecito“

”¿Cómo se llama? Bonita. ¡Mi casa, su casa!“

”Dale a tu cuerpo alegría, Macarena, eeeeh, Macarena!“

It is likely that you have already  traveled to a country where Spanish is spoken and you have been able to manage you basic needs with a little “survival Spanish”…

…  Then the language enchanted you and you have been left wanting more.

I’m very happy because you’ve come to the right place to satisfy your curiosity about the Spanish language!

  • Spanish sounds great and is fun to learn, indeed!

These songs are a proof of how melodic Spanish sounds. Without understanding the lyrics, are you able to guess the song topic? Take the test

If you want a free, in-depth explanation of this vocabulary, I explain the content of lesson 2 of the mini-course with audios and two more quizzes for you to practice.

Later on in this post you will see:

  • the lesson vocabulary
  • material for download (for free, no registration needed)
  • the quiz that I make available to you

The mini-course has more content that you can access after registering. Signing up is quick and free!

Who is the free online Spanish mini-course for?

The curse is aimed at any beginner who wants to discover Spanish in a dynamic and pleasant way.

You do not need to be a native English speaker to take the course. Having some fluency in the language will suffice.

  • If you do not have previous knowledge of Spanish, this course will give you a head start.
  • If you have already learned a little Spanish, the course will jog your memory. You will  learn new things, too, for sure!

I use English as a support language in the mini-course with a didactic purpose:

  • You will learn faster and without the risk of misunderstandings if I make explanations in a language that you already know, and if the vocabulary is explained in that language.

If you want an even deeper immersion in Spanish, I also have videos on my YouTube channel where I teach exclusively in Spanish (with Spanish and English subtitles).

You have here a playlist where all the videos have subtitles in Spanish and English to facilitate your learning.

You will find more playlists to learn Spanish with subtitles on my YouTube channel. Subscribe!

What is the objective of the free online Spanish mini-course for English speaker?

The goal of the course is that you learn the most basic structures of conversational Spanish – and can start speaking right away!

It is a self-study mini-course, for which you do not have to pay anything and where all the materials are available on the platform.  

This means that you can learn whenever and wherever you want.

  • You do not need to stick to a schedule. You do not need to leave the house to attend lessons.
  • You do not have a deadline to finish the course.
  • You have the material available 24/7 and you decide how to work with it.

What material will I find in the free online Spanish mini-course for English speakers?

The material of the mini-course consists of:

  • video classes
  • PDF material (theory, exercises, answers, summaries, vocabulary lists)
  • MP3 material (vocabulary with translations)
  • interactive flashcards (you can choose your learning or gaming mode)
  • a quiz in each lesson to see how much you learned
  • the certificate of completion that you can download from the platform

Everything is FREE. You do not have to pay for any material or the certificate.

All material is digital. You can download the  MP3s. You can download the PDFs and flashcards and print that material if you prefer.

Is the mini-course really, really free?

Yes. You have no commitment or obligation.

You do not have to provide bank details to sign up.

You only need to provide your email address to create your account to access the platform.

You can read the privacy policy to learn more.

What do I need to do to sign up?

Just go to:

Online Mini-Course: Spanish for English Speakers (A1 – Beginners)

You must create an account on this website with your e-mail address. It is the only personal  data required to take the course.

To start your lessons, you click on “purchase course”. You will see that the price is “€0” and you do not have to inform any bank details.

With those two clicks you have unrestricted access to the course.  Take the time you need to finish it!

How can I take lessons with the online self-study course?

You will learn with total independence.  I will walk you through each lesson with my explanations, but you work with the material the way it suits you better.

  • The only requirement is that, to obtain your certificate, you must have passed all the quizzes.
  • But you choose when to take the quizzes. You can repeat the lessons and quizzes if you want.

The course is progressive.  What you learn in one lesson will help you understand better the next one.  It is not convenient to skip lessons.

Video lessons are the backbone of the course. In them I will explain the information that appears in the PDF of each lesson.

  • Tip: even if you already know the topic of the lesson, do not skip the video. It will not take you long to watch it, and all the information in it is relevant.

You decide how to use the material available.

  • For example, if you do not like listening to vocabulary audios, you do not have to.  I say all the words in the corresponding video. You can also read those words in the vocabulary PDF or practice with the flashcards.
  • With Quizlet’s free mobile app, you can practice vocabulary anywhere, whenever you have some “down time” – and with that, your day will be more productive!

Learning a language encompasses four skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing. You will have opportunities to practice those skills with the material.

The digital revolution allows you to study whenever it suits you, with varied, multimedia material, so that you have plenty of stimuli to learn.

  • The diversity of stimuli is a very important factor for your learning success.  
  • Another essential factor is that the study material is systematic and coherent.

I will teach you more secrets and tricks to boost your Spanish skills later on this post.

What is the difference between the mini-course and a language app?

Apps offer you interactive tools to learn. Apps  can help you, for example, memorize words and phrases.

However, learning a language does not consist of plain repetition. If we would just repeat, mechanically, words that we pick up here and there, we would be like parrots. 

A parrot can say phrases, but it does not understand if you talk to it. A parrot does not understand what it was taught to say, either. A parrot is unable to improvise and to speak creatively. A parrot says “Polly want a cracker” and not much else.

  • If one reduces language learning to memorizing a repertoire, one would be like an actor who depends on a script. If he goes blank, he cannot act.
  • In the case of a language learner who only masters a bunch of phrases, he cannot interact with natives in everyday situations.

The human brain is inquisitive.  The brain needs reasoning, explanations. You must understand concepts to turn knowledge into practice.

  • In my YouTube channel and in the blog, although I teach you useful phrases for communication, I explain them to you. I do not just throw huge vocabulary lists, nor do I expect you to memorize them without having understood them.
  • I create this type of material so you have more examples and resources to communicate in Spanish, having understood the basis of Spanish with the courses I offer.

With apps, you may have questions that the app will not answer.

  • The app will not explain the structure of the language, its internal logic, because only a good teacher (in a real class or on a video-recorded lesson) can transmit this knowledge to you.
  • I have a lot of experience teaching and I know what are the questions that may arise. I answer your questions even before you are aware of them!

The ability to anticipate questions is not an innate “superpower.” It was developed by me  to make your learning process more effective. It is the consequence of knowing the language and having years of teaching practice.

To be clear: questions are part of learning.  Having doubts is healthy and positive. It is a sign that you are a proactive student.

However, there are teachers and methods that manage to raise more doubts than certainties among their students. That happens because the explanations are insufficient or unclear.

  • Back in my university years and during foreign languages courses, I had some professors and teachers who refused to answer questions from students.
  • They claimed that questions were a nuisance, even a lack of respect for the instructor’s authority.
  • I imagine those teachers did not want to be in a compromising situation if the student asked a question that they could not answer…  Or maybe the questions threw them off, making them lose concentration.

However, if the instructor masters the subject he/she teaches, there are no annoying interruptions. Students’ questions should serve as a stimulus to the teacher. If the students do not understand a topic, it is most likely that the teacher has not been able to explain him/herself well.

But, unfortunately, there are arrogant teachers who are convinced that their students should take the blame. I apologize on behalf of my colleagues, if you as a student have gone through that kind of experience.

  • Good teachers are like boy scouts: always prepared.  Even when they improvise,  they know what they are doing.
  • In addition, teachers who master the language of their students have greater empathy because they know where the students may stumble and helps the students to avoid mistakes.

That is why it is so important that, when you start studying Spanish, the teacher knows your language, or a language spoken by both, teacher, and student.

  • I am aware of the specific difficulties that English speakers like you find when learning Spanish. I know what aspects of Spanish are hard for you and I adapt to facilitate your learning.

In the case of my video lessons, you will see that your doubts will be clarified because I explain everything that – from experience – I know you want to know.

  • Of course, some doubts may arise during the mini-course. But they are likely to be  doubts regarding other aspects of the language. They probably will not be questions about the specific content of the course.

I explain the course content clearly and concisely, visually and with examples.

  • It is even possible that you do not have any doubts at all during the course. This will be because I already anticipated your inquiries and included them in my explanations, tackling an issue even before it came up.
  • I invite you to check it out by signing up for free in the mini-course.

Apps are so successful because they are fun. Entertainment is valuable, for sure.  Enjoyment should be part of learning, but it should not be the only thing on which students base their learning.  

If the maximum gratification we find in a learning resource is amusement, instead of learning per sewe will quit that resource to invest our time in another activity that delivers sheer entertainment.

  • Tip: to avoid losing motivation when learning a language, we must be aware of our daily progress. We must ask ourselves: “Am I learning something that I can apply to my daily life right now? Or am I just hanging out, doing something that does not add much real value, besides entertainment?”
  • It is important that, especially in your early days learning Spanish, you are exposed to input that enables everyday communication – immediately.  That is what will give you the feeling of moving forward.

Language is a purely human thing. Technology can support you in learning.

  • However, if you do not have the guidance of a real, empathetic, experienced teacher who – online or face-to-face – understands your mental processes, you will not understand how the language works.

And when you understand it…

  • You can speak it in a natural, effortless manner.
  • You can speak it without mentally translating the words into your native language.

Despite living in the digital age, we still need some traditional aspects of a language lesson – theory, exercises – to understand how the language works  and how to use it autonomously and spontaneously.

With the mini-course, I provide you with:

  • the aspects of a traditional language class that have been proven effective since languages are taught
  • the best advantages of online teaching: flexibility and independence

In short: a language app can be an asset when you learn a language, but you can hardly learn with an app alone, especially if you are an absolute beginner.

The only drawback of the course

The mini-course offers opportunities for you to practice your speaking and writing skills in Spanish.

Online courses have many advantages, but nothing in this world is free of drawbacks.

And I am very honest telling you that, unfortunately, I cannot correct you when you make a mistake.

  • Tip: one way to neutralize this drawback would be for you to have a native friend to help you improve your speaking/writing skills in Spanish.
  • Tip: you can find people available for  language exchange (tandem) on these websites:

tandem.net

interpals

hellotalk

language-exchanges

conversation-exchange

  • Tip: If you are looking  for groups that meet regularly to practice languages, you have many options on meetup.
  • Tip: sign up for a Spanish student group on Facebook or another social network because there are always native speakers offering free help to students, for example through chats on WhatsApp or Telegram.

But do not forget: the fact that a person speaks a language does not qualify him/her to teach it. Your language exchange partner may not be able to answer your questions the way a trained professional would. That is why you have the course: to have a qualified teacher guiding you in the learning process. The rest is mostly practice.

Now I shall nuance this drawback of the course (the lack of feedback).

I have many years of experience teaching face-to-face. The courses I liked the most were those of beginners. Why?

Because beginners have no previous experience with the language, and therefore, when exposed to the right stimuli, they make few mistakes… Or no mistakes at all!

  • The problem is when the student does not have an adequate system to start studying the language.

If the students have not been exposed to a coherent teaching system tailored to their needs early in their process, they may make mistakes. These mistakes may not be serious, but they can be persistent.

  • To avoid mistakes, all you have to do is to pay attention to the material of the mini-course.
  • In it you will find everything you need to start speaking Spanish correctly.

Will I feel lost in the course?

You will not feel lonely or disoriented during the course because:

  • The material is neatly organized on the platform.
  • I  use English as a support language.
  • You will see examples of all the theory I explain.
  • You have exercises to put theory into practice. The answers are included, so that your learning is totally autonomous.
  • You have the quiz of each lesson, so you can check if you learned the lesson’s main points.
  • You have the index at the beginning of each lesson and the summary at the end of it. By taking a look at the bullet points, you could verify if you learned the key aspects of the material.

You may be concerned about learning something new at a time in your life when you consider yourself too old to learn.

  • Do not worry! You are never too old to learn. Maybe you have gone a few (or many) years without attending a regular course. But I am sure you did not stop learning!
  • Even if we have a routine, we are not stuck! Every day bestows countless learning opportunities on us, and we may not be aware of that. This is why we do not take advantage of those opportunities.

Learning is a healthy habit, like exercising. Those who exercise regularly get less tired than those who lead a sedentary life. The same happens with the habit of learning.

  • You just need motivation, so you can abandon that “mental sedentarism” that we have when we are not actively learning a new skill.
  • Of course, the first moments will be a little challenging. But the more you learn, the easier it will be for you to keep on learning.
  • And the more languages you speak, the easier it will be for you to learn new languages.

Every journey starts with the first step, says the Chinese proverb. The sooner you get moving, the sooner you will notice your progress.

How can I speak Spanish without having to translate the words in my head?

Speaking a language properly is not about translating word by word what you would say in your mother tongue.

  • With the mini-course, I will guide you in such a way that you can immerse yourself in Spanish without feeling the need to mentally translate the sentences.
  • This process will be unconscious and effective, and it is a central part of my teaching methodology. Try it out!

When I teach you Spanish, I provide you with a set of tools in this language, so that you can interact with native speakers using only Spanish.

  • If all of us who speak a foreign language naturally were translating the words in our heads, we wouldn’t speak that fluently!
  • In other words, there would always be a delay, like when you go to a conference and there is a person doing the simultaneous translation of what the keynote speaker says.

I studied Latin for a few years at university. I enjoyed it a lot, even though all the course work was doing translations. But, of course, Latin is a dead language! You can’t speak it with a community of native speakers. All the input you receive is written.

  • With a living language, the use of translation is minimal.

When you see a new word for the first time in the mini-course, I translate it for you, of course.

  • But once the word is part of your “mental thesaurus”, you automatically discard the translation.

This way, you can understand the phrases without transferring them to your mother tongue.

You can also think in Spanish using only that language, and build your sentences intuitively and correctly.

  • Translation is unavoidable during learning… But only to a certain extent, for example, to learn vocabulary quickly.

But even with vocabulary, it is possible to learn with images. For this reason, you will be able to learn very well with the interactive cards of the mini-course. A picture is worth a thousand words.

When you learn a language, you gain a brand-new brain. Your “Spanish brain” will be connected to your “English brain”, of course.

  • But your “Spanish brain” will soon have autonomy. When you communicate in Spanish, you will not need to “check out” your “English brain”. Your “Spanish brain” gives you everything you need!
  • You will use English as support when you are studying, but in real-life situations, your “Spanish brain” will be the one that allows you to interact with native speakers.

Students who must translate what they want to say in their head before speaking have not been exposed to the right stimuli. If that is your case, don’t worry. The process is reversible! Sign up for the minicourse and you will see it.

What is the content of the lessons of the Spanish mini-course for English speakers?

The course consists of 5 lessons + final lesson.

Each of the 5 video lessons is divided into subtopics. It is up to you how to work with them:

  • You can watch the video in one go, and then do all the exercises.
  • You can watch a bit of the video and do the exercises that correspond to that subtopic.
  • You have all the main information in the summary of each lesson.

As I say, the course is totally flexible for you to decide the intensity of your learning.

Online Mini-Course: Spanish for English Speakers (A1 – Beginners)

Lesson 1

The first lesson you will learn:

  • Your first words and phrases to communicate in Spanish: greetings, goodbyes, and polite phrases.
  • The alphabet in Spanish.
  • The principles of word stress in Spanish.
  • The pronunciation of Spanish with many examples and tips, so that you can pronounce like a native.

It is the most extensive video of the course because you need to get familiar with the sounds of the  new language. From then on, everything will be much easier.

You can watch the video and download the material without having to sign up for the course.

But if you do sign up, you will find in that lesson a couple of extra freebies, so that you can continue enjoying the pronunciation of Spanish.

Lesson 2

If you want a free, in-depth explanation of this vocabulary, I explain the content of lesson 2 of the mini-course with audios and two more quizzes for you to practice.

Here again the video that corresponds to this lesson:

(for the other course videos and materials you need to sign up)

You will learn the core Spanish vocabulary:

  • The articles in Spanish.
  • Some basic nouns in Spanish.
  • The numbers in Spanish up to 100.
  • The main expressions of time and place in Spanish.

As a preview of the lesson, this is the vocabulary that you will learn. You can download the cheat sheet-PDF and learn with the interactive flashcards

Nouns and articles in Spanish

Starting at minute 00:00 of the video

Free flashcards: the basic nouns in Spanish

You can learn the 225+ most important nouns in Spanish in this free guide with video and downloadable material:

Numbers up to 100 in Spanish

Starting at minute 04:45 of the video

Free flashcards: the numbers up to 100 in Spanish

Expressions of time and place in Spanish

Starting at minute 07:25 of the video

Free flashcards: the expressions of time and place in Spanish.

Here you will find a quiz to check your knowledge of this lesson.

There is at least one wrong answer.

Lesson 3

In this lesson you will understand your first sentences in Spanish.

You will learn:

  • The basic verbs of Spanish and the corresponding nouns.
  • The personal pronouns in singular in Spanish.
  • How to conjugate regular verbs in Spanish in singular.
  • How to build sentences in Spanish.
  • The simple negation in Spanish.
  • How to ask questions in Spanish.

As a preview of the lesson, this is the vocabulary you will learn. You can download the cheat sheet-PDF and learn with the interactive flashcards:

Free Video Guide: Spanish Verbs for English Speakers

Lesson 4

You will learn:

  • How to conjugate in singular the irregular verbs “SER”, “ESTAR” and “IR”.
  • How to talk about places in Spanish using the questions “¿DE DÓNDE?”, “¿DÓNDE?” and “¿ADÓNDE?”.
  • Vocabulary to talk about places in Spanish.
  • Useful phrases to indicate your place of origin, residence, and your destination in Spanish.
  • How to talk about the means of transport in Spanish

Lesson 5

With what you learn in this lesson, you will be able to participate in simple conversations in Spanish that will be useful, for example, to communicate on a trip.

You will learn:

  • How to indicate your name and how to ask someone else’s name in Spanish.
  • How to communicatively use important verbs in Spanish: “TENER”, “QUERER”, “PEDIR”, “PODER”.
  • How to use the verb “IR” to talk about future actions.
To expand your vocabulary of useful phrases for the holidays, you have a video and downloadable PDF and MP3  – all for free.

Spanish for Travelers: 62 Must-Know Phrases with Free PDF

The video where you will learn the most importan 62 phrases for your next trip to a Spanish-speaking land is this:

Final lesson

You will not learn new information in this lesson.

  • You can download the course summary and take the final quiz to see how much you learned.
  • You can download your certificate from your account on the platform.
  • You will receive a discount coupon that you can use to  purchase the complete self-study course and thus finish the A1 level.  The coupon has no expiration date.

Why should I take the full course after completing the mini-course?

In the mini-course I will teach you Spanish that is worthwhile to learn.  After finishing it, you will have a solid base of Spanish and it will be easier to continue learning

…  And you will feel so inspired that you will want to keep the same study system.

I give you the discount coupon for the purchase of the complete course so you can continue learning with the methodology you know from the mini-course.

With the full course, you will finish level A1 (beginner).
  • You will learn everything you need to communicate in a simple, but effective way, in everyday situations and on a trip.
I advise you to research how much an online course at another language school can cost.

You can be sure that no other language school offers you such a valuable free sample  of its teaching styleno strings attached.
  • I do offer you the mini-course, in which you will learn plenty of useful Spanish words and structures, without feeling overwhelmed.
Each lesson of the full course costs you less than 10€…  And it will cost you even less if you take advantage of the coupons.

It is a very reasonable price for the intensity and the quality of practical  information you will receive and the advantages of learning with full flexibility.

Think about what you can buy with € 10 in your city. In Madrid, for example, a metro ticket or a coffee already costs approximately € 2 each.

1 Spanish lesson (in Euros, without discount) = ☕

If you take the course, you will not be spending your money, as would happen if you had 5 coffees.  You will be investing in your education, in your career, in yourself.
  • It is not just your money that matters. Your time is crucial, as well! And the time and money you invest in learning Spanish will give visible results in the short, medium and long term.
These results are:
  • Material benefits: you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and achieve ambitious goals in your academic and professional life.
  • Personal benefits: you will invest in yourself, in learning something useful that you will find pleasurable.
Are you still not convinced? Read on.

What hacks can optimize my learning?

To learn well you must…

  • Have quality material, systematic and varied. You already have this! 🍾
  • Dedicate time and have a little patience.
  • Define your goals and verify that you are reaching them.
  • Enjoy acquiring a new skill and learning when you are concentrated and feel like doing it.

Let’s look at these and other factors that contribute to your success.

Side note: these tips are the result of my experience as a teacher, my experience as a student and academic studies on didactics and psychology.

Repetition

“Practice makes perfect”, right?

To learn any new skill, we must know the theory, but we can only master it through practice… And part of practicing means: repetition.

  • We only retain information if we repeat it. Unless you have a photographic memory, you will have to see the same word several times to assimilate it.

But repetition does not mean monotony! As you know, variety is key to excellent results in learning a language.

My advice is: before you learn something new, go over what you have already learned, even if it is just a quick glance at the mini-course summaries.

  • You can vary your review sessions: one day you refresh your vocabulary with the PDF; the next, you use the flashcards; the third, you listen to the audio; the fourth, you watch the corresponding part in the video of the lesson again…
  • Repeat each word aloud or write it down in a notebook or a piece of paper. To assimilate the information, it is convenient that you repeat it (saying it aloud or writing it down).

Any person can achieve a goal if he/she puts his/her mind to it.

  • Do you remember the French or Spanish classes in high school? Surely you did not learn much back then because it was mandatory. Perhaps you did not see the usefulness of that knowledge. Maybe your teacher was jaded, and his/her lack of enthusiasm for the language was contagious.

But now everything is different.  You are in control: you decide to learn and you will do so when you have the right mindset.

  • You will notice your progress instantly and thereby your motivation will grow exponentially.

Your organization

You must choose the right time to learn.  You, I insist, are in control.

  • For many people, an activity that requires some willpower, but is done voluntarily and with a benefit in mind – such as exercising or learning a language – should be part of a routine. Make it part of your schedule and define a place to study.
  • However, if you are one of those people who do not thrive under pressure, take your lessons whenever you feel inspired. But sometimes you need an extra motivation boost.
  • Therefore, I advise you, if you feel a little lazy, put on some music in Spanish. That pleasant stimulus will help you find the desire to study.

Check out the power of music with this eclectic playlist I prepared for my dear students. You will surely find something that pleases you.

Tip: If you are having trouble concentrating, go outside and take a walk in the park or on the beach.

  • Both the physical activity of walking and the color green stimulate us, science points out .
  • Aristotle himself was adept at teaching his disciples as he walked. Give the Greek philosopher’ hack a try.
  • And when you have found your inspiration, take advantage of the fact that you have access to the course from your smartphone and learn outdoors.
  • Or you can keep walking while listening to the audios or the video lessons with your headphones.

Your commitment

Studying a language, especially at the beginning, demands a little bit of you.

  • I seriously question the professionalism and honesty of teachers who promise that you can learn any language effortlessly, even in your sleep.
  • Because one, before becoming a teacher, has been a student. And the teachers who remembers these past experiences teach better… They put themselves in the student’s shoes and remember that the study requires some dedication.
  • No one learns anything by snapping their fingers, and promising miracles is misleading advertising.

I am not saying that study should be a burdensome, stressful experience. Quite the opposite!

Difficulties may arise, but I advise you to approach them as opportunities for growth.

Several studies point out that one can only learn by being challenged. If you do not step out of your comfort zone, you do not learn.

Tip: You must find the balance. You should feel that you are overcoming obstacles, without exhaustion and without feeling swamped.

Without a little effort, there is also no sense of reward. The feeling of having achieved something on the merits of oneself is empowering.

  • Do not be discouraged.  A new language is a new world. It will take you some time to get used to it. The more contact you have with the language, the sooner that feeling of “being out of place” will vanish.
  • The new language is full of unknown aspects that you can explore with full freedom. With an online course, no one will be testing you, no one will be judging you, or expecting anything from you.

Your perseverance

To truly learn, you must be consistent. I know it is not easy, because we all must deal with engagements, tasks, and unforeseen events.

But if you consider Spanish a priority, you will find time for it, and the right mindset to learn.

Identify the excuses you use not to start studying (tiredness, laziness, lack of time, other more urgent items in your to-do-list …). Only if you make that “diagnosis” will you be able to stand up to the tendency to self-sabotage that we all have.

  • We never make excuses for not carrying out a pleasant activity. We must understand what excuses we make for not performing a rewarding activity, but that requires some effort, and thus stop justifying procrastination. 

You have at least two alternatives:

  • If you are disciplined, you can pose your course as a “challenge” and strive to finish the mini-course in a week, for example.
  • But if you do not have that discipline or that goal, do not worry. You do not need to “force” yourself to study because, if you are motivated, the desire to learn will appear. If you tend to procrastination, here are some useful tips.

Dedicate some time each day to the course. Ten minutes a day will be enough to get you started.

  • Spend 10 or 15 minutes each day learning. It is more productive than studying  20 or 30 minutes every other day.

You do not need to do a new lesson every day. But set aside a few minutes of your busy schedule for reviews.  Especially at the beginning of language learning it is necessary to be consistent.

  • If at that initial stage the study is irregular, we easily forget the information.

That time is quality time that you are investing in yourself, in becoming a more resourceful, self-confident person.

Never forget the benefits of your learning.  If you remember your goals and your gains (looking to the future), and you remember how much you have achieved so far (looking to the past), you will not give in to the tendency to procrastinate (in the present).

Your physical and mental wellbeing

Healthy lifestyle habits make us more effective people. It seems obvious, but having a balanced life has an impact on an overall well-being that improves the results of your intellectual efforts.

Sleep the hours you need, have meals that are as varied and as natural as possible, do some physical activity, drink enough water, keep up hobbies and nurture friendships.

Create a cozy learning environment.

  • You must find yourself physically comfortable to enjoy your lessons. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, put on nice lighting, wear comfy clothes (sweatpants, yoga pants, or no pants at all!). Or go to a coffee shop or a library if you think you have distractions at home (and you feel like wearing pants).

Get more effective study sessions  – online and non-digital tricks

Schedule your learning sessions for the time you feel more focused and loaded with energy. Do not try to learn new information if you feel worn out and have trouble concentrating.

  • Find out if you are a morning person or the opposite (you can take the quiz) and take some time in this period to work with Spanish.
  • If you respect the rhythm of your body, you will achieve a better study quality.

Congratulate yourself on your achievements.  Give yourself a treat after your daily study. You earned it!

  • Eat some chocolate or drink some coffee. Lie on the couch to do nothing. Give yourself a minute of silly internet pastime for every minute of study. That way you will not feel remorse because your hobby is fully deserved.
  • If one day you are feeling dispirited, indulge in something that you enjoy before studying as an incentive, and give yourself a reward after you have studied.
  • If you have trouble concentrating, drink a glass of water. It may seem like an absurd trick, but it really works. Give it a try.

Set  clear and realistic study goals.

  • If you only have 10 minutes, do not start a new lesson. Use short periods for reviews or exercises.
  • To start a new lesson, set aside 20 minutes to watch the video and repeat the parts you need to watch again.

Review what you learned each day before bed. Two minutes will suffice. That will give you a sense of having accomplished something that day and, in addition, you will help your brain during the night turn your short-term memory into long-term memory.

Write down in your calendar your study goals for the day. It will give you great satisfaction to be able to cross out that task when you have completed it.

Here I prepared an example of a calendar. You can download the image to print and fill in with your own weekly study goals.

your customized Spanish calendar

You do not need much grammar for that: you can write your goals with the infinitive, and you will already be practicing Spanish in a natural and useful way.

The vocabulary of study activities in Spanish is the following:

ESCUCHARto listen
HABLARto speak
LEERto read
ESCRIBIRto write
APUNTARto take notes
VER EL RESUMENto see the summary
CONSULTAR LAS FICHAS DE VOCABULARIOto check out the vocabulary flashcards
REPASAR EL VOCABULARIOto review the vocabulary
HACER LOS EJERCICIOSto do the exercises
ESCUCHAR EL AUDIOto listen to the audio
VER EL VÍDEOto watch the video
HACER EL TESTto take the quiz
study activities in Spanish: use these expressions to ste your weekly study goals

You can use that same weekly calendar as a journal, in which you write down what you accomplished every day in Spanish.

Another use of the same calendar is to write down the words you want to learn during the week. When you are sure you have learned the word, you cross it out. Save used calendars you to review information after a few weeks.

Speak with your own self! Or, if you think that is crazy (it is not – talking is just talking to someone who surely listens to you), talk to your pet or your plants.

  • Read the examples and exercises aloud. Thus, you will practice three skills at once: the ability to read, to listen and to speak.
  • If you write your word lists yourself and create your own summaries, you will also be training your writing.

Explain what you learned to someone else. This way you will consolidate the information and do a good deed, because knowledge is a precious gift.  Share what you know with someone who knows how to value it: it is something that will benefit both of you.

  • In addition, we know that we have really understood something when we are able to explain it to another person. If that person could assimilate what you taught him or her, it is that you master the topic.

Ask not to be disturbed when you are studying. Even if you are working with your notebook or phone screen, ignore or disable notifications during study time.

Tips: how to incorporate Spanish into your day-to-day life –  easily and for free!

Print the PDF or download it on your smart phone to have the material always at hand to make a quick review. If the material is accessible, you have no “excuse” not to study.

Take advantage of idle time (waiting for the bus or in the supermarket queue, for example) to take a look at the flashcards in the mobile application.

Change the settings of your phone (also of the apps and social media that you use) for Spanish.

  • It is a way to learn vocabulary without realizing you do, because when you touch the phone, your brain is often on “autopilot.”
  • That vocabulary learning is unconscious and works.

Change the settings of your video games for Spanish.

Pinterest can serve you for fashion and lifestyle trends – but in Spanish!  As, in addition to being a social network, it is a search engine by images, you can easily search in the foreign language.

  • Just use the right keywords: “fashion”, “hairstyles”, “makeup”, “nails”, “recipes”, “decoration”, “dating” (in Spanish “cita” means both “quote” and “professional engagement” and “romantic encounter”), “weddings”, “Christmas”, for example.
  • You can also use Pinterest specifically to learn. Create your boards and save the pins that interest you and, thus, always have resources at hand to study whenever you want.
  • Check out my account (@discenslearning), where I keep materials created by myself and by other professional teachers.  I conscientiously choose  that material and you can be sure that they are quality resources for your self-learning.
MODA fashion
PEINADOS hairstyles
MAQUILLAJE make-up
UÑAS nails
RECETAS recipes
(HACER) EJERCICIO/DEPORTE exercising/doing sports
FITNESS fitness
DIETAS diets
DECORACIÓN decor
CITAS quotes
BODAS wedding
NAVIDAD Christmas
Pinterest keywords to learn Spanish using social media

Use language blogs and other websites with free content for learners.

Spanish Academy

Fluentu

BBC Spanish

Listening comprehension and podcasts to learn Spanish:

News in Slow Spanish

You can find out what is happening in the world with this freemium service.

Spanish Listening

Examples of dialogues with animation and transcription. 100% free.

SpanishPod101

On the YouTube channel, you will find free content to get more input.

Coffee Break Spanish

Podcast with short and very useful episodes. You can listen to it on Spotify.

Catálogo de Voces Hispánicas.

On this last website, you choose a location and you can listen to a native speaker and read the transcript. It is suitable for intermediate level students, but as a beginner you can check it out for free.

Online Spanish grammar and exercises:

StudySpanish

It offers varied material to learn and practice (for example, grammar drills). It offers free and premium services.

123teachme

It offers dialogues, varied exercises, and games. Free.

University Of Texas

They offer free exercises.

BaBaDum

A real gem. The website will allow you to play and learn the language. Free.

ProfeDeEle

This website offers exercises for students of all levels. Free.

Spanish Unicorn

Besides from having the cutest name ever, you will find plenty of free materials to practice Spanish.

Reading comprehension in Spanish:

Lingua

This website offers texts for beginners, among other learning materials. It is freemium.

Aprender Español

The website has an outdated design, but it has easy texts for beginners with exercises.

Spanish culture and customs:

The Local

If you want to live in Spain, this website in English will give you practical tips and interesting comments on Spanish culture.

Many students enjoy having little pieces of paper, like post-its, around the house on which they have written down relevant information (“cheat sheets”).

  • You can put a piece of paper with the name of each object (stick one to your box of cereals where it says “LOS CEREALES”). And get creative!
  • For example, you can put little pieces of paper in the bathroom mirror and review vocabulary or conjugations while brushing your teeth.
  • You can put pieces of paper in the pockets of your jackets and coats to have Spanish always at hand.
  • Those pieces of paper can be written by you. Or you can print the vocabulary lists of the course to fit four slides on an A4 sheet. You cut each one out and use it as your “cheat sheet.”

Do not be afraid to make mistakes. In case of doubt, check out the material and use online dictionaries and translators.

A key to success – in Spanish or any other project – is to share your progress with friends and family and people you think support you. Do it IRL and on social media.

  • It is a way to reinforce your commitment, without putting yourself under pressure that could backfire.
  • If your friends know you are studying Spanish, they will accompany your progress, and you will want to share good news with them. That keeps you motivated.
  • For that reason, I enabled the option for the student to share  their progress in the mini-course on  social networks.

Surround yourself with stimuli in Spanish to learn passively

This way, you will be learning even if you do not consciously assimilate the content of the stimulus (that is, if you do not understand every single word that comes up).  You will be training your hearing comprehension with hardly any effort.

If you are one of those people who aim for understanding everything you hear or read, you should be a little more flexible.

  • Keep in mind that deduction is part of any communication – even if we are communicating in our native tongue! This is what happens with non-verbal communication (gestures, tone of voice, facial expression…).

It is essential to learn proactively with regular study sessions, in which, yes, you must understand all the content consciously.

But you should also spend time learning passively, that is, having contact with Spanish in ways that are pleasant for you.

  • If you are at ease, you assimilate the information better – even if you do it unconsciously. This is how you learn, without realizing that you are learning.

Apart from study time, add a few minutes to your day doing something totally idle, but that involves Spanish.

It can be watching a series in Spanish with English subtitles.

  • If you fancy a challenge, put a series or movie that you have seen many times and watch it in Spanish with Spanish subtitles. Since you already know the plot (and even some lines by heart), you are assimilating Spanish without being aware of it.

Listening to music is also great, especially if you listen while reading the lyrics of the song. You do not need to understand the meaning of the lyrics. It is enough that you read the written words and pay attention to how they are pronounced.

  • Spotify has many songs available with “subtitles”.
  • When you already know a little more Spanish, you can practice the language with songs on these websites:

LyricsGaps

LyricsTraning

Qlipo

Just listen to music. Let it play in the background. It is a great way to learn without being aware that you are learning and, at the same time, to do something pleasant.

I created this very eclectic playlist for my students and I hope you enjoy it!

Use Twitter, where there are accounts where you can laugh and learn Spanish at the same time.

@SpanishDict : learn a word every day!

@spanishmemer: memes are perfect for beginners because they have little text and a self-explanatory image.

@MejoresTwits: jokes and memes

Enjoy the free content (often with subtitles) of Spanish Radio and Television (RTVE).

Everything is a matter of taste, but many Spanish students enjoy watching Latin American soap operas. The pronunciation is clear, the Spanish is not excessively colloquial, and since it is possible to understand the plot without understanding all the words (basically you will see in any show: passion, forbidden love, jealousy, envy, betrayal), it can help you a lot. Here are some classic soap operas:

  • María la del Barrio (literal: “Maria from the neighborhood”, in English “Humble María”). A telenovela with universal success, which was broadcast in 180 countries. It is a kind of Cinderella set in Mexico City in the 1990s.
  • Sin Senos no Hay Paraíso  ( “Without Breasts there is no Paradise”, in English, literal) and Café con Aroma de Mujer (literally: “Woman-Scented Coffee” are two Colombian soap operas with VERY bizarre names that were a massive success. Café Con Aroma de Mujer has a Netflix remake. Sin Senos no Hay Paraíso pioneered the “narcoserie” genre, a genre of TV shows that has drug trafficking as a backdrop. There were several remakes, including in Spain where the name of the series got even weirder, Sin Tetas No Hay Paraíso (“No Tits, no Paradise”, literally).
  • Pasión de Gavilanes (“Passion of Hawks”, in English “Hidden Passion”). Three brothers, three sisters, and drama everywhere. And also hunky men who seem to ignore what a shirt is (the money they saved in costume budget by letting the men appear bare-chested all the time!). And a catchy song, “¿quién es ese hombre?” (“who is this man?”) that you will hum involuntarily as soon as you listen to it (do it, it is below). How could it not be a huge television success? And it has a sequel, that started on Valentine’s Day, 2022!
  • Rebelde. The adventures of a group of upper-class Mexican students. Overly dramatic teen soap that marked a generation of Latin Americans. The Latino version of O.C. California or Gossip Girl, if you will.

Here are some humorous videos that parody telenovelas (in “Spanglish”, with some linguistic mistakes in Spanish, but the videos are really funny):

  • Besos y Lágrimas (“Kisses and Tears”): you will see Jennifer López speaking in Spanish.
  • ¿Qué hora es? (“What time is it?”): as the show defines itself, it is “la telenovela mexicana para personas que solo estudiaron español durante tres semanas en cuarto de primaria”, “the Mexican soap opera for people who only studied Spanish for three weeks in fourth grade”.
  • Check out the comedy series Acapulco, which is bilingual.

Use YouTube channels:

  • EasySpanish: interviews with natives on the street with subtitles. The videos are set in Barcelona and Mexico City and I advise you to start with the Mexicans because they speak slowly.
  • Spanish PlayGround: educational videos of various kinds, even for children. The great plus of this channel is that, although they are native speakers, they speak Spanish very slowly.
  • Spanish and Go: videos aimed at traveling with a native and a foreigner, who speak with an accent, but correctly and very clearly. It is a good sample of Spanish.
  • VideoEle: entertaining and practical educational videos. https://videoele.com/
  • Extr@ en Español: a sitcom for Spanish learners. Some of my students love it, some hate it… Watch it on YouTube and form your own opinion.
  • For humor in Spanish and English, you have the Joanna Hausmann and Jenny Lorenzo channels.
  • Kid’s shows can also be of great help, because they tend to be very visual. Choose one where you speak slowly and with pauses  – Pocoyo is awesome for beginners: it is very visual, slowly and clearly pronounced.
  • And you also have my channel where all the content is adapted for beginners.

Create opportunities to listen to Spanish in your daily life. For example:

  • Find out if there are gatherings in your city for salsa or tango aficionados. It is very likely that there are Latinos and there will be opportunities to chat or, at least, to be in contact with the culture. BTW, “aficionado” is a word Spanish “loaned” to English, but in Spanish it does not necessarily “connoisseur”. It means someone who cultivates a hobby or is passionate about a sport or entertainment activity.
  • If you live in a country where Spanish is not spoken, pretend that you are a tourist and go to the city center. If you live in a large, touristy city, there are surely Spanish-speaking tourists, or even free guided city tours in Spanish. You can pretend to be Spanish-speaking and join the group.
  • Go to a Spanish or Mexican restaurant, as it is possible that the waiters are native, and you can take the opportunity to order your food and chat about it in Spanish.
  • Integrate with the Spanish Erasmus at your university, if you live in Europe. Or go to Erasmus bars near the university, even if you are not a student.  Spain is the country with the most bars per capita IN THE WORLD and when Spaniards feel homesick they go to the nearest bar to drink cerveza with their countrymen.

In this short video you will learn the basic phrases to order something at a bar or café. This is the video #16 of this list of short videos to learn useful phrases. You have more input with audios and quizzes available for free.

Yo quería tomar un café. I would like to have a coffee.
Un café, por favor. A coffee, please.
Para mí, un café con leche y sin azúcar. For me, a coffee with milk and no sugar.
Tengo sed. Pido un zumo de naranja. I am thirsty. I order an orange juice.
Tengo hambre. Pido un trozo de pastel. I am hungry. I order a piece of cake.
La cuenta, por favor. The check, please.
useful phrases in Spanish to order food and drinks at a café or restaurant

Why is the mini-course available for free?

”You are out of your mind, why on Earth are you going to offer free of charge a course you have worked so hard to create?”

That question was asked to me by many people during the process of crafting my courses. Maybe you have asked it yourself, too.

Therefore, here I will explain what led me to create these courses so that you can see the transparency of my teaching method.

Many businesses offer testimonials from their customers as proof of their satisfaction. I do too, because I understand that those testimonials can help you decide to learn with me. You can watch one in this link.

I also offer you my testimonial, so that you understand why I am so proud of my work that I want to share it with the world.

For three years, I dedicated myself almost exclusively to creating the 8 mini-courses and the 8 complete A1 level courses that you will find on this website.

But these courses encompass much more than 3 years of work.

  • The courses are the result of a lifetime speaking the languages I teach.
  • The courses are the result of my positive experiences as a student. I enjoy participating in seminars for teachers, chatting with colleagues and learning languages for fun, observing what strategies work and how to apply them to improve my methodology.
  • The online courses I offer you are also the result of my academic studies and my entire professional career dedicated to teaching.

I will tell you a couple of things about me here, since in the educational videos I teach the language, exclusively. I do not share my personal life in them because it has no relevance to your learning.

  • But here it does because, when you get to know me, you will better understand what I can do to help you with Spanish.

My name is Alicia, I am Sagittarius, and my favorite food is strawberries. I have a pet bunny who loves it when I take him for a walk, holding him in my arms, and that random people call him “GUAPO” (“handsome”) (because he is). He also enjoys meditating with me at the beach (he is a very sensitive and spiritual being).

I have been incredibly lucky to be raised in three languages.  I grew up in Brazil, my mother is German, and my father is Spaniard. I studied until I was 18 years old at the Miguel de Cervantes Bilingual School in São Paulo, Brazil.

I studied the Licenciatura de Humanidades/Kulturwissenschaften, two master’s degrees in didactics and a doctorate in literature. I carried out these studies at the University of Alcalá (Madrid) and the Humboldt Universität (Berlin).

I moved to Berlin to study my last year of university. After that, I worked for many years as a teacher at the Volkshochschule in Berlin. In 2018  I moved to Mallorca to be closer to my family and to focus on the creation of digital content.

I have always been fascinated by communication and languages. I knew from a very young age that it made me happy to learn things and to transmit that knowledge. I am enormously grateful for the support I received and continue to receive from my family.

I am lucky for my circumstances and for your interest in learning a language with my help.

I do not ask you for anything in return for the content that I offer you for free.

But I appreciate that you react to the content I publish on the blog, on YouTube and on other social media (comments, “likes”, subscription to the channel, sharing the content with your friends).

Your feedback helps me to be a better professional, and with that, the quality of what I offer you will increase.  Thank you in advance for your support!

But, in addition, there is another factor that you probably do not know if you do not create content on the internet.  I did not know that until recently either, and so I did not understand why digital content creators insisted so much that people “like” their content.

  • When you react positively to the content I post on any digital media, you are giving proof that the content is relevant.
  • Artificial intelligence identifies these signals as a quality indicator.

That helps search engines give my content greater visibility.  As that I reach a wider audience, I can afford to invest part of my time on creating FREE, VALUABLE content for you and for other learners.

Many people who upload content to the internet aim for money and fame, and some even achieve it.

  • This is not my case. In my professional life, I am extroverted, but in my personal life, I am a very private person. I also do not have dreams of wealth and popularity. Otherwise, I would not have studied Philosophy and Arts (“Humanidades”).

I share my materials, so my teaching style is available for those who are curious and interested in learning.

I find my work itself rewarding and I know I am doing my bit because the digital revolution allows me to. Teachers of previous generations had no such luck.

  • The desire to learn is a fantastic thing and teachers must help their students satisfy that thirst for knowledge
  • The teacher feels fulfilled to see that the more the students learn, the more they want to learn.

Being a teacher is one of the most amazing jobs out there because we assist those who need help.

When you teach a language, you provide resources to your students so that they can solve problems and be open for new experiences.

  • Us, teachers, are motivated because our students motivate us, and vice versa.

Knowing something useful and interesting and being able to teach it is a huge satisfaction that every passionate teacher knows very well.

That reward is what makes many teachers keep up their good work even if they could have other better-paying jobs that require less personal commitment than teaching.

For a passionate teacher, there are more important things than making money.

  • If you think it is strange that a course of such quality is offered free of charge, I understand your surprise. We live in a world where the value of everything is reduced to money.
  • Because of this materialistic world, we often believe that something will give great results just because it was pricey.  And we believe that, if something is free, it will not be a worth much.

But the best things in the world are priceless and cannot be purchased. Learning is a fantastic thing, and it should be free and available for everyone.

Teachers, like any other professional, must be paid. But many of us are so enthusiastic about what we do, that we are willing to give up some of our skills, our energy and our time without asking for anything physical  in return.

For me, money is not that important. More important for me is to do something I love, to know that I help my students… That my time and yours is being invested wisely.

I spent many years teaching face-to-face classes to groups and individuals. It was delightful to be in personal contact with them.

But – at the same time – I was frustrated because I could not work more than I did so I could help more students. My day only has 24 hours.

Then I realized that, by uploading my materials to the internet, the time it takes me to create that content “stretches”. I spend many hours creating a piece of content, but after publishing it, it is available to anyone who wants to access it – anytime, anywhere.

Besides that, as a teacher, I relish the feeling that I am not imposing anything on my students.

I offer you all the resources you need to learn coherently and methodically.

I insist that you should study when you feel focused and receptive to new information to increase your productivity.

You only need willingness to study and to dedicate a little time each day to Spanish.

  • Let me explain. In my face-to-face classes, making my students at ease was one of my top priorities.  
  • I did my best to achieve this, but in group classes I had to follow a lesson plan and could not adapt to the wishes of each student.

It is quite different in the online self-study course. You will feel as if it were a private class in which there is no schedule that you should stick to.

I leave the material organized for you and I give you the necessary and coherent explanations. And after that, everything is up to you!

You learn whenever you want and decide the intensity of your study sessions.  It is the most flexible and effective form of study.

To put a metaphor, the teacher who works online plants a tree that, whenever someone wants to take its fruit, they can get it.

  • Online self-learning is a tree that never stops bearing fruit. When you want to taste the fruit, there you have it.

Every material I publish comprises the time I invested creating it, and the incalculable value of my knowledge and my experience with speaking and teaching languages.

  • And there is also something else, something that is part of me, and that is my passion for teaching and my determination to do it better and better.

It is an honor and a great pleasure to be able to share that with you and with anyone who wants to benefit from my knowledge and my methodology.

  • I am giving you all that value because I sincerely believe that you are worth it and because I trust that everything I teach is useful and will only bring you advantages.

Because I know that by publishing free materials and mini-courses, I am giving you a very powerful tool: the ability to communicate with more people.

To use another metaphor, a language is a bridge. The more bridges you know, the more places you can reach, the more people you can get to know.

  • A language, apart from having value in itself (as knowledge and as a practical skill), fulfills the purpose of increasing one’s resources and aptitudes.
  • You can learn a language just for sheer pleasure. But even so, everything you learn is useful in your practical life.

Learning opens our minds. It means discovering new realities and ways of understanding those new worlds.

You do not know how many opportunities you are missing right now by not sacrificing a little of your valuable time to learning a language.

Think that there may be a better-paying job than your current one. A job in which you do something that you like more, and the only thing that keeps you away from that dream job is that you still cannot add “Spanish” to your resumé.

Think that there are millions of lovely people that you could meet if you spoke their language and understood their culture. Think that maybe your soulmate only speaks Spanish, and you cannot get to know this wonderful person because you do not speak a common language!

Keep in mind that, if you speak Spanish, you will enjoy your vacation even more. It is possible that in the touristy spots of the Spanish-speaking countries English is spoken. Since you can order food in your language, that is enough for you not to starve…  But you may want to be able to say much more in Spanish than the phrase virtually any tourist knows: “una cerveza, por favor”.

To have a deeper understanding of a culture you must know the language. This is how you will connect better with people and their way of thinking.

Do you understand my passion for languages and why I want to share my knowledge and methodology with you?

Language is the key you need to open doors that you may not even imagine that they are  so close to you, just waiting for you to open them.

Believe me, your life is going to change when you start speaking a new language.

I am only able to communicate with you now because I speak English. If I did not know this language, I could not teach you Spanish…

  • …Moreover, I could not teach you Spanish by understanding the difficulties you may encounter in that language when English “gets in the way”.
  • That understanding of your difficulties as an English-speaker is an added value of my courses and materials.

You want to learn and – merely for that  – you deserve the opportunity to do so without having to pay for it.

You could be spending the time you are investing on this blog post watching videos of funny animals on the internet.  I cannot “compete” for your attention if you want to watch videos of fluffy bunnies.  Rabbits are heavenly creatures, and they also deserve to be given a little of your time.

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(here I put a GIF as a thank you for your patience to continue reading this post)

Much of what we do during our leisure hours is to seek entertainment. It is necessary and healthy to do so. You should enjoy your spare time with things that cheer you up.

You could be using your leisure time with any pastime, but now you are giving me your attention and your time.

The best way to show you my gratitude for that gift of yours is to give you something in return: quality learning materials for which you do not have to pay a dime.

On your part, you only need to dedicate time and have a desire to learn.  And you can believe me when I tell you that your time will be very productive on the course.

Every minute you dedicate to Spanish you  will be learning practical things  and in such a pleasant way that, indeed, time will fly by.

If you still do not believe it, you can check it out right now.

  • Sign up for the mini-course.
  • Check out the blog and leave a comment, saying what you would like to learn and I will do my best to help you.
  • Subscribe to the YouTube channel.

I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

How to learn Spanish for free with materials for English-speaking learners

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You can learn the basics of Spanish with the FREE mini course for English speakers with videos, PDFs and audios 

Your first contact with the Spanish language. On the link, you’ll find more tips, videos,  and resources to learn Spanish for FREE and from scratch. 

How To Speak Spanish: Guide For Beginners With Video and PDF

A series of 1-minute videos to learn the most basic Spanish with transcriptions, audios, and quizzes.

How To Learn Useful Spanish with Free Quick Videos

The most common greetings, farewells and politeness phrases in Spanish.

Lesson 1 –  SPANISH TRIAL LESSON. Lección 1. Saludamos.

62 simple phrases in Spanish for travelers.

Spanish for Travelers: 62 Must-Know Phrases with Free PDF

The 81 TOP questions and answers in Spanish.

Questions and Answers in Spanish | Download Free PDF and MP3

The most thorough guide on greetings and goodbyes in Spanish.

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Vocabulary: the most relevant verbs in Spanish for English speakers.

Free Video Guide: Spanish Verbs for English Speakers

Vocabulary: the most relevant nouns in Spanish for English speakers.

Basic Noun Vocabulary in Spanish with Free Video, PDF & MP3!

In this playlist, you will find videos to learn Spanish with explanations in Spanish (with Spanish & English subtitles)

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About the author: I am Alicia, your Spanish teacher. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and I was raised trilingual. I did my undergraduate and Ph.D. studies in Madrid and Berlin. After completing my Masters in Didactics in 2010, I applied my knowledge to foreign language teaching. I worked in Berlin with face-to-face classes until 2018. Since then, I have specialized in online teaching and the creation of digital learning content.

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