Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can with Speed Spanish. This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto.
You will learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you will be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish.¡Qué Bueno!
THE MAGIC CIRCLE
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!
THE 'HAY' RECIPE
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.
THE MAGIC CIRCLE & HAY RECIPES
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.
THE ¿DÓNDE ESTÁ? RECIPE
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.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
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!
THE FOUR SEASONS
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.
ON THE ROAD
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.
YOU ‘TIENE’ AND I’LL ‘TENGO’
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.
TO YOUR HEALTH!
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 ‘QUIERO/QUIERE’ RECIPE
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.
¿QUÉ HACE USTED?
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.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- You must have working headphones or speakers.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Applications must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
Instructor-led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: Start your course at any time your schedule permits.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
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 can start your course at anytime, review all lessons in any order, and learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the 3 month access period.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
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 3 month duration of access ends.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
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: No extensions will be granted since all lessons are accesable at the start of your enrollment, for the full 3 months of access.
WILL I BE ABLE TO SPEAK SPANISH AFTER THIS COURSE?
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!
WHAT AREAS OF COUNTRY HAVE THE LARGEST SPANISH-SPEAKING POPULATION?
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.
IS SPANISH EASY TO LEARN?
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.
ARE THERE CAREERS WHERE I WILL NEED TO KNOW SPANISH?
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:
- Customer Service
- Medical Professional
- Social Worker
- Administrative Assistant
WILL SPEAKING SPANISH HELP ME TRAVEL MORE EASILY?
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.
CAN THIS COURSE HELP ME IN DAILY INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS?
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.
ARE THERE OTHER REASONS TO LEARN SPANISH?
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.