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Introduction to the Spanish Language
Episode 1 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New 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 cognates (Spanish words that are similar to their English equivalents),…
Definite Articles and Nouns
Episode 2 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 how to make nouns plural, practice pronouncing Spanish consonants, and…
Subject Pronouns and the Verb Ser
Episode 3 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 the present tense, create simple sentences, and explore how Spanish…
Regular -ar Verbs in the Present
Episode 4 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 appropriate endings. Continue with Spanish adjectives and their placement, cognate…
Indefinite Articles and Numbers to 100
Episode 5 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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. Finally, complete your work with Spanish consonants, making important distinctions…
The Verb Estar and Numbers over 100
Episode 6 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 with adjectives describing emotions, conditions, and locations. Learn to count…
Expressing Time in Spanish
Episode 9 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 regarding days and dates. Finally, learn the months of the…
Verbs like Hacer and Interrogative Words
Episode 11 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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…
Direct Object Pronouns and Adverbs
Episode 16 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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,…
Expressions Using the Verb Tener
Episode 10 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 important vocabulary related to the family. Finish by considering some…
Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Present
Episode 7 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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…
The Verb Ir in the Present
Episode 8 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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…
The Verbs Saber and Conocer
Episode 12 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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…
Indirect Object Pronouns
Episode 19 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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.
The Present Progressive
Episode 15 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 present progressive, and how its use in Spanish differs from…
Talking about the Past: Acabar and Hace
Episode 22 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 past: acabar de, which describes something that just happened, and…
Stem-Changing Verbs
Episode 13 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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…
Affirmatives, Negatives, and Demonstratives
Episode 17 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 affirmative and negative statements in Spanish, and learn about regional…
Double Object Pronouns
Episode 20 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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 object pronouns together (as in, "I give it to you"…
More Affirmative and Negative Expressions
Episode 18 of Learning Spanish: How to Understand and Speak a New Language
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" and "none" in English), which can also be used as…