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Universitat Politècnica de València

Basic Spanish 3: Getting there

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¡Bienvenidos y bienvenidas! (Welcome!)

In this Spanish course, you will learn basic vocabulary to talk about yourself and your everyday life, in the present, in the future and in the past, in simple and brief communication situations. You will learn expressions of time, how to express things that will happen in the future, vocabulary related to the shopping list, how to express an opinion, talking about your health, and about experiences and activities that happened in the past. At the end of the course you will be able to communicate in everyday situations according to the A2 proficiency level (elementary) as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFRL, Council of Europe).

The course, which is designed for English speakers, offers a variety of exercises after going through the stages of content presentation, comprehension and production. You have videos, small texts and audios to improve your pronunciation, glossaries, activities for oral practice with other course students, quizzes, grammar cards and recommendations on external Internet resources to continue learning more and more Spanish.

The topics on which the activities revolve are work life, family life, city life and outdoor life. As you can see, a bit of everything to be able talk about yourself and to engage in everyday communication.

We hope you like our menu. ¡Buen provecho! (Bon appétit!)


Unit 1: Mañana voy a empezar a estudiar español

This Unit includes practice in expressing actions that will take place in the future, describing every day chores, formulating questions, and learning to use time expressions.

Unit 2: ¿Qué tal tu día?

This Unit includes practice in describing our daily lives, asking questions about others, expressing preferences, and saying whether or not we liked something.

Unit 3: ¿Qué haces mañana?

This Unit includes practice in describing how we feel, parts of the body, speaking on the phone, inviting someone to do something, and arranging to meet someone.

Unit 4: ¿Dónde pasaste las vacaciones?

This Unit includes practice in using the past indefinite verb tense, describing what we did the previous day, describing how we spent the weekend, talking about our friends and explaining what they did, and talking about the holidays.

Taught by

Prof. Ana Gimeno and Cristina Navarro

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  • Anonymous
    Very nice and helpful course and overall program, I finished all three courses by today, it improved my Spanish language skills. Now I can make basic sentences and read Spanish texts on the internet, also, I will improve my skills to reach advanced levels. I...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you to the University of Valencia for putting out these beginner Spanish courses! I have taken all 3 during quarantine, and along with some of my own studying on the side, I feel like I have learned a lot of the basics of Spanish. The only thing I would change about this particular course was the parts of it that were repeated verbatim from the second course. I did not mind reviewing the grammar topics, but I would have liked to perhaps practice them in different contexts. The best part of this course was the videos and the extensive practice with the past tense. Gracias para este curso; yo aprendí mucho!
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    As someone who grew up learning Spanish at a Spanish-immersion elementary school, and at home with my mother who is from Mexico, I really wanted to find a course that helped me not so much with basic vocabulary, but with actual sentence structure and grammar, and I think this course definitely provided that. It was nice to have writing, reading, and listening opportunities as that helped the course to be more well rounded. I would definitely recommend this course to those who are looking to further their Spanish grammar skills as though this course does not cover all aspects of grammar, it does offer a concise and helpful basic overview.
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    Abhijit Birje
    I am from India. It was my first course on edX and also first foreign language course. I am happy about my decision. I am thankful to the instructors of the course for designing and conducting this course. The videos and related audio exercises really helped in improving pronunciation, which is very important for non-native Spanish-speakers. Looking forward to improve my Spanish basics and reaching B1/B2 level.

    Highly recommended!!!

    Muchas gracias por toda la ayuda. ¡Hasta luego!

  • Anonymous
    I had quite a little knowledge of the Spanish language but was very interested. The course helped me so much and I found it really amazing. All the lecturers did great. I just wished students were still able to communicate with each other directly like before on Google Hangout. I had to take notes because the content is great for a beginner like me. I hoped the Basic Spanish Part 3 exam was a little more tasking though. Gracias por este curso!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course has been very interesting. It helped me learn Spanish with an innovative and useful method! I recommend this course to all people who want to learn without getting bored. In particular, I started Spanish's lessons because I wanted to learn Spanish, as it has always fascinated me and I found this course which meets all the requirements I was looking for! It has been a clear and easily accessible course and I learnt by playing! Teachers have been fantastic with their useful videos to improve Spanish’s grammar! Great job! Thak you so much! Sorry for the mistakes, I am an italian girl!
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have enjoyed this class very much. I took the other 2 Spanish courses and I am able to understand so much more of the language. However, I felt as though the 2nd course ended rather abruptly and it took a bit of time to get into the 3rd one. By taking these courses, I was introduced to DUO. I use it daily on either the computer or phone. Very easy to download. I give thumbs up for all of the classes !!
  • Anonymous
    Combined with Level 1 and Level 2, Basic Spanish Level 3 gives sufficient knowledge and information in order to be able to read, write and speak elementary Spanish. You can proceed at your own pace, repeat exercises if you wish, and use the material to study on your own time. Thank you to the professors and others who contributed their time and material to produce these three courses.
  • MayaF
    This course is great! The whole basic spanish set, one through three, has been super helpful for me whilst i'm trying to learn spanish. The videos and the nature of the repetition make sure you fully comprehend what you have learnt. Complicated grammar is explained in a simple and easy to understand way, perfect place to start (or continue) your mission to learn spanish!
  • Anonymous
    Thank you so much for the opportunity and it was very fruitful and engaging. Unfortunately I'm not able to upgrade and do the exam but I really enjoyed these days and activities. I totally recommend this e.learning activity! For those who have the opportunity to do the upgraded version, is worthy it! Congratulations for this interactive course!
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    Anonymous completed this course.

    Este curso he estado muy bueno y importante para mi por qué en poco tiempo yo he seguido el curso basico 1, y despues el basico 2 y ahora el basico 3 tambien. La semana pasada yo he trabajado en Almussafes acerca de Valencia, por la primera vez en Espana... y yo he hablado en espanol, yo creo suficiente..

    Muchas gracias a Ana y a todos lo profesores.

    Hasta la proxima!


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    Anonymous completed this course.

    I learned alot during this course. The book work was great way to introduce rules of the language and spelling to me. I feel like some words should be introduced with the rules on how to use them and what they mean before using them. Overall, I dont have any/many complaints. Thanks for sharing the knowledge. This is how you make the world a better place.
  • Anonymous
    I learned so much in this course. Subject matters are well explained. It contains objective and multiple choices exercises and tests to practice what you learned. (No peer graded exercises. Yes!) It teaches or talks about both Spanish and Latin-American Spanish (but mostly Spanish.) I highly recommend this course.
  • Anonymous
    very useful class. I've been learning Spanish for about 1 year. I recently found these classes on edX and took all 3 levels for beginner. The class structured very well and was easy to follow. I wish you can provide different levels spanish classes as well.
  • Anonymous
    The exercises are made in a very interesting way. You can learn different grammar and practice it in. You can learn a new vocabulary. And everything is on your own pace, which is ideal if you are working or studying and limited in a free time.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this online course because of clear explanations, numerous exercises, videos - and general course flow. I have been studying Spanish in Prague for four months and really needed to revise and practice what I have learnt in the classroom. This course reinforced what I kind of knew - and gave me more confidence in the classroom.
    Excellent blend of Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking. Reinforcement through repetition is included very effectively. Different presentations keep the course interesting to the last lesson. ¡Un caso muy bueno! Gracias por este.
  • Abdul Kaioum Abdur Raheem
    I LOVE it, WOW excellent support from edX Million Thanks! It's been a wonderful Spanish learning lesson and really nice to get a such kind of flexible platform to learn a great language is a great opportunity on today's date.
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    Naruesorn Dechnorachai
    It is an interactive course. I learned a lot of things, especially the usage of grammar that seems incomprehensible to me initially. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in Spanish to take this course.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Curso muy entretenido y he aprendido cosas muy interesantes

    Gracias por todos ,

    I really appreciated the fact the repetition of the dialogs helped us to remember well the words and the conjugation of the verbs

    Once again I want to thank Edx and the University of Valencia for this opportunity to learn .

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