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Universitat Politècnica de València

Basic Spanish 1: Getting Started

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This 7-week Spanish language course is aimed at students who would like to learn conversational Spanish starting with Spanish basics. The course introduces everyday language and includes activities to practice all four language skills: reading comprehension, writing, listening comprehension and speaking.

This course will introduce you to the A1 proficiency level as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL, Council of Europe 2001). After completing this course, you will be prepared to introduce yourself, ask basic questions, and conduct a brief conversation in Spanish.

This course uses reference materials, cultural notes, grammar explanations, functions of language, etc. Students will be able to monitor their progress by taking a number of performance tests and a final achievement test.

Taught by

Ms. Cristina Navarro, Dra. Virginia González and Dra. Ana Gimeno



4.5 rating, based on 420 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    Let's be honest. You get what you pay for. I paid $0.00 to audit the course, so I am appreciative of the free instruction. With that being said, let's be a little critical of what is being offered and why I wouldn't pay $40 dollars for the certifica…
  • Anonymous
    I love this course. I am always interested in learning new languages since it leads me to comprehend different cultures. Since this course is the foundation, there is nothing too difficult to learn and understand by myself. The course structure is e…
  • Anonymous
    This is a really great foundational course for anyone serious about learning the language. I spent 4.5 years learning Spanish in high school and college, but I never kept up with it. This class helped me start from the beginning and make sure I have…
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    Moo Pl
    Well , since i take this course in 2023 , i can say that the interface and the presentation is very old and cheap !
    The content was very interesting i had no bases in Spanish but now i can say i can spell and read very well , there were a good balance between easy and a little harder lessons .. but it still basics, you can't really communicate with Spanish people at the end of the course !
    I like that we can practice by different exercises , but unfortunately exams are premium so i couldn't test all what I learned in the past 7 weeks .
    I didn't spend a cent because i'm learning for fan only , but i can say it's good as a first step in Spanish . Good luck and Adios !
  • Amina Salihu
    Ola, I absolutely love the teaching pace and options for lesson repeat. The course had great content that covers all the basics. Where I didn't know a word of Spanish before, I was conversing with my colleagues from Mexico after three months of t…
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    Iulia Boșcănean
    This course helped me put in place all the information I remembered from Spanish music, movies or series. It's really great as a beginner course because it has so many practical exercises that it's impossible not to remember at least a few things. I also liked the way it was structured around basic knowledge you need to have if you want to communicate something simple in Spanish and around specific knowledge such as grammatical aspects. I would recommend this course. I did not like the fact that I was unable to test my knowledge in the mid and final test because I didn't subscribe for a verified certificate, but other than that I can't complain about the usefulness of the course as a whole.
  • Anonymous
    This course was okay, I have taken a lot of online classes and this one I wish had been a little more engaging/interactive when it came to the practice. The repetition when learning a language and applying it in many different ways is key to getting it down well.

    You will have sections where you will go through practice but just wish there were more. In example, giving me full sentences in english and translating to spanish or vice versa.

    The videos were helpful but if you are using your phone they wont count as watched for that section some of the times which can be not so user friendly. I like to do courses at the gym so I can't lug around my laptop.
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    Slava Savvateev
    Realmente aprecio la oportunidad de tener acceso gratuito a los materiales del curso. Esta es una gran oportunidad para experimentar la lengua y la cultura españolas. Nos vemos en los próximos cursos. ¡Hasta la próxima!

    Con amor :)

    I really appreciate the opportunity to have free access to the course materials. This is a great opportunity to experience the Spanish language and culture. See you in the next courses. Until next time!

    With love :)

  • Anonymous
    It's a great course! It's well-organized, with lots of short exercises to practice the words in sentences, with audio recordings, and you can also record yourself – to compare with the way the professors pronounce in Spanish. The course is taught by professors and native speakers and is bilingual (it provides explanations and exercise requirements in English). Furthermore, this course is provided by one of the best universities in Spain, I could learn at my pace, and for FREE. Muchas gracias!

    I LOVED IT! See you in Basic Spanish 2! And Basic Spanish 3! :-)
  • Anonymous
    I really like the contents and it really helped me learn the basic of Spanish.

    The only troubles I had was with the new words that were never mentioned any where before.
  • Anonymous
    This is a comprehensive introduction into Spanish with good examples and a number of phrases. It does challenge if you never learnt Spanish, and it is a good refresher for anyone who knows elementary basics. You are taught grammar rules, too, and I have learnt something I did not know before, so it definitely will make you better at Spanish and will improve your skills.
  • Anonymous
    Learning the proper articles and such of Spanish isn't very useful to me. I communicate with many people in the restaurant industry and not one of them speaks proper spanish. I just want to be able to communicate with them. Understanding sentence structure is sort of a waste of time. Furthermore, there are many glitches with this course. Often I could only "show answers" once I already got them all correct. That isn't helpful.
  • Anonymous
    It is a beginners course and it delivered what I expected. Yes, it could be improved with more exercises to embed the learning but I appreciate that I didn't pay anything and did come away with some knowledge of the language. I hope to do the next step and hopefully, I will end up knowing how to speak and understand Spanish. Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    It is very basic and teaches some basic greetings, phrases, words, numbers, and a few rules. There are even some words that you learn through context clues. Some of the videos are completely in Spanish, which is great for developing listening skills. There are subtitles and explanations so don't worry about the Spanish videos.
  • Anonymous
    This is a really good course for beginners who want to learn Spanish. The visuals were spot on, I liked the drag-and-drop feature where you had to place specific words over a picture, for example, the word "silla" would be dragged and dropped over a place where the chair is in the picture. Also, the audio lessons were helpful.
  • It seems to me a wonderful course,
    It starts from scratch, teaching you basic expressions, such as introducing yourself or greeting yourself. You learn to say where you are from, to know how to express yourself about clothes, your family, your house, some usual questions, store products, numbers, etc.
    The pronunciation of the videos is very good, both in English and in Spanish.
    Thank you very much for this content!
  • Anonymous
    This Basic Spanish class was difficult for me. My background is English and pronouncing the Cs and Zs are just one among many things I struggle with. This class helped me a lot. I Need more help though
  • Anonymous
    It was very great and well structured! I found every lesson very interesting and educative and with that reason i will continue to learn Spanish from this platform.
    Muchas Gracias!
  • Anonymous
    I have learned so much with this course, Muy bien. If you would like to learn more about Spanish and the proper way to pronounce and put sentences together take this course.
  • Anonymous
    It is a great course with lots of vocabulary and phrases you need in every day life. Good mixture of exercises, videos and practice of pronunciation.

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