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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



4.8 rating, based on 133 Class Central reviews

4.5 rating at edX based on 22 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    Overall the course was OK. Nice range of vocabullary. Detailed explanation of key grammar concepts. Good job!

    Final module was a bit unloved, though. Every now and then it looks like course creators were rushed into finishing the units without having enough time to decide what they really wanted to do.

  • Anonymous

    I really liked the course. The tasks were set up in a way that helped me practice what I learned before and learn new things lesson by lesson. It felt like the people who made the course put a lot of effort , care and their soul into it! The video explanations of grammar and the dialogues were very helpful and interesting. Thanks to this course, I enjoyed learning Spanish and feel motivated to keep going. I think the course is worth even much more than what it costs, and I would be willing to pay more for it.
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed taking the course. but am surprised that it as advertised as being free when we have to keep paying to move on to more advanced classes
  • Uwe Krebs
    This is an excellent course, interesting and contrasting expressions. It covers materials to help speak in a more conversational, everyday way. Helpful is the link to the dictionary and to the Videos (Ele).
    I hope that there will be follow-up course.
    I assume that the left 'star' will give the highest rating.

    Thank you very much for developing and delivering this course. It has been fun.
  • Nadine Lauffer
    Great course to refresh my Spanish skills! I didn't learn much new content (I have taken an honors level Spanish 2 course in High School that covered most of these topics already) but I enjoyed the review, practice, and videos that went with this course! Will recommend to others!
  • Anonymous
    I loved this course! It's made methodologically with new information that builds on the previous ones. It was FUN working on all the exercises. It was a GREAT experience. It was a USEFUL course because it equips all learners with the necessary vocabulary and verbs to hold a regular conversation. It was FREE.

    I RECOMMEND it to everyone who wants to get the knowledge to speak usual conversations in Spanish. Thank you, all!
  • Anonymous
    I have completed the 'Basic Spanish' courses, 1 to 3 and found each of them to be excellent. These courses were clearer, more useful and more engaging than my 'in-person' courses in Australia and my Duolingo course. Thank you Universitat Politècnica de València and edX.
  • Anonymous
    i think that present perfect is too much at this level, but most activities are very useful. I like the structure a lot. Short explanations, and then gradually increasing the level of difficulty and effort. Most of things seem very practical too.
  • Anonymous
    This was a fantastic course. We easy to follow and teachers explain everything well. I found that all three courses were well developed were beginners of Spanish
  • Anonymous
    I found this class to be well formatted and comprehensive. Overall, it was a good foundation for me as a beginner and worth the time.
  • Anonymous
    The Basic Spanish courses (1,2, and 3) greatly complemented my Spanish studies. They are straightforward, and the structure of the courses allows you to work at your own pace. I highly recommend you follow the suggested timelines - they're valuable guides for efficient progress.
  • Anonymous
    The lessons gave me a lot of direction in learning Spanish. It's worth checking out especially for a free course.
  • Anonymous
    very useful and interesting, thanks for it. It would be more useful to practice a little conversation.
  • Anonymous
    very useful and interesting, thanks for it. It would be more useful to practice a little conversation.
  • Anonymous
    I gave 3 stars because it litle difficult to chose answers, and it so easy to complete, but im so grateful to fishing this section
  • Anonymous
    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!
  • Anonymous
    ¡Gracias! I enjoyed this course very much, and I feel like I learned a lot, in the context of how Spanish speaking people live and relate to each other. The many grammar exercises were challenging, and made me focus on correct ways to write and speak. I especially enjoyed the Nat King Cole song "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás," and the lively and interesting videos, followed by questions about what we had seen and heard. You chose well for our level of learning.

    Thank you, too, for providing links to other learning resources. I am following DuoLingo at the same time, and finding it complements what I learned in this course.

  • Profile image for Ferreras
    It helped me a lot to learn the basics of Spanish language. Hope that you will continue with this program and have it progress into a more advanced level. Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    Muchas gracias por esta oportunidad de repaso mis conocimientos en Español!
    Espero el proximo nivel del curso!
  • Anonymous
    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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