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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 123 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 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
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
    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.

  • Hassan
    Thanks to everybody who work on that cours and allow us to learn very easily and smoothly spanish. I would like if there is a next levels (spanish 4 and more..).

  • Anonymous
    I have a relatively high level of Spanish, so this was just a refresher for me, but it was a very good course for going over the basics.
  • Anonymous
    Gracias por la curso de spanish!

    Me llame es Brandy I. Raney soy negra de la Africa Drcongo.
    Lo ciento por como yo escribe esta spanish.
  • 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.
    This is a great course in beginning Spanish (A1-A2) that would give you an excellent review of the basic conversation and sentence structure, the daily routine of life, and several expressions as they are used in Spain. The only suggestion I have for the curriculum developers is to make sure the videos in PART 4 are correctly linked to the YOUTUBE link. The last one: Weekend in Madrid was incorrectly linked to the previous video. Thank you for this great course.
  • Anonymous
    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!
  • Anonymous
    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
    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…
  • Anonymous
    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!


    Pisa, Italia
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course. Great for all levels and a very good mix of audio and visual learning. Though I think the second part of the course was more challenging than the third part.

    I am glad that I will still keep the course material and would be great for reference or revision. This course is of a very high standard.

    Muchos gracias.
  • Anonymous
    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.

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