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Fast, fun, free: Try some of our Spanish language items

Updated Tuesday, 21st March 2017

OpenLearn is full of short items where you can learn something fast, for free - and have some fun doing so. Here's a selection of easy ways to start with Spanish.

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How old is Spanish? Where do words like siesta, cerveza or paella come from? What languages have influenced Spanish the most? 

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In this free course, Intermediate Spanish: Cities with history, you will learn about the history of Spain and the important place of Arab and Jewish cultures in Spanish history. You will study a number of language points to help you talk about history and will write descriptive texts using a variety of stylistic devices.

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