Getting started with Spanish 2
Getting started with Spanish 2

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Getting started with Spanish 2

Introduction

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Introduction

¡En marcha! Let's get up and running!

This is the second beginners Spanish course, Getting started with Spanish 2. You might have already gone through the previous course in this program or you might be joining us now for the first time. Regardless, we hope you enjoy the course and find it useful.

This two-week course is the next step in your learning journey. Each week comprises 3–4 hours of interactive activities, explanations, exercises and tips about language-learning. It’s a good idea to keep notes either on paper in a notebook or on your preferred digital device; in any case each week you’ll be encouraged to add to your own personal phrase book and decide how best you can go about memorising and practising key phrases and vocabulary. There is also a weekly quiz for you to practise what you’ve been learning.

You’ll start by learning how to tell the time in Spanish, but first of all, take some time to decide how you’ll allocate your time to your studies. Learning Spanish, like learning any language, is a gradual process; it’s often described as ‘a marathon, not a sprint.’ ‘Little and often’ is the best approach, so if at all possible spread your 3–4 hours over the week, rather than devoting one whole afternoon or evening. This will give you plenty of opportunities to revisit vocabulary and language structures, to revise quickly what you did last time and above all to practise and consolidate. This is the best way to learn vocabulary and perfect your accent.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • ask the time, and tell the time to others
  • develop pronunciation, fluency and intonation through practice
  • conjugate verbs in the present tense
  • report on daily routines and favoured activities
  • appreciate the different 'r' sounds in the Spanish language
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