Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can with Speed Spanish. This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto.
You will learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you will be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué Bueno!
Duration: 6 Weeks
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About the Instructor
Dan Mikels is a college instructor who has been teaching Spanish for more than 20 years. He holds a master’s degree and has authored and coauthored more than 20 educational products, including Speed Spanish, Fast French, and a variety of reading programs.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
The Magic Circle
Just like in English, Spanish sentences are made up of different parts-nouns, verbs, and phrases. In this course, you will learn how to glue those different parts together using a series of recipes. This first lesson will teach you the Magic Circle Recipe-a recipe so powerful that, by learning 200 vocabulary words, you will be able to say close to 150,000 sentences in Spanish. Learn a little, do a lot!
The 'Hay' Recipe
This lesson further explores the Magic Circle Recipe and a new one too: The Hay Recipe. Hay means there is/there are. Think of how many sentences you can say that start this way. You will also learn some fun Spanish phrases, and by the time you’re through, you will be creating more and more sentences.
The Magic Circle & Hay Recipes
Now it's time to combine the Magic Circle and Hay Recipes, but this lesson’s bigger goal is to learn to move quickly from one recipe to another. Fluency in Spanish is all about switching from one recipe to another. This lesson will help you get up to speed.
The ¿Dónde está? Recipe
In this lesson, you will move on to the third recipe, the ¿Dónde Está? Recipe. You will also learn more parts to the Magic Circle Recipe and lots more vocabulary. And you will take your first giant step toward Spanish fluency by learning everything you need to know to converse in a Spanish-speaking restaurant.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
In this lesson, you will practice the three recipes previously introduced. You will also learn adjectives, numbers, and how to tell time in Spanish. And put on your track shoes because it's time for a few speed drills to teach you how to respond quickly with your newly learned Spanish!
The Four Seasons
Since it's a great start to any conversation, this lesson will teach you how to talk about the weather in Spanish. You will also learn about the seasons, the months of the year and the days of the week.
On The Road
In this lesson, you will travel to a Spanish-speaking country. You will need to learn some travel-related vocabulary and fun phrases for your journey, so this lesson covers all that you need to know.
You ‘Tiene’ and I’ll ‘Tengo’
In this lesson, you will learn the fourth recipe, Tengo/Tiene, and a few related fun phrases. You will also learn to produce wh-questions-who, what, when, where and why? The major goal in this lesson will be to become quicker in using your four recipes and fun phrases.
To Your Health!
Is there a doctor en la casa? This lesson will teach you how to discuss physical and mental health issues in Spanish. You will also learn how to identify different types of clothing and build your vocabulary.
The ‘Quiero/Quiere’ Recipe
The fifth recipe is Quiero/Quiere, which means I want/you want. That means you will learn how to share your wants and needs in everyday Spanish-speaking situations. In this this lesson, you will add a few reflexive verbs to your vocabulary.
¿Qué Hace Usted?
By learning recipe six, Me gusta/Le gusta, you will be able to share your likes and dislikes in Spanish-speaking situations. In this lesson, you will practice recipes one through five, and learn a score of occupational-related vocabulary.
¡Qué Extraño! In this final lesson focuses on speaking on the phone in Spanish. You will practice how to produce complex negative sentences, so you can get mad in Spanish.
- Internet access
- One of the following browsers:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (9.0 or above)
- Google Chrome
- Adobe PDF plug-in (a free download obtained at Adobe.com .)
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- You must have working headphones or speakers.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
I have tried other books and tapes to try to learn Spanish, but this course was the most helpful. Very simple and very informative . The recipes were simply brilliant.
Fit my time period. Met my needs. Feel more comfortable with the language.
Great class! Great tips on the easy way to speak Spanish. I wonder why high school Spanish teachers make it so hard.
I am a nurse at the hospital interacting with a lot of Hispanic patients weekly. Although I do speak enough Spanish to get by, I was interested in increasing my grammatical skills as well as my vocabulary. I was pleased to find each lesson added to my base as well as improved what I have been trying to do. The lessons were very easy to follow. Being able to work online at my own pace and schedule was perfect. Thank you.
I liked the course and appreciated not having to get bored over conjugating verbs, etc. It was useful from the beginning lesson. Thanks.
I love the teaching style and the recipes. I took two years of Spanish in high school and didn't learn half as much! If there is going to be a Speed Spanish II, I can't wait to enroll.
I much prefer this conversational/usable type of instruction to the customary sit in the class and memorize words that have no use at that particular time
I took one year of Spanish at a large university and learned more from this online course than in the entire year of that course! The formulas the instructor presents in this class make it easier to understand Spanish than a traditional university course.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was very practical and held my interest for each lesson. My son will be studying Spanish next year in eighth grade and I have exposed him to some of these lessons. I hope his teacher next year can make it as interesting for him as you did for me.