Understand and Speak a New Language
Experience the fastest and most direct way to learn Spanish—a beautiful and highly useful language—in this course that covers the curriculum of a first-semester college course in Spanish.
In 30 engaging lessons, this ingeniously constructed program leads you through the core building blocks of Spanish. Get “under the hood” of the language, learning the key concepts of grammar, culture, and vocabulary that will make understanding Spanish easier than you ever imagined.
Your teacher, world-class language instructor Professor Bill Worden, has refined this approach over more than 20 years, distilling the step-by-step system that works best for adult learners. As an integral part of the language lessons themselves, he teaches learning strategies and provides audio exercises that will enable you to be a successful language learner and will help you actively use and remember the material.
- Introduction to the Spanish Language
- Definite Articles and Nouns
- Subject Pronouns and the Verb Ser
- Regular -ar Verbs in the Present
- Indefinite Articles and Numbers to 100
- The Verb Estar and Numbers over 100
- Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Present
- The Verb Ir in the Present
- Expressing Time in Spanish
- Expressions Using the Verb Tener
- Verbs like Hacer and Interrogative Words
- The Verbs Saber and Conocer
- Stem-Changing Verbs
- Ver, Dar, and Other Irregular Verbs
- The Present Progressive
- Direct Object Pronouns and Adverbs
- Affirmatives, Negatives, and Demonstratives
- More Affirmative and Negative Expressions
- Indirect Object Pronouns
- Double Object Pronouns
- Reflexive Verbs
- Talking about the Past: Acabar and Hace
- Talking about the Past: ¿Desde Cuándo…?
- Formal Commands and Unequal Comparisons
- Informal Commands
- Superlatives and Equal Comparisons
- Regular -ar Verbs in the Preterite
- Regular -er and -ir Verbs in the Preterite
- Irregular Verbs in the Preterite
- Next Steps in Improving Your Spanish
Bill Worden, Ph.D.
Dr. Bill Worden is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Spanish Programs in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics at The University of Alabama. He received his A.B. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College, his M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. Since 2002, Dr. Worden has taught a wide variety of courses at The University of Alabama, ranging from Introductory Spanish and Advanced Grammar and Composition to undergraduate and graduate courses in 16th- and 17th-century Spanish literature.
Instant, on-demand streaming of 30 half-hour lessons on the fundamentals of Spanish, taught by Bill Worden, an award-winning Associate Professor of Spanish at The University of Alabama.
224-Page PDF Guidebook
- 238-page printed course workbook
- Topic, Cognates, Spanish-English, and English-Spanish Glossaries
- Vocabulary Lists
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Excellent Course for Beginning Spanish Students
I have tried various approaches to learning basic Spanish, including Rosetta Stone and Spanish 101 at the local community college, but I think Professor Worden does a superior job of teaching beginning Spanish students. His lessons cover vocabulary, grammar & pronunciation in a way that makes it much easier to learn. The course also includes glossaries and exercises for each chapter and I found them helpful as well.
Brilliant Course Design!
Brilliant, innovative course designed for quick absorption and long term learning. How? Professor Worden introduces simple rules that cover many words. His orderly style of leap-frogging forward, then weaving principle into practice, and shuttling back to cover exceptions, works so well, so fast, that you feel happily "programmed" for Spanish. Includes culture, travel, and technology topics. Introduces Spanish language websites for news, weather, and arts. Outstanding audio glossary and workbook. This course hot links you into the Spanish-speaking universe and gives you the confidence to live there. Invite a friend to take it with you.
A Great Way to Learn Spanish
Professor Worden has a very well-thought-out method for teaching Spanish. He not only teaches the material at an excellent level, he also offers various learning strategies and encouragement to help the student learn. He talks a great deal about HOW to learn, not just what to learn - for example: looking for cognates, three important questions to ask when encountering any new concept, and how to practice a language in many different ways. The last 15 minutes of each lecture features an audio glossary and speaking activities to help reinforce the new materials - I find this particularly helpful and a good way to practice. Dr. Worden is also very personable - he understands different students' mindsets and offers advice based on that, as well as sharing examples from his own life and past experience as a teacher. I had taken a different introductory course in Spanish a few years ago, but this course was a hundred times more helpful thanks to Dr. Worden's teaching method. ¡Muchas gracias, profesor!