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Beginner Spanish Course 1

A1-Beginner

This course is designed for absolute beginners of Spanish. You will be learning high frequency language for practical daily life situations such as introducing yourself, talking about where you are from, asking directions, talking about numbers, etc. Each lesson is centered around an authentic dialogue in Spanish accompanied by English explanation and translation to help beginner students get started. 

My Name Is...

It's time to begin learning Spanish! First, you'll of course need to know how to introduce yourself.  Check out this lesson and learn how!...

Topics: introductions

Where Are You From?

Everybody is from somewhere! Just telling someone where you're from can speak volumes about you; what you like to eat, how you spend your free time, who your favorite basketball team is... This newbie lesson shows us how to ask where someone is from, and how to answer, as well!...

Topics: nationalities

How's it going?

What's up? How's it going? What's shakin'? We have so many ways casual ways to greet each other in English. This lesson is all about how we greet our friends casually in Spanish. Liliana tells us how common it is for Spanish speakers throw in a compliment; for example, "hello, beautiful!" We all des...

Topics: greetings

Last Name!

Hi! My name is! My name is! My name is (ficky-ficky) SpanishPod! Okay, we're not Eminem but we can teach you a thing or two about names. In today's lesson learn to ask for names and clarify statements. Word up!...

Topics: greetings

Where is the Restroom?

It's time to leave the safety of your homestay or hotel room, and into the Spanish-speaking world. Unfortunately, all the water you drank to keep hydrated and beat jet lag is starting to... well, let's say you've got some personal business to attend to. In this lesson, we'll hear how to ask for dire...

Topics: directions, bodily_functions

What Floor?

Let's face it; conversation in the elevator is not always the most sparkling. Still, we can use the short time we have between floors to be civilized, even helpful, in Spanish! In this lesson, we'll learn how to ask what floor, and we'll take a short foray into the world of ordinal numbers....

Topics: greetings, elevator, courtesy, ordinal_numbers

Anybody Home?

In today's lesson you will learn a polite way see if someone is home. Even if the person you're looking for is out, you just might come across the neighbor, and you can chat with them.  ...

Topics: neighbors

I'm Not Going

Sometimes you feel like tagging along... but sometimes you don't. Today we have a lesson on how to be a stick in the mud. So stick to your guns, you're not going this time! And this time, you're going to tell 'em in Spanish!...

Topics: travel

How Old Are You?

Ah, the age question. It's not so cute anymore, now that you can't answer by holding up fingers. In this lesson, we'll learn how to immediately follow the age question with a compliment, just to take the sting out of it. Find out how to give your age... or lie about your age... in Spanish....

Topics: compliments, age

What is Your Telephone Number?

No, you can't just cheat and give out a business card. You're going to have to give out your telephone number, and you have to do it in Spanish this time! In this lesson, we'll deal with the crucial exchange of digits....

Topics: phone

What is Your Job?

Today's big lesson is about introductions, and in our dialog, a model meets someone she suddenly finds irresistible. Learn how to ask what line of work someone's in in Spanish in this lesson about professions....

Topics: introductions, professions

Meet the Family

Meeting a Hispanic family involves getting to know a LOT of people! There are so many names to remember! SpanishPod can't help you with all the names, but we will give you a hand with learning the nouns for different family members in today's lesson....

Topics: family

What Time is the Train?

You know the stereotypes: "mañana, mañana..." Sometimes, the people you're with are just plain slow. There's nothing wrong with putting off until tomorrow what we can do today... unless of course you have a train to catch! In today's lesson, we'll learn how to light a fire under someone to get them ...

Topics: travel, time

Which Bus?

If you're traveling in Spain or Latin America, chances are you'll be needing this lesson about regional buses. In this lesson, we'll learn how to ask what time the bus is leaving in Spanish....

Topics: travel, transportation

Send a Taxi

Taxi? Wait!!! If you need a ride, SpanishPod has got you covered. In today's lesson, learn how to hail a taxi and give pick-up directions....

Topics: travel, taxi

Metro Exit

This lesson will teach you how to meet up with someone at the metro. Subway lines can be confusing. Should you meet inside the subway? Which exit? Which stop?...

Topics: transportation

Going to the Market

You know what they say about an apple a day? Well, we buy apples and other fruit by the kilo. Whether you like the green apples or the red ones, this lesson will equip you to buy fruit and other items at the open air market....

Topics: fruit

It's Expensive!

Everything's expensive nowadays. In this lesson, we'll hear about how to complain about the high price of rent, as well as how to commiserate. Later in the lesson, Lili tells us what topics are considered polite conversation among Spanish-speakers, and which ones are....

Topics: rent

Trying on Clothes

Today in the lesson, we're trying on clothes! In this lesson, we'll learn what to say when you look in the mirror, and how to talk sizes in Spanish....

Topics: Clothes, shopping

Buying Dinnerware

We are going shopping for nice dinner ware. Learn how to talk about shopping and getting gifts for your loved ones. ...

Topics: shopping, gift_giving

Where Are You Going to Eat?

I can forgive people for being indecisive... unless they're standing between me and my next meal! Today's Spanish lesson has someone who needs help deciding where his next meal is coming from....

Topics: food

Pepper

Spice up your life! Today's big lesson is all about pepper. Learn to request this and other condiments as well as to express lack. It's red hot!...

Topics: food, spices

Cooking

Today we are cooking, and it smells delicious! Come on over to the SpanishPod kitchen and join us as we prepare a nice dinner for two... not three!...

Topics: food, cooking

Eating Crab

Do you like crab? It can be hard to eat but it's so good! Today's lesson we talk about seafood, specially crab. We hope you are not allergic to seafood because this lesson is very fishy!...

Topics: food, seafood

Jet Lag

What time is it back home? Trips to Latin America don't usually need a big adjustment, but if you're going to Spain, you're going to need a jet lag strategy. In today's lesson, we'll talk about jet lag, or as we say in Spanish, "jet-lag."...

Topics: time, jet_lag

Room Service

You wouldn't normally pay $25 for a hamburger... but when it comes to you on a rolling cart under a silver dome, it sure is nice, isn't it? In this lesson, we'll order a burger from room service... in Spanish! ...

Topics: hotel, food_and_drink

Telephone Card

When you get to your Spanish-speaking destination, you gotta buy a phone card. No, do not use cell phone roaming; too expensive. No, do not bring your card from home that nobody will know how to use when you get there; no, no, no. You're going to buy a phone card, in Spanish. And we are here to help...

Topics: communication, telephone

Birthday Party

Everybody loves a party! In this lesson, we'll hear two friends making plans to go to Javier's birthday party. In addition, Liliana gives us a glimpse of birthday party traditions in her native Mexico. So call the musicians and string up the piñata; it's party time!...

Topics: party

Let's Party!

Celebrate good times, come on! We're having a party here at SpanishPod and you're invited. In today's lesson learn to express your need to celebrate!...

Topics: celebrating, partying

Spring is Here

Finally we get to leave behind our bulky winter clothing and begin enjoying warmer weather! Learn how to discuss the season and its typical weather in today's SpanishPod lesson! Hooray, spring is here!...

Topics: seasons

How Much Is It?

Today we'll learn about "rebajas," that time in the Spanish-speaking world when everything is on sale!  So hit the cash machine and get ready to shop, with this lesson about shopping!...

Topics: money, shopping

Nationality

Sometimes the place your were born is not your nationality. Maybe you have two nationalities. In today's lesson we learn how to ask someone where do they come from....

Topics: nationalities

How Much Is a Bottle of Wine?

It's Friday night and the feeling's right. So what do you do? Go to buy a bottle of wine, of course. But wait, this one costs how much? And is there one that's any cheaper?...

Topics: How_much, cost

Are There Apples Here?

It's snack time and you're ready for an apple. But how do you ask if there are apples at the store? Wait, this isn't the store? ...

Topics: shopping, questions