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Learn Castilian Spanish through conversations

Flamenco! Tapas! Don Quixote! Just like the region’s distinctive flavor of ham, Castilian Spanish – the official language of Spain – offers its own unique zest. Between the afternoon siestas and the late-night churros, castellano offers a glimpse into a world where old traditions and the modern world collide. Falling in love with the culture and the language of Spain is as easy as picking up the "Castilian lisp!"

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Castilian Spanish language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Castilian Spanish culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Castilian Spanish culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

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Course Overview

Learn Castilian Spanish language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Castilian Spanish

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Unit 1
  • 2Unit 2
  • 3Unit 3
  • 4Unit 4

Specialty

Topic-based courses that are shorter in overall length

  • 1Flamenco Dancing
  • 2Soccer Celebration
  • Chapter 1 - Who Are You?
  • Chapter 2 - We Are Family
  • Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You
  • Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home
  • Chapter 5 - Where Did You Go to College?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say…?”
  • Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money
  • Chapter 3 - In My Closet
  • Chapter 4 - Shop Till You Drop
  • Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot
  • Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports
  • Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer
  • Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?
  • Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - Let's Eat
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That
  • Chapter 4 - Help!
  • Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?
  • Chapter 1 - Flamenco
  • Chapter 1 - Soccer Night

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Who Are You?

Conversational Goals

  • Greet Others and Bid Them Farewell
  • Introduce Yourself Formally
  • Meet New People

Grammar Goals

  • Identify Subject Pronouns
  • Learn the Formal and Informal "You"
  • Use Subject Pronouns with Verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - We Are Family

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Questions Regarding Familial Relationships
  • Describe Someone in Relation to Family Members
  • Introduce Someone Else

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Possessive Adjectives
  • Use the Definite Article

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate Feelings
  • Describe Physical Characteristics
  • Express Interest
  • Inquire About a Stranger

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Object Pronouns
  • Form Masculine / Feminine Adjectives
  • Learn How to Use the Verb gustar

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home

Conversational Goals

  • Explain That You Are a Non-Native Speaker
  • Explain Where You Are From
  • Identify Languages and Countries
  • Inquire About Someone’s Ability to Speak a Language

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Present Progressive
  • Learn About the Use of Capital Letters
  • Practice the Verb Endings for yo and tú

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where Did You Go to College?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss the Merits of a School
  • Inquire About Programs

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Simple Past
  • Learn to Form Comparative Adjectives
  • Practice the Indefinite Article

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say…?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Clarification
  • Provide and Obtain New Information
  • Request New Vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Form Questions with Prepositions
  • Use the Impersonal se

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money

Conversational Goals

  • Ask the Price for Something
  • Buy a Ticket for Travel
  • Count
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • Practice the Quantifiers and Adjectives demasiado , caro , barato
  • Use Cardinal Numerals

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - In My Closet

Conversational Goals

  • Express Future Plans
  • Identify Various Articles of Clothing
  • Question Statements Made by Others

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Reflexive Verbs
  • Distinguish Masculine From Feminine Nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Shop Till You Drop

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire Necessities
  • Find Places to Shop
  • Gather Information from a Native Speaker
  • Inquire About Shops in the Local Area

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Verbs of the First Group Ending In -ar
  • Learn How to Distinguish Between ser and estar

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for and Receive Directions
  • Describe the Location of One Object in Relation to Another

Grammar Goals

  • Practice the Imperative
  • Use Contractions With a and de

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Sports and Exercises
  • Express Time Relationships
  • Invite Someone to Join Along

Grammar Goals

  • Practice the Position of Adjectives in Phrases
  • Use Verbs of the Second Group, Ending In -er

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer

Conversational Goals

  • Ask About Vacations and Seasonal Opportunities
  • Discuss the Four Seasons
  • Discuss the Months of the Year

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Weather Expressions
  • Use gustar and encantar

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse About the Days of the Week
  • Make Plans for the Weekend
  • Talk About Age and Birthdays
  • Use the Terms Weekday and Weekend

Grammar Goals

  • Form the Future with the Verb ir
  • Learn Temporal Expressions with Days of the Week

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party

Conversational Goals

  • Make Future Plans
  • Tell Time

Grammar Goals

  • Practice Saying "What Time" and "At What Time"
  • Use the Preposition a

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place

Conversational Goals

  • Prepare for a Departure
  • Strengthen Relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Simple Future and Simple Past
  • Use gustar in the Past

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Medication
  • Describe Symptoms
  • Speak to a Pharmacist

Grammar Goals

  • Use the Definite Article with Parts of the Body
  • Use the Polite Form of Address

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Let's Eat

Conversational Goals

  • Identify Items on the Dinner Table
  • Offer Assistance
  • Order a Meal
  • Understand the Customs of Local Dining

Grammar Goals

  • Learn How to Say the Material or Content of Something
  • Use Indirect Object Pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Whether a Dish Contains Certain Ingredients
  • Explain That you Require a Special Diet
  • Give Compliments
  • Reference Senses

Grammar Goals

  • Form Stem-Changing Verbs
  • Learn Feminine Words that Take the Article el
  • Use the Verb tener

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Questions
  • Declare that a Problem Exists
  • State That You Do Not Know Something

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Present Perfect
  • Learn the Verb saber
  • Use ni...ni

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?

Conversational Goals

  • Answer Questions
  • Request Emergency Aid

Grammar Goals

  • Use Reflexive Verbs in Formal Conversation
  • Use the Present Perfect

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Flamenco

Conversational Goals

  • Talk About Flamenco Dancing
  • Use Kinship Terms

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Possessive Adjectives
  • Recognize Gender Agreement of Adjectives
  • Use Demonstrative Adjectives

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Soccer Night

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Soccer Matches in Spain
  • Express Your Affection

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Subjunctive
  • Learn the Difference Between Masculine and Feminine Adjectives
  • Use Possessive Structures

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