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¡Buen viajeEnjoy your trip!  The Essential Spanish for Travelers: a Beginner’s Guide (with audio clips) is a fast, fun, and manageable way to learn the Spanish you need to travel around the Spanish-speaking world.  This course starts at the beginning assuming you know nothing about Spanish and takes you through, simple lesson by simple lesson, until you feel comfortable ordering food in Mexico, reserving a hotel room Costa Rica, asking for directions to the beach in southern Spain, and maybe even flirting in Argentina.
Essential spanish for travelers: a beginning guide (with audio clips)


This course will teach you how to ask questions, understand the answers, talk about what you did yesterday and explain what you plan to do tomorrow. Along the way you will gain essential vocabulary and hear real conversations so you can travel con confianza (with confidence).  Throughout your journey to learning Essential Traveler’s Spanish, you will find explanations, examples and activities that provide the building blocks to construct a base for the Spanish language. Watch for the side text boxes that provide insiteful clues and hints to assist you in your learning process. Eventually you will be able to speak and understand one of the world’s most important languages.


This Essential Spanish for Travelers: A Beginning Guide (with audio clips) is designed to give you the basics in grammar and vocabulary but always focusing on travel so that you can communicate on your journeys as soon as possible. All activities, examples and vocabulary lists are geared towards traveler’s needs. But be forewarned: merely reading through the course as if it were a novel will not help you reach the levels that are possible if you truly take advantage of the tool you are reading right now.  In order to get the most out of this course, you must actively work with it, completing the exercises, working on the activities and having fun.


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Course Lessons

  • Introduction

    This introduction describes the icons used and the guide that will explain the best way to utilize this course.
  • Lesson 2: The Alphabet and Pronunciation Guide

    The Spanish alphabet and audio to help with pronunciation.
  • Lesson 3: Start Building Your Basic Travel Vocabulary

    This lesson gives information on basic language skills such as greetings, counting, and telling time.
  • Lesson 4: Describing Routine Activities: Introduction to the Present Tense

    This lesson describes how to use verbs in the present tense, personal pronouns, and negating verbs.
  • Lesson 5: Irregular and Otherwise Tricky Verbs in the Present Tense

    This lesson discusses irregular verbs in the present tense.
  • Lesson 6: Improving Your Travel Vocabulary Part 1

    This lesson gives basic and common terms that you will use while traveling.
  • Lesson 7: Improving Your Travel Vocabulary Part 2

    Additional basic phrases and words used while traveling.
  • Lesson 8: Describing People, Places and Things

    This lesson describes the most common nouns and adjectives
  • Lesson 9: Talking About Your Tastes and Interests and Expressing Opinions

    This lesson explains how to express your likes and dislikes.
  • Lesson 10: Asking Questions

    This lesson describes how to ask and answer questions.
  • Lesson 11: Talking About the Past

    This lesson discusses regular and irregular verbs and their tenses.
  • Lesson 12: Talking About The Future

    This lesson discusses future tenses of verbs.
  • Lesson 13: Cognates and False Friends For Travelers

    Some words that sound the same in one language don't always mean the same in another.
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Course Title: Spanish for Travelers: A Beginner's Guide
Course Number: 33891
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Eric Thomas
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $35.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $60.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate reciting the Spanish alphabet and utilize pronunciation guide.
  • Build a traveling vocabulary.
  • Demonstrate describing routine activities.
  • Demonstrate usage of irregular and otherwise tricky verbs in the present tense.
  • Demonstrate describing people, places and things.
  • Demonstrate talking about your tastes and interests and expressing opinions.
  • Demonstrate asking questions.
  • Demonstrate talking about the past.
  • Demonstrate talking about the future, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Activity A for Lesson 2Assignment5
Lesson 2 ExamExam9
Activity A for Lesson 3Assignment5
Lesson 3 ExamExam12
Activity A for Lesson 4Assignment5
Activity B for Lesson 4Assignment5
Activity C for Lesson 4Assignment5
Lesson 4 ExamExam9
Activity A for Lesson 5Assignment5
Activity B for Lesson 5Assignment5
Activity C for Lesson 5Assignment5
Activity D for Lesson 5Assignment5
Lesson 5 ExamExam8
Activity A for Lesson 6Assignment5
Activity B for Lesson 6Assignment5
Activity A for Lesson 7Assignment5
Activity B for Lesson 7Assignment5
Lesson 7 ExamExam9
Activity A for Lesson 8Assignment5
Activity B for Lesson 8Assignment5
Lesson 8 ExamExam10
Activity A for Lesson 9Assignment5
Activity B for Lesson 9Assignment5
Lesson 9 ExamExam8
Activity A for Lesson 10Assignment5
Activity B for Lesson 10Assignment5
Lesson 10 ExamExam10
Activity A for Lesson 11Assignment5
Activity B for Lesson 11Assignment5
Activity C for Lesson 11Assignment5
Lesson 11 ExamExam10
Activity A for Lesson 12Assignment5
Lesson 12 ExamExam8
Total Points:213
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