Beginners Level: Spanish for Absolute Beginners

Beginners Level: Spanish for Absolute Beginners

If you don’t have a Spanish background at all, this is the place to start. We use the Graf Method, which is our very own teaching approach that focuses on quickly learning communication skills. We have great teachers that will make class fun and exciting. You will learn conversational and writing skills in the present tense in a variety of topics. You will develop the ability to introduce yourself, talk about your personal and daily life, and ask other people about their life and habits.

This level has no prerequisites. It is for absolute beginners with no prior experience learning Spanish.

How it works

1. Find a class that works for you and enroll. You can book more classes now or later.
2. Follow the instructions to join the video conference room on the day of your class.

Course Content

Lesson 1: The basics

In this lesson, you will learn the alphabet, verbs ser and estar, and definite and indefinite articles. You will build very simple sentences using this material.

Lesson 2: Building simple sentences

In this lesson, you will learn some basic adjectives, including possessives, and two prepositions. You will also learn family vocabulary and will start building slightly more complex sentences using everything together.

Lesson 3: More verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate verbs tener, ir, and hacer. You will also learn vocabulary related to places in the city. With this material, you'll be able to ask your classmates questions about their weekly routines and answer those same questions.

Lesson 4: Regular verbs, part 1

In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate regular verbs ending in -ar. This will significantly increase the number of sentences you can build and things you can talk about. You will also learn how to describe your house to someone.

Lesson 5: Regular verbs, part 2

In this lesson, you will review all the regular verbs ending in -ar and learn how to conjugate regular verbs ending in -er and -ir. You will practice all your regular verbs by asking and answering several questions.

Lesson 6: Parts of the body, numbers, and time

In this lesson, you will review all your regular verbs, and you will learn vocabulary related to the human body, You will also learn your numbers up to 100, and telling time.

Lesson 7: Reflexive verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate several reflexive verbs. You will be able to explain everything you do in the morning before you go to work or school.

Lesson 8: Por & para, and verb gustar

In this lesson, you will review all your reflexive verbs, and you will learn how to use prepositions por and para. You will also learn how to use verb gustar.

Lesson 9: Review

In this lesson, you will review all the material taught in lessons 1-8. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want!

After this lesson, you will receive an exam to test your knowledge.

Lesson 10: More review and practice

In this lesson, you will practice with your instructor and your classmates all the material you've learned. You are now able to speak Spanish in the present tense. Congratulations!

Reviews from our students

Julia S.
star 5.0
I can't believe how far I have come in just 10 weeks of Spanish class through Berges. With the small group size of each class, I'm able to ask every question that comes up, review all of my homework, and get lots of practice speaking Spanish with my classmates and professor. Speaking of professors, I can not speak highly enough of Rolando. He is engaging, clear, and has lots of ways to explain the language that help me make sense of how it's different than English. This makes Spanish feel more natural to me, as opposed to always trying to translate in my head. I'm so grateful that my friend recommended Berges to me, and I recommend it to everyone who asks about my new found linguistic skills! Don't hesitate - just commit to a class once a week and you'll be amazed at how quickly you can navigate a simple conversation with another Spanish speaker.
Sonja Neve
star 5.0
So far, I have had a great experience with the Berges Institute and my teacher Claudia! The course for beginners is well paced and small classes allow for lots of conversation practice. Claudia is very patient and covers material thoroughly, practicing key vocab and rules until we understand.
John Miller
star 3.0
I did not realize this was an online zoom course; and the course was ultimately cancelled and I couldn't choose another option as none of them worked with my schedule. The actual course is good and functioned as expected. There was no demand to actually do the homework; so it felt like it was too easy to cruise through, though. which is my one complaint about the actual class.
star 4.0
Some teachers did a better job of speaking more in Spanish than others. But consistency is good amongst courses.
Penda Archer
star 5.0
The course material was presented in an easy-to-follow manner. I learned at a nice pace and never felt confused or overwhelmed. The instructor explained the nuances of the language (for example, when to use ser vs estar). This is not an easy concept to learn from an app! The end result is that the grammatical rules make sense. I loved it!
Julia Austin
star 5.0
This is an amazing course, I have learned so much! I have tried several different teachers throughout and all did an excellent job of teaching. Highly recommend whether you have any experience or not.
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