Level 2: The Past Tense and Other Topics

Level 2: The Past Tense and Other Topics

If you are already familiar with the present tense, can introduce yourself, talk a little bit about yourself, ask other people about themselves, and you know some basic vocabulary (family, parts of the body, and some everyday objects), you are ready for Level 2.

In this level, you will work on the past tense (it's called pretérito perfecto). You will improve your descriptive vocabulary as you learn how to tell stories of what you or other people did in the past.

To take this level, you should have scored at least 6 points on our Online Placement Test and/or completed the Beginners Level.

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: Present tense review

In this lesson, you will review the present tense conjugation for ser, estar, tener, ir, hacer, and regular verbs ending in -ar, -er, and -ir. You will also learn some descriptive vocabulary you can use with ser and estar.

Lesson 2: Descriptive vocab + past tense intro

In this lesson, you will review the descriptive vocab you learned in lesson 1, and you will learn comparatives and superlatives and how to conjugate verbs ir and hacer in the pretérito perfecto tense.

Lesson 3: The past tense

In this lesson, you will review comparatives and superlatives and you will learn how to conjugate both regular and some important irregular verbs in the past tense.

Lesson 4: Past tense practice

In this lesson, you will practice the past tense by asking and answering questions. You will also learn how to use antes de and después de.

Lesson 5: Demonstratives + two-verb construction

In this lesson, you will learn demonstrative adjectives, and you will learn how to use common two-verb constructions both in the present and past tense.

Lesson 6: Practice + numbers

In this lesson, you will review and practice the past tense and two-verb constructions, and you'll learn to count up to 1 million!

Lesson 7: Weather, present progressive, and reflexive verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to talk about the weather, how to conjugate the present progressive, and how to use reflexive verbs in the past tense.

Lesson 8: Conocer & saber

In this lesson, you will learn how to conjugate and use verbs conocer and saber. You will also review the present progressive and the weather.

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 past tense. Congratulations!

Reviews from our students

star 5.0
Learning to use the Spanish past tense. I had lessons with Ms. Gloria Alveal. She was a dedicated teacher, during her lectures she provides visual presentation of pictures, creates sentence examples for simplification of meaning, and a livelier group interaction. It is a pleasure learning with her.
Sue Puffpaff
star 4.0
My only issue was in Unit 6 we only did numbers and had a lot of time left over. For the rest of the session we did reflexive verbs. (We had to change classes for that day and Rolando was not our instructor). Then Units 7 and 8 were jam-packed with new concepts. I just wondered why some of the concepts from Unit 7 weren't put into Unit 6 so 7 and 8 weren't so overloaded. I felt that they had so much information when 6 did not. Besides that I enjoy taking classes from Berges and have learned so much. I spent 3 months in Mexico recently and the classes really came in handy. I'm looking forward to the 3rd level.
Jessi Berry
star 5.0
Level 2 is great for starting to connect the dots of the language. I found that on holiday to Colombia, I was able to communicate with and understand people in basic conversation, as well as have enough basic knowledge to pick up on context clues. I really like that it reiterates what we learned in Level 1 - I am a very logical learner and the course formula is very logical.
Tara Taylor
star 5.0
Level 2 covers a lot of topics while still focusing on the past tense. I think the course is designed to go at a slower pace to give students a chance to memorize and practice between classes.
Amy Yargosz
star 5.0
I really like how the courses are laid out. It feels like a natural progression of words you would want to say. The preterite allows me to speak in the past tense, and I'm excited about learning more.
Danielle Avery
star 5.0
I like how the classes provide a foundation of building blocks to truly learn Spanish.
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