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Español para principiantes
If you want to start learning Spanish from the bottom up, you’ve come to the right place! Lawless Spanish for Beginners is a self-study course divided into loosely themed units consisting of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation lessons; cultural tips; and assorted listening exercises and quizzes along the way. Keep reading for some info and advice on making the most of this course, or go straight to the lessons.
How to learn Spanish
Each unit is in the form of a checklist with links to online lessons and other resources. I recommend spending at least a week but no more than a month on each unit: study/practice each item in the list and then go back through them again more quickly to cement your learning before moving on to the next unit. And of course you can go back to an earlier unit any time you like.
You can save a printable pdf copy of each checklist to your computer or you can create a Checklist account to save a dynamic version online. Both options are completely free, so it’s up to you!
Are you really a beginner?
If you’re not an absolute beginner, I recommend you take this free proficiency test in order to figure out where you are: Progress with Lawless Spanish. After creating your free account and taking the placement test, you’ll receive a level assessment and personalized study plan.
Also try one of these fun programs:
- Hotel Borbollón uses comics and videos to tell the story of Ana Borbollón, a doctor who must choose between her career in Buenos Aires and her family’s hotel in Madrid.
- Get Up To Speed is a fun, online program consisting of conversations between a traditional Spanish teacher and an unconventional linguist, to help you reinforce your Spanish skills while learning about Latin American history and culture.
Units: These checklists take a moment to load, please be patient! 🙂
- Greetings, introductions, nouns, verbs, alphabet
- Politeness, definite articles, subject pronouns, -ar verbs, vowels
- Essential Spanish, tú vs Ud., present tense, the letter A
- Numbers, hay, ir (to go), the letters E and O
- Telling time, ser vs estar, indefinite articles, the letter I
- Calendar, tener (to have), plurals, the letter U
- Dates, good-bye, -er verbs, accents
- Weather, hacer (to do, make), adjectives, the letters B and V
- Food, questions, poder (to be able to), the letter C
- Feelings, negation, -ir verbs, the letter D
- Family, drinks, preposition de, recent past (acabar de), the letter F
- Body, toiletries, reflexive verbs, the letter H
- Clothes, colors, possessive adjectives, the letters G and J
Just added! (Dec 2021)
- Descriptions, preposition a, personal a, querer (to want), the letter K
- Home and furniture, stem-changing verbs, the letter L
- School, office, adverbs, deber (to have to), the letter M
- Transportation, saber vs conocer (to know), the letter N
- Directions, demonstrative adjectives, g verbs, the letter P
- Personality, prepositions, spelling change verbs, the letter Q
- Professions, pretérito, the letter R
More units coming soon – stay tuned!
- Beginning Spanish lessons
- Explanation of CEFR levels
- Online Spanish dictionary
- Progress with Lawless Spanish
- Relearning Spanish
- Verb conjugations
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