Spanish for Retirees (Lessons 1-10)

This course was specifically designed for English-speaking adults who have little or no knowledge of Spanish. The course will teach you shortcuts to become conversational quickly with limited memorization.

General Instructions

Watch the lessons in order and avoid the temptation to skip around — each lesson builds on the ones before it.

There are exercises after the video section. Several of the exercises cover more than one lesson.


Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

Lesson 9

Lesson 10


Click the link to open the exercise

Lessons 1-2 Exercises

Lesson 3 Exercises

Lesson 4 Exercises

Lessons 5-6 Exercises

Lessons 7-8 Exercises

Lessons 9-10 Exercises

Additional Resources

Lesson 4: TION/CION Word List

Let’s Wrap This Up

There’s a lot of information packed into each video lesson, so you’ll probably have to watch them several times in order to learn it all.

If you would like more information about the course and the instructor, check out Answers to Common Questions About the Spanish Lessons.

Click HERE for Lessons 11-20.

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) is a former lieutenant from the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida. During his 25-year career, he received numerous commendations to include two of the agency's top honors: a Meritorious Service Medal and a Medal of Valor. In 2015, Paul retired and moved to Mexico with his wife. He now spends his days enjoying the Riviera Maya and blogging from the beach.

24 Comments on "Spanish for Retirees (Lessons 1-10)"

  1. Thank you , very much appreciated

  2. Thanks again, and for the tip on not skipping around. Terrific!

  3. Christina Weidinger | September 12, 2017 at 9:10 am | Reply

    Thank you, thank you!! I love your lessons – very easy to follow, and I think I’m learning 🙂 I’m actually going to SMA early next year for a 2 month immersion class, so you absolutely are giving me a head start (and I love the videos, too!!)

  4. Just shared this on my FB page. Always fun and entertaining. A nice review for la gringa. I’ll be back in Baja in a month.
    Thanks Paul,

  5. Victoria Leana Bryant | September 12, 2017 at 10:13 am | Reply

    I always enjoy your posts but this one is great, why did it take so long for someone to come up with such a simple way to learn. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. I’m slowly doing the lessons and I repeat them to make it stick!

  7. Like everyone else is saying, Thank you two very much for all of this effort. Along with the videos, the exercises are going
    help my wife and I. It is almost impossible to find Spanish speakers up here on Vancouver Island where we live but we are trying our best to learn. Muchas Gracias.

  8. These are great!!!! I started watching when you first came out with them, but then pooped out. Which is a shame as my husband and I just moved to Mexico, and we’re missing out on talking with the new friends we’re making. We just smile and say Buenos dias and gracias a lot. Thanks for sending out this reminder; I will get my butt in gear. Gracias y adios!

  9. Muchas gracias de Sayulita!

  10. I watched lesson 1 and really thought it was VERY informative and much needed on my part. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to dedicate to anything further yet but definitely will in the future. Please don’t stop making the videos!!!! Thank you for the lessons and your blog in general !

  11. Hi Paul. I’m new to the blog. My husband and I are currently in the dreaming stage of moving to Mexico…hopefully it will become a reality in a few years. I just wanted to say THANK YOU…I absolutely love this blog and so appreciate the Spanish lessons. Go over them everyday so far. This blog gives me hope that our dreams can come true too! Thanks again and keep them coming!
    Nancy L from New York

  12. An enormous THANK YOU, for all your time and interest to help people like myself who are overwhelmed at learning a new language. I was not successful in school at learning additional languages so your program has upped my ability and courage to try again in a very meaningful way. Keep them rolling, thanks so much.

  13. Why use estar when someone is dead?? In a predominantly Catholic culture, DEAD is a temporary state.

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