Free Animated Spanish Lessons

Spanish Course for Beginners

The Spanish video lessons were created for native English speakers with little or no Spanish speaking ability who relocate to Mexico.

Each lesson is designed to build on previous lessons, so resist the temptation to skip around.

This is not your “traditional” Spanish course full of long lists of verb conjugations. This course teaches techniques to convert your English into Spanish, work around difficult aspects of Spanish grammar, and teach you plug-and-play phrases that will allow you to construct your own sentences in your head in real time.

This course was originally called Spanish for Retirees Living in Mexico but we later changed it. The old name still appears on several of the early lessons.

Lesson 1: Basic Pronunciation and Some Cognates

Lesson 2: More Pronunciation and a New Cognate Trick

Lesson 3: Making Spanish Verbs from Cognates

Lesson 4: Creating Your Own Sentences from Cognates

Lesson 5: Creating Simple Sentences with Hay

Lesson 6: Even More on Pronunciation and How to Express Location

Lesson 7: The Verb Poder

Lesson 8: Putting It All Together

Lesson 9: The Verb Tener

Lesson 10: Useful Expressions with Tener

Lesson 11: Ordering Food

Lesson 12: Desire, Ability and Obligation

Lesson 13: Going Places (Part One)

Lesson 14: Going Places (Part Two)

Lesson 15: To Be or Not to Be (Part One)

Lesson 16: To Be or Not to Be (Part Two)

Lesson 17: Expressing Possession

Lesson 18: The Verbs Saber and Conocer

Lesson 19: Direct Object Pronouns

Lesson 20: More Work With Direct Object Pronouns

Lesson 21: Spatial Relationships

Lesson 22: How Far Is It?  

Lesson 23: A Look at the Subjunctive (Part One)

Lesson 24: A Look at the Subjunctive (Part Two)

Lesson 25: A Look at the Subjunctive (Part Three)

Lesson 26: Expressing the Future with Ir

Lesson 27: How to Say You Like Something (Part One)

Lesson 28: How to Say You Like Something (Part Two)

Lesson 29: How to Say You Like Something (Part Three) 

Lesson 30: Review Time!

Lesson 31: The Present Progressive (Part One)

Lesson 32: The Present Progressive (Part Two)

Lesson 33: The Verb Poner (Part One)

Lesson 34: The Verb Poner (Part Two)

Additional Spanish Lessons for Beginners and Intermediate Students

BEGINNER: Simple Trick to Convert Over 300 Words into Spanish

BEGINNER: How Even Beginning Students Can Create Complex Sentences in Spanish Using One Simple Cognate Trick

BEGINNER: A Look at the Spanish Phrase Qué Tal

BEGINNER: Using AL+Infinitive to Avoid Verb Conjugation

BEGINNER: A Look at the Spanish Verb Soñar

BEGINNER: Useful Spanish Phrase “En Lugar De”

BEGINNER: Basic Spanish for Getting Your Drivers License in Mexico

BEGINNER: Saber vs Conocer (The Two Verbs for “To Know”)

BEGINNER: Different Ways to Say “Excuse Me” and “I’m Sorry” in Spanish

BEGINNER: Translating word like: half-closed. half-eaten, half-finished and half-done into Spanish

BEGINNER: Creating Sentences in the Passive Voice Using the Spanish Verb SER

BEGINNER: Practice Time! The Passive Voice with SER


INTERMEDIATE: Translating Phrases Like ‘Whatever Happens, Come What May & No Matter What”

INTERMEDIATE: Deciding Between the Indicative and Subjunctive Following the Word “Cuando”

INTERMEDIATE: Expressing Purpose in Spanish Using “Para” and “Para que + Subjunctive”

INTERMEDIATE: Translating If-Then Scenarios in Spanish

A Little Bit About the Creator of the Course

The lessons were created by Paul Kurtzweil (Qroo Paul).

Paul learned Spanish on his own while working as a deputy sheriff in Florida. The county where he worked was home to tens of thousands of Spanish-speakers, the majority of whom were from Mexico. He learned Spanish out of necessity and along the way he developed several shortcuts that allowed him to reach fluency quickly.

During his 25-year career, Paul conducted thousands of work-related translations, represented the agency on Spanish language television, and even did public speaking in Spanish at events hosted by the Mexican Consulate.

Paul started to sharing his techniques for learning Spanish with his fellow law enforcement officers. He developed an online Spanish course that was taken by over 3,500 law enforcement officers across North America and he also wrote the book Functional Police Spanish.

In 2015, Paul retired from law enforcement and he and his wife moved to Mexico.