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
BEGINNER/ INTERMEDIATE: A Look at the Spanish Verb DEJAR
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. They’ve lived there full-time ever since.