A proven approach to learning Spanish
To speak Spanish, you need just two things:
- You need to know the words that make up the language (the vocabulary)
- You need to know the rules for putting those words together (the grammar)
Learn the grammar and the vocabulary, and you can form an infinite number of sentences and say whatever you want!
SpanishHour teaches you a little bit of grammar and vocabulary every day in short and easy one-hour lessons.
By the end of the 50 day program, you’ll know everything you need to speak Spanish at a very high level. After that, all it will take is practice to become fluent.
As easy as 1-2-3
In your journey to learn Spanish, you will be guided every step of the way.
Each day's lesson is broken down into 3 easy steps. Our guided program automatically moves you from one step to the next, and once you've completed step 3, that's it! You’re one day closer to mastering Spanish!
Step 1: Short daily video lessons by a native Spanish speaker
Every day starts with a set of bite-sized video presentations (usually adding up to just 3 or 4 minutes in length) where a native Spanish speaking professor teaches you the grammar concept for the day. He does this using a whiteboard style platform, speaking while typing and handwriting the presentation in real-time so that it feels like you're watching and hearing him teach in an actual classroom.
Step 2: Fun and easy Flashcard Blitz to learn the vocabulary
Flashcards are a tried and true way of memorizing new vocabulary and our Flashcard Blitz game uses them to quickly familiarize you with the day’s vocab list. It first starts with the easy Single Card Blitz for initial exposure to the words--you’ll both see and hear each of the words and reinforce the knowledge by typing them. It then progresses on to the more challenging Three Card Blitz. Students are always amazed at how effective this game is for quickly learning dozens of new Spanish words in one sitting!
Step 3: Hands-on grammar practice with the Grammar Training Lab
It's hard enough learning new grammar and applying the rules without also getting hung up on the vocabulary! Our grammar training lab allows you to drag and drop words to construct sentences. You don't have to know the vocabulary off the top of your head, but you will definitely need to know the grammar--how to conjugate the verbs, what pronouns and articles to use, matching the adjectives to agree with their nouns, and the other little details involved in properly constructing sentences in Spanish. These exercises incorporate recently learned vocabulary to reinforce what you practiced in Step 2!
You're done! Move on to the next day.
By the time you complete Steps 1 through 3, you should be fairly comfortable with the day's vocabulary and grammar. At this point, you will be presented with some optional activities to further practice what you've learned, or if you're in a rush, you can move right on to the next day's lesson!
Optional activities include a typed grammar quiz (no dragging and dropping here--you have to apply the grammar concepts and vocabulary and form complete answers from scratch!), relevant articles to increase your grammar expertise, crossword puzzles to practice the vocabulary, and much more!
Here's what you’ll learn in 50 days
SpanishHour's 50-day course teaches you everything you would typically learn in two years of college Spanish classes! This means that you learn all of the verb tenses, moods, and sentence constructs you need to speak flawless Spanish like a native.
See below what is covered in each lesson:
| ||Grammar Sections||Vocabulary Sections|
|Day 1||Definite and Indefinite Articles||The Articles and a Few Nouns|
|Day 2||Determining Noun Gender||The Classroom|
|Day 3||Using Accents||Colors and Numbers|
|Day 4||Agreeing Adjectives||Common Descriptive Adjectives and Adjective Cognates|
|Day 5||The 12 Subject Pronouns||Academic Subjects and Days and Months|
|Day 6||Basic Verb Conjugation||Starter Verbs|
|Day 7||Ser – To Be||Adjectives for Personality|
|Day 8||Telling Time||Words for the Home|
|Day 9||Ser or Estar?||Adjectives for Emotion|
|Day 10||Expressing Ownership||Nouns and Verbs around the House|
|Day 11||An Introduction to Irregular Verbs||Talking about the Weather|
|Day 12||Coming and Going||The Seasons|
|Day 13||Stem-changing Verbs||Nouns for the City and Common Stem-changing Verbs|
|Day 14||Yes or No?||Transportation and Large Numbers|
|Day 15||Reflexive Verbs||Common Reflexive Verbs|
|Day 16||This, That, Here, or There||In the Restaurant|
|Day 17||The Present Participle||At the Supermarket|
|Day 18||Indirect Objects||Traveling|
|Day 19||Expressing Like or Dislike||A Wedding|
|Day 20||Prepositions||Common Prepositions|
|Day 21||The Simple Past Tense||Vacationing|
|Day 22||Direct Objects||Ordinal Numbers|
|Day 23||Irregular Verbs in the Preterite||Hotels and Reservations|
|Day 24||Stem-changing Verbs in the Preterite||Going to the Beach|
|Day 25||Forming Complex Sentences||Relatives and Marital Status|
|Day 26||The Imperfect Indicative||Jobs|
|Day 27||"Por" and "Para"||Making Music and Sports|
|Day 28||Formal Commands||Using the Computer|
|Day 29||The Impersonal and Passive Voice||Cars and Driving|
|Day 30||Verbs that Change Meaning||Going Shopping|
|Day 31||The Past Progressive||Clothing|
|Day 32||Unequal Comparisons||Landscape and Geography|
|Day 33||Equal Comparisons||Driving Instructions|
|Day 34||Introduction to the Subjunctive||Going to the Doctor|
|Day 35||The Subjunctive with Emotions||Sicknesses and Cures|
|Day 36||The Subjunctive with Doubt||Money|
|Day 37||Irregular Verbs in the Subjunctive||At the Artisan Marketplace|
|Day 38||Using the Definite Article||Countries|
|Day 39||Informal Commands||Food and Nutrition|
|Day 40||Adverbial Conjunctions||In the Kitchen|
|Day 41||The Present Perfect Tense||Animals|
|Day 42||The Present Perfect Subjunctive||The Environment|
|Day 43||The Imperfect Subjunctive||Celebrations and Culture|
|Day 44||The Past Perfect||Beliefs and Superstitions|
|Day 45||"Que" and "Quien"||Art|
|Day 46||"Cuál" vs. "Qué"||Production of Goods|
|Day 47||The Future Tense||Crime and Social Problems|
|Day 48||The Conditional Tense||Movies|
|Day 49||Unlikely Situations||Television|
|Day 50||The Passive Voice||Ancient Civilizations|
As you can see, with our highly structured program, learning just a little bit each day really adds up!
By the end of Day 20, you will be able to fully express yourself in the present tense, limited only by your vocabulary.
By the end of Day 33, you will officially be an intermediate level Spanish student, capable of speaking of the past, the present and the future. At this point, as long as you carry a dictionary
with you, you could travel to any Spanish-speaking country and express any idea you desire, although not everything you say would be 100% grammatically correct.
By the end of Day 50, you will have a large vocabulary and will be capable of speaking perfect Spanish. All you will need is practice to develop your speed and fluency. Supplementary games,
articles, and other activities within SpanishHour will help you to get that practice.
Here's what a couple of members had to say about their experience with SpanishHour's 50-Day Course:
|"I really am getting a lot out of your site and think the daily exercises are incredible... I have been trying to learn for about two years now and your site is hands down the best one I have come across. It is head and shoulders above anything else I have tried..."|
|- Michael, Houston, TX|
"The program is great. It is thorough, well thought-out, and, yes, fun! It is straightforward, does not bury the learner in useless details but at the same time goes in depth. I really, really like it.
I have learned more in a couple of days than with many other online programs I tried. Even if I am a French-speaker! (English is my third language). Though clearly oriented towards the US market, it fills gaps no other programs does. This is exactly what I was looking for, for months now!"
|- Anne-Marie, Quebec, Canada|
Perfect for beginner students
SpanishHour starts from the very beginning, teaching you the alphabet and the sounds in Spanish and gently guiding you into the most basic rules of Spanish language.
Even if you've never studied Spanish before, our approach of teaching you just a little bit every day and reinforcing it with lots of exercises with detailed guidance and
explanation means that you'll have no trouble quickly and confidently progressing through our 50 day course.
Master the most difficult concepts in Spanish
Many Spanish professors say that the biggest thing that differentiates a high-level Spanish speaker from an intermediate student is his or her ability to comfortably and correctly
use the subjunctive mood. This is an entire separate set of verb forms that are used to express doubt, conjecture, emotion, and other subjective ideas. You can speak perfectly understandable
Spanish without ever learning how to use the subjunctive mood, but knowing how to use it allows you to express yourself with greater precision.
Starting from Day 34, our course focuses heavily on teaching the different uses of the subjunctive mood and incorporates tons of exercises to reinforce the rules and concepts.
By the end of the course, you will have had heavy exposure to all of the most advanced concepts in Spanish grammar.
Also, our supplemental activities and games can help you to expand your vocabulary, develop your listening comprehension, and master verb conjugation--all critical elements of speaking fluently and quickly.
Develop your Listening Comprehension with pure audio drills
The main idea of SpanishHour's 50 Day Course is that if you learn all of the grammar and vocabulary, all you will need is practice to speak like a native.
That being said, SpanishHour offers various activities that will help you to develop your ability to understand what you are hearing.
Every lesson includes a vocab list with pronunciations of the words, and Flashcard Blitz incorporates audio for thousands of words for you to get used to not only seeing the words, but hearing them as well.
Outside of the framework of the main study course is a database of special listening comprehension drills which lets you listen to short pieces of a conversation and to four
possible audio responses--you then choose the appropriate response. These drills come in ten different categories to cover common situations you might find yourself in as a
tourist and the vocabulary unique to them; situations include being at the airport, in a restaurant or hotel, out with a friend, renting an apartment, and much more.
Learn Latin-American Spanish with a focus on universally-understood vocabulary
Our Spanish course is designed to teach you Spanish that will allow you to be fully understood in any Latin American Spanish-speaking country.
Each South American and Central American country has its own idiosyncrasies and slang, but our selected vocabulary is designed to be as
country-neutral as possible. Some of the words you learn may not be commonly used in the country you decide to visit, but will almost certainly be understood. As you spend time in a specific
country, you will quickly adapt to their local flavor of Spanish.
You will also have no trouble conversing with people from Spain. There will be some differences in vocabulary and pronunciation, and they may find your use of ustedes instead of vosotros very
formal, but you will still be able to carry on high-level conversations without any problems.
Study at your own pace
Each day's activities are designed to take roughly one hour to complete. Depending on your level of Spanish and the difficulty of the particular day's lesson, you may spend more or less time
completing a lesson.
You can go as quickly or as slowly as you'd like. Some members complete the first two weeks of the course in just the first couple of days but then slow down once they reach topics they're not as familiar with.
Read what professors had to say about SpanishHour
The following professors have reviewed SpanishHour’s materials--the course outline and organization, the teaching and accuracy of instruction, the effectiveness of the
provided exercises and activities, and the overall quality of the program--and have agreed to allow us to publish their findings here.
||“I've taught Spanish for over 30 years in multiple universities in the United States,Europe, and Latin America in many different countries including France,
Argentina, Ecuador and Peru. SpanishHour is one of the best resources I've seen for quickly learning Spanish grammar and vocabulary. It is a clear, concise, and user-friendly
way to learn Spanish, regardless of your current level. The well-designed progressive presentation of grammar, the participation of native speakers, and the inclusion of a
generous amount of practice in many formats is an asset for all kinds of learning styles. I would not hesitate to recommend SpanishHour to anyone looking for a quick, effective,
yet in-depth Spanish course.”|
Graciela Susana Boruszko, PhD
Spanish Professor at Pepperdine University
||“I closely reviewed SpanishHour and found it to be a very easy to use program that teaches the most
important components that are needed to learn Spanish. It smoothly takes students from the most elementary level of grammar to the advanced, emphasizes vocabulary building,
and includes tools to exercise listening comprehension and pronunciation. What impressed me most about SpanishHour is that it succeeded in making grammar accessible, easy to learn,
and even enjoyable. Using a variety of tools, supplemental activities, and games, it makes the Spanish learning process fun. SpanishHour is an excellent program
for anybody wanting to learn Spanish on their own.”|
Vilma Navarro-Daniels, PhD
Spanish Professor at Washington State University
||“I have taught Spanish by immersion, Spanish as a second language,
Spanish for adults, etc., and there is no way to completely succeed at learning to speak Spanish without knowing the grammar. A good foundation of
grammar and vocabulary gives students a lot more potential and makes it easier and faster to become a fluent Spanish speaker. SpanishHour is a
very complete course that covers the most relevant and fundamental grammar points and vocabulary of the Spanish language. It's actually very similar
to what I teach in class and would equal or correspond to at least four semesters (2 years) of college Spanish. Completing SpanishHour's 50-day course
would put you in a position to rapidly develop your speaking abilities by practicing what you learned in conversation. I absolutely recommend
SpanishHour; it is an entertaining, innovative, and effective approach to learning Spanish.”|
Spanish Professor at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro
||“SpanishHour is a powerful tool that can be used on its own or as a supplement
to any first, second, or even third-year Spanish program. The program is very user-friendly and you will find hours upon hours of activities to practice and
improve your Spanish. Short, concise, and to-the-point videos introduce the grammar; audio files and interactive flashcards present the vocabulary; and
various exercises with immediate and useful feedback help you to master the grammar points. The "Tower of Conjugation" game is a great tool for practicing
the complex and elusive forms of the Spanish verb system and the other games are a fun way to learn and practice new vocabulary. Students of Spanish of all
ages will benefit from this fun, interactive educational program. I'm glad to have found out about SpanishHour; I will be telling many of my students about
this one-of-a-kind resource.”|
Héctor Campos, PhD
Spanish Professor at Georgetown University
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