Spanish

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With 483 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most used language internationally, after English, and is second only to Mandarin in global native speakers. Today native Spanish speakers make up 7.6% of the entire population of the world!

It is an official language in 21 countries: pretty much everywhere from Mexico to Patagonia, except Brazil, one African country (Equatorial Guinea), and it is also spoken in the Philippines. In total 580 million people speak Spanish worldwide, including 75 million speakers with limited competence and 22 million of learners. More than 50 million people in the USA speak Spanish as a first or second language and it's also quite popular in Spain too!

Spanish is studied as a foreign language by 22 million students worldwide and it is highly regarded by employers.

The popularity of Spanish language and culture, much of it disseminated via US media, means that many words and phrases are already familiar (especially to fans of old western movies): amigo, casa, desperado, fiesta, hombre, poncho, salsa, siesta. Every time Bart Simpson says "Ay caramba", he's speaking Spanish!

Levels offered ONLINE: Spanish

Beginners (level 1 - A1 CEFR)

You have little or no prior knowledge of Spanish.

Beginners PLUS (level 1 - A1 CEFR)

You can manage Spanish language in basic situations using the present tense.

Post-beginners PLUS (level 2 - A2 CEFR)

You can manage Spanish language in basic situations using the present tense.

Intermediate PLUS (level 3 - B1.1 CEFR)

You can read and write basic Spanish sentences in everyday situations using past, present and future tenses.

Upper-intermediate PLUS (level 4 - B1.2 CEFR)

You can communicate in Spanish in everyday situations using past, present and future tenses.

Conversational (Level B2+)

You are (fairly) fluent in Spanish and you would like to improve your conversational skills.

Not sure which level you want? Use the ELP self-assessment grid to identify your level of competence.

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Greeting: "Buenos días" (good day/good morning)

Counting: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco...

Useful phrase“¡Qué calor! ¿Qué tal un chapuzón en el mar?” (So hot! Fancy a dip in the sea?)

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