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: Spanish


Beginners (level 1 - A1 CEFR)

You have little or no prior knowledge of Spanish.

FAST TRACK Beginners (level 1 - A1 CEFR)

You have little or no prior knowledge of Spanish and you would like to make quick progress.

Post-beginners (level 2 - A2 CEFR)

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

FAST TRACK post-beginners (level 2 - A2 CEFR) (AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 2020)

You can manage Spanish language in basic situations using the present tense and you would like to make quick progress.

Intermediate (level 3 - B1.1 CEFR)

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

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

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

Advanced (level 5 - B2.1 CEFR)

You can understand the main points of everyday spoken and written Spanish and are confident in the past, present and future tenses.

Post-advanced (level 6 - B2.2 CEFR)

You can communicate fluently in Spanish and are confident using a range of tenses and moods in the past, present and future.

Proficiency (level 7 - C1.1 CEFR)

You can speak and write Spanish with ease and want to specialize in more advanced linguistic skills.

Conversational (Level B2+) (AVAILABLE FROM OCTOBER 2020)

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

Proficiency Plus (level 8 - C1/C2 CEFR)

You can speak and write Spanish with ease. You can express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning in complex situations.

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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