Spanish from Scratch

Completely new to Spanish? Learn the absolute basics of Spanish with Rob and Lis in this fun, communicative course.

  • 23 lessons

  • Complete beginners

  • 6 hours

What’s included

Over 22 (and counting) fun and engaging audio episodes, Rob and Lis will show you how to communicate in a range of everyday situations, and you’ll learn essential vocabulary and phrases that you’re most likely to meet. Alongside this, you’ll pick up vital nuggets of grammar and pronunciation, giving you the best possible start to your Spanish journey.

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  • Transcription

    Full transcriptions of both English and Spanish

  • Notes

    Full notes on vocabulary, grammar, and anything else we teach in the podcast

  • Exercises

    Practice exercises available for every episode

What you’ll learn


1. Introducing yourself

Learn the first basic phrases in Spanish: How to say hello and goodbye, introduce yourself, and ask someone how they are. We also meet our first Spanish verb.


2. Interests, likes and dislikes

Learn how to ask people about their interests, and say what you do and don’t like. We also learn a few more basic verbs, and about the three verb endings “-ar”, “-er”, and “-ir”.


3. Ordering in a cafe

Join us in a cafe, as we learn to order food and drink like a native! Find out the difference between ordering in Spain vs Latin America, as well as some useful phrases for when you are in a bar.


4. Interviews

Learn how to conjugate regular verbs and ask questions. Today, we’re going to talk about… interviews! Rob’s going to interview Liz, and ask some questions about her life! You’ll learn how to ask questions, and how to conjugate some simple regular verbs.


5. Interviews (part 2)

Liz and Rob show you the rest of the conjugations of the present tense for all three types of verb, and practise asking questions using those verbs. Learn the personal pronouns (“you”, “he”, “she”, etc). There’s also homework for this session, as we leave you with a few verbs to learn!


6. Irregular verbs

We talk about the “go” verbs, the first set of irregular verbs that we’ll encounter. These are some of the most common and useful verbs, so it’s worth memorising them!


7. Ser and Estar

Learn how to use the two verbs ser and estar, which both translate as “to be”. So, what’s the difference?


8. “Doing things” in Spanish

We move on to talking about “doing”, with a focus on the continuous tense. Learn how to say things like “I’m running”, “she’s going” and more. Make sure that you’ve listened to the previous podcasts, because we step it up a gear in this podcast!


9. Coming and Going

Learn about the verbs venir and ir, and a simple way to make plans for the future. Also, learn an effective way of practising verb conjugations!


10. Adjectives

An introduction to Spanish adjectives – learn some of the first adjectives, and use them to describe things.


11. Making comparisons

We learn how to use the adjectives we’ve just learned to make comparisons. Learn a simple structure to say “more” or “less” than in this episode!


12. The biggest and best

Use the adjectives we’ve learned to form superlatives – the biggest, the tallest, the most expensive, etc.


13. Obligation

Learn how to talk about “obligation” in Spanish – telling someone what to do! We look at two ways of doing this, exploring the constructions tener que and hay que.


14. The future

Learn a simple way to refer to the future, without having to learn the future tense!


15. Transport

We take a break from grammar to learn some useful phrases around transport.


16. Haber

Learn how to use one of the most useful verbs you’ll meet: haber.


17. Going out

Lis and Rob talk about going out, and teach you phrases to make evening plans.


18. Numbers

Learn the numbers, from 1 – 1,000,000. You’ll discover the basic patterns behind Spanish numbers, and that you only really need to learn about twenty numbers!


19. Shopping

Having learnt the numbers, we do a little more practice and then start using them with one of the most common scenarios: shopping. Learn relevant phrases around shopping, including asking about prices, making an order, and other shopping vocabulary


20. Apologising and making mistakes

Learn some of the most useful phrases for apologising, as well as how to talk about making mistakes in Spanish.


21. Agreeing and disagreeing

Discover how to agree and disagree politely in Spanish, and how to give your own opinion.


22. Telling the time

Learn how to ask for and tell the time in Spanish.