Provide basic information about yourself, comfortably use greetings and polite expressions in social situations and common real-life scenarios, make simple requests using everyday vocabulary and ask for directions and instructions.
Nouns, Articles and Adjectives: -The gender of nouns -Definite and indefinite articles -Plural and singular form of adjectives
Understand the four basic concepts of the "estar" verb ( location, health, mood or condition), and the verb "ser", (permanent characteristic, title or referring to or about time). Use of the most common regular verbs on daily activities.
Spell and pronounce names, provide ages, date of birth and specific information, accurately provide phone numbers, describe items using colors, names, general sizes, and other specific characteristics.
Use the present tense comfortably, go shopping using questions asking for price of products or services, discuss schedules and delivery times and addresses, and speak about simple everyday social situations and ideas.
Speak comfortably about important dates and holidays, refer to specific street names and numbers, confidently tell time and date talk at ease about your work, pass times and activities in the present and present continuous tense.
Vocabulary: -Days of the Week / Months of the Year -Seasons -Numbers 51-99 -Ordinal Numbers -Telling Time
Speak about your personal activities, physical and personality features including preferences and tastes. Talk about your favorite past times/interests in the present tense using verbs such as "cantar", "comer" and "vivir". Express your wishes and desires using the subjunctive form.
Recognize and describe objects and appliances at home, describe daily routines, and read, write and refer to numerical information such as quantity and simple math. Provide information and inquire about specific objects, size and prices as well as discuss general location information including basic directions.
Vocabulary: -House related and routine chores vocabulary (despertar, bañar, desayunar, salir, etc) -Numbers: 100-499
Create dialogues using "ir", "dar" and "estar", understand and use idioms such as "tener calor", "acabar de llegar", "dejar de fumar", etc. Also, they will confidently comprehend time expressions using “hacer”, such as "hace un mes", "hace cuanto", etc., and make use of the prepositions “para” and “por” and the conjunction “que” in sentences. Also, you will be able to comfortably start and sustain casual conversations of your own personal and professional life.
Verb “ir” and the Future tense: -Indicative using -ir, -dar, - and -estar -Common Idioms -Time expressions with -hacer -Preposition -para, -por -Conjunction -que -Adverbs of place -aquí, -acá, -allí, -enfrente, -cerca, -arriba, -abajo, -adentro, -afuera
Advanced Spanish Step by Step
Name parts of the body and related functions, write a family tree specifying family relations, use descriptive adjectives when referring to family and friends, plan a visit to the doctor and explain general medical symptoms. Read, write and use numbers effectively over an oral dictation, such as phone numbers, account information, reservations and ID numbers.
Vocabulary: -Family, friends, body parts and describing health problems and illness -Food stores and shops -Numbers 500-999
At the end of the Advanced Intermediate level, the student will be able to express and respond to questions and concerns using possessive adjectives like “mi”, “tu” and “su”, make comparisons between adjectives using “mas que” and “menos que”. Use adverbs ending in "mente" to describe verbs or adjectives for example, "claramente" and "rápidamente". Use "pero and sino" in different contexts.
Order food in a restaurant describing specific likes and tastes for foods and drinks, understand the common vocabulary related to their travels, airports and methods of transportation. Understand travel announcements, ask about schedules and obtain travel information.
Plan a travel itinerary and speak about vacations and travel destinations and be able to understand and discuss required/necessary official procedures to be completed including reading, writing and providing numbers/numerical information.
Vocabulary: Food, restaurants and travel related vocabulary, leisure time, places to go and what to do
Use prepositions an prepositional phrases at ease, phrases of negation in different contexts, able to clarify information on the phone (e.g., bad connection, I didn’t hear, or person is speaking too fast).
Prepositions and negations Pronouns that follow prepositions Past tense -Prepositions -por, and, -para -Negative words -nada, -nadie, -nunca, jamás and -ninguno
Offer or ask for advice to solve a problem, express worry and/or reassurance and ultimately use the imperfect and preterit tenses narrating events that occurred in the past with precision.
Narrating in the past -Imperfect tense / Preterite
Discuss vacation options and talk about specific indoor/outdoor events as well as discuss different sports and leisure recreational activities. Express probabilities and desires combining subjunctive mood verbs and tenses.
Vocabulary: Sports, nature and outdoors recreational activities vocabulary. Locations: country, mountains, beach. Numbers 10.000 to 100.000
Step by Step
Give presentations on their individual professions effectively, confidently write reports using numbers predictions and statistics graphics in meetings and discussions.
Objects, Reflexive Verbs and the Present Subjunctive: -Indirect Object "gusta" -Indirect Object Pronoun -Direct Object -Transitive Verb -Frequently-used Reflexive Verbs: "bañarse", "dedicarse", "defenderse", "divertirse", "expresarse", "llamarse", and "preguntarse".
Communicate naturally and effectively in most formal and informal conversations.
Function in any personal situation with language skills approaching that of a native-proficient speaker.
Able to hold discussions mastering direct and indirect speech, indirect and direct objects and reflexive verbs equivalent to a native speaker.
Feel comfortable at every social or business situation in Spanish, travel to and living in Spanish speaking countries understanding and using the language equivalent to a native speaker.
When the socio political crisis in Colombia forced the founder of SpanishNYC, Luis Cardozo, to leave his home country in 1999, his two main assets to start a new life in NYC were a law degree and his passion for languages.