Spanish Grammar from Latin Roots

Spanish Grammar from Latin Roots


Dive into introductory Spanish with master instructor Dwane Thomas of Visual Latin and WordUp!  By using an unique and effective approach based on the forms of Latin grammar, your student will learn to read intermediate Spanish. This homeschool Spanish curriculum is part of the Compass Lectures Series and is presented in an engaging class setting that is easy for students to follow.

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Dwane Describes the Course

Years ago, I noticed the Hispanic students in my classes grasped Latin more rapidly than students who had never learned Spanish. Intrigued, I began teaching myself Spanish. In the process I discovered two things. First, I discovered Spanish was heavily dependent upon Latin. Second, I discovered that I really liked Spanish! Join me as we jump into this very popular language. During this class we will be focusing on Spanish grammar, the connections between Spanish and Latin, and reading.

I’m going to try to keep things as simple as possible. The goal of this class is to get you to an intermediate/lower advanced reading level in Spanish.  By the end of the first year, I would like you to have the ability to read the New Testament in Spanish.

Homework is going to essentially be the same thing every week.

    1. First, read the chapter we are studying. For example—if we are in chapter 3, read chapter 3. For the first week, there is no reading homework.  We will start reading week two.
    2. Second, listen to the New Testament in Spanish. This will give you a pronunciation reference. Throughout the year, I will recommend other places to go for pronunciation, but start here.  This is your homework during the first week.  Bookmark this page and begin listening to the New Testament in Spanish.  A half-hour a day, or so, is fine.  Listen while you empty the dishwasher, clean your room, or some other chore that doesn’t require much thought.
    3. Third, take the tests, available as downloadable PDFs linked to the course videos. Parents or students will have to grade those tests personally.

    That’s it. Of course, there are many other things you can do.  I have been studying languages most of my life and have discovered lots language learning tips.  I will share these tips with you in class. But, you need to remember this.  Most learners, and many teachers way underemphasize the tremendous power of reading.  If you don’t do anything else, read.  Read the book.  Read the chapters each week.  And, then read them again.  And again.

    This course provides an excellent introduction to the structure and grammar of the Spanish language, with particular reference to its origins in Latin. However, it is not recommended for high school credit since it does not provide evaluation in spoken Spanish.

    This course is part of the Compass Lectures Series where veteran teachers are filmed as they teach in an actual classroom. This product includes streaming access to the videos filmed live in Nashville. Assignments for local students are explained on the videos and in the course steps. However, parents are solely responsible for assigning and grading this work.

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    You may know Dwane from our popular Visual Latin product. He is a magician: he’s spent over 15 years turning students into Latin speakers and readers. His secret? He’s one of those unique teachers who makes learning difficult subjects fun and enjoyable. Thousands of children have already been transformed through his magic: let yours be next. He has been teaching Latin since 1998, and never stops learning new languages!

    License: This product is licensed for use by one family. For group, co-op, or school use, each family will need to purchase a copy or purchase licenses for each student. For more information, visit our group license page.

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    Dwane Thomas



    Lesson Runtime

    Avg. 45 min runtime per video




    Download Scope & Sequence With Assignments

    1. Spanish is Filled with English Words
    2. Forming Basic Sentences
    3. The Past Tense in Spanish
    4. The Preterite Tense
    5. Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish Pt. 1
    6. Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish Pt. 2
    7. Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish Pt. 3
    8. Er and –Ir Verbs
    9. Plural Verbs and Adjectives
    10. Past Tense: –Er and –Ir verbs, Irregular verbs: Estar and Ser.
    11. Present Participles
    12. The Present Tense
    13. Present Tense Plural & Past Tense Irregular Pt. 1
    14. Present Tense Plural & Past Tense Irregular Pt. 2
    15. Past Participles
    16. Pronunciation
    17. Present, Past, Future
    18. Radical Verbs Pt. 1
    19. Radical Verbs Pt. 2
    20. Radical Verbs Pt. 3
    21. The Verb ir
    22. Past Participles
    23. Irregular Verbs
    24. Direct Object Pronouns
    25. Indirect Object Pronouns
    26. Reflexive Verbs
    27. The Imperfect Tense
    28. Commands
    29. Subjunctive

    Sample Lesson

    This lecture was delivered during the second week of classes


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