How to Learn Spanish

Spanish

IF you want to learn Spanish, there is good news – you know more Spanish than you think!

The Spanish language shares many, many words with English, some spelled exactly the same way or are so similar you have to look twice to see it’s not an English word. This gives you a built-in vocabulary in Spanish and you will use that as your base.

Next, master the Spanish alphabet and in particular the pronunciation of the vowels. Unlike English and many other languages, Spanish words are said the way they are written. If you know the sounds the letters make, you know how to say the word.

How to Learn Spanish Learn some key Spanish phrases – useful stuff like ‘My name is Joe’, ‘Where is the bathroom?’ and ‘I would like a beer, please.’

Get jiggy with the grammar. Yes, grammar can be fun. Just keep telling yourself that if you don’t believe it. But more than fun, it’s important. And it’s not so different from English that it will make your head explode (for mind-blowing grammar try learning Japanese!).

Study the basic Spanish verbs and know how to conjugate them. Verbs like ‘to be’ – there are two of them in Spanish – ‘to have’, ‘to want’, ‘to like’, and so on. Think about things you are likely to want express and focus on those first. If you’re traveling, then understanding directions, times, numbers, food items and transportation is important.

And the last tip on how to learn Spanish is simply to relax. Don’t stress over getting your d’s or your r’s or anything else for that matter perfect. It won’t be at first. Who cares? Don’t let fear of embarrassing yourself stop you from practicing when the opportunity arises. As you begin to use the Spanish language and make yourself understood you will gain confidence and skill, and you will find yourself learning Spanish faster.

 

 
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Spanish Words

Spanish

SPANISH is a very worthwhile foreign language to learn. It is widely spoken and, as foreign languages go, arguably the easiest one to get to grips with. Here we have compiled a list of common Spanish words to learn.

Spanish words

This list of Spanish words are all nouns. That is, they are words that represent a person, place or thing, or idea. In Spanish, nouns are either masculine or feminine and therefore take a masculine or feminine article. There isn’t much rhyme or reason to whether a noun is masculine or feminine, so you just have to learn them. Also, there are four definite articles, all of which mean ‘the’! They are el, la, los and las. There are three indefinite articles – un, una, unos – which translate into ‘a’, ‘an’ or ‘some’.

Spanish words

EnglishSpanishPronunciation
telephone
el teléfono
teh-LEH-foh-noh
train
el tren
trehn
word
la palabra
pah-LAH-brah
bathroom
el baño
BAH-nyo
bank
el banco
BAHN-koh
hotel
el hotel
oh-TEHL
bus
el autobús
ow-toh-BOOSS
man
el hombre
OHM-breh
woman
la mujer
moo-HEHR
boy
el niño
NEE-nyoh
girl
la niña
NEE-nyah
water
el agua
AH-gwah
house
la casa
KAH-sah
room
el cuarto
KWAR-toh
door
la puerta
PWAIR-tah
pen
la pluma
PLOO-mah
pencil
el lápiz
LAH-peess
chair
la silla
SEE-yah
table
la mesa
MEH-sah
light
la luz
looss
breakfast
el desayuno
deh-sah-YOO-noh
lunchel almuerzo
ahl-MWER-soh
dinnerla cenaSEH-nah

 

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Thank You in Spanish

Spanish

TO say thank you in Spanish you simply say Gracias.

Graciasgrah-syas

thank you very much in Spanish

Thank you very much in Spanish is Muchas gracias.

Muchas graciasmoo-chahs grah-syas

Another way to say thank you very much in Spanish is Muchisimas gracias.

Muchísimas gracias – moo-chee-see-mahs grah-syas

 

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