If you want to say the word for “20” in Spanish, you would say, “veinte”. It’s part of a sequence you may have heard before: diez (10), veinte (20), treinta (30), cuarenta (40), cincuenta (50), sesenta (60), setenta (70), ochenta (80), noventa (90), cien (100). As you probably noticed, they follow a pattern, just like in English.
Learning Spanish numbers may come more naturally than you think, especially if you already speak related languages like Italian or French. Italian and French are historically related to Spanish in the same “romance language”/Latin family, while English uses many French and Italian/Latin words that we call cognates (lingual cousins of one another). That’s why you’ll often find English terms like the word “nose” that sound remarkably similar in French (nez), Italian (naso), and Spanish (naris).
Many new learners also find that Spanish has a straightforward pronunciation system, as well as very few irregularities in word pronunciation. Plus, the basic alphabet is an almost perfect match to the English one and those of other western European languages. There are only three additional letters you’ll want to learn: ch (chay), ñ (eñe), and ll (elle).
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology focuses on incorporating Spanish vocabulary with real-world situations that help you move towards speaking the language—from day one. It takes time and effort, but you can do it by combining individual practice in our award-winning mobile app and one-on-one practice in Live Tutoring. These tools allow you to control your learning speed and, ultimately, your long-term progress.
Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
Many people want to learn Spanish because they encounter the language in their everyday lives. After all, Spanish is frequently heard in our popular music, TV shows, and movies. Other people make the personal decision to learn Spanish due to plans to vacation, work, or volunteer in one of the 20 countries around the globe where Spanish is the official language.
No matter what your reason, you can get off to a running start by focusing first on the pronunciation of some very basic words and phrases. Focusing on this foundational step will help you communicate with any of the estimated 437 million people around the globe who speak Spanish.
Some beginning Spanish learners get bogged down trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. This time-consuming (and boring) approach can lead to the unfortunate outcome of having little ability to understand or be understood in everyday Spanish conversation. That’s why it’s so important that new Spanish language learners develop the skill to pronounce basic words and phrases. This practical approach to learning the language will help you to become confident and comfortable conversing in Spanish with the locals.
Of note, Spanish does have some pronunciation distinctions that can make it a bit of a challenge for new learners. As one example, the letter r is pronounced differently and takes some practice for most new learners. This distinct sound is formed by tapping the tip of the tongue on the roof of the mouth, about a third of the way back in the mouth. Some Spanish language experts counsel new learners to practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
Honing your pronunciation requires that you get immediate feedback on your efforts. Feedback will help you make needed corrections. Then you can practice until your mouth is able to readily shape the sounds that make up the language. Rosetta Stone helps you get it right in a snap with our patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. It instantly compares your voice to native and non-native speakers and provides real-time feedback. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to fine-tune your accent. TruAccent is among the most powerful tools for helping you learn and speak the Spanish language.
As soon as you have learned to pronounce basic words and short phrases, it’s a natural transition to learn the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in just this way, guiding you along your journey and building on what you’ve learned in the previous lesson. This approach helps you acquire the skills to understand and be understood in Spanish with confidence.
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