If you are talking about a “brush”—the noun—you’d say “el cepillo.” If you want to use the verb “to brush,” you would conjugate “cepillar.” Let’s take a look:
- Necesito un cepillo redondo para mi cabello = I need a round brush for my hair
- Me cepillo los dientes = I brush my teeth
- Melissa le cepilla el pelo a su hija = Melissa brushes her daughter’s hair
Getting comfortable with Spanish words that are used as nouns and verbs can take some time. But remember, you don’t have to tackle them all at once. And here’s another tip: if you already speak another major European language, learning Spanish should go smoothly. Because English, just as Italian and French, has deep roots in Latin, these languages all share thousands of words with contemporary Spanish. These shared words are called cognates and have significant similarities in spelling and/or pronunciation. That’s why you’ll notice that there are many English words and phrases like the word “generosity” that sound remarkably similar in French (générosité), Italian (generosità), and Spanish (generosidad).
Spanish also has a straightforward system of pronunciation. Unlike English, there are only a few irregularities. The standard Spanish alphabet is also a near-exact match to English. It just has 29 letters instead of the 26 you’re used to. The three new letters are: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).
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Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
For new Spanish language learners , there are some basic building blocks that make for a great place to start. These are essential words and phrases such as who, what, when, where, why, yes, no, please, and more. Mastering these basics can put you on the path to everyday conversation in Spanish. Here’s a more complete list of the basic words and phrases:
- Sí = Yes
- No = No
- ¿Quién? = Who?
- ¿Qué? = What?
- ¿Por qué? = Why?
- ¿Dónde? = Where?
- Hola = Hello
- Me gusta = I like
- No me gusta = I don’t like
- Adiós = Goodbye
- Por favor = Please
- Gracias = Thank You
- Lo siento = Sorry
- Salud = Bless you
To hone your pronunciation, you’ll need immediate feedback on your efforts. Feedback will guide you in making 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, giving you 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.
After you have learned to pronounce basic words and short phrases, it’s a natural transition to move to the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in just this way—first teaching the basics, then tackling the longer phrases. This approach helps you acquire the skills to speak Spanish with confidence.
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