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But In Spanish

Learn how to say “but” and other useful Spanish words using the award-winning Rosetta Stone app.

by Rosetta Stone

If you want to say the word “but” in Spanish, it’s generally going to be “pero.” Yet, it’s going to depend on how you intend to use it. There’s another form of the conjunction (“sino”), as well as adverbial, prepositional (“salvo”), and nominal forms.

Mastering the ins-and-out of “but” and other conjunctions in Spanish can certainly seem intimidating, but they’re not too difficult to get comfortable with—especially if you happen to speak related languages like French, Italian, or even English. Italian and French are quite closely related to Spanish, both being in the same Latin family (also known as the “romance language”)—whereas the English language makes use of many French and Latin or Italian words and phrases that are direct cognates (lingual cousins of one another). That’s why you’ll often notice that there are many English words and phrases like the word “possibility” that sound close in French (possibilité), Italian (possibilità), and Spanish (posibilidad).

Many students of Spanish find it has a very easy to understand pronunciation system, with the exception of just a few irregularities in pronunciation. This is, fortunately, unlike English (known to be among the most difficult languages to master). Better yet, the Spanish alphabet is an almost near-match to English and the majority of other major European languages. There are only three more letters you will need to learn: ch (chay), and ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).

With Rosetta Stone’s immersive approach, you’ll learn the language, not just the words. What makes Rosetta Stone unique is that we prepare you to use your new language in the real world. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. That way, you’ll be ready to handle any situation while sounding great. If you combine individual practice with Rosetta Stone’s award-winning mobile app and practice with other Spanish language learners in Live Tutoring, you can have absolute control over your learning speed and, ultimately, your long-term progress.

Start to Understand Spanish

The best place to start to learn Spanish is with the basic building blocks of the language. Learning commonly used words and phrases such as who, what, when, where, why, yes, no and, please can help you ease your way into everyday conversation in Spanish. Here’s a short list of common words and phrases used in conversation:

  • 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

As you may have noticed—Spanish does have a few crucial differences in pronunciation that can make it a bit of a challenge for some learners, at least early on. One example is found with the letter r which 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 Spanish learners to practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.

In order to make progress in your pronunciation skills, you will need immediate and accurate feedback. This feedback will allow you to make specific corrections (even word-by-word corrections), and then practice until both your tongue and brain have developed the ability to easily and naturally shape the sounds that make up the spoken Spanish language. Rosetta Stone’s patented speech-recognition engine, called TruAccent, is integral to every language lesson. TruAccent provides immediate and previse feedback on your pronunciation. It compares your voice to the voices of native and non-native speakers and gives you real-time feedback for the most accurate pronunciation possible. It is also adjustable, so you can fine-tune your Spanish accent. It’s one of the most powerful tools to help you accurately and confidently speak Spanish.

Once you’re comfortable with the basics—the real bedrock of the language—it’s natural to transition to the even longer phrases that form the backbone of daily conversations. Rosetta Stone’s short and targeted language lessons are purpose-built with this in mind. The lessons move you towards speaking and conversing with confidence in real-world situations . To continue to progress with Spanish, it will help to focus on strategies and tactics that accelerate your understanding of the Spanish language. Rosetta Stone makes that process feel natural.

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Surround yourself with Spanish whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .

Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .

The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.

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