If you’d like to say “do” in Spanish, you’ll usually be using a conjugation of the verb “hacer”. However, as with so many translations, the English “do” or “to do” has a number of equivalents. If you ask someone what they “do” for a living, you would use “dedicarse a”. If you’re talking about someone “doing” a play, you would use “poner”. And if you’re taking about “doing” a certain speed, then you’d use “ir a”. That’s just the start, though. There are many other contextually-appropriate verbs for “do”.
As complicated as Spanish verbs may seem, you must still remember that you don’t have to tackle them all at once. Not at all. Even with something like “do”, getting a handle on the most basic “hacer” is going to work pretty well in most circumstances, even if it’s not always quite the best choice. After you feel solid with the conjugations of that verb, you can slowly incorporate others with more nuanced meanings.
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Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
Some people choose to learn Spanish because they find themselves frequently encountering the language in their everyday lives. After all, Spanish pops up often in popular music, movies, and TV shows. Other people choose to learn Spanish based on personal plans to work, vacation, or volunteer in any of the 20 countries around the world where Spanish is the official language. Whatever your reason for deciding to learn Spanish, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce some very basic Spanish words and phrases. It is an important step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
Some beginning Spanish learners get sidetracked into trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. This tedious and time-consuming effort can lead to the undesired outcome of having little-to-no ability to participate in everyday, real-world Spanish conversation. That’s why it’s strongly advised that new Spanish language learners focus on understanding and pronouncing basic words and phrases most commonly used in everyday Spanish conversation. This smart and practical approach to learning Spanish will help you become a confident and comfortable Spanish speaker.
It’s worth noting that Spanish does have some pronunciation distinctions that can make it a challenge for language 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 suggest new Spanish learners practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
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After you have developed the ability to understand and correctly pronounce basic Spanish words and short phrases, you can move onto learning the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday Spanish conversation. Rosetta Stone’s digestible, 10-minute language lessons are designed to lead you along this natural path to learning. With Rosetta Stone language lessons, you’ll first focus on learning Spanish basic words and phrases, then you’ll move onto learning longer Spanish phrases, and then towards learning to understand and speak Spanish with confidence. Rosetta Stone language lessons are built to help you learn Spanish vocabulary and correct pronunciation for everyday conversational situations.
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