If you want to say “enough” in Spanish, you can simply say “suficiente.”
When any 2 languages come from the same language family, they usually have a great number of words in common (words known as cognates) or have a significant degree of similarity because they are directly linked to a specific earlier language. Spanish has deep roots in Latin, as do French and Italian—even English. That is why you’ll find English words like “traditional” that look almost identical and sound remarkably similar in French (traditionnel/traditionnelle), Italian (tradizionale), and Spanish (tradicional). Beyond their familiar-sounding vocabulary and spelling, you’ll find that Spanish has an extremely clear system of pronunciation, with only a few notable irregularities. The standard Spanish alphabet is also a close match to English. Notably, there are only three extra letters you’ll have to add to your repertoire: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).
With Rosetta Stone’s immersive approach, you’ll learn the language, not just the words. What makes Rosetta Stone effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. 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 with ease and confidence.
Learning and Pronouncing Spanish Words
Very often, people commit to learning Spanish because they often encounter Spanish in their everyday lives. Afterall, Spanish is often overheard in public, is prominently featured in movies, music, and restaurant fare, as well as in many other corners of our culture. At other times, people decide to learn to speak and read Spanish because they know they have upcoming plans to travel to or work in one of the 20 countries in which Spanish is the official language of the people. So whether you’ve decided to acquire Spanish language skills for everyday life here at home, or for your upcoming vacation or for work-related reasons, you can get off to a strong start by first learning some of the most commonly used Spanish words and short phrases. Learning these basic Spanish words and phrases is a smart move. That’s because simply learning Spanish grammar alone will not not equip you with the ability to understand how the language is used in everyday life by the aproximiately 437 million people worldwide who are Spanish speakers.
The key to effectively learning to understand and be understood in Spanish is to focus on pronunciation and not on extensive acquisition of vocabulary. Focusing on pronunciation first will help you to quickly learn to speak Spanish with confidence. It’s all too common for new language learners to make the mistake of trying to memorize long lists of Spanish phrases or flashcards crammed with words. As an unwanted outcome, many new Spanish language learners end up with very little ability to understand or speak in everyday Spanish conversations. To avoid this undesirable outcome, it’s advisable that you learn to pronounce and understand commonly used words and short phrases in the Spanish language. This recommended approach of putting pronunciation first will lead you to the skills and confidence to engage in conversation with Spanish-speaking locals.
As you may have noticed—Spanish does have a few crucial differences in pronunciation that can make it a bit of a challenge. One example is found with the letter r, which is pronounced differently and takes some practice for many 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.
Your success in achieving precise and accurate Spanish pronunciation will depend on your access to immediate and accurate feedback on your pronunciation attempts. With the right feedback, you’ll be able to understand and make personal pronunciation corrections. Then, with practice, you’ll get used to naturally and easily making the distinct sounds of the Spanish language. To aide you in your success, Rosetta Stone offers TruAccent—our patented speech-recognition engine that’s embedded into each and every language learning lesson. It offers instant feedback on your pronunciation to help you align your accent to that of native Spanish speakers. TruAccent based on careful scanning and analysis of the speech of both native and non-native Spanish speakers. This feature was designed to help you quickly and accurately learn to understand and be understood in Spanish.
Once you’ve mastered the basic building blocks of the Spanish language, you’ll be able to move on to learning the longer phrases that are the backbone of everyday Spanish conversation. Fortunately, Rosetta Stone’s brief and bite-sized language lessons are designed in just this way, so you can readily learn to understand and be understood in Spanish in everyday situations.
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