If you want to say “exhausted” in Spanish, you may use “agotado/agotada” (masculine/feminine singular) or “agotados/agotadas” (masculine/feminine plural).
Getting a handle on Spanish adjectives might seem a little tricky, since they are gendered and change between singular and plural forms. Fortunately, they generally follow the pattern of ending in o/a or os/as. This system may seem pretty familiar, especially if you already speak another Latin-derived language like French or Italian. When languages come from the same root or language family, they tend to share many words that are closely related to one another (cognates) or have a clear similarity because they are directly linked to the same earlier language. That’s why you can easily find English words like “bilingual” that sound remarkably similar in French (bilingue), Italian (bilingue), and Spanish (bilingüe). In addition to familiar-sounding spelling and vocabulary, you’re probably going to notice Spanish also has an almost perfectly clear system of pronunciation, with rare irregularities. The Spanish alphabet is also a close match to English. Aside from the usual 26 letters, A-Z, there are just 3 more you’ll need to remember: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).
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Learning and Pronouncing Spanish Words
Individuals very often decide to learn Spanish due to the frequency with which they encounter Spanish in their everyday lives. Afterall, Spanish is commonly overheard in public, often featured in movies and music, and frequently featured in restaurant fare. Other people embark on learning to speak and read Spanish because they have plans to vacation or work in one of the 20 countries in which Spanish is the official language. So whether you’ve decided to acquire Spanish language skills for everyday life here at home, for your upcoming vacation or for work-related purposes, you can get off to a great start by first learning some of the most commonly used Spanish words and short phrases. Learning these basic Spanish words and phrases is your best bet to becoming conversational in Spanish. 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 437 million people around the world who are primarily Spanish speakers.
Here’s an important tip: The key to effectively learning to understand and be understood in Spanish is to focus on pronunciation, and not on extensive acquisition of Spanish vocabulary. Focusing on correct pronunciation and not merely memorizing words will help you learn to speak Spanish with confidence. It’s very common for new language learners to make the time-consuming mistake of trying to memorize extensive lists of Spanish words and phrases. As an unwelcome outcome, many new Spanish language learners end up with lots of random words in their heads, and little ability to understand or be understood in everyday Spanish conversations. To avoid this unfortunate outcome, it’s highly advisable for you to first learn to pronounce and understand commonly used Spanish words and short phrases. This proven approach of putting pronunciation first will lead to the acquisition of the skills and confidence you need to effectively 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 developing accurate Spanish pronunciation will depend on your receipt of immediate and accurate feedback on your pronunciation attempts. With the right feedback, immediately provided, you’ll be able to hear and perfect your Spanish pronunciation—and then with practice, you’ll learn to naturally and easily make the distinct sounds of the Spanish language. To aide you in your efforts, Rosetta Stone offers TruAccent, our patented speech-recognition engine. TruAccent is integrated into every Rosetta Stone language learning lesson. TruAccent provides the instant feedback on your pronunciation that can help you match pronunciation to that of natural and native Spanish speakers. TruAccent incorporates careful scanning and close analysis of the speech of native Spanish speakers, all to help you quickly and accurately learn to understand and be understood in Spanish.
Once you’ve learned the important building blocks of the Spanish language, you’ll be able to progress to learning the longer phrases that appear in everyday Spanish conversation. Fortunately, Rosetta Stone’s brief, bite-sized and easily digested language lessons are designed to help you easily learn to understand and be understood in Spanish in everyday situations.
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