Funny Spanish Words and Phrases
It all depends on what you definition of funny is, but some classic silly words and phrases in Spanish include:
- lampiño = hairless: for someone with no body/facial hair
- chapuza = really bad work, poorly done
- empalagar = when something’s disgustingly sweet
- friolento = someone who’s extremely sensitive to the cold
- me pica el bagre = I’m super hungry; but literally: the catfish is biting me
Like most other languages, Spanish has no shortage of silly words and phrases that have no idiomatic expressions.
If you already speak a language like English, French, or Italian, you’re already on your way to learning Spanish. When languages come from the same root, they often share words that are closely related to one another (cognates) or have obvious similarities because they are directly linked to the same language of origin. Note that, while English is a Germanic language, it’s been heavily influenced by Latin and related languages. That’s why you’ll find English words like “bank” that sound remarkably similar in French (banque), Italian (banca), and Spanish (banco). In addition to similar vocabulary and spelling, Spanish also has an excellently clear system of pronunciation. There are far fewer irregularities than you’ll find in English and many other European languages. The Spanish alphabet also has the same 26 letters you already know, with just 3 special extras: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).
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Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
People choose to learn Spanish for any number of different reasons. Some people decide to learn Spanish because they so often encounter the language in pop culture, popular music, and restaurant fare. Others choose to learn Spanish because they have plans to visit or work in one of the 20 countries worldwide for which Spanish is the official language. Whether it’s for employment purposes, leisure travel, or personal interest, you can get off to a fast start by first familiarizing yourself with some of the most commonly used Spanish words and short phrases. Learning these basic Spanish words and phrases first is important in helping you to understand how the Spanish language is spoken by 437 million speakers around the globe.
Focusing on proper Spanish pronunciation before working on extensive vocabulary acquisition is the key to learning to understand and speak Spanish with confidence. All too often, beginning Spanish learners get sidetracked trying to memorize long lists of words and phrases. Yet these beginning learners find themselves without the ability to understand or be understood in everyday Spanish conversations. That’s why it’s so important to first learn to understand and pronounce the most commonly used words and phrases in Spanish. This approach, putting everyday words and their pronunciation ahead of extensive list memorization, will go a long way towards helping you feel confident engaging with locals in Spanish conversation.
It’s important to note that Spanish does have some unique pronunciation distinctions that can make it challenging 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 counsel new Spanish learners to practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
Learning proper pronunciation requires that you receive immediate and accurate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. Immediate feedback will allow you to make any needed corrections to your pronunciation. Then you can practice with accuracy, until you can readily shape the sounds that make up the Spanish language.
Rosetta Stone embeds our proven and patented speech-recognition engine, TruAccent, into each and every language lesson. TruAccent provides immediate feedback to help you align your pronunciation and accent to the pronunciation and accent of fluent Spanish speakers. It was developed by carefully scanning and then analyzing the speech of native and non-native Spanish speakers. TruAccent can be an extremely useful tool in helping you learn to speak and understand the Spanish language.
Once you are able to understand and pronounce basic words and short phrases in Spanish, it will be a natural transition to move onto learning longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversations. Rosetta Stone’s brief and bite-sized, 10-minute language lessons are designed to help you learn in just this way. They focus first on conversational basics and pronunciation and then move onto vocabulary acquisition, always in context with real-world situations. Rosetta Stone’s approach to language learning will help you to become a comfortable and confident speaker of the Spanish language.
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