Family is at the heart of Spanish-speaking cultures. So it’s important to know and understand the basic relationship vocabulary about the family (la familia) in Spanish.
- Grandmother = Abuela
- Grandfather = Abuelo
- Father = Padre
- Mother = Madre
- Brother = Hermano
- Sister = Hermana
- Husband =Esposo or Marido
- Wife = Esposa or Mujer
- Son = Hijo
- Daughter = Hija
- Grandson = Nieto
- Granddaughter = Nieta
- Uncle = Tío
- Aunt = Tía
If you have some familiarity with Spanish, you may have thought to yourself upon glancing through the list, that you thought the word for daughter is “mija” rather than “hija”. The term mija is a colloquial contraction of the Spanish words mi (“my”) and hija (“daughter”). The male counterpart to this is “mijo”. And while it is used from a parent to child, it is frequently used as a term of endearment from an older person to a child, much like “dear” or “honey” in English.
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Learn Spanish Words And Phrases
With 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular choice among new language learners. Many find themselves encountering the language in their daily endeavors and in popular music, movies, and TV shows. Your reason for learning Spanish aside, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce some very basic words and phrases.
While many new learners spend their time trying to memorize lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases, they ultimately find they have little ability to participate in everyday conversations in Spanish. That’s why it’s so important for new Spanish language learners to focus on understanding and pronouncing basic words and phrases most commonly used. This practical approach to learning will help you become a confident and comfortable Spanish speaker.
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After you have become comfortable with basic Spanish words and short phrases, you will move on to the longer phrases used in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s 10-minute language lessons are designed to lead you along this natural path to learning in lessons you can fit easily into your life.
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