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Have In Spanish

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How to say “have” in Spanish

If you want to say the word “have” in Spanish (or “has”), you will likely be using a conjugation of the verb “tener.” In the present tense, the conjugation goes:

  • yo tengo = I have
  • tú tienes = you have
  • él/ella tiene = he or she has
  • nosotros tenemos = we have
  • vosotros tenéis = they (formal) have
  • ellos/ellas tienen = they (informan) have

Beyond the present tense, your use of “have” would depend on what you are hoping to express.

For all the intricacies of Spanish verb conjugation, learning Spanish is fairly doable for most—especially if you already speak another foreign language or if you have had significant exposure to the basics of Spanish itself. When any two languages originate from the root language or shared language family, they often have many words in common (words known as cognates) or have significant similarities, because they are linked to a single earlier language. Spanish has very deep roots in Latin, as do Italian and French—even English. This is why you’ll find English words like “airport” that look almost identical and sound remarkably similar in French (aéroport), Italian (aeroporto), and Spanish (aeropuerto). Aside from the similar spelling and vocabulary, you’ll probably find that the Spanish language has an incredibly clear and consistent system of pronunciation. Unlike English, there are only a few notable irregularities. The standard Spanish alphabet is also close to that of English. It just has 29 letters instead of 26. The extra three are: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).

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Many people embark on learning Spanish after encountering the language in their everyday life. After all, Spanish is spoken throughout the U.S., and is featured prominently on TV, in movies, and in music. Other people make the decision to learn Spanish because they have plans to vacation, volunteer or work in one of the 20 countries around the world for which Spanish is the official language. Whether your reason is for leisure travel, employment or everyday life, you can get off to a great start by first familiarizing yourself with the pronunciation of some basic Spanish words and phrases. This will help you understand how the language is actually used in everyday situations by the estimated 437 million Spanish speakers around the world.

By focusing on proper pronunciation before extensive vocabulary acquisition, you will be able to quickly learn to understand and be understood in Spanish. All too often, new language learners get caught up in efforts to memorize long lists of Spanish words and phrases. And then they find themselves unable to understand or be understood in everyday, real-world Spanish conversations. That’s why it’s important to learn to pronounce and understand commonly used Spanish words and phrases first, so you can feel comfortable and confident engaging in conversation with locals.

It’s worth noting that Spanish does have some pronunciation distinctions that can make it a bit of a challenge for new 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.

Developing accurate pronunciation depends on getting immediate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. Feedback will help you to make needed corrections to your Spanish pronunciation . Then you can practice until your mouth is able to readily shape the sounds that make up the language.

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After beginners have acquired basic words, short phrases, and their proper pronunciation, it’ll be a natural transition to learn the longer phrases that make up so much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute lessons are built in exactly this way, teaching the basics first, then moving onto longer phrases. This approach helps you acquire the skills to understand and be understood in Spanish with confidence.

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