If you want to say “helpful” in Spanish, there are several options depending on how it is used. If you are talking about someone being of assistance, you’d use “servicial.” On the other hand, if you are talking about something being useful, like a directions or an answer, you’d want to say “útil” or “práctico.” Let’s look at some examples of how they are used in everyday conversation:
- El personal era amable y servicial. / The staff were very friendly and helpful.
- El consejo que me diste fue muy útil. / The advice you gave me was very helpful.
- Quiero agradecerte las sugerencias prácticas. / Thank you for the helpful suggestions.
Spanish can seem complicated at the start, remember that you don’t have to tackle all the options immediately. Even with a common word like “helpful,” getting a handle on the most basic “servicial” is going to work pretty well in most circumstances. As you progress on your learning journey, you can slowly incorporate other words with more nuanced meanings.
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you to speak the language, not just memorize the words. What makes it so 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 situations with ease and confidence.
Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
Many people decide to learn Spanish because they find themselves encountering the language in their everyday routines. There’s no question, Spanish does pop up in popular music, movies, and TV shows frequently. Other people choose to learn Spanish due to plans to work, vacation, or volunteer in any of the 20 countries around the world where Spanish is the official language. Regardless of your reason, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce some basic Spanish words and phrases. It is a necessary step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
Often, new learners get sidetracked trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. This exhausting effort can lead to the unfortunate outcome of having little ability to participate in everyday Spanish conversation. That’s why it’s strongly advised that new Spanish language learners focus on understanding and pronouncing basic words and phrases. This practical approach to learning Spanish will help you become a confident and comfortable Spanish speaker.
We should note that Spanish does have a few pronunciation distinctions that can make it 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 suggest new learners practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
Building the skills to accurately pronounce Spanish requires immediate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. Rosetta Stone helps you get the pronunciation just right in a snap with our patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine because it instantly compares your voice to native and non-native speakers, so you get real-time feedback for the most accurate pronunciation. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to fine-tune your accent. TruAccent is among the most powerful tools for helping you learn and speak the Spanish language.
After you have developed the ability to correctly pronounce basic Spanish words and short phrases, you can move onto learning the longer phrases that make up so much of real-world conversation. Rosetta Stone’s digestible, 10-minute language lessons are designed to lead you along this natural path to learning. You’ll first focus on learning basic words, then you’ll move onto learning longer Spanish phrases, and then towards learning to understand and speak Spanish with confidence. Rosetta Stone’s language lessons are built to help you learn Spanish vocabulary and correct pronunciation for everyday conversations.
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