There are two common ways to say “listen” in Spanish. You can use the verb “*escuchar,”* or the verb *“oír.”* How do you know when to use what? The verb “escuchar” refers to paying attention to what a sound (or what someone is saying) means, whereas *“oír”* means that you have registered a sound through your ear. Here are a few examples that will help you understand the difference:
- Hablar menos y escuchar más. = Talk less and listen more.
- Escucha , el primero es el mío. = Listen, the first one is mine.
- Mi padre no puede oír de su oído derecho. = My dad can’t hear out of his right ear.
- No puedo oír la televisión. = I can’t hear the television.
Although Spanish can seem complicated at the start, remember that you don’t have to tackle it all at once. Even with a verb like “listen,” getting a handle on “escuchar” will allow you to communicate in most circumstances. As you progress on your learning journey, you can slowly incorporate other words with more specific meanings.
Yes, learning Spanish can seem complicated at the start, but remember that you don’t have to tackle all the options immediately. Even with a common verb like “listen,” getting a handle on one option 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.
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One main reason people decide to learn Spanish is 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.
Unfortunately, new learners tend to get sidetracked trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. This exhausting effort can lead to the undesired 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.
Of note, 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.
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Once 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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