Saying “normal” in Spanish is about as straightforward as it gets. It’s “normal”. That’s right, it’s the exact same word used in English. There are a few modifications of the adjective you will want to be familiar with. If you want to use it as an adverb, meaning usually, you’ll say “normalament”. And if you’re talking about something running in a normal way, or as usual, the right choice will be “con normalidad”. Here are a few examples that will be helpful:
- Que haga calor en verano es normal. = It’s normal for it to be hot in the summer.
- Normalmente desayuno tostadas con mantequilla. = I usually eat toast with peanut butter.
- El aeropuerto ya está funcionando con normalidad. = The airport is running normally now.
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language by throwing you in. Sure, it’ll be hard sometimes, but that’s what makes it effective at preparing you to use your new language throughout everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. It helps you get ready to handle situations with confidence.
Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
For new learners, there are some basic building blocks you’ll want to turn focus to first. These are essential Spanish words and phrases such as who, what, when, where, why, yes, no, please, and more. Getting a handle on these basics will put you on the path to having everyday conversations in Spanish. Here’s a more complete list of the basic words and phrases:
- Hola = Hello
- Adiós = Goodbye
- Sí = Yes
- No = No
- ¿Quién? = Who?
- ¿Qué? = What?
- ¿Por qué? = Why?
- ¿Dónde? = Where?
- Me gusta = I like
- No me gusta = I don’t like
- Por favor = Please
- Gracias = Thank you
- Lo siento = Sorry
- Salud = Bless you
It’s worth noting that if you already speak another major European language, learning Spanish should go smoothly. Because English, Italian and French all have deep roots in Latin, these languages all share thousands of words with contemporary Spanish. These shared words are called cognates and have significant similarities in spelling and/or pronunciation. That’s why you’ll notice that there are many English words and phrases like the word “bilingual” that sound remarkably similar in French (bilingue), Italian (bilingue), and Spanish (bilingüe).
To hone your pronunciation, you’ll need immediate feedback on your efforts. Rosetta Stone helps you dial in your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. TruAccent compares your voice to native and non-native speakers in real-time—so you get the feedback you need for the most accurate pronunciation. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to tweak your accent as needed. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak the Spanish language.
Once you are comfortable with the basic words and short phrases, it’s a natural transition to move to the longer phrases heard in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s short, 10-minute lessons are built in just this way—first teaching the basics, then tackling the longer phrases. This smart approach helps you acquire the skills to speak Spanish with confidence.
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