How to Say Pretty in Spanish
If you’d like to say “pretty” in Spanish, you would generally say “bonita.” That applies to feminine objects as well as to women being described as pretty. If you’re referring to a handsome man, you would say “bonito,” or more likely, “guapo.” On the other hand, if you’re using pretty, as in enough/fairly/quite sense, then you would use the world “bastante.” For instance, if you wanted to say “That’s pretty good.” you could say “Eso está bastante bien.”
Fortunately, it’s pretty doable to get a handle on using the word “pretty” in Spanish. Unlike many other English words that have a few meanings, there aren’t too many variations on it in Spanish. Getting the hang of it in conversation will likely feel fairly natural.
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Today, people choose to learn Spanish for a myriad of reasons. Some find themselves exposed to the language every day. After all, Spanish is heard in popular movies, TV shows and music. Other people want to learn Spanish based on their plans to work, vacation, or volunteer in one of the 20 countries where Spanish is the official language. Whatever your reason, you can get off to a great start by learning how to pronounce some basic Spanish words and phrases first. It is an important step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
Unfortunately, some new learners can get sidetracked trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. This tedious and time-consuming effort can lead to the frustrating outcome of having little-to-no 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 smart and practical approach to learning Spanish will help you become a confident and comfortable Spanish speaker.
Of note, Spanish does have some pronunciation distinctions that can make it a challenge for language 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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After you have a command of the basics, you can move onto learning the longer phrases you’ll use in everyday 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 Spanish basic words and phrases, then you’ll move onto learning longer Spanish phrases, and then towards learning to speak Spanish with confidence.
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