If you’d like to say the word “really” as a question in Spanish, you would say, “¿De verdad?” Looking to use “really” in a different context than as a question? Other adverbial forms include “realmente”, “en realidad”, “en el fondo”, and more. It all comes down to what you’re hoping to express.
Getting down the nuances of Spanish can definitely feel intimidating to new learners. Fortunately, becoming comfortable with the language tends to feel more manageable once you pick up the basics, especially those who speak a related language like English, French, or Italian. Like Spanish, these languages each come directly out of Latin or have been heavily influenced by it. This is why you’ll find English words like “tourist” that sound remarkably similar in French (touriste), Italian (turista), and Spanish (turista). In addition to the thousands of similar vocabulary words, you’ll find that Spanish also has a clear and simple system of pronunciation—completely unlike French and English, where spelling and pronunciation can seem almost unrelated.
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language, not just 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 individuals decide to learn Spanish because they encounter the language in their everyday life. This comes as no surprise, as Spanish is spoken throughout the U.S., and is featured prominently in music, TV, movies, and restaurant fare. Others make the decision to learn Spanish because they have plans to volunteer, vacation, or do business in one of the 20 countries around the globe in which Spanish is the official language. So, whether your reason is for business or pleasure, you’ll be off to a great start by first learning very basic words and how to pronounce them. Taking this step is important in moving towards understanding how the Spanish language is used in everyday situations—by 437 million Spanish speakers around the world.
Too often, new language learners get sidetracked by trying to memorize long lists of Spanish words and phrases. Then, they become frustrated when they find that they are unable to understand or speak in Spanish. That’s why it’s so important that you focus on learning to understand and pronounce basic commonly used Spanish words and phrases. This approach to learning the language will allow you to comfortably engage in conversation in Spanish with locals.
Of note, the Spanish language has a few characteristics that can make proper pronunciation a bit challenging for new learners. One notable example is the pronunciation of the Spanish letter r. In Spanish, the letter r is pronounced differently than the letter is pronounced in Engish, and may take some practice for new learners. The distinct sound of the letter r in Spanish is made by tapping the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, about a third of the way back in your mouth. Some language experts suggest that new learners practice the Spanish r by forming the “tt” sound, as heard in the English word butter.
Developing the skills to properly pronounce Spanish requires that you receive immediate and precise feedback on your pronunciation efforts. This immediate and specific feedback will allow you to make timely corrections to your pronunciation. From there, you can practice speaking.
Rosetta Stone’s patented TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine helps you get the pronunciation right in a snap. This proprietary technology 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 a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak the Spanish language.
After beginning learners have acquired basic Spanish words, short phrases, and their correct pronunciation, they will be able to make the natural transition to learning the longer Spanish phrases that make up much of everyday, real-world conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute Spanish language lessons are designed to help you learn in just this way—first teaching the basics, then longer phrases. And every Rosetta Stone lesson emphasizes proper pronunciation, to help you learn to comfortably understand and confidently speak Spanish.
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