Gone are the days where getting Spanish instruction involves a physical classroom. At Rosetta Stone, we use a blend of technology-based learning and native-speaking tutors to simulate real-world immersion wherever you are—allowing you to learn Spanish effectively. On your own. On your schedule. At a fraction of the cost of individual classroom instruction.
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language, not just the words. What makes it effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. How do we do that? By including tools that get you ready to handle everyday situations with confidence.
Rosetta Stone’s Live Tutoring™ introduces you to real conversation in online sessions with language coaches who are native speakers. You’ll be sure to get the access you need to online tutors when it works for your schedule. You’ll be amazed at how it helps advance your pronunciation and ability to separate words, as well as understand those that are spoken quickly.
There’s also Games & Activities™—a lively online community where ramping up your language skills looks a lot like playing games. Reinforce what you’ve learned by having a live online chat, or facing off against new friends around the world. Chances are, you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t realize how much you’re improving.
Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
When you begin your language journey, there are some basic building blocks that are a great place to start. These are essential Spanish words and phrases such as who, what, when, where, why, yes, no, please, and more. Mastering these basics can put you on the path to joining everyday conversations in Spanish. Here’s a more complete list of the basic words and phrases:
- Sí = Yes
- No = No
- ¿Quién? = Who?
- ¿Qué? = What?
- ¿Por qué? = Why?
- ¿Dónde? = Where?
- Hola = Hello
- Me gusta = I like
- No me gusta = I don’t like
- Adiós = Goodbye
- Por favor = Please
- Gracias = Thank you
- Lo siento = Sorry
- Salud = Bless you
Here’s some good news: if you already speak another major European language, learning Spanish should go smoothly. Because English, just as Italian and French, has deep roots in Latin, and 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 “tourist” that sound remarkably similar in French (touriste), Italian (turista), and Spanish (turista).
To hone your pronunciation, you’ll need immediate feedback on your efforts. This feedback will guide you in making needed corrections. Rosetta Stone helps you dial in your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. TruAccent compares your voice to native and non-native speakers—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 have learned to pronounce basic words and short phrases, it’s a natural transition to move to the longer phrases that make up so much of 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 approach helps you acquire the skills to speak Spanish with confidence.
Try Our Award-Winning App
Surround yourself with Spanish whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app.
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation.
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.