If you want to say “things” in Spanish, your word choice will depend on how you’re using it. If you’re talking about a physical struggle, you’d use “luchar.” If you mean that someone has been striving for success or something better, you’d want to use “esforzarse.” On the other hand, if you are referring to someone having difficulty grasping a concept, the correct choice would be “costar.” Let’s take a look at how the different options are used practically:
- Luchó desesperadamente por soltarse. = She struggled to break free.
- Se esforzó a aparentar tranquilo. = He tried to stay calm.
- Me cuesta entender el razonamiento. = I am struggling to understand the reasoning.
Getting comfortable with the nuances of Spanish verbs can take some time. But remember, you don’t have to tackle them all at once. As you move forward on your language journey, you’ll learn to distinguish the exact meaning of the word through the context of the sentence.
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. 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
Many people choose to learn Spanish because they hear the language in their daily lives. After all, Spanish is heard in popular music, movies, and TV shows. Others want to learn Spanish based on their plans to vacation, volunteer, or work in any of the 20 countries where Spanish is the official language. Regardless of you reason for learning Spanish, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce some very basic words and phrases. It is a critical step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
Too often, new Spanish learners spend time trying to memorize lengthy lists of vocabulary words and phrases. Then they become frustrated because they have 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 speaker.
You should note that 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.
Honing your pronunciation skills requires immediate feedback on your efforts. Rosetta Stone helps you nail the pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. Our patented technology compares your voice to native and non-native speakers in real-time—so you get immediate feedback 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 basic Spanish words and short phrases, you can move onto the longer phrases you’ll use in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s compact, 10-minute language lessons are designed to lead you along this natural path to learning. You’ll first focus on learning basic words and phrases, then you’ll move onto learning longer phrases, and then towards learning to speak Spanish with confidence.
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