How to Say Use in Spanish
If you want to say “use” in Spanish, you’ll probably hear “usar.” most frequently. That said, you’ll also hear “utilizar,” or “ocupar” when people are talking about making use of or consuming something. If you’re speaking of using something in a negative sense, you’ll want to conjugate the verb “gastar.” Here are a few examples of how the options are used in everyday conversations:
- ¿Está usando este enchufe? = Are you using this outlet?
- ¿Para qué se utiliza el punto y coma? = What is the semi-colon used for?
- Nuestro refrigerador gasta demasiada energía. = Our refrigerator uses too much energy.
Getting comfortable with the nuances of Spanish 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 which option you should use without giving it much thought.
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New learners will want to start with some basic building blocks. These are essential Spanish words and phrases such as who, what, when, where, why, yes, no, please, and more. Focusing on these basics can put you on the path to having everyday conversations in Spanish. Here’s a list of some common words and phrases:
- ¿Quién? = Who?
- ¿Qué? = What?
- ¿Por qué? = Why?
- ¿Dónde? = Where?
- Sí = Yes
- No = No
- Me gusta = I like
- No me gusta = I don’t like
- Hola = Hello
- Adiós = Goodbye
- Por favor = Please
- Gracias = Thank you
- Lo siento = Sorry
- Salud = Bless you
The good news is that if you already speak another major European language, learning Spanish should go smoothly. English, French and Italian all have 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 “flower” that sound remarkably similar in French (fleur), Italian (fiore), and Spanish (flor).
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After you have learned to pronounce basic words and short phrases, it’s a natural transition to move to the longer phrases used 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 approach helps you acquire the skills to speak Spanish with confidence.
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