If you want to say the word for “5” in Spanish, you would say, “cinco.” It’s part of the 1-10 sequence you may already know: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez. Learning Spanish numbers is fairly easy. They follow a pattern, just like in English. They’re even easier if you already speak related languages like Italian or French. Italian and French are historically related to Spanish in the same “romance language”/Latin family––while English uses many French and Italian/Latin words that we call cognates (lingual cousins of one another). That’s why you’ll often find English terms like the word “nose” that sound remarkably similar in French (nez), Italian (naso), and Spanish (naris). Many new learners also find that Spanish has an easily understood pronunciation system, as well as very few irregularities in word pronunciation. Plus, the basic alphabet is an almost perfect match to the English one and those of other western European languages. There are only three additional letters you’ll want to learn: ch (chay), ñ (eñe), and ll (elle).
Rosetta Stone’s highly immersive approach focused on incorporating Spanish vocabulary with real-world situations that help you move towards speaking the language from day one. Like anything that’s worthwhile, it’s challenging and comes with few easy shortcuts, but by combining individual practice in our award-winning mobile app and one-on-one practice with other Spanish language learners in Live Tutoring, you can totally control your learning speed and, ultimately, your long-term progress.
The basic conversational building blocks are usually the best place to start. Simple words and phrases like please, yes, no, sorry, thank you, etc. simplify your transition into daily conversation in Spanish.
As you may have noticed—Spanish does have a few crucial differences in pronunciation that can make it a bit of a challenge for some learners, at least early on. One example is found with the letter r which 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 counsel new Spanish learners to practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
Constantly improving your pronunciation means getting targeted feedback, making corrections, and practicing until you are comfortable forming the sounds that make up the Spanish language. Rosetta Stone embeds our patented speech-recognition engine called TruAccent into each one of your lessons. TruAccent compares your voice in real-time to native and non-native speakers, so you get feedback for the most accurate pronunciation. It is among the most powerful online tools for helping you learn and truly understand Spanish.
Once you have the Spanish basics down—the foundation of the language—you’re ready to transition to the longer phrases that make up daily conversations. Rosetta Stone’s 10-minute lessons are purpose-built with that goal in mind. They help move you steadily towards speaking with confidence by always guiding you into acquisition of words and phrases in natural contexts with immersive, real-life situations.
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