There are two common ways to say “hear” in Spanish. You can use the verb “oír,” or the verb “escuchar.” How do you know when to use what? The verb “oír” means that you have registered a sound through your ear, whereas “escuchar” refers to paying attention to what a sound (or what someone is saying) means. Here are a few examples that will help you understand the difference:
Although Spanish can seem complicated at the start, remember that you don’t have to tackle it all at once. Even with a verb like “hear,” getting a handle on “oír” will allow you to communicate in most circumstances. As you progress on your learning journey, you can slowly incorporate other words with more specific meanings.
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Often, people want to learn Spanish because they frequently encounter the language in their everyday lives. After all, Spanish pops up regularly in popular TV shows, movies, and music. Other people choose to learn Spanish because of plans to volunteer, work, or vacation in any of the 20 countries around the world where Spanish is the official language. No matter your reason for deciding to learn Spanish, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce some very basic words and phrases. It is a necessary step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
New learners sometimes get sidetracked trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. This time-consuming effort can lead to the undesired outcome of having minimal ability to participate in real-world conversation. That’s why it’s strongly advised that new Spanish language learners focus first on understanding and pronouncing basic words and phrases. This smart and practical approach to learning Spanish will help you become a confident and comfortable Spanish speaker.
It’s worth noting 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.
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After you have developed the ability to pronounce basic Spanish words and short phrases, you can move onto learning the longer phrases that make up much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s digestible, 10-minute language lessons are designed to lead you along this natural path to learning. With our language lessons, you’ll first focus on learning basic words and phrases, then you’ll move onto learning longer phrases, and then towards learning to understand and speak Spanish with confidence.
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