If you want to say the noun form of the word “help” in Spanish, you would say “la ayuda.” Looking for the verb form? Then you would generally use the infinitive “ayudar” and conjugate it appropriately. Other forms of the infinitive “to help” include “*facilitar,” “servir,” “auxiliar,” “aliviar,*” and more. They’re all highly dependent on the context of what you’re trying to express and to whom.
Getting a handle on Spanish verbs might seem a little tricky, especially when there are so many variants of the same word. Fortunately, many are quite similar to words in English or related languages, like Italian and French. When languages come from the same root or language family, they generally share many related words (cognates) or have a clear similarity because they are directly linked to the same earlier language. That’s why you can easily find English words like “alarm” that sound remarkably similar in French (alarm), Italian (allarme), and Spanish (alarma). In addition to similar spelling and vocabulary, you’re sure to appreciate that Spanish also has an almost perfectly clear system of pronunciation; there are few irregularities. The Spanish alphabet is also almost exactly like the English alphabet. There are just three extra letters you’ll need to get used to: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).
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People have different reasons for learning Spanish. Some embark on learning Spanish because they often encounter the language in their everyday life. After all, Spanish is spoken in many communities across the U.S., and the language is prominent in TV, movies, music, and restaurant fare. Other individuals decide to learn Spanish because they plan to travel, vacation, volunteer or conduct business in any one of the 20 countries in which Spanish is the official language of the people. So regardless of whether you are learning Spanish for employment, travel, a long stay abroad or for everyday life at home, you can get off to a great start by following this proven approach: first familiarize yourself with very basic and common Spanish words and phrases. Acquiring the ability to understand and pronounce frequently-used Spanish words and phrases is the key to being able to converse in Spanish. It will help you to understand and be understood in everyday, real-world conversations with any of the 437 million Spanish speakers around the world.
Before trying to memorize long lists of vocabulary words, you should focus first on learning basic words and their proper pronunciation. Too often, new Spanish learners go down the path of memorizing lots of Spanish words and phrases. But with this approach, they often find that they are unable to participate in everyday, real-world Spanish conversations. That’s why it’s so important that you first learn to understand and pronounce commonly-used Spanish words and phrases. This way, you will be able to quickly acquire the confidence you need to comfortably engage in conversations.
Spanish does have some unique characteristics that can make proper pronunciation a bit challenging for new 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 counsel new Spanish learners to practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
Acquiring the skills to properly pronounce Spanish words and phrases will require that you receive immediate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. This feedback will allow you to make needed corrections. Then once you are able to accurately pronounce words and phrases in Spanish, you will want to practice until you are able to naturally shape the sounds that make up the spoken Spanish language.
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After beginners have learned basic Spanish words, short phrases, and their proper pronunciation, they will be able to move onto learning the longer Spanish phrases of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief and digestible 10-minute lessons are designed to help you learn in exactly this way. They teach basic words and phrases first, then move onto longer phrases, always emphasizing proper pronunciation, and helping you to acquire the skills to understand and speak Spanish with confidence.
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