If you would like to say the word “English” in Spanish, you would simply say, “Inglés.” Using it as an adjective? Then you would say “inglesa” when describing female-gendered objects or people and “inglés” when describing objects or people of a masculine gender.
Feeling comfortable with Spanish nouns and adjectives can seem like a challenge at first, especially since you want to always consider the gender of the object you’re naming or describing. But most learners get a handle on them fairly naturally––particularly if you already speak related languages like English, French, or Italian. Both Italian and French are directly related to Spanish in the same “romance language” family––all stemming directly from Latin––while English uses thousands of French and Italian/Spanish/Latin words that are known as cognates (cousins of one another). This is also why you’ll find English terms like the word “example” that sound remarkably similar in French (exemple), Italian (esempio), and Spanish (ejemplo). You’ll also find that Spanish has a straightforward pronunciation system––easy to understand and with few irregularities in pronunciation. Best of all, the alphabet is an almost perfect match to most other western European languages, English included. You only have three extra letters to learn: ch (chay), ñ (eñe), and ll (elle).
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For beginning learners of Spanish, one of the first steps is tackling the pronunciation of the Spanish alphabet and the words that represent numbers. Fortunately for English speakers, learning the Spanish alphabet often comes quickly because the differences between the two alphabets are minor.
To learn the Spanish alphabet and numbers, it will be important for you to focus on proper Spanish pronunciation. You’ll find that some of the letters in the Spanish alphabet have sounds that are familiar, while other Spanish letters may sound quite different. For example, the letter j in Spanish is pronounced as an h sound. You may already know this if you’re familiar with the pronunciation of Spanish names such as Julio, Jose and Javier.
Spanish numbers are often more recognized than Spanish letters. In fact, many people can already count to in Spanish when they begin their journey: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez. Once you have these numbers down, you can move on to numbers like ciento veintiocho (128). You can do this by applying what you already know and then learning a few simple patterns for forming the names of larger numbers.
Spanish is much more phonetically consistent than English, and Spanish words almost always sound just the way they are spelled. You can use this phonetic guideline to comfortably pronounce long, multi-syllable Spanish words that might look overwhelming, but actually are within reach.
Refining your Spanish pronunciation requires that you receive immediate and accurate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. With this feedback you can make the needed corrections to your pronunciation. Then you’ll need to practice until you can easily shape the sounds that make up the spoken Spanish language.
Rosetta Stone helps you get the pronunciation right in a snap with TruAccent. Our patented speech engine instantly compares your voice to native and non-native speakers, so you get real-time feedback for the most accurate pronunciation. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to fine-tune your accent. TruAccent is among the most powerful tools for helping you learn and speak the Spanish language.
After beginning Spanish learners have acquired the basic building blocks of speaking Spanish, they will find it natural to transition to learning the longer phrases that are the backbone of much of everyday Spanish conversation. Rosetta Stone’s easily-digested, 10-minute language lessons are designed to help you move from the basics towards speaking Spanish confidently and comfortably. Rosetta Stone lessons structure vocabulary acquisition in context with real-world situations, a tactic that can accelerate your understanding of spoken and written Spanish.
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