If you would like to say, “How much?” in Spanish, you would generally say, “¿Cuánto cuesta?” To use the specific phrase, “How much does it cost?” in Spanish, you might instead go with, “¿Cuánto vale?” If you find yourself in Mexico City in an informal exchange, you could say “¿Cuánto te debo?”
Getting down the various day-to-day expressions in Spanish might seem like a challenge, but with focus and practice, you can do it––especially if you already speak related languages like French and Italian. Both Italian and French are quite closely related to Spanish, with all three coming directly from Latin. Even English shares many of the same Latin roots. That’s why you can find a ton of English words like “absolutely” that look nearly identical in French (absolument), Italian (assolutamente), and Spanish (absolutamente).
The Spanish language, thankfully, also has a simple pronunciation system. There are just a few irregularities. This is unlike in English, where the connection between letters and sounds sometimes seems not to follow obvious rules. The Spanish alphabet is also very closely tied to French, Italian, English, and most other languages in Western Europe. You only need to learn three more letters: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).
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For beginning Spanish learners, one of the first steps to take is learning proper pronunciation of the letters of the Spanish alphabet and the Spanish words that represent numbers. Good news for English speakers: you may find that you can learn the letters of the Spanish alphabet quickly, because the differences between the English and Spanish alphabets are really quite minor.
It will be important for you to focus on proper Spanish pronunciation as you learn the Spanish alphabet and numbers. 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.
Some learn the Spanish numbers more quickly than Spanish letters. In fact, many people can count to 10 in Spanish:
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 a much more phonetically consistent language than is English. That means that Spanish words nearly always sound just like they are spelled. You can apply this phonetic consistency to confidently pronounce seemingly complex, multi-syllable Spanish words. They might look a bit overwhelming, but you can do it.
Polishing your Spanish pronunciation does require that you get immediate and accurate feedback on your spoken Spanish. Such feedback can help you make needed corrections to your pronunciation. When your pronunciation is accurate, you’ll want to practice until you can shape the sounds that make up spoken Spanish with ease.
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 you have learned the basic words and phrases that are the building blocks of speaking in Spanish, you’ll be ready to move onto learning longer phrases that are the backbone of much of everyday Spanish conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief and bite-sized, 10-minute lessons are designed to help you do just that––learn the basics, then longer phrases; all the while, progressing towards understanding and speaking Spanish with confidence.
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