If you want to say the word English in Spanish, you would say, “inglés.” Used as an adjective, you would say “inglesa” when describing female-gendered objects or “inglés” when describing objects with a masculine gender.
Learning Spanish nouns and adjectives can feel overwhelming at first, especially since you need to always consider the gender of the object you’re naming or describing. But many learners get a handle on them fairly naturally—particularly if you already speak related languages like English, Italian, or French. Italian and French are directly related to Spanish in the same “romance language” family—all coming directly from Latin—while English uses many 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 “English” itself that sound remarkably similar in French (anglais), Italian (inglese), and Spanish (inglés). On top of that, you’ll discover that Spanish has an extremely easy to understand pronunciation system, as well as very few irregularities in pronunciation. Plus, the alphabet is an almost identical match to most other western European languages, English included. There are just three additional letters you’ll need to learn: ch (chay), ñ (eñe), and ll (elle).
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One of the first steps in learning Spanish for beginners is to tackle the pronunciation of the alphabet and the words that represent numbers. For English speakers, learning the Spanish alphabet is simple because the differences are minor.
To learn the Spanish alphabet and numbers, you’ll need to focus on pronunciation. Some of the letters in the Spanish alphabet will have familiar sounds, while others may be entirely different. For instance, the letter “j” in Spanish would be pronounced as an “h” sound, which you may already know from such Spanish names as Jose or Javier.
Numbers are often simpler to pick up than the alphabet. Many people already know some or all of the words for counting to ten in Spanish:
Once you have those down, advancing to numbers like ciento veintiocho (128) means applying what you know together with a few simple patterns for forming the names of larger figures.
Because Spanish is a much more phonetically consistent language than English, Spanish words almost always sound the way they are spelled. You can use this phonetic knowledge to pronounce long, multi-syllable words that otherwise might be overwhelming. Rosetta Stone helps you get the pronunciation just 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. Developed by integrating and processing the natural speech of Spanish speakers, TruAccent is among the most powerful tools for helping you learn and speak the Spanish language.
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