If you want to say the word “months” in Spanish, you would say “meses” or “los meses.” In the singular, the word “month” would be “mes” or “el mes.” Need the names of the individual months? Starting with January, they go as follows:
Enero = January
Febrero = February
Marzo = March
Abril = April
Mayo = May
Junio = June
Julio = July
Agosto = August
Septiembre = September
Octubre = October
Noviembre = November
Diciembre = December
Many of the Spanish words for months, days, and time probably sound pretty similar to the words you already use––especially for those who speak languages like English, French, or Italian. When languages have a similar origin, they often share words and phrases that are directly related to one another (cognates) or have significant letters or sounds in common. While English is technically a Germanic language, it has been influenced by Latin and other related languages. That’s why you’ll find English words like “future” that sound remarkably similar in French (futur), Italian (futuro), and Spanish (futuro). Spanish also has a clear system of pronunciation with few irregularities. Plus, the Spanish alphabet is made up of the 26 letters you already know and only three extras you’ll need to learn: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).
Using Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology, you’ll learn the language—not just the words. What makes it so effective is that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. That way, you’ll be ready to handle any situation with ease and confidence.
Some embark on the journey to learn Spanish because they so often encounter the language in their everyday lives. After all, Spanish is frequently heard in our popular music, TV shows, and movies. Other people make the personal decision to learn Spanish due to plans to vacation, work, or volunteer in one of the 20 countries around the globe where Spanish is the official language.
No matter what your reason for learning Spanish, you can get off to a strong start by focusing first on the pronunciation of some very basic words and phrases. Learning commonly-used Spanish words and phrases is a very important first step when it comes to comfortably understanding and confidently conversing with any of the estimated 437 million people around the globe who speak Spanish.
Some beginning Spanish learners get bogged down trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. This time-consuming and boring approach can lead to the unfortunate outcome of having little ability to understand or be understood in everyday Spanish conversation. That’s why it’s so important that new Spanish language learners develop the skill to understand and accurately pronounce basic words and phrases. This practical approach to learning the language will help you to become confident and comfortable conversing in Spanish with the locals.
It’s important to note 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 Spanish learners practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
Developing proper Spanish pronunciation will require that you receive accurate and immediate feedback on your efforts to speak Spanish. Precise and instant feedback will allow you to make any needed corrections to your Spanish pronunciation. Then, with the correct pronunciation, you’ll be able to practice until you can easily make the specific sounds of 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.
Once new Spanish learners have acquired the ability to understand and properly pronounce basic Spanish words and short phrases, they will be ready to move onto learning longer Spanish phrases that make up a great deal of everyday Spanish conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief and bite-sized 10-minute Spanish lessons are designed to lead you along this path. First you’ll focus on learning Spanish basics, then move onto learning longer Spanish phrases, and then transition into learning to understand and speak Spanish with comfort and confidence.
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