In Spanish, how you say “language” is dependent on how you are using the word. If you’re talking about the official language of a country, you would use “el idioma.” On the other hand, if you’re talking about the type of language someone is using, you’ll want to use “el lenguaje.” Let’s take a look at how the word is used in each scenario.
Canadá tiene dos idiomas oficiales: el inglés y el francés = There are two official languages in Canada: English and French
El uso de un lenguaje sencillo ayudará a que los lectores entiendan tus ideas = Using simple language will make it easier for your readers to understand your ideas
Getting comfortable with the nuances of Spanish words can take some time. But remember, you don’t have to tackle them all at once. As you move forward on your language journey, you’ll learn to distinguish which option is best.
Rosetta Stone's Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language by throwing you in. Yes, it’ll be hard sometimes. But that’s what makes it effective at preparing you to use your new language throughout everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. It helps you get ready to handle situations with confidence.
Over 437 million people around the world speak Spanish. Many people choose to learn Spanish because they hear the language in their daily lives in popular music, movies, and TV shows. Others wish to learn Spanish based on their plans to volunteer, work, or vacation in one of the 20 countries where Spanish is the official language. Whatever the reason, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce some very basic words and phrases.
If your focus is on memorizing lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases, it is likely you’ll become frustrated with little ability to participate in everyday Spanish conversation. It’s strongly advised that new Spanish language learners work on understanding and pronouncing basic words and phrases. This is a smart and practical approach to learning Spanish which will help you become a confident and comfortable Spanish speaker.
Spanish does have some pronunciation distinctions that can make it a challenge for language learners. 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. A tip for new learners from some Spanish language experts is to practice making the "tt" sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
Rosetta Stone helps you dial in your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. This offers immediate feedback on your efforts. Our patented technology compares your voice to native speakers in real-time—so you get immediate feedback for the most accurate pronunciation. It is also adjustable, allowing you to tweak your accent as needed. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak the Spanish language.
After you have developed the ability to understand basic Spanish words and short phrases, you move onto the longer phrases used in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone's short, 10-minute lessons are built just this way—first teaching the basics, then tackling the longer phrases. This is the approach that will help you acquire the skills to speak Spanish with confidence.
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