Learning how to say “mistake” will be a snap. In Spanish, it’s “el error.” Yes, it’s really that simple. There are several other words you’ll hear in conversation that express slightly nuanced meanings of “mistake.” “La equivocación” generally refers to a misunderstanding, while “el engaño” is used when someone or something is deceptive or deceitful.
Although Spanish may seem complicated at the start, remember that you don’t have to tackle it all at once. Especially with common words like “mistake,” getting a handle on one option—like “el error” —will allow you to communicate in most circumstances. As you progress on your learning journey, you can slowly incorporate other words with more specific meanings.
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you to speak the language, not just memorize 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 situations with ease and confidence.
People choose to learn Spanish for various reasons. Some find themselves surrounded by the language in their everyday lives. After all, Spanish is heard in popular movies, music and TV shows. Other people want to learn Spanish based on their plans to work, vacation, or volunteer in one of the 20 countries where Spanish is the official language. Whatever your reason, you can get off to a great start by learning how to pronounce some basic Spanish words and phrases first. It is an important step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
Too often, new learners get sidetracked trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. This tedious and time-consuming effort can lead to the frustrating outcome of having little-to-no ability to participate in everyday conversations. That’s why it’s strongly advised that new Spanish language learners focus on understanding and pronouncing basic words and phrases. This smart and practical approach to learning Spanish will help you become a confident and comfortable speaker.
Of note, 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 learners practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
Honing the skills to accurately pronounce Spanish requires immediate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. Rosetta Stone helps you dial in your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. TruAccent compares your voice to native and non-native speakers—in real-time—so you get the feedback you need for the most accurate pronunciation. It’s also adjustable, which allows you to tweak your accent as needed. TruAccent is a powerful tool for helping you learn and speak the Spanish language.
Once you’re confident with the basics you can move onto learning the longer phrases you’ll use in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s digestible, 10-minute language lessons are designed to lead you along this natural path to learning. You’ll first focus on learning Spanish basic words and phrases, then you’ll move onto learning longer Spanish phrases, and then towards learning to speak Spanish with confidence.
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