There are a handful of food-related words you’ll want to get under your belt when you start your language-learning journey. As we’re sure you’ll agree, getting the food you like and need is a necessity no matter where you find yourself. Understanding how to order at a restaurant or ask for help in a grocery store is a great place to start. Let’s take a look at a few key phrases:
• I am hungry. = Tengo hambre.
• Let’s get something to eat. = Salgamos a comer algo.
• Where is the restaurant? = ¿Dónde está el restaurante situado?
• I’m ready to order. = Estoy listo para ordenar mi comida.
• I'll have the hamburger/chicken/pizza. = Tendré la hamburguesa el pollo/la pizza.
If you are going to the grocery store, these will come in handy:
• Where is the grocery store? = ¿Dónde está el supermercado?
• Milk = La leche
• Bread = El pan
• Water = El agua
• Fruit = La fruita
• Vegetables = El vegetal
• Meat = La carne
People choose to learn Spanish for a variety of reasons. Many find themselves encountering the language in their daily lives. After all, Spanish is heard in popular music, movies, and TV shows. Other people want to learn Spanish based on their plans to volunteer, work, or vacation in any of the 20 countries where Spanish is the official language. Your reason for learning Spanish aside, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce some very basic words and phrases. It is an important step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
New Spanish learners often spend time trying to memorize lengthy lists of Spanish vocabulary words and phrases. Then they become frustrated because they have little-to-no ability to participate in everyday Spanish conversation. That’s why it’s strongly advised that new Spanish language learners focus on understanding and pronouncing basic words and phrases most commonly used in real-world Spanish. This smart and practical approach to learning Spanish will help you become a confident and comfortable Spanish speaker.
It’s worth noting 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 learners practice making the “tt” sound, as it sounds in the English word butter.
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