Humor might be one of the trickiest parts of any language. You’ll definitely want to start with some of the classics and develop a level of comfort before you move on to more advanced material. Here are a couple good ones to try out on kids:
Opening: ¿Qué le dijo un techo a otro techo? = What did one roof say to the other roof?
Punchline: Techo de menos. = I miss you.
The joke is a play on the word “techo” (roof), which sounds remarkably similar to “te echo (de menos)”— a common way to say “I miss you.”
Opening: Un pez pregunta a su amigo, “¿Qué hace tu papá?” / “¿Qué hace tu mamá?” = One fish asks another, “What does your dad/mom do?”
Punchline: Nada. = Swims.
Of course, the fun here is that “nada” means both “nothing” and “swims.” And it’s a classic joke that’s sure to get a smile.
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Many people choose to learn Spanish because they hear 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 vacation, work, or volunteer in any of the 20 countries where Spanish is the official language. No matter your reason for learning Spanish, you can get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce some very basic words and phrases. It is a critical step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
Many times, beginning Spanish learners get sidetracked 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 will help you become a confident and comfortable Spanish 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.
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After you have developed the ability to understand basic Spanish words and short phrases, you can move onto the longer phrases used in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 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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