If you want to say the word “are” in Spanish, it will depend on the subject to which you are referring. Estar, ser, son, sois, somos, and eres are all different conjugations of the root verb “to be.”
If you’ve mastered some basic words and feel relatively comfortable with more than a handful of conversational phrases, it’s time to start conjugating Spanish verbs. In most languages, it’s easiest to start off with the most common regular verbs in present tense and then branch out into irregular verbs and other tenses.
For Spanish, that means learning a handful of verbs ending in -ir, -ar, and -er. Words like comer (to eat) or hablar (to talk) have straightforward conjugations. Unfortunately, some of the more commonly used Spanish verbs are irregular, meaning that they have nuanced rules for conjugation. Ser (to be) is an excellent example of one of the most widely used irregular Spanish verbs. When conjugated it can change from soy to eres, es, and somos. Irregular verbs like these can be memorized, but are also best learned through contextualized practice.
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Many choose to learn Spanish after encountering the language in their day-to-day life. After all, Spanish is featured prominently in much of today’s most popular music and foods. Others learn Spanish because they are going to travel to, or to work in, one of the 20 countries around the world where Spanish is the official language. Whether it’s for vacation, curiosity, or necessity, you can hit the ground running in the Spanish language by familiarizing yourself with some of these basic Spanish words and phrases. Learning Spanish words and phrases is important, as the grammar alone won’t teach you how the language is used by the 437 million Spanish speakers worldwide.
The basic conversational building blocks are a great place to start. Simple phrases like good morning, how are you, etc. grease the wheels of daily conversation in most every language, including Spanish. Here’s a good place to start:
Because Spanish is a much more phonetically consistent language than English, Spanish words almost always sound the way they are spelled. You can use this phonetic knowledge to pronounce long, multi-syllable words that otherwise might be overwhelming.
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