If you’d like to say “tell me” in Spanish, you would simply say, “Dime…” or “Cuéntame…” If you’d like to be more specific, you can say “Dime algo…” which means “Tell me something.” Or you can use “Dime algo que no se…” which means “Tell me something I don’t know.” If you’d like to say “Tell me about yourself.” you’d say “Cuéntame sobre ti”.
Getting the basic conversation starters down usually isn’t too tricky for early learners—especially if you’ve had some exposure to the basics of Spanish or if already speak another Latin-based language (like Italian or French). Because these languages originated from a shared source, they have thousands of words in common, plus many grammatical similarities. Even English, though technically a Germanic language, has been heavily influenced by Latin. This is also why you’ll find English words like “delicious” that sound remarkably similar in French (délicieux), Italian (delizioso), and Spanish (delicioso).
Good news—Spanish has a particularly consistent system of pronunciation. While languages like French and English often have spelling or pronunciation rules that can seem arbitrary, Spanish has only a few irregularities. The Spanish alphabet is also virtually the same as other Western European languages, with only three extra letters: ch (chay), ll (elle), and ñ (eñe).
Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology teaches you the language, not just the words. What makes is 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 any situation with ease and confidence.
Many people make the decision to learn Spanish because they frequently encounter the language in their everyday life. This makes good sense, as Spanish is spoken throughout the United States—often heard in movies, music, and TV. Others decide to learn the language because of plans to volunteer, vacation, or do business in any of the 20 countries where Spanish is the official language. Whatever your reason, you’ll get off to a great start by first learning how to pronounce commonly used Spanish words and short phrases. This fundamental step will help you understand how Spanish is used in everyday situations by the 437 million Spanish speakers around the world.
All too often, new learners get caught up in trying to memorize long lists of Spanish words and phrases. Then, they become frustrated when they find that they can’t understand or speak in everyday Spanish conversations. That’s why it’s so important to understand and pronounce commonly used Spanish words and short phrases. This proven approach to learning will allow you to develop the confidence you need to comfortably engage in conversations in Spanish.
It’s worth noting that Spanish does have some unique characteristics that make learning proper pronunciation of some words a bit challenging for beginners. As one notable example, the Spanish letter r is pronounced differently than the English letter r and requires some practice for most new language learners. The distinct sound of the Spanish r is formed by tapping the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, about a third of the way back in your mouth. Some Spanish language experts suggest that new learners practice making the English “tt” sound, as heard in the word butter.
Honing your pronunciation requires that you receive immediate feedback. Rosetta Stone helps you dial in your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech 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 beginners have learned basic and commonly used words, short phrases, and their pronunciation, they will be ready to move on to learning the longer Spanish phrases that make up much of everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief and digestible, 10-minute language lessons are designed to help you learn in just this way—first teaching basic words and short phrases, then teaching longer phrases, always emphasizing proper pronunciation. Rosetta Stone language lessons will help you acquire the skills you need to comfortably understand and be understood in Spanish.
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