If you want to say “zero” in Spanish you would use “el cero”. It’s part of the 0-10 sequence you may already know: cero, uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez. The numbers in Spanish follow a pattern, just like in English.
Learning Spanish numbers may come more naturally than you think, especially if you already speak another major European language. Because English, Italian and French all have deep roots in Latin, these languages all share thousands of words with contemporary Spanish. These shared words are called cognates and have significant similarities in spelling and/or pronunciation. That’s why you’ll notice that there are many English words and phrases like the word “family” that look almost identical and sound remarkably similar in French (famille), Italian (famiglia), and Spanish (familia).
Many new learners also find that Spanish has a straightforward pronunciation system, as well as very few irregularities in word pronunciation. Plus, the basic alphabet is an almost perfect match to the English one and those of other western European languages. There are only three additional letters you’ll want to learn: ch (chay), ñ (eñe), and ll (elle).
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When you start your language journey, there are some basic building blocks you’ll want to turn focus to first. These are essential Spanish words and phrases such as who, what, when, where, why, yes, no, please, and more. Getting comfortable with these basics will put you on the path to having everyday conversations in Spanish. Here’s a more complete list of the basic words and phrases:
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After you have learned to pronounce basic words and short phrases, it’s a natural transition to move to the longer phrases you’ll hear in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s short, 10-minute lessons are built in just this way—first teaching the basics, then tackling the longer phrases. This proven approach will help you to speak Spanish with confidence.
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