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How to Say Slowly in Spanish
If you want to say “slowly” in Spanish, you will generally want to use “despacio.” As seems to be the rule, you’ll hear another word in conversation, “pausadamente,” that also means “slowly.” How do you know when to use which? A native speaker would likely say that “pausadamente” is best used when you’re talking about moving something easily, or gently. On the other hand, “despacio” better describes the speed of an activity. Here are a few examples.
Ella solicita al orador que hable más despacio. / She asked the speaker to slow down.
Pausadamente, ella desliza las suyas por la mesa. / Slowly, she put her cards on the table.
Getting comfortable with several Spanish options for a single adverb can take some time. But remember, you don’t have to incorporate them all at once. As you move forward on your language journey, you’ll learn to distinguish the exact meaning of the word through the context of the sentence.
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People choose to learn Spanish for many different reasons. Some do so because they 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. Whatever 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 necessary step to understand and be understood by any of the 437 million people around the world who speak Spanish.
Some beginning Spanish learners focus on memorizing 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 recommended 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.
You need to know that Spanish does have some pronunciation distinctions that can make it a challenge for new 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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Once you’re comfortable with the basic Spanish words and short phrases, you can move onto the longer phrases used in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s 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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