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Like any language, Spanish comes with unique grammar. Even though it’s rooted in Latin and closely related to both Italian and French, it has a number of its own rules. Plus, there are some key differences between the grammatical rules for the Spanish spoken in Spain and that of Latin America. Rosetta Stone offers language courses in both. You can choose which version of Spanish you’d like to focus on.
Not only do we tailor our Spanish programs to the distinct rules of particular Spanish-speaking regions, we keep it very interesting and engaging. In fact, we believe in teaching you grammar intuitively. Don’t expect to memorize the names of grammatical terms or to fill out conjugation tables. We don’t believe you need to know the words for grammar terms to successfully speak a new language. You didn’t with your first, after all. How do we do it?
- We present language carefully so that you notice patterns of grammar yourself, and then we check that you got it.
- We teach you grammar in real sentences, not in grammar charts — so when it’s time to speak you don’t have to look up the next word in your head.
- We immerse you in correct native speech and provide opportunities to speak, until correct grammar flows naturally, just like your first language.
This proven approach—Rosetta Stone’s Dynamic Immersion® methodology—teaches you to speak the language, not just memorize the words. What makes it 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. It helps you get ready to handle any situation with confidence.
Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
People choose to learn Spanish for a wide range of reasons. Many 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 work, vacation, or volunteer 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.
Too many times, new 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 Spanish 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.
Acquiring the skills to accurately pronounce Spanish requires immediate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. Rosetta Stone helps you get the pronunciation right in a snap with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition engine. Our patented technology compares your voice to native and non-native speakers in real-time—so you get immediate feedback 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 you have developed the ability to understand basic Spanish words and short phrases, you can move onto the longer phrases you’ll use in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s short, 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.
Try Our Award-Winning App
Surround yourself with Spanish (Latin America) whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app.
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation.
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.