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Saying Those in Spanish
To say “those” in Spanish, you can use “esos” (masculine), or “esas” (feminine). If you are referring to something that is further away, in distance or time, you can use “aquellos” (masculine), or “aquellas” (feminine). Here’s an example:
¿Qué son esos? / What are those?
En aquellos tiempos… / In those days…
Getting some basic vocabulary under your belt is usually attainable for early learners—especially if you’ve had some exposure to the basics of Spanish or if you 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 why you will often find English terms like the word “flower” that sound remarkably similar in French (fleur), Italian (fiore), and Spanish (flor).
Spanish also has a particularly consistent system of pronunciation. While languages like French and English often have spelling or pronunciation rules that 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 it so effective is that we prepare you to use the language in your everyday life. So, it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. You’ll be ready to handle any and all situations with ease and confidence.
Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
Very often, people decide to learn the Spanish language because they so frequently encounter Spanish in their everyday life. This makes sense, when you consider that Spanish is spoken across the U.S. and heard in popular movies, on TV shows, and in music. In other cases, people make the decision to learn the Spanish language due to plans to volunteer or vacation in any of the 20 countries worldwide where Spanish is the official language. Regardless of your reasons, you will get off to a very strong start by first learning the pronunciation of some basic and frequently used Spanish words. This is an important foundational step in understanding to speak Spanish in everyday situations—with any of the 437 million Spanish speakers around the globe.
Some new language learners get sidetracked 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 strongly recommended that you focus on learning to pronounce basic words and phrases. This proven and practical approach to learning Spanish will help you develop the confidence to comfortably engage in conversation with the locals.
Of note, Spanish does have some unique characteristics that can make learning accurate pronunciation challenging for beginners. As just one example, the Spanish letter r is pronounced much differently than the English letter r. And pronouncing the Spanish r will most likely require practice for new Spanish language learners. The distinctive sound of the Spanish r is produced by tapping the tip of the tongue on the roof of the mouth, just about one third of the way back in the mouth. Some language-learning experts suggest that new Spanish learners practice replicating the English “tt” sound, as it sounds in the word butter.
Accurate Spanish pronunciation depends on you receiving immediate feedback. Rosetta Stone helps you dial in your pronunciation with our TruAccent™ speech-recognition 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 you have learned commonly used words, short phrases, and their pronunciation, you will find it to be a natural transition to move on to learning longer phrases used in everyday conversation. Rosetta Stone’s brief, 10-minute language lessons are created to help you learn in just this way—first teaching basic words and short phrases, then moving on to longer phrases, and always stressing proper pronunciation. Rosetta Stone Spanish language lessons can help you learn to speak Spanish with confidence.
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