Learning Spanish is one of the most rewards endeavors you can undertake. It will unlock a very rich and diverse culture that spans continents and includes well over 400 million people.
As a native English speaker, the idea of learning Spanish was very intimidating. It certainly sounded very different from anything I was used to. Fortunately, there are many Spanish cognates. These are words that are that we spell similarly in English and Spanish and also have the same meaning.
Learning some of these will greatly increase your Spanish vocabulary in a very quick and easy way. Also, keeping this in mind can help you deduce the meaning of words that you are not familiar with.
Types of Spanish Cognates
Not all cognates are created equal, so to speak. Linguists classify them depending on whether or not the spelling is exactly the same. They also have a category for words that seem similar but have a different meaning.
These are words that have the same exact spelling in both languages. Keep in mind that the pronunciation can vary significantly. For example, the word judicial has the same meaning and spelling but sound very different. So it is important to remember the phonetic rules of Spanish.
Chocolate is one of the most famous English-Spanish cognates. The Spanish borrowed the Nahuatl word chocolātl from the Aztecs and then loaned it to the anglophones.
Other perfect cognates are so universal that they are shared by many languages. Consider how many tongues across the globe utilize the French hôtel.
Like perfect cognates, these words share the same definition. However, the spelling is not exactly alike but should be close enough to make it easy to recognize. Generally, the root of the word is similar but will end with one of the various classes of suffixes used in Spanish.
You probably are aware of the meaning of the word ‘amigos’ (Los Tres Amigos? Anyone?). And using the information I’ve already provided you’ve probably gathered the word falsos is a close cognate meaning ‘false’. So amigos falsos = fake friends. See? You’re already building phrases in Spanish using cognates.
Amigos falsos, or fake friends, is the non-technical term for false cognates. These words, much like those sketchy ‘friends’ your parents used to warn you about, can actually lead you astray if you don’t know how to recognize them.
Simply put, they are words that look the same but have different meanings in each language. As you can imagine, these often lead aspiring polyglots to make silly mistakes.
If you’re not careful, you might end up saying something confusing, hilarious, or possibly even offensive.
Embarrassed and embarazada are false cognates.
So, if you want to tell Maria she appears shy or embarrassed, please do not tell her she looks embarazada.
You might get a chancletazo for telling her she looks pregnant!
Suffixes of Close Cognates in Spanish
Generally speaking, suffixes that we use in English have a corresponding word-ending in Spanish. For example, the Castillian counterparts of English words ending in -ology would almost always end in -ología.
So when you hear or read the words biología, psicología, and maybe even antropomorphología, you won’t need to reach for your handy bilingual dictionary to know what it means.
Of course, you’ll still need to know what the word means in English.
I’ve compiled a list of commonly used suffixes and several examples of close cognates for each one.
Useful Word Endings
Since I mentioned the -ología words we will start there.
This one, in particular, has many examples. But I think that you are starting to get the idea.
4. Words Ending with -ct/-cto
I would like to note that I a referring to nouns and not verbs. For example, the cognate of contract (the noun, as in a binding legal agreement) is contracto. Contractar is the infinitive form for the Spanish word for “to contract” (as in, to contract a lawyer).
diary (not dairy, as in milk-related foods)/diario, extraordinary /extraordinario, incendiary/incendiario, itinerary/itinerario, revolutionary/revolucionario, secondary/secondario
Of course, as with everything, there are many exceptions. The Spanish word for library is biblioteca. Librario is a made-up word.
As we mentioned, these appear to be words that are the same in English and Spanish but have a completely different meaning.
Remember the “embarrassed/embarazada/pregnant women” gaffe from before? Here are some more well-known examples.
1. Actualmente looks like actually, but it actually (no pun intended) means currently.
2. You’d be forgiven for thinking a carpeta is something you walk on but its where you keep papers, in other words, a folder.
3. If abuelita is going to give you a lectura when you get home, worry not. She is not mad. She probably just found a Bible passage/reading she wants to share with you.
4. If your girlfriend wants to show you her new calzones, she is not talking about folded pizza. She just bought some new underwear to show off. You should hurry.
Sticking it Out
Learning a language is hard.
That doesn’t mean its impossible, no matter what your excuse is.
You are going to make mistakes. You may find yourself getting frustrated by not able to understand what people are saying. This is a skill that takes practice.
You may even make an embarrassing mistake (especially if you don’t brush up on the false cognates).
Don’t be discouraged if this happens to you. The only way to master a language to make mistakes and learn from them. In my experience in Latin America, people are flattered and even impressed when a foreigner attempts to speak their language.
From Student to Fluent
Keep practicing and immerse yourself in la cultura as much as possible, and keep learning Spanish cognates.
This means watching telenovelas and deportes, drinking vino from Spain, and, of course, talking to your Spanish-speaking compañeros y familia.
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Welcome to the modern era, where the Internet connects us to the rest of the world at the touch of our fingertips. We’ve all learned to make the most of all that global connectivity has to offer.
Now more than ever, it’s a significant benefit if you know more than one language. With access to all foreign cultures on a regular basis, it can be beneficial to be bilingual, as even experts suggest.
If you’re interested in becoming fluent in Spanish, in particular, then you’re in luck. You’ve come to the right place by reading this article. Detailed below is a great lesson for anyone ready to take the beautiful Spanish language seriously.
Though the details of the language’s grammar rules might seem overwhelming, don’t worry. Ever grammar rule can be broken down easily enough. To start, learn all about the difference between the subjunctive vs indicative in Spanish.
To Start, Don’t Get Overwhelmed
You might have initial trouble when you’re learning about this part of the Spanish language. The reason for that is because there isn’t really a similar lesson to learn in English. That’s because subjunctive and indicative have to do with a “mood,” not a “tense.”
If that doesn’t make any sense to you, don’t worry. Learning another language is always easier said than done. Otherwise, everyone would be bilingual by now.
As you start to put together what the difference is between subjunctive and indicative, remember not to be too hard on yourself. It’s important to set your own pace with language learning. The good news is that learning these “moods” of the Spanish language doesn’t have to be too terrible if you maintain the right mindset.
One good idea when learning languages is to set up a scheduled long-term plan for studying. You should try to cover something within the Spanish language – whether vocab or sentence structure – on a daily basis.
Even if you only spend at least fifteen minutes studying every day, that’s better than nothing. You’ll become fluent in no time if you stick with your plan.
What Is the Difference Between “Tense” and “Mood”?
It’s likely that you have a pretty good understanding of “tense” – both in English and in Spanish. Tense deals with when an action occurs (in the past, present, or future).
“Mood,” though, is a little bit different. There’s no specific rulebook that defines when you should use the subjunctive or the indicative mood in the Spanish language. (So, forget about memorization – it won’t help you here!)
The video below will help you understand the differences better!
Review of Spanish tenses and moods for Spanish 3 - YouTube
The Underlying Meanings of Subjunctive vs Indicative
In particular, the indicative mood deals with concrete, plain facts. For example, consider the sentence, “She is an artist.” In that sentence, it’s clear what occupation “she” partakes in.
Consider this example: “She wants to be an artist.” (It’s true that both sentences have different tenses, but that’s not the point here.) In the second sentence, the subjunctive mood is used.
The underlying difference between the two, then, has to do with whatever the speaker genuinely intends to portray. For that reason, learning the difference between the subjunctive and the indicative moods in the Spanish language is more of an art than an exact science.
“Juan estudia español.”
“John studies Spanish.”
“Es posible que Juan estudie español.”
“It is possible that John studies Spanish.”
“Estoy seguro que Juan estudia español.”
“I’m sure that John studies Spanish.”
“Dudo que Juan estudie español.”
“I doubt that John studies Spanish.”
Professor Jason talks about the subjunctive mood in the video below!
Why and When to Use the Subjunctive in Spanish - YouTube
It’s Okay to Ask for Help!
Perhaps you’re still having trouble understanding the concept – or even the purpose – of the subjunctive and the indicative in Spanish. If so, you certainly aren’t alone.
That’s why there are plenty of language learning resources (both online and offline) to help you as you learn more about Spanish. It’s not like Google Translate can take care of everything, after all! It can be very beneficial for your studies to at least speak to a professional when you don’t understand something about this new language.
In fact, online resources are one of the best ways you can find assistance when learning Spanish. Such resources are both accessible and usually self-paced, which is great for learners with busy schedules. For more guidance along those lines, check out this article on the best ways to learn Spanish quickly.
Why Does “Mood” Matter in the Spanish Language?
Of course, even when you’re studying single lessons, it’s important to recognize your overall goal when learning Spanish. Are you wanting to apply for jobs with a better résumé? Is someone in your family moving to a Spanish-speaking country sometime soon?
Either way, don’t underestimate the importance of the subjunctive or the indicative when it comes to Spanish. It’s true that you wouldn’t be “wrong” when you choose one or the other.
Even if you’re just learning Spanish for fun, don’t skip past the important details, like what “mood” is. Consider the fact that the United States, according to statistics, has more Spanish speakers than Spain itself. If you only learn the parts of Spanish that come easy to you, you’ll never be able to keep up!
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At this point in the article, you should have a pretty good idea of the difference between subjunctive vs indicative within the Spanish language. It’s crucial that you know the difference thoroughly if you want to become fluent, after all.
Sure, it’s understandable if you find the concept of “mood” (compared to “tense,” for example) to be somewhat confusing. After all, that’s why Spanish is considered a foreign language to native English-speakers. There are going to be some lessons that take you some time to understand.
Still, this article got you on a great start to understanding the rest of the beautiful Spanish language. Over time, you’ll only become more comfortable knowing when to use the subjunctive or the indicative mood when you’re using Spanish. It’ll be up to you, though, to make sure you keep up your language training in the long run.
Don’t waste your time struggling to understand a foreign language without proper guidance. The good news is that we can help you when it comes to learning Spanish effectively. That’s why we encourage you to check out our available Spanish learning resources on our website today.
When you’re just starting out learning Spanish, you’re still growing your vocabulary. At some point, you’re probably going to have to talk about something without remembering the word for it.
Instead of just pointing wordlessly at the cat nearby because you can’t remember the word “gato,” how do you get your friends to pay attention?
This is where Spanish demonstrative pronouns come in handy. Let’s take a look at what they are and how you can use them to sound way more natural.
What Are the Spanish Demonstrative Pronouns?
First things first. What are demonstrative pronouns in Spanish?
Just like a pronoun is a word that takes the place of a proper noun, a demonstrative pronoun indicates and identifies a noun.
Here are some sentences where you might hear demonstrative pronouns in English:
Wow. Theseare really good.
How much do thosecost?
What is that?
Yep. It’s that easy.
So what are the pronouns in Spanish? We’ll give you both the masculine and feminine forms for each one.
This Este (masculine),
Ese (masculine), esa (feminine) = that
Those Esos (masculine)
Those (Over There) Aquellos (masculine)
What if I Don’t Know Which Gender to Use?
Remembering which words are masculine and feminine can be hard for English speakers. Plus, if you’re describing something that’s far away, you might not even be able to tell what it is, let alone remember if the word for it is masculine.
In this case, you can use the “neuter” form. This is basically a descriptive word that doesn’t have a gender attached to it. You can also use this if you’re describing something abstract like a concept.
The three gender-neutral forms still have traditionally masculine endings — just be aware of that so that you don’t get confused. They are:
That over there: aquello
Out of all of these, you’ll probably use eso most often. It’s so versatile that you can use it in a ton of different situations, whether you’re trying to describe an object or talking about the reason you started learning Spanish.
How to Use Demonstrative Pronouns in Spanish
Let’s say you’re walking through a plaza in Salamanca, Spain. You see someone selling sunglasses that you really want to buy, but — oh, no! You don’t remember the word for sunglasses and they have a ton of other stuff on their table.
How are you going to ask for the sunglasses without remembering what the word is?
Easy. You can use a demonstrative pronoun.
Here’s what your conversation could look like:
“Hola. ¿Cuánto cuesta eso?”
(“Hello. How much does that cost?”)
You’ve grabbed the person’s attention now and pointed to the sunglasses you want, so they can respond:
Score! Now you remember the word for sunglasses.
(“Yes, those sunglasses.”)
“Cuestan cinco dólares.”
(“They cost five dollars.”)
Done. You’ve successfully used a neutral demonstrative pronoun to get those awesome sunglasses you spotted.
Wait — I Thought All of These Had Accent Marks?
Not in this case! What you’re probably thinking of are demonstrative adjectives. They’re spelled the same way, but without the accent marks.
You also use them in different situations. Since they’re adjectives and not pronouns, you use these words to modify nouns that you’re describing. For example, you could say…
“Este cuaderno es rojo.”
(“This notebook is red.”)
“Esa casa es mía.”
(“That house is mine.”)
Note that both sentences, you’re not using “este” or “esa” in place of the noun you’re describing. That’s what makes them demonstrative adjectives instead of demonstrative pronouns.
Here’s a list of all the demonstrative adjectives, just so you can compare. Like above, we’ll give you both their masculine and feminine forms.
That over there
Those over there
An important thing to note is that the Real Academia Española, the official grammar body of Spanish, has decided that you don’t necessarily need to use accent marks when using demonstrative pronouns anymore. That means that there’s no written difference between demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.
A lot of people were unhappy with this change, though, so you’ll still see plenty of older or traditional people using the accent marks when they write. You also still need to use the accent marks if there could be confusion between a pronoun and an adjective.
Since they’re still used (just not as frequently anymore), we’re still teaching them to you so that you can recognize the words if and when you see them.
Moving right along!
How Do I Know Which Word to Say?
Location, location, location! The word you choose all comes down to how close or far away it is to you.
In English, we have two basic concepts of proximity: here or there. It’s either right by us or it’s somewhere farther away.
In Spanish, though, there are three different concepts: here, there, and over there. They have a different expression for something that’s farther away.
Picture yourself sitting at a café in Madrid. You’re trying to get your friend to look at a pair of stylish boots the woman at a nearby table has on. You can’t exactly point at her without being weird, though, so you use a demonstrative adjective instead.
“Me encantan esas botas.”
(“I love those boots.”)
Your friend is distracted, though, and is staring down the street at a storefront.
“¿Puedes leer aquella señal?”
(“Can you read that sign over there?”)
The person wearing the boots is closer to you, but not immediately next to you, so you would use esas. The sign your friend is trying to read is way down the street, though, so he used aquella.
It’s really that simple. Don’t stress about exactly how far away you have to be before you can use aquel — it’s not that serious. If you’d say “way over there” in English, you can use aquel and sound natural.
Keep Improving Your Spanish
Learning Spanish demonstrative pronouns and adjectives can help you to sound like a more natural speaker. If you ever forget what you learned here and are struggling in a conversation, remember — you can always use eso!
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You don’t have to look far to find proof that bilingualism correlates with many benefits, including an increased cognitive ability. Without a doubt, we understand that the more languages we understand, the better off we are.
Knowing when and how to learn that second (or third) language is another story entirely. Generally, most studies show that learning a new language as a young child is the easiest and most beneficial, though.
You might be interested in Spanish books for toddlers if you’re trying to boost your child’s growth and development.
That’s where we come in. There are plenty to choose from, but we have seven great options to get you started right now!
The Best Spanish Books for Toddlers
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world alongside Mandarin, English, and others. It’s becoming increasingly important to learn it, especially if you’re an American.
Teaching your children this language can be fun and rewarding, but you may need to find some children books in Spanish to get you started. These are some of the best and most adorable that will easily be just as fun as they are educational and useful.
1. Los Pollitos | Little Chickies
With its striking yellow color cover, adorable chicken characters, and beautiful illustrations, this is a hard one to pass up. Even regardless of language considerations, Los Pollitos is sure to keep your toddlers attention.
The great news is that it’s also one of many bilingual baby books that will give you the option of flipping between Spanish and English. Once you finish the book in English, you flip the page and it’s immediately in Spanish allowing you start over like it never even ended!
This is a great way to expose your toddlers to both languages in a fun and cute little package.
2. La Oruga Muy Hambrienta | The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a popular and famous children’s book no matter what language you speak. So, the good news is it’s one of the best Spanish baby books out there just like its English counterpart.
By now, most people know this one, but it’s about a (you guessed it) hungry caterpillar who eats through massive amounts of food. Then, it pupates and becomes a butterfly.
The art style is very unique and has earned its many design awards since its release in the 1960s. It manages to stand apart in a sea of children’s books that often seem to blend together.
3. El Camioncito Azul | Little Blue Truck
There are many benefits to teaching your children a foreign language. It will make them smarter, sharper, and improve their quality of life well into their adulthood.
But that doesn’t mean that teaching them a new language needs to be dry and boring. You can have a lot of fun with it by bonding with them over their interests and likes.
Toddlers start to develop a sense of self between the ages of one and three, and some start to show strong likes and dislikes. If your child has a thing for trucks and automobiles in general, then you definitely want to check out El Camioncito Azul (or Little Blue Truck).
This one is written by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry, is a board book, and has thankfully been translated into Spanish. While this one is not a Spanish-language original, it is still a very engaging story for any child that likes to mimic the beeping sounds of a car.
4. Te Quiero Más
This one is very sweet and is sure to be a great bonding experience with your child. As the name suggests, it’s about love, and the illustrations are dull pastel colors that are very soothing and calming.
Even better than the pictures, though, is the beautiful rhyming scheme that works in both the English and Spanish version. The cadence is very smooth and your children will almost certainly be drawn to its sound.
5. Elefantitos | Little Elephants
Much like Little Chickies (or Los Pollitos), this is another option from the board books in Spanish. It will be a similar experience as Chickies, but it comes with a different color scheme and a different choice in animals.
It may be small differences, but it could be just the kind of diversity you need in your collection to keep your child’s attention.
Another great little benefit to this book is that it is a great companion piece to the song “Los Elefantes Se Balanceaban.” This could be a fun way to add singing to the mix when reading with your child.
6. Alrededor Del Mundo Con Cantiflas
Some of the books on this list have been English children’s books translated into Spanish. Alrededor Del Mundo Con Cantiflas is another bilingual offering for those who need Spanish books for toddlers.
This book is based on Mario Moreno, a famous Mexican comedian who went by the name Cantiflas. In it, you follow him around the world by train and hot air balloon and are exposed to multiple cultures, languages, and more.
7. Juan Bobo Busca Trabajo |Juan Bobo Goes to Work
This is a Spanish-language original about a Puerto Rican boy who goes out looking for work but can’t always seem to do things right. Juana Bobo means “Simple John,” and just like his name implies, he’s incapable of understanding simple tasks and instructions.
Children will most likely have blast following his antics and seeing them play out through the illustrations. The story is funny and filled with morals that are timeless and will ring true for many.
Love Your Child and Teach Them New Languages
More and more we’re able to understand the benefits of speaking and understanding multiple languages. It’s important to teach new languages to your children at young ages, and Spanish books for toddlers are an excellent way to start.
In this modern age, there are plenty more ways to learn a new language, though. Consider browsing some of our educational Spanish-language products to see if there are any that might help you on your journey to multilingualism!
Watching films is a great way to improve your Spanish language skills. Films help us hear realistic dialogues and help us become acquainted with natural speaking rhythms.
Keep reading for our list of the top 10 best Spanish films!
Top 10 Best Spanish Films
Great Spanish movies are not hard to find. This list is only a small percentage of the best Spanish movies.
Keep reading for our favorites!
1. El Laberinto del Fauna (Pan’s Labyrinth)
El Laberinto del Fauna is an acclaimed dark fantasy film directed by the famous Guillermo Del Toro.
The film follows the story of Ofelia, a young girl living in Spain’s early-Francoist period. Ofelia follows a strange faun character into a surreal world of fantasy and horror.
El Laberinto del Fauna boasts a 95% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
2. No Se Aceptan Devoluciones (Instructions Not Included)
If you’re looking for a feel-good story with a great moral look no further than No Se Aceptan Devoluciones.
This film follows a man who suddenly finds out he is a father — when his daughter arrives on his doorstep! Abandoned by her mother, this unlikely father needs to summon the courage to raise his daughter.
Science fiction fans will delight in Kike Maíllo’s Eva. The film is set in the near-distant future of 2041 when machines live side by side with humans.
The main character, Alex, is a cybernetic engineer working on creating a realistic child droid. During his creative process, he returns home for the first time in 10 years. And he becomes fascinated with his niece, Eva.
Eva’s mind and intelligence come to serve as the basis of Alex’s child android.
Eva is a thought-provoking and emotional film. And it evokes questions on the true nature of humanity and consciousness.
5. Una Noche
Una Noche takes place over the course of one very long day in Havana, Cuba. The film follows teen Raul as he plans to escape Cuba for Miami.
An unfortunate altercation with a tourist causes Raúl to hastily plan his 90-mile journey to Miami. Raúl’s best-friend Elio and Elio’s twin sister Lila accompany him.
The three teens face a perilous and emotional journey as they paddle their handmade raft to a better life.
Una Noche received high acclaim — it currently has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. Besides being a fantastic story, Una Noche can also help you get acquainted with authentic Cuban Spanish.
6. Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate)
Como Agua Para Chocolate is a classic about the power of food, family, and love. Laura Esquivel’s novel of the same name inspired the screenplay.
The film artfully tells the story of a deep romance that spans decades. The protagonist Tita, falls in love with handsome Pedro. But Tita mother forbids her to marry. Because, as the youngest daughter, tradition dictates that she cares for her aging mother.
Instead, Pedro reluctantly weds her older sister. Distraught Tita throws herself into her housework. She comes to express her deepest sorrows and joys through her accomplished cooking.
7. Todo Sobre mi Madre (All About My Mother)
Todo Sobre mi Madre follows the story of a woman and her close friends as they all face personal emotional crises.
Manuela is a devoted single mother who raised her son Esteban by herself. One night, a car kills Esteban after seeing a play with his mother.
Esteban’s death sends his mother into a tailspin. Devastated, she moves to Barcelona with the goal of finding her son’s father.
Once in Barcelona she reconnects with her old circle of friends. The rest of the film follows her journey as she and her friends deal with difficult hardships.
Todo Sobre mi Madre deals with complex themes like faith, AIDS, transsexualism, and homosexuality.
8. Amores Perros
Thrilling doesn’t even come close to describing Amores Perros. This Mexican crime drama is the first film in the Trilogy of Death.
The film begins with three distinct narratives that gradually begin to intersect. These stories culminate in a terrible car accident involving the main characters of each narrative.
Amores Perros explores themes of loyalty, inequality, and violence. It also features an incredible soundtrack of Latin rock.
Roma is the most recent project from director Alfonso Cuarón. The film takes place in the 1970s in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City.
The film’s protagonist, Cleo, is a young maid working for a middle-class family in Roma.
Issues soon visit the happy home when patriarch Antonio leaves abruptly with his mistress. Cleo joins matriarch Sofia and the rest of the family on a beach getaway.
The movie is an evocative and personal letter to the woman who helped raise Alfonso Cuarón. You can catch this critically acclaimed film on Netflix!
10. La Lengua de las Mariposas
La Lengua de las Mariposas is a heart-warming historical drama set in just prior to the Spanish Civil War.
Eight-year-old Moncho flees school on his first day because he is afraid of his surly-looking teacher. Though his teacher looks intimidating, Moncho soon finds he is actually kind and gentle.
Moncho’s elderly teacher Gregorio mentors him, teaching him about nature and philosophy. When the Spanish Civil War breaks out, Republican Gregorio is in danger from the fascist. And Moncho’s world changes forever.
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Learning another language is difficult, but worthwhile. Nothing compares to connecting with another person in their native tongue!
Watching the best Spanish films is a great way to work on your listening and comprehension skills.
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Learning Spanish growing up seemed pretty useless and ineffective when you did it right?
When you were learning Spanish in high school, do you remember ever thinking to yourself:
“When am I ever going to say ‘The firetruck is red’ in Spanish?”
The current language classes taught in schools are highly inefficient, and it’s highly likely one remembers nothing after a certain amount of time.
We’re going to go over the best ways to learn Spanish as quickly as possible with the 5 tips below.
5 Best Ways to Learn Spanish
Memorizing common phrases is a good start, especially if you’re only planning on traveling briefly to the country.
However, if you want to have long-lasting knowledge, it doesn’t have to take you years to become fluent in it. You’ll want to use the rest of the tips below to learn how you can learn Spanish.
Start Conversing as Soon as Possible
It might seem counter-intuitive or embarrassing at first, but it’s important that as soon as you learn basic grammar and vocabulary, you start speaking to someone.
Learning a language is more than memorization. You can learn all of the vocabulary you want but those words will only exist in a vacuum unless you start speaking to someone.
A few important phrases to learn would be what I call, “clarification phrases”. Phrases like:
“What is this?” (¿Qué es esto?)
“How do you say…” (Como se dice…)
“Can you repeat, please?” (¿Puedes repetir, por favor?)
In terms of finding a speaking partner, you can use Meetup.com or there are plenty of remote Spanish teachers who can do Skype sessions with you. There are also many websites who host these language exchanges for a fee.
While it’s not a substitute for verbally talking, there are even apps out there that let you text with other people looking to learn your native language!
This is the one tip that can accelerate your learning dramatically. Don’t be afraid and get out there!
Understand the Basic Sentence Structure/Grammar
There are 6 (or 13 if you look hard enough) sentences that can tell you a lot about a language. Spanish is no exception. Tim Ferriss calls these his “6 Lines of Gold” for language deconstruction.
The apple is red. (La manzana es roja)
It is John’s apple. (Es la manzana de John)
I give John the apple. (Le doy la manzana a John)
We give him the apple. (Le damos la manzana)
He gives it to John. (Él se la da a John)
She gives it to him. (Ella se la da a él)
Once you understand how these 6 sentences work, you’ll essentially be able to plug-in various nouns, verbs, pronouns, etc. to create new and meaningful phrases.
The key to achieving baseline fluency is to become competent as quickly as possible, and with this new confidence, you’ll be able to achieve fluency.
Learn the Most Commonly Used Words
When it comes to vocabulary, efficiency is the name of the game. The problem with high school Spanish classes largely fall on learning a lot of useless words (like the aforementioned “firetruck”).
In the modern Digital Age, we have more access to the rest of the world than we did before. Thanks to technology and our smartphones, we all have access to worldwide connectivity. In other words, it’s now more crucial than ever to maintain respect and awareness of cultures foreign to our own.
Encourage your family to live as global citizens by learning foreign languages, for example. In fact, there are dozens of reasons why learning a foreign language as a child is so beneficial.
Teaching your own children the lovely, useful language of Spanish is a great place to start. The United States, after all, now has more Spanish speakers than Spain itself!
Start investing in your child’s future. The good news is you’ve come to the right place with this article. Detailed below are five convincing factors why teaching your kid Spanish is the right thing to do.
1. You’ll Notice Better Academics Both Now and Later
Learning a foreign language, in the long run, develops a person’s communication skills. Not only will it bring him or her more cultural awareness. In addition, understanding the underlying structure of grammar and syntax is more worthwhile than memorizing vocab.
By learning such lessons so young, your child will grasp fundamental communication skills early in life. In other words, you’re getting their cognitive ability ahead of the game.
So, then, take notice when his or her grades start to improve because of foreign language learning on the side. There’s no substitute for communication skills or their invaluable lifelong impact.
2. Set Them up for a Successful Career in Any Industry
It’s no secret at this point. Even experts recognize foreign language skills as priceless assets in the corporate world. Don’t make the mistake of letting your own kid miss out on such an opportunity, then.
For one thing, a bilingual applicant will be much more attractive during the hiring process than a similar profile. It’s just one more box that a potential employer can as a “pro” for the candidate.
Plus, there’s an awesome benefit to learning such a popular language like Spanish. It will be useful no matter what industry he or she enters. Fluency in more than one major language will only advance them to the head of the pack in no time.
3. Your Child’s Self-Confidence is Invaluable
At the end of the day, your top priority is the long-term wellness and happiness of your child. As a responsible parent, you know that self-confidence plays a major role in both of those goals. You accept your role of developing that confidence in him or her.
There’s a great lesson, then, in any skill set your child will learn through life. Ultimately, learning something like a foreign language teaches the person that it can be done.
You can trust then when your kid starts getting the hang of longer Spanish sentences, his or her ego will get a nice boost. By the time they reach fluency, you can trust that the subsequent self-confidence will prepare them to tackle many other challenges throughout life.
4. His or Her English Will Improve, Too
Believe it or not, we can all improve grammar and understanding of our native language throughout our whole lives. Doing so, even, can help us advance our academics, careers, or even relationships. Speaking and communicating well, in any manner, is simply a realistic goal to strive for.
The same should be said, then, for your kids. Trust in the fact that the sooner you get them learning a foreign language, the better. Bilingual kids, after all, have an even better chance of learning yet another foreign language if they want.
If your kid expresses an interest in learning Spanish, don’t hesitate to encourage those desires. No matter how old he or she is, your child is still learning general communication skills regarding your native language. Notice how much better at English your kid is speaking after getting a few Spanish lessons under his or her belt!
5. Why Learning a Foreign Language is Now Easier Than Ever
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In other words, there aren’t many more valid excuses at this point. Your child, after all, is going to be well-versed in technology and digital learning by adulthood. Don’t be afraid to embrace the new generation’s mode of education.
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Continue Investing in Your Child’s Education and Future
At this point in the article, you should have a pretty good idea of why learning a foreign language is such a good idea for kids like yours. To be specific, Spanish is a worthwhile language for anyone to learn these days.
It’s time you invest in a culturally sensitive, sophisticated education for your kids. By encouraging them to learn Spanish, you’re only setting them up for success.
Not only will their short-term and long-term academics benefit from foreign language skills. Whatever career path they choose, their life as a bilingual professional will be a profitable one.
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Take the benefits of speaking Spanish, and change your life! That’s right; learning Spanish is going to change your life in every way. Don’t believe us; well stay tuned.
We’re going to delve into the top five benefits of learning to speak Spanish. Some of these reasons are so surprising that you wouldn’t have seen them coming. If you’re on the fence about learning to speak Spanish, get ready to fall on the greener side.
Read on to discover why you should learn to speak the wonderful language of Spanish!
1. Benefits of Speaking Spanish You Never Thought You’d Have: Having Fun!
Learning new languages is fun because you get to learn in diverse ways. One of the best ways to learn Spanish is by playing games! Classroom games expose you to vocabulary and conversation.
Games like classic bingo get you pumped to be a part of the game. You are more likely to learn and remember the words. In fact, studies show that playing games increases motivation and learning.
Don’t Let the Fun Stop at Games, Check out Netflix
Who doesn’t love to dive into a new Netflix series and get lost for a couple of weeks! Now, you’ll have an excuse to binge watch a new favorite series. Another excellent way to learn Spanish and have fun is watching television.
Turn on the subtitles to get familiar with the spelling of the vocabulary. From movies and TV series, you get to learn conversational language. It’s an easy way to pick up a language quick since you have both audio and visual aids.
Actors body language can also help you get a better understanding of what is happening. So don’t fret if you’re a beginner, delve in and let time take care of the rest. Need some good viewing suggestions to get you on the path to Spanish perfection?
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2. Accents, Slang, and Diversifying Your Knowledge of the Spanish Language
At Gritty Spanish, we know that Spanish comes in all different sounds. There are various countries that speak Spanish. Some include:
The list goes on, including other countries throughout South America. Yet, we can’t put a blanket of Spanish over all these places. They have their own unique twist on the language.
This diversification is what we aim to capture in our products. Customers say that our products sound real, and portray relatable content. When learning any language, it’s important to know how to converse.
Knowing the formal way of speaking and writing is great. But understanding different slang terms and accents is what connects people.
3. Getting Connected
Another advantage of learning Spanish is that it’ll open the door to new people and close friends. You might meet new people like you in a Spanish classroom. They’ll understand the struggle of learning, but together you’ll work building bonds.
You might think of traveling to different countries to use your new language skills. You’ll find warm and amiable people that’ll celebrate your effort. Researching the culture of the country you’ll be visiting is important.
Since, again, they all have slight variations and practices.
4. Increase in Opportunities
A better traveling experience won’t be the only benefit of learning Spanish. Speaking Spanish is a skill you can note on your resume when job hunting. More and more positions are seeking bilingual employees.
This is especially important for those living in big cities with high tourism. These cities are great examples of high tourism:
The ability to communicate in Spanish will heighten your chances of getting a job. You’ll also get the chance to chat with people as they travel through. Cool stories are always worth stopping for!
If you’re working as a freelancer, you’ll get to advertise for Spanish speaking clients. You’ll open the door to a whole new world of opportunity. Grab your magic, flying carpet because Aladdin’s taking us on a wild ride!
A Whole New World
Another benefit you’ll love is exploring new content. Spanish stories, movies, music, offer a window into the Spanish world. Spanish culture is rich in beautiful romance novels/poetry, films, and television.
A few honorable film mentions in Spanish are:
Mar Adentro (2004)
El Laberinto del Fauno (2006)
Una Noche (2012)
You’ll gain a new perspective on culture, politics, and morality. These films work to show you the beauty, pain, and love in life. The literary energy is one-of-a-kind.
5. Keeping Your Mind Active
Like playing Sudoku, learning to speak Spanish will stimulate your brain. You’ll improve your memory. Keeping your mind sharp is important as you age.
By learning Spanish, you’ll have a sharp mind for decades. This’ll keep you engaged in conversations and remembering the joys of your explorations. Also, learning Spanish will keep you young.
That’s right, practicing another language forces you to think. The constant practicing avoids a decline in your mental aging.
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More than half of the world’s population speaks more than one language. And it’s not just useful to help get a taxi and order a cerveza when on vacation.
The benefits of being bilingual include increased brain function and potential to earn a higher salary! Read on for details on the advantages of bilingualism.
1. It Makes You More Marketable
Being bilingual can open up so many doors for you in your career. When you speak a second language you become more competitive than the monolingual candidates applying for the same job.
Depending on the industry, you could earn more money by being bilingual. Especially in industries like marketing, hospitality, tourism, and the legal industry.
One of the main advantages of bilingualism in the workplace is that you have an inside into certain regions. This is useful for companies who are expanding across the world. Interacting with foreign clients becomes simpler if an employee already speaks the language.
2. Being Bilingual can Earn You More Money
Not only does bilingualism give you an edge over the competition, but it can also earn you a bigger salary.
According to Salary.com, bilingual jobs pay up to 20% more per hour, even if the job description is practically the same as the job for a monolingual.
A recent study found that college grads who spoke a foreign language on average earned 2% more per year than comparable grads. Now, 2% may not sound like much, but in fact, it adds up. That could put thousands in your retirement account.
3. More Career Options
Not only does being bilingual make you a more attractive candidate in your current role, but it also opens up entire careers for you.
There are many jobs that are only available to people who are bilingual. From tour guides to flight attendants and even many careers in government.
Plus, when you are fluent in another language you can always freelance as a translator, interpreter or tour guide. This is perfect if you want to take a long-term holiday and need to earn some money while you’re away.
4. Improves Brain Power
One of the best benefits of speaking two languages is that your cognitive abilities improve.
Being bilingual forces your brain to develop the parts of the brain that are responsible for focus, math, and logic.
That means speaking a second language allows you to be better at problem-solving and thinking through difficult situations. This is so handy for any job. And it’s also a great ability for kids to have.
Studies show that children who speak two languages have better memory recall.
5. Live an Open-Minded Life
Being bilingual gives you the added benefit of becoming more tolerant and open to other ways of life.
When you speak two languages, you have the chance to be part of two distinct communities with their own rich traditions and history.
Speaking another language, even if it isn’t one that is tied to your cultural identity, allows you to connect to other cultures.
One of the advantages of bilingualism is that you can appreciate the art, religion, traditions, and history of those who are connected to the second language you speak.
When you have that appreciation, it fosters greater empathy, acceptance an tolerance. Certainly, something that is much needed in our society today.
6. A Chance to Explore the World
One of the most fun benefits of speaking a second language is that you can see the world in a way most tourists can’t.
Monolingual tourists rely on tour guides and tend to stick in the tourist areas. But when you speak the local language, you can truly get to know the people and the places you are visiting.
You can access places that many tourists simply can’t. And that also opens up the possibilities of studying or working abroad.
7. Make Better Decisions
Few people know that one of the advantages of being bilingual is that you can make rational decisions that are less based on emotion.
It’s true! When people think in a second language, the brain automatically distances from biases and emotions. Then, people are better able to make clear-headed decisions.
8. Slow Down Old Age
Being bilingual benefits you during your whole life. From childhood brain development to when you are elderly.
One of the benefits of being bilingual is the delay of dementia as you age. Speaking a second or third language helps your brain retain the ability to adapt to unexpected situations.
This is known as cognitive flexibility. It is a process that tends to slow down as people age.
Yet, being bilingual helps slow the brain’s deterioration. In fact, it can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 5 years.
9. Make the Jump to Trilingual
Having a second language under your belt paves the way for you to learn even more languages.
Once you’ve learned a second language, your brain has the roadmap in place for additional languages. So learning your third and fourth languages will be even easier. It will take you far less time to master the third language.
Final Thoughts on Benefits of Being Bilingual
There you have it! A ton of amazing benefits of being bilingual. As you can see, it’s so worth learning another language.
At Gritty Spanish, our goal is to help learners master conversational Spanish. We do this with fun, engaging stories voiced by Spanish-speaking natives.
Welcome to the modern Digital Age, in which technology and the Internet reign supreme. It seems as though each of us is connected to our smartphones regularly. That global online marketplace has brought us all more opportunities for connectivity than ever before.
One result of that connectivity is how understanding multiple languages is more available – and more critical – than before, too. With the world at our fingertips, it’s no wonder that learning a foreign language is an attractive goal for many people like you.
If you’re thinking about learning Spanish, for whatever reason, you’re not alone. Spanish, after all, is the world’s second most spoken language. In other words, it’s a particularly convenient language to learn.
If you’re ready to learn Spanish fast, the good news is you’ve come to the right place by reading this article. Detailed below are the top strategies you should use.
Prepare Yourself for the Long Haul
There are plenty of practical reasons to learn the language of Spanish. A lot of speakers in a lot of countries around the world use it every day.
Consider the statistics about Spanish speakers living in the United States alone. According to experts, the U.S. has more speakers of Spanish than Spain itself. Over time, you’ll begin to understand both the prevalence and value of this beautiful language.
Still, you shouldn’t underestimate how much effort it will take to develop fluency in any language foreign to your own. You’re going to need to prepare yourself for a serious dedication of your will power and energy. That’s why you need to make sure you stick to whatever schedule and learning regime you discover that you like.
Take Advantage of Online Language Learning Resources
As mentioned above, the Internet has made language learning accessible and, often, entertaining. There are dozens of popular top-quality language learning resources available across the digital marketplace.
How, though, do you choose the best language learning websites for yourself? Well, you’ll need to be willing to do the research. To start, check out this article on the top five websites that are best for learning Spanish.
What website has the most available professionals and useful information? Take the time to look around, then stick to the schedule you decide upon. With enough practice, you’ll master the Spanish language before you know it.
Immerse Yourself in Spanish Culture and Art
When it comes to navigating the ins and outs of a foreign language, you need to understand the true culture behind it. That’s why many language learners use both historical and modern art forms to make the most of this process.
Don’t be afraid to invest in renting or buying a bunch of movies that were filmed in Spanish, for instance. You can also listen to Spanish music, too. In other words, learn a foreign language in whatever way that suits you best.
Learn Spanish in the Car with Podcasts
Of course, you don’t have to prefer fine arts. Consider entertaining yourself with a more modern medium instead. There are several podcasts that have become notable for their assistance with language learning.
Some of the best ones these days include Coffee Break Spanish and Notes in Spanish. Listen to a couple of episodes of each to see what you think about following along on a more consistent basis. Listening to podcasts on top of your regular learning schedule will only further you along the process.
Respect Your Own Learning Pace
Don’t forget that you’re learning the lovely language of Spanish for personal reasons. That means that throughout the process of becoming fluent in Spanish, don’t be too hard on yourself.
We’re all our own worst critique, after all. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t seem to be making any progress as you go through vocabulary and grammar lessons. It takes more than a couple weeks to have a solid grasp on a completely unfamiliar form of communication.
You might be surprised to learn this, but getting plenty of sleep consistent is a good idea while you’re learning a new language, too. It takes a lot of brain energy to make the most of your language lessons. Keep your mind sharp and focused on prioritizing sleep, a healthy diet, and exercise.
Surround Yourself with Fellow Learners and Speakers of Spanish
Perhaps the best strategy to learn Spanish fast is to surround yourself with the language by any means necessary. Don’t worry, though. You don’t have to travel all the way to an overseas Spanish-speaking country to do so.
Of course, don’t try and navigate Spain or Mexico when you’re first learning the language. In essence, it can be counterproductive to try and pick up the grammar and vocabulary from locals. Instead, you need to train with like-minded, patient lovers of the language.
That’s why it can be a good idea to get connected with those like-minded people. Whether it’s through social media or local in-person meetups, be willing to reach out. Learning new communication skills, after all, is a social activity.
Are You Ready to Learn Spanish Fast?
At this point in the article, you should have a pretty good idea of what it takes to learn Spanish fast. There’s no reason to put it off anymore. You deserve to live the multilingual lifestyle you’ve always wanted, after all.
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It’s no secret – learning languages is not an easy feat. Otherwise, everyone would be able to do pick up new languages all the time.
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