|2||Good evening||Buenas noches
|4||See you later||Hasta Luego
|8||Thanks a lot||¡Muchas gracias!
|9||Thank you for your help||Gracias por su ayuda
|10||Don't mention it||De nada
|12||How much is it?||¿Cuánto cuesta?
|14||I don't understand||No comprendo
|15||I get it||Entendí
|16||I don't know||No sé
|18||Excuse me, where are the toilets?||¿Dónde están los baños?
|19||Happy New Year!||¡Feliz año nuevo!
|20||Happy birthday!||¡Feliz cumpleaños!
Printable version - Spanish (Vocabulary)
How to learn Spanish in 10 steps?
1. Learn the alphabet and the pronunciation of sounds. Start by learning the Spanish alphabet and the pronunciation of the letters. This will help you read and pronounce the words in Spanish correctly.
2. Learn basic vocabulary. Start by learning common words and phrases that you can use in everyday conversation. Mastering the specific vocabulary of this language will help you understand the words you hear or see written.
3. Practice speaking. One of the best ways to learn a language is to listen to native speakers speak it. Watch Youtube videos, movies and TV shows. Then repeat the words and phrases to improve your pronunciation. Even talking only with yourself, this exercise practiced regularly will make you progress in a spectacular way (we have created a unique tool dedicated to this training).
4. Learn the basics of grammar. Like all languages, Spanish has its own grammatical rules. Learn the basics of Spanish grammar, such as verbs, nouns, articles and pronouns. It will help you to build simple and correct sentences in Spanish.
5. Find a conversation partner. Practice speaking with native speakers or with other learners. Use the words and phrases you have learned to introduce yourself, talk about your interests, ask questions, etc. The more you practice, the more you will improve your understanding and expression.
6. Read in Spanish. Read books, newspapers and magazines in Spanish to help you understand the language better.
7. Find the right teaching resources. There are many books, online courses, apps, and websites that can help you learn Spanish. Choose the resources that suit you and that seem adapted to your level and your objectives.
8. Join a language course with a teacher. Taking a course with a qualified teacher can help you learn the language faster. There are many sites that allow you to find qualified teachers.
9. Anticipate periods of stagnation. After a few months you will have the impression of not progressing any more: there are always periods when progress is rapid and visible, followed by periods when progress is no longer perceptible. The best way to get through these difficult times is to continue to improve by diversifying your sources of learning.
10. Don't lose heart! Learning a new language can take time and patience, but if you persevere you will eventually achieve your goal of mastering Spanish. Keep studying and practicing to improve your skills and achieve your learning goals. And never lose sight of this: fun is the best engine for any learning.
How to learn Spanish by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for instance, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day.
It will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your vacation begins, in Spain, Argentina or in another Spanish-speaking country, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.
Why speak Spanish while traveling?
Castilian is the third most spoken language in the worldAnd consequently one of the most used in business and in international communication, being spoken as much in Europe as in Africa, in the Americas as in Asia.
Spoken by more than 550 million people, of which nearly 470 million are native speakers. It is the official language of 25 countries, 19 of which are in America: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. This is why it is not surprising that this language is a symbol of a globalized world.
A way into different culturesThe ethnic diversity of Spanish speakers is a plus for all who learn this language, as this learning opens up to a world of multiple cultures from which the gourmet gastronomy and the great literary works of authors such as Pablo Neruda (Chile), Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia) and Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), all Nobel Prize laureates, are examples.
Beyond this rich and global culture, speaking this language opens the doors to all kinds of business around the world. After all, Spain is the ninth largest global economy and the United States has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world with no less than 53 million people. Expanding economic markets in South and Central America are another good reason to begin to memorize business vocabulary and advance your career.
How to start ?There are no good or bad techniques when you start learning a language by yourself : in essence, you need to trust yourself and let your instinct for discovery guide you through the learning process. The only thing you should never do is to lose sight of what motivated you to speak it: the desire to read Miguel de Cervantes or one of the eleven Spanish-speaking Nobel Prizes in literature in the original version, the crazy love that you fell for Enrico Macias or for the Barça team, the desire to settle in Barcelona, Madrid or in Latin America… Whatever it may be, keep this in mind and direct your beginner lessons around it as much as possible, so that your energy will stay intact.
If it's free, will it really be serious?If you have an Internet connection, you have a world of learning possibilities. Actually, there are very good free websites dedicated to teaching almost every language in the world — and you will find for Spanish many good resources to help beginners take their first steps. So save your money for later, when you will want to move on to a higher level.
Make a success of your stay in a Spanish-speaking countryWhether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.
How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?
You can get by learning the alphabet and some rulesIf you learn to pronounce correctly all the letters of the alphabet and memorize the 3 essential rules to place thetonic accent correctly, then you will quickly have an adequate accent.
1. All letters are pronounced, except the « u » in the syllables « gue », « gui », « que » and « qui », unless this « u » bears an umlaut as in « vergüenza».
2. The « h » is also mute.
3. The tonic accent is very important, and the logic of its location on the word rests on a three essential rules easy enough to memorize :
When a word ends with a vowel, an « n » or an « s » the accent will be on the penultimate syllable.
When a word ends with a consonant it will be on the last syllable unless it is « n » or « s ».
Otherwise, the tonic vowel carries a sharp accent as in « aquí » (here).
There are still some subtleties to be seen about the place of the tonic accent, but this is already a good beginning.
The pronunciation will also vary between the Castilian of Europe and Latin America — but it should never stop you from making yourself understood.
We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: Spanish alphabet with audio.
What are the best websites to progress quickly?
Resources to go further
→ Reverso Online Dictionary
Level : all levels
Services : online dictionary.
Our opinion : the interest of this dictionary is not to provide a simple translation, but also a whole cloud of results.
Language studies abroadStaying abroad is the best way to progress quickly and to consolidate your knowledge.
Level : all levels
Services : with EF Education you will find immersion courses in Spain and Costa Rica. Stays can last from 2 weeks to 12 months.
Our opinion : with more than 50 years of existence, which has allowed them to acquire unique experience and expertise, EF and its teams have all the skills to help you choose the destination and the formula that best suits you.
Why start Spanish with Loecsen?Our approach is very simple: listen-repeat-listen-repeat...
After a few hours, you will already see extraordinary results.
Here is the testimony of Nathan Tecotzky, who wrote us this nice message:
Just wanted to share my Spanish learning story with you!
I learned Spanish in high school, but for the past few years I have slacked off speaking with others. My spoken Spanish was getting worse, and it was making me sad.
Loecsen has been a huge help solving that problem, allowing me to speak with a ton of native speakers.
This has helped my Spanish improve so much!
I made this video and thought it would be fun for you to see how far my Spanish has progressed: https://youtu.be/7TVw1trLOdg
Then we asked Nathan if he would tell us how he had used Loecsen to improve his pronunciation. Here is his testimony:
If you too would like to share how you use Loecsen to learn a new language, feel free to write to us! We will be happy to share your story.
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