The best way to get a deeper understanding of the language and get plenty of practice with having conversations is to partner up.
Rosetta Stone has an online community of language learners where you can find other Spanish speakers to roll those r’s with and open up a new world of conversational opportunities.
LEARN GENDER RULES FOR SPANISH
All nouns in Spanish have a gender that is either masculine or feminine. And with the help of a few simple rules, you can usually figure out which gender is associated with which noun. If it’s a person or a living creature, the gender assigned to the word should match the gender of the living thing. For instance, el gato is a male cat while la perra is a female dog, but you can also have la gata(female cat) and el perro (male dog). Mixed groups of people or living things are referred to with masculine gender. Certain endings of words for nouns can also determine the gender of the article. Nouns that end in –sión, –ción, –dad, –tud and –umbre are female while those ending in -ma are masculine. For the rest, you’ll have to learn as you go and continue to practice until you feel confident you’ve got the right pairing.
START WITH SPANISH CONNECTORS
One of the best ways to bridge the gap between acquiring basic Spanish words and being able to speak in conversational phrases is to focus on how to use connectors. Similar to the way we use “and,” “but,” and “because” in English, Spanish connectors can help you take words you already know and put them together into a more complex idea. For example if you know the word for “Saturday” (sábado) and “happy” (feliz) as well as the word for “today” (hoy) and the pronoun “he” (él), you only need a rudimentary understanding of the verb “to be” (estar) to create a more complicated sentence using the simple connector porque (because).Él está feliz porque hoy es sábado.He is happy because today is Saturday.
PRACTICE SPANISH VOCABULARY WITH A PHRASEBOOK
Of course, the key to learning any language is practice. And that doesn’t mean compiling and memorizing massive Spanish vocabulary lists. Instead, focus on speaking commonly used phrases in the context of conversations. Rosetta Stone makes this part of your language learning journey easy with a phrasebook that you can quickly reference to find the most common conversational phrases in Spanish.
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