Quite Possibly Your Last Shot At Learning Spanish

If you can’t learn from this, we give up on you
BY: MAX POWERS

Today we have a fool proof way of learning a whole bunch of words. Cognates!

When you’re learning a new language, a cognate is an easy word to remember because it looks and means the same thing as a word you already know in English. For example, adventure in English means the same as aventura in Spanish. You can get close enough to that, can’t you?

Below you will find a table of common cognates in English and Spanish and how to pronounce them properly.  The last column shows each word by syllables, and where to give the emphasis.   For example: Aventura is   a-ven-tu-ra. We’re tossing you these easy peasy words so you can  work them into a sentence and sound like you’re way smarter than you are.

Adventure  Aventura a-ven-tu-ra

Adult Adulto a-dul-to

Independence  Independencia in-de-pen-den-cia

Bicycle Bicicleta bi-ci-cle-ta

Planet Planeta pla-ne-ta group

Grupo gru-po

Concert   Concierto con-cier-to

Different Diferente di-fe-ren-te

Interesting Interesante in-te-re-san-te

Beware of fake cognates! Nothing is going to make you sound stupid faster than throwing one of these tricky words into the mix at an inappropriate time. A fake cognate is a Spanish word that looks or sounds similar to an English word but means something entirely different.

Once: This is not something happening one time, for that you need to say una vez. But once means the number 11. Pronounce it on-ce

Rope is soga or cuerda in Spanish, Ropa means clothing, ro-pa, so-ga,  cuer-da

Soap is jabón, soup is sopa

Lawyer is abogado, which sounds close enough to avocado to get away with calling your lawyer an avocado. If you’re busted, tell them they didn’t understand your accent.

Here is an important one on the possible embarrassment front: Embarrassed is avergonzado, but knocked up is embarazada: And another real important one to understand is molestar does not mean getting hinky with little girls, it simply means to bother or annoy someone. 

Remember, Spanish leaves no syllable unpronounced. Sometimes it even seems they manage to break one syllable into two.

We’re thinking that’s all you can handle for today, and anyway, it’s all the Spanish we know, so we’re done here.