One of the very first steps a beginner must take in the journey to learn Spanish is the pronunciation of the letters in the Spanish alphabet and the Spanish words that represent numbers. For English speakers, learning the Spanish alphabet can be fairly straightforward, because the differences between the two alphabets are really very minor. In fact, many letters of the Spanish alphabet sounds very similar to their English counterparts. But other Spanish letters sound entirely different from English. For example, the letter j in Spanish is pronounced as an h sound, which you may recognize from Spanish names such as Jose or Javier.
Spanish numbers are next. Many of us already know the Spanish words to count to ten:
Once you have these basic numbers down, you can move on to numbers like ciento veintiocho (128) by applying what you already know with some simple patterns for forming the names of larger Spanish numbers.
Spanish is a phonetically consistent language, much more so than English. This means that Spanish words are nearly always pronounced just the way they are spelled. This phonetic consistency of the Spanish language means you can learn to confidently pronounce long, multi-syllable words with confidence.
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After you have acquired basic and commonly-used words and short phrases, you can move onto learning the longer phrases that are the backbone of everyday Spanish conversations. Rosetta Stones impactful and digestible 10-minute lessons are built in exactly this way. Theyll guide you from the basics to speaking Spanish with confidence, by consistently structuring Spanish vocabulary acquisition in context with everyday conversational situations.