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A few quick tips for Spanish Learning
When I first started taking Spanish in school, I remember the teachers making us do endless flash cards, verb lists, and other exercises to help instill into us vocabulary. I hated learning vocabulary, even though it is obviously one of the most important things in Spanish. When I started using tapes and other methods to help my Spanish learning along, I discovered quite a few tips.
English words that end in -tion can be changed to -cion in Spanish:
With some obvious exceptions, you can make a lot of English words Spanish simply by Spanish pronunciation and changing the ending to cion. Let me give you a few dozen examples.
Initiation – iniciacion (okay, so two ts change to cs but still!)
limitation – limitación
moderation - moderación
revelation - revelación
nation - nación
perception - percepción
corruption - corrupción
restriction - restricción
permutation – permutación
condensation – condensación
And the list goes on and on. Like I said, there are some exceptions. Some of the more notable ones are translation – traducción, explanation – explicación and a few of the like.
English words that end in -able can be changed to... -able in Spanish:
Again, exceptions aside, there are some words that you can, well in this instance, leave the same. Not just able but ible as well. Example time...
Disputable – disputable
cable – cable
irritable – irrittable
probable – probable
lamentable – lamentable
deplorable – deplorable
defensible – defendible (okay a little different)
English words that end in -ly can be changed to -mente in Spanish:
Like always, there are exceptions, but... examples anyone?
Completely – completamente
initially – inicialmente
principally – principalmente
eternally – eternamente
simply – simplemente
totally – totalmente
perversely – perversamente
English words that end in -ty can be changed to -dad in Spanish:
Do I even need to
Humility – humildad
ability – habilidad (just because you can't start a word with a in Spanish)
responsibility – responsibilidad
sexuality – sexualidad
elasticity – elasticidad
These are just a few tricks you can use to expand your vocabulary, or if you don't care to learn Spanish, you can say you already know a few thousand words!