How to Instantly Learn Hundreds of Spanish Words!
By Dave Clark
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I want to dispel a myth about speaking Spanish. Many English speakers mistakenly think you can just add the letter “o” to English words and they’ll instantly become Spanish.
Here are a few techniques you can use that will work most of the time (keep in mind there are exceptions and these won’t always work.) These techniques all involve suffixes or word endings:
“-ty” = “-dad”: university (universidad), activity (actividad), intensity (intensidad), ability (abilidad)
“-tion” = “-ción”: activation (activación), penetration (penetración), station (estación), vacation (vacación)
“-ssion” = “-sión”: session (sesión), passion (pasión), depression (depresión), aggression (agresión)
“-ction” = “-cción”: action (acción), attraction (attracción), fiction (ficción), reaction (reacción)
“-ive” = “-ivo”: active (activo), passive (pasivo), relative (relativo), intensive (intensivo), massive (masivo). Partly because of this “ivo/ive” technique, people try to ineffectively put an “o” on the end of any English word to turn it into Spanish
“-ly” = “-mente”: recently (recientemente), actively (activamente), relatively (relativamente), effectively (efectivamente). This technique (“ly/mente”) isn’t as reliable in taking words from English into Spanish but can help you better decipher the meaning of written Spanish words.
Moral of the Story:
When you really need to guess a Spanish word, these techniques can come in handy. They can also be very useful in helping you decipher written messages. However, you must remember that that are many exceptions to these techniques. Unfortunately they aren’t fool-proof.
(Buena suerte! (Good luck!)
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