Learning Spanish Vocabulary is hard? It doesn’t have to be!

If you are learning a second language, especially the Spanish language, it is often tough to learn new words, right? No matter how much you study, it seems the lists of words are endless. Furthermore, you have to know a considerable amount of words to reach a conversational level in the Spanish language.

Today, I have something just for you, my fellow Spanish learner, which will make your day! If you are a native English speaker, or if Spanish is the third language you are learning, then you don’t have to spend much time learning new words. The reason for this is because English and Spanish have many words which are written the same way and have the same meaning. In other words, you already know many more words than you realize!
Okay, that’s enough small talk. Let’s get down to business!

Something that you should know, which can help you enormously to learn Spanish quickly, is the existence of English to Spanish Cognates.

What is a cognate? In short, cognates are words that have the same etymological origin. They are words in one language that look a lot like words in another language and share the common root from an old language such as Latin.

Let’s start by discussing Perfect Cognates. These are words that are spelled the same in both English and Spanish, and they mean the same thing, but their pronunciation is different. Some examples are:

English > Spanish Animal > Animal Doctor > Doctor Ideal > Ideal

Also, we have Near-perfect Cognates. These are words that have the same meaning in both English and Spanish, but instead of having the same spelling, they only look similar.

Some examples are:

English > Spanish Action > Acción Attention > Atención Condition > Condición
Now, this is excellent news for Spanish learners who already know English! As they don’t have to spend countless hours learning new words because they probably already know many more words in Spanish than they believe!

However, they must also be cautious as there are some words which are very similar in both languages but mean entirely different things. These words are called False cognates (also known as false friends). These “false friends” or “amigos falsos” deliberately lie in wait to trip you up on your language learning journey. They are words that are spelled the same way or are similar but mean completely different things. For example, the false friend “embarazada,” which doesn’t mean “embarrassed,” but “pregnant.”

Other false friends include:

• Librería and library
You could go to either one of these places to pick up books. The difference is that one of them is for-profit (bookstore), and the other is more philanthropic (library).

Librería — Bookstore. Biblioteca — Library

• Constipado and constipated
While they both indicate a lack of health, they refer to very different conditions. Not knowing the difference could be disastrous!

Constipado — to have a cold Estreñido — constipated

In short, it will be easier to learn the Spanish language if you compare similar words in both languages and check if they have the same meaning or not. Don’t worry if you make mistakes while learning cognates, though. In Verbling, we have many outstanding Spanish tutors that can help you use the correct words. If you practice using some of these cognates during your lessons, then you will undoubtedly obtain incredible results for your Spanish in very little time.

Now go out there and begin using this newfound knowledge with your favorite tutor! You will see how good your Spanish becomes, even if you are still at an elementary level.
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Hi there! My name is Manuel Meza and I'm from El Salvador. I am a certified teacher with 7 years of experience teaching Spanish online. I have helped many students achieve a high proficiency level in Spanish, and I have also helped them prepare for the Spanish Exam “DELE”. "Why should you choose me as your tutor?" ✔️I will help you reach Spanish Fluency in just 3 months! 🏆. ✔️I have a B.A. in Applied Linguistics, so I understand the hurdles of learning languages, especially the Spanish language. ✔️I have over 7+ years of experience teaching online. ✔️I have conducted over 1500+ online classes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. ✔️Over 1000+ students from USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Spain, Russia, Germany, etc. ✔️I have extensive experience teaching Spanish to learners of every level, from Beginners to advanced students. ✔️I provide an excellent DELE Test preparation with Real Tests ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. If you come to my class, I will: 1. Give you free learning materials. 2. Give you homework after each class. 3. Give you free advice and suggestions in between classes. 🥇Take a look at what my students say about my classes: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Clayton Garner, Policy Advisor to the Mayor, City of San José (USA) "Manuel is a masterful teacher of Spanish. My ability has improved significantly in the several months that I have been studying under his guidance (in preparation for the DELE). He is always on time, the audio/video is clear, and the lessons are structured to maximize the value of 60 minutes." ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Andrew Bloomquist, Upshift Community Manager (USA) "I have been a student of Manuel for about 3 months now, and my Spanish literacy and vocabulary has grown immensely under his tutelage. My primary instructor was only teaching me tourist Spanish, and it would’ve taken me a lifetime to be able to communicate with Native speakers I will be supervising in the near future. I now have the skills to have daily conversations with my employees." ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Asser Moussa, Personal Trainer (Egypt) "Manuel is really a professional in creating both fun & productive environment to learn, focusing on the Grammar rules while including personal interests. In his short time teaching me, he has shown that he has the technical, organization, and interpersonal skills that make a truly exceptional online tutor. In particular, I know that you’re seeking someone with exceptional teaching & online tutoring skills, as well as the ability to get up to speed quickly with projected goals. Manuel offers all these skills, plus adaptability and grace under pressure." ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Roland Leutwiler, President of Munay Foundation (Switzerland) "Of several Spanish language teachers that I worked with, I have only found very few that combine grammar, communication AND having fun. There is a huge difference between being taught, and enjoying while learning. Manuel allows for this combination! As I am 59 years old, it is not so simple anymore to achieve fluency in a new language. I am grateful to have Manuel on my side."
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Hi there! My name is Manuel Meza and I'm from El Salvador. I am a certified teacher with 7 years of experience teaching Spanish online. I have helped many students achieve a high proficiency level in Spanish, and I have also helped them prepare for the Spanish Exam “DELE”. "Why should you choose me as your tutor?" ✔️I will help you reach Spanish Fluency in just 3 months! 🏆. ✔️I have a B.A. in Applied Linguistics, so I understand the hurdles of learning languages, especially the Spanish language. ✔️I have over 7+ years of experience teaching online. ✔️I have conducted over 1500+ online classes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. ✔️Over 1000+ students from USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Spain, Russia, Germany, etc. ✔️I have extensive experience teaching Spanish to learners of every level, from Beginners to advanced students. ✔️I provide an excellent DELE Test preparation with Real Tests ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. If you come to my class, I will: 1. Give you free learning materials. 2. Give you homework after each class. 3. Give you free advice and suggestions in between classes. 🥇Take a look at what my students say about my classes: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Clayton Garner, Policy Advisor to the Mayor, City of San José (USA) "Manuel is a masterful teacher of Spanish. My ability has improved significantly in the several months that I have been studying under his guidance (in preparation for the DELE). He is always on time, the audio/video is clear, and the lessons are structured to maximize the value of 60 minutes." ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Andrew Bloomquist, Upshift Community Manager (USA) "I have been a student of Manuel for about 3 months now, and my Spanish literacy and vocabulary has grown immensely under his tutelage. My primary instructor was only teaching me tourist Spanish, and it would’ve taken me a lifetime to be able to communicate with Native speakers I will be supervising in the near future. I now have the skills to have daily conversations with my employees." ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Asser Moussa, Personal Trainer (Egypt) "Manuel is really a professional in creating both fun & productive environment to learn, focusing on the Grammar rules while including personal interests. In his short time teaching me, he has shown that he has the technical, organization, and interpersonal skills that make a truly exceptional online tutor. In particular, I know that you’re seeking someone with exceptional teaching & online tutoring skills, as well as the ability to get up to speed quickly with projected goals. Manuel offers all these skills, plus adaptability and grace under pressure." ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Roland Leutwiler, President of Munay Foundation (Switzerland) "Of several Spanish language teachers that I worked with, I have only found very few that combine grammar, communication AND having fun. There is a huge difference between being taught, and enjoying while learning. Manuel allows for this combination! As I am 59 years old, it is not so simple anymore to achieve fluency in a new language. I am grateful to have Manuel on my side."
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