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Oh How Cute! Saying Your First Spanish Words

firstwordsOk, you’ve been practicing vowels, consonants, and syllables so it’s time to practice a few words.  Fear not!  This won’t be a giant word list for you to memorize.  In fact, the point of this exercise isn’t memorization, it’s pronunciation.

These are some simple words that will flow out of your mouth relatively easily now that you’ve come this far.

In this list, the English word is first, followed by the Spanish word followed by a very simple phonetic pronunciation aid.  The pronunciation aid is designed to allow you to slowly emphasize the sounds in the words.  We aren’t going to worry about word stress at this point.

Go slowly and emphasize each syllable until you can smoothly say each word.

friend (male)
amigo
(ah-me-goh)

friend (female)
amiga
(ah-me-gah)

hello
hola
(oh-lah) – Remember, the “h” is silent.

no
no
(noh) – It’s pronounced exactly the same as in English.

yes

(see)

I
yo
(yoh)

and
y
(ee)

one
uno
(oo-noh)

or
o
(oh)

very
muy
(moo-ee)

much
mucho
(moo-choh).

today
hoy
(oy)

good
bueno
(boo-eh-no)

bad
malo
(mah-loh)

life
vida
(vee-dah)

man
hombre
(ohm-breh)

woman
mujer
(moo-hair)

boy
niño
(neen-yo)

girl
niña
(neen-ya)

house
casa
(kah-sah)

world
mundo
(moon-doh)

big
grande
(grahn-deh)

nothing
nada
(nah-dah)

group
grupo
(groo-poh)