Just growing up in our culture I promise you, if you’ve never taken a class and think you don’t know a lick of Spanish, YOU’RE LYING. :) I’ll tell you why. COGNATES. There are TONS of words in Spanish that are exactly the same in ENGLISH! WOO HOO! Time to celebrate! Words like ANIMAL<SIMILAR< COLOR< are exactly the same words just pronounced in a Spanish way. Some words you just add an “O” to like: FANTASTICO<CARRO<EXACTO...These are all called cognates.
I was just speaking with a client who had her first lesson today through Skype. (Side note: I am taking new clients and many are currently learning online during quarantine!) We were talking about how the adjective always goes after the noun in Spanish like CASA BLANCA...which I helped her realize means WHITE HOUSE...and she went “Ohhhhh, I had never thought about what it meant before!” and suddenly she realized she knew more Spanish than she had thought!
This is especially joyous knowing that just starting out, you got this! The average American speaker will know around 100 words in Spanish before they have even taken a class. And especially compared to a native mandarin speaker learning Spanish(which does happen!) YOU have the advantage! Time to jump for joy and make this year the year you become bilingual!
Brittany is a bilingual Spanish teacher who has lived in Spain and Argentina. Through this blog, she hopes to relate her travels, insights, and Spanish speaking journey!