Spanish vocabulary hack and the most astonishing English - Spanish false friends


Have you ever gotten stuck in the middle of a Spanish conversation because you couldn’t remember a word and then it turned out to be almost exactly the same as the English word you had in head?

Well, you’re not the only one. It’s happened to many Spanish learners and vice versa. It’s happened to me. Luckily, as you might have already noticed, English and Spanish have many similar words, which, if you think about it, can make your English or Spanish learning way faster and easier. So, in this sense, we can call these fabulous similar words friends, although the actual name for them is cognates.

But... What is a cognate? Cognates are words of different languages that share the same etymological origin which makes such words sound pretty similar. Thank God, English and Spanish have many perfect cognates such as actor, alcohol, cafe, capital, chocolate, doctor, director, error, drama, hospital, material, natural, normal, radio, simple, social, etc; with some variations in pronunciation and accent. So here is the hack, if you learn the patterns that such words follow you will probably guess words correctly. Therefore, English and Spanish learners can benefit tremendously from them if they apply the right technique. Now, take a look at the following examples:

  • Cognates with small variations such as
action- acción, attention- atención , celebration- celebración.

  • Words ending in -ary that in Spanish the equivalent is the suffix -ario
anniversary - aniversario, contrary- contrario, salary- salario.

  • English suffix -ic equals the Spanish suffix -ico
-academic- académico, basic - básico, classic - clásico, dramatic - dramático, romantic - romántico, organic - orgánico.

  • English suffix -ous many times is the Spanish suffix -oso
curious - curioso, delicious - delicioso, mysterious - misterioso, numerous- numeroso, religious - religioso
  • English - ct into Spanish cto
conflict - conflicto, contact - contacto, correct - correcto, exact - exacto, except - excepto, perfect - perfecto

  • And adverbs that end in -ly in English and -mente in Spanish
Usually - usualmente, normally - normalmente, correctly - correctamente, approximately- aproximadamente
Now you have surely realized that you already know a lot of Spanish words, but some of them might be tricky ones. So don't let them trick you! These tricky words might look similar, just as cognates do, but might posses a totally different meaning. So here you have a list of some of the most astonishing English - Spanish "false friends" or false cognates.





























Whether you are learning English or Spanish, I hope you find these tips helpful and encourage you to take you languages to the next level. Here I leave a deck of flashcards for you to practice your new vocabulary. ¡Hasta luego!







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MASTER YOUR CONVERSATION SKILLS with Nadia. Hi there! Would you like to learn Spanish in a fun, interactive but still successful way? Well, you found the right teacher! ¡Hola! ¡Qué tal! My name is Nadia, I am from Oaxaca, Mexico, an incredibly vibrant colorful cultural beautiful city. I have a B.A in Language Teaching and I would like to be your Spanish teacher. I’ve been a language teacher since I graduated from College in 2016. Ever since, I’ve taught English and Spanish in the USA, Italy, Colombia and Mexico as well as online. I love languages, culture, technology, films, travelling, history, science, health, cooking and I love telling and listening to stories too. So, no matter what your Spanish level is now: beginner, intermediate or advanced, we will always have great conversations. Due to my experience as a teacher and as a language learner, I can perfectly understand your struggles and give you the right advice and tips to achieve your learning goals as well as to improve your listening skills, pronunciation and fluency. That's why all our lessons will be always focused on your specific needs and interests. My classes are very organized, fun, interactive and goal oriented for all learning levels. In every class, I use different materials adapted to your learning style and language goals, so I guarantee that you will always have lots of fun while learning and speaking real Spanish! Also, I have developed complete courses for different learning levels and the best part is that you will always have lots of speaking opportunities to take your Spanish to the next level!! ¿Estás listo?
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