Spanish – English true friends We are still at the beginning of the year, that means you are still thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, or have you forgot all about them? I take that if you are here : 1- you have a slight resolution that involves Spanish, either getting starting, improving it, or keeping it up and 2- you are not falling behind in your goals!-hoorray!

This blog is to give you a little push, no matter if you are a beginner or an advance student. If you are a beginner with this blog, you are going to realized that you already know some Spanish words (so Spanish might actually not be that hard ;)) and if you are advance you are going to learn some words easy to remember, as true friends are an easy and cool way to enlarge your Spanish vocabulary.

 

Why? How?

 

Well…today we are going to see some Spanish-English true friends. Last year I wrote a bit about Spanish-English false friends, if you do not know they are Spanish words that look like English words, but that actually mean something totally different, and when you get them mixed up, they can totally change the meaning of what you are saying, and create some funny memories, you can read some funny ones here –>> http://spanishconnectionedinburgh.co.uk/funny-false-friends/ .

 

But….good news! As well as false friends, we have Spanish-English true friends, also known as cognates. They are Spanish words that look like English ones, and actually mean the same-yay!! And those ones are the ones we are focusing on today.

 

Because although you might be thinking, well….if they look similar I can always guess….yeah! Ok…I agree but then….how would you know if they are actually true friends or false ones? They both look similar to English words….That is why I recommend you to keep reading and find out some real friends. The good thing is that you will remember them easily as they look and mean the same in English.

 

 

Spanish – English true friends

 

Internet, hotel, popular, color, principal. If I told you those words,  would you know what they mean? Well…then your Spanish knowledge is not that bad, because, they are Spanish words which meaning you know. As you can see the words in Spanish and English are the same, and their meanings too.

 

Before we keep seeing some more true friends, importante keep in mind that these words might look identical, but sometimes there are some differences in accent and pronunciation.

 

We are going to see first some perfect true friends (they look exactly the same) and after some not as perfect, they look almost identical but not exactly, they are normally missing a letter.

 

Perfect true friends:

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As you can see they are all perfect cognates, although all of them have a different pronunciation compare to the English pronunciation.

Almost perfect true friends

 

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Excusa, that as you can see is very similar to its English equivalent excuse

Excusa, that as you can see is very similar to its English equivalent excuse

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Secreto, that only adds an “-o” to its English friend secret

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Poema, you can guess it means poem

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Temperatura, is the Spanish version of temperature

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Enemigo, in English enemy

Enemigo, in English enemy

 

And again, although the words are very similar the biggest difference is the pronunciation.

 

That is it amigo! Now you are 10 words closer to your Spanish proficiency. Learning these kind of words is a cool way to improve your vocabulary with little effort, so it can be a something to learn or to look at when you are feeling a bit discouraged about your Spanish progress.

 

I hope you enjoy this blog, and as always, this does not stop here, now it is your turn, I would love to hear from you, come over to the comments section below and let me know:

 

-were you familiar with these Spanish true friends?

-which one is the one you are going to focus on and master?

-do you know any other Spanish true friends?

-did you enjoy today’s blog?

 

 

Looking forward to connecting with you in the comments!

 

¡Buen día!

 

 

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