Learning a new language, such as Spanish, can be an enriching experience. As an English speaker, you have an advantage in that there are many Spanish words that closely resemble their English counterparts. These words, known as cognates, can significantly boost your vocabulary and speed up your language learning process. This article will introduce you to the most common and easy-to-learn Spanish verbs that are cognates of English verbs.
Common Spanish Verbs That Are English Cognates
- Estudiar (to Study): This verb is almost identical to its English equivalent, making it one of the first and easiest verbs English speakers can learn in Spanish.
- Visitar (to Visit): Whether you’re visiting a friend or a country, ‘visitar’ is the verb you’ll use, and its similarity to the English verb ‘to visit’ makes it simple to remember.
- Reservar (to Reserve): From reserving a table at a restaurant to reserving a hotel room, ‘reservar’ is as useful in Spanish as ‘to reserve’ is in English.
- Celebrar (to Celebrate): Celebration is a universal human activity, and the verb ‘celebrar’ is as easy to remember as ‘to celebrate’ in English.
- Continuar (to Continue): Just as you continue learning and growing in English, you ‘continuar’ doing so in Spanish.
These Spanish verbs are not only common in day-to-day conversation, but their strong resemblance to English verbs makes them easier for English speakers to remember.
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