What are some cognates in Spanish and English?
The easiest Spanish cognates to recognize are exactly the same in English. However, the Spanish pronunciation of the word is usually slightly different than what you’re used to. Some examples are: metro, hospital, idea, escape, lava, visa, sociable, inevitable, funeral, original, cereal, horrible, and motor.
Why do English and Spanish have similar words?
In a sense, English and Spanish are cousins, as they have a common ancestor, known as Indo-European. And sometimes, English and Spanish can seem even closer than cousins, because English has adopted many words from French, a sister language to Spanish.
What are 3 examples of Spanish words we use in English?
- alligator — el lagarto (“the lizard”)
- armadillo — “little armored one”
- barracuda — possibly from barraco (“snaggletooth”)
- bronco — “rough”
- burro — “donkey”
- cockroach — anglicization of cucaracha.
- mosquito — literally, “little fly”
- mustang — mustango, from mesteño (“untamed”)
What is it called when a Spanish word is similar to an English word?
Cognates are words in Spanish and English that share the same Latin and/or Greek root, are very similar in spelling and have the same or similar meaning. … In a technical sense, two words that have a common origin are cognates.
What are some examples of Spanish words that we use in the English language?
Spanish loanwords with indigenous origin
- Avocado – Spanish aguacate, from Nahuatl ahuacat.
- Chili – chilli.
- Chocolate – Spanish chocolate, from Nahuatl xocolatl meaning «hot water»
- Cocoa – from the Spanish cacao, from Nahuatle cacáhuatl.
- Guacamole – via American Spanish from Nahuatl ahuaca-molli («avocado sauce»)
What Spanish words do we use?
Build your confidence up by starting with some basic words to start building your Spanish word bank:
- Hola = Hello.
- Adiós = Goodbye.
- Por favor = Please.
- Gracias = Thank you.
- Lo siento = Sorry.
- Salud = Bless you (after someone sneezes)
- Sí = Yes.
- No = No.