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100 basic words to make your FIRST steps in Spanish

Are you just getting started on your Spanish journey? You probably don’t know where to start and for sure there is a lot of information on the Internet for beginner students. My advice? Learn the basics, words that will get you through a conversation in Spanish as well as encourage you to continue learning more. The first step may be the hardest but it will surely be the one you will appreciate the most later on. Here are 100 essential words to help you make your first steps in Spanish, as well as some tips and recommendations.

I hope it helps you!

100 basic words for you to getting started

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A few recommendations

1. Remember that nouns must be learned along with the article (la/el) and not on their own so that you will remember their gender right from the start. Then your next step should learn how to conjugate the verbs to be (SER/ESTAR), to have (TENER/HABER), to do (HACER), and to go (IR), in the present tense.

2. A preposition in Spanish may not necessarily correspond with the equivalent preposition in English, so you must learn which one is more likely to be used in each case. This is why you have to try to learn the verbs together with their prepositions, e.g. ir + a (go + to).

3. When learning verbs you should concentrate on just three tenses at first so as not to get overwhelmed. (Present, past, and future are grammatical tenses for getting started) You can start with the present tense and the most commonly used past tense, but for the future, I only recommend the immediate future initially, I’m going to be (voy a ser/estar), I’m going to have (voy a tener), I’m going to do (voy a hacer), I’m going to go(voy a ir). You will learn to recognize other tenses of course, but until you become reasonably fluent, it is better to stick with these.

Questions marks

It is also important to learn how to ask questions so that you can gradually build up your vocabulary. 

Why?¿Por qué? 
How much? Â¿Cuánto? 


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