Spanish Vocabulary

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Many words in Spanish and English are similar, but similar words can have very different meanings, so be careful.

Here are words 226 to 235 to know in Spanish:

solo  only; alone

puede  he can, she can, it can, you(formal) can

pueden  they can, you all(formal) can

poder  to be able to, being able to; m. power

tiene  he has, she has, it has, you(formal) have

tienen  they have, you all(formal) have

tener  to have, having

hace  he does/makes, she does/makes, it does/makes, you(formal) do/make; ago

hacen  they do/make, you all(formal) do/make

hacer  to do, doing; to make, making

Words pronunciation: 0:22 (22s)

When 'solo' means 'only,' it has the same meaning as 'solamente.' This 'only' meaning of 'solo' used to be written with an accent: 'sólo.' The new rules for writing Spanish (Ortografía de la lengua española), published near the end of 2010, changed that. Some writers still insist on keeping the accent for the 'only' meaning of 'solo,' but most texts containing 'sólo' were written before 2011.

The other meaning of 'solo'—the one traditionally written without an accent—is 'alone.'

If you know that 'he/she/it/you(formal) talk(s)' is '(él/ella/usted) habla,' then adding an -s gives you '(tú) hablas' ['you(informal) talk'], and adding and -n gives you '(ellos/ellas/ustedes) hablan' ['they/you all(formal) talk']. This works for almost all verbs (except 'ser') and in almost all tenses (except preterite and command form). So, once you know how to say 'he eats' ('come'), for example, you also know how to say, informally, 'you eat' ('comes') and 'they eat' ('comen')!

querer es poder  where there is a will, there is a way ('wanting to is being able to')

mejor solo que mal acompañado  better to be alone than to be poorly accompanied

mi hermana puede hablar inglés  my sister can speak English

ella tiene cinco años  she is five years old ('she has five years')

tiene cuatro hermanos  she has four brothers and sisters

para el desayuno hace panqués  for breakfast she makes pancakes

tienen que estudiar para el examen  they have to study for the test

tiene poderes mágicos  it has magic powers

┬┐qué quieren hacer hoy?  what do you all want to do today?

hace cincuenta años  fifty years ago ('it makes fifty years')

Examples pronunciation: 0:36 (36s)

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