Many people around the world speak multiple languages, and those who grew up speaking only one often have dreams of learning another. Learning new languages can open up whole new worlds and cultures to you! After all, you really can't fully grasp a person's culture until you understand their language.
Spanish and French are two of the major world languages. Spanish is the primary language of 20 countries worldwide and is estimated to have as many as 500 million native speakers. This means that it has the second most native speakers of all of the global languages. When it comes to French, there are over 220 million speakers worldwide. French is the sixth most spoken global language. If you have a handle on both, you can communicate with people on almost any continent and in most countries around the world!
Both are Romance languages, meaning that they come from Latin. However, the two are quite different and the process of learning them can be less than sweet! Both have their tricks! If you are a language lover who thinks that you really know your stuff, put yourself to the test! See if you can tell Spanish words from French with this quiz!
Is "navidad" a Spanish or French word?
"La Navidad" is the Spanish word for "Christmas." It is a rough cognate of the English word "nativity," which refers to the birth of Jesus Christ. In French, the word for "Christmas" is "Noël."
"La nuit" is the French word which means "night" or "darkness." It is a feminine noun. In Spanish, the word for "night" or "nighttime" is "la noche." Both French and Spanish use the feminine article "la."
"Abuela" is the Spanish word that means "grandmother."Abuelo" is the word for "grandfather." For example, "Mi abuelo y mi abuela viven en una casa blanca," means "My grandfather and grandmother live in a white house."
"El niño" is the Spanish word that means "the child." This is the masculine version of this noun. For a female child, the word in Spanish is "La niña." Remember, when speaking Spanish, "ñ" is pronounced like "ny." This means that "niño" is pronounced "ninYO."
"Amarillo" is a Spanish adjective. It means "yellow." It is also the name of a city in Texas. Always remember that when you see a pair of L's in a Spanish word, they are generally pronounced like a Y. Say "AmariYO" and not "AmariLLO."
"Comer" is a Spanish verb which means "to eat." In French, the verb meaning "to eat" is "manger." For example, "Yo como pescado," means "I eat fish," in Spanish. In French, that's "Je mange du poisson."
"Le fantôme" is a French word that means "ghost." French synonyms include "le spectre" and "l'ombre." The accent on top of the "ô" is called a circonflexe in French. It indicates that in the past of the French language, the letter "s" used to follow that vowel.
"Le chat" is the French word that means "cat." It is a masculine noun, which is why it uses the masculine article "le." The word for "kitten" is "le chaton." In Spanish, the word for "cat" is "el gato,"
"La pomme" is the French word which means "apple." The French word for "potato" is "la pomme de terre." This translates literally in English to "the apple of the earth." The Spanish word for apple is "La manzana."
"Bleu" is the word for the color "blue" in French. In Spanish, the word for the color "blue" is "azul." In French, a synonym of "bleu" is "triste," which means gloomy or sad. These words are similar in French and English.
In French, "l'hiver" is a noun meaning winter. When speaking French, the letter "H" is often silent or softly pronounced. "hiver" is pronounced "EE-ver." "In Spanish, the word for winter is "el invierno."
In Spanish, "el corazón" means "heart." Synonyms in Spanish include the words "la alma" and "el centro." "La alma" also means "soul" and "el centro" can also refer to the focus, core or headquarters of something.
"El amor" is the Spanish word that means "love." The Spanish verb form which means "to love" is "amar." In French, the word meaning "love" is "l'amour." While these two words are similar and have similar Latin roots, they are not the same.
What language does the word "Miércoles" belong to?
"Miércoles" is the Spanish word for Wednesday. This day can also be called "midweek" or "entresemana." Wednesday in French is "Mercredi." These words share a Latin root in the god Mercury, which Romans used for Wednesday.
"Mourir" is a French verb which means "to die." The Spanish verb with the same meaning is similar. It's "morir." For example "Il est mort," means "He is dead," in French. Remember not to pronounce the "T" in "mort."
"La Ciudad" is a Spanish word that means city. For example "La Ciudad de Sevilla es preciosa," means "The city of Seville is beautiful." The French word for "city" is "la ville." Both are feminine nouns.
"El rey" is the word for "King" in Spanish. In many places with Spanish heritage or influence, it is a common street and neighborhood name. For example, Marina Del Rey is a seaside community in Los Angeles, California.
"La femme" is the French word that means "woman." In Spanish, the word for woman is "la mujer." Remember, when speaking Spanish, that in many words J's are pronounced like H's. "Mujer" is pronounced "Mu-HEHR."