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Spanish Words that sound a lot alike

Hombre/ Hambre (Man/ Hunger) Frijo/ Frija (Cold/strawberry) Arroz/Azul (Rice/ Blue) Bebe/ Bebe (Drink/ Baby or Baby/ Drink) Any others?

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3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/nkn15

Here goes . . . Be ready to be confused!
cara (face), cama (bed), casa (house), cada (each), caja (box or case), cala (cove or inlet), cana (gray hair), caña (cane), capa (cape), caza (hunt or fighter plane).

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic
m.tastic
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Arroz and azul sound nothing alike. That's like saying "ham" and "math" sound alike.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

I can see why they might be confusing to a new learner though. And regional differences in how you pronounce your native language will play into how you hear differences in sounds, even with new languages or music.

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Reply13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic
m.tastic
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Whatever, it's your opinion.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChickensGobble

Well, guys think about it, someone comes up to you, you're a new Spanish learner "Quick! What is the Spanish word for rice?!" You say "Uh azul, er no, arroz!"

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

It sounds like your brain has a category for "words that start with A and include a Z"! Messy brain categories are why I get names confused so often: "You have blond hair and are someone I interact with at work, therefore you're Stephanie...or maybe Samantha....or Julie? Oh god I'm so sorry." For the pooh-poohers, here's a pop science distillation of the psychological phenomenon.

Practice will help you refine these categorizations and cut down on mix-ups. Though everyone has definitely mixed up words in their own native language, so it's clear that the brain and tongue just do their own things sometimes.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

They don't sound alike to me either, except that they both start with an a.

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https://www.duolingo.com/MarcoMadera
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Poca--Copa

Puerco---Cuerpo

Juncos--Juntos

Bizco--Busco

Berro--Perro

Beber--Deber

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Don't forget about the phrases vs words (e.g. por qué/porque) and words with an accent or ñ (e.g., año/ano, está/esta).

This article about homophones in Spanish is a pretty good start.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChickensGobble

Thanks!

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

You're welcome.

It's such a long list that you're probably better off noticing differences as you come across the words, rather than trying to memorize or be aware of every single one. Think about learning English: you don't memorize every single homophone, but you probably have had to learn some commonly confused pairs on spelling or vocab tests.

Spanish is more consistent with rules and more consistently phonetic than English is, so knowing patterns (pronunciation and spelling) and being aware of some pitfalls will be a good investment of time.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChickensGobble

Thanks again!!!

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https://www.duolingo.com/HKLI987
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coser/cocer(sew/cook), apuesto/apuesto (un hombre apuesto¿dapper?/apuesto a que ella vino aquí por la plata, bet ), Justo/Juro, haya/halla/aya/allá, porque/porqué/por qué/por que, cazar/casar, etc.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Can you hear a difference between "coser" and "cocer"? On Forvo, I can hear a very slight difference, but the two recordings are by different people.

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https://www.duolingo.com/HKLI987
HKLI987
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Si la hay, depende de quien pronuncie. En Latinoamerica ambas se pronuncian de la misma manera por el seseo, pero en España donde pronuncian la z existe una diferencia (co-ser/co-zer).

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Reply13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

A Spanish teacher used to delight in asking students, "Tengo hombre?". Take note of the accents bebé (baby) /bebe (he drinks) and gender la puerta (the door)/el puerto (the harbor).

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nkn15

Ok, so Puerto Rico is "rich harbor" or "rich port"?

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https://www.duolingo.com/biribom
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yes

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https://www.duolingo.com/ChickensGobble

Gracias!

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https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
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"Haber" and "a ver". There are others created by the silent h and the b/v pair sounding alike. You can read (and listen - both in Spanish) to a discussion about more of these here: http://www.audiria.com/capitulos-detalle.php?id=74&tipo=txt - lots of other good listening practice at audiria actually:)

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChickensGobble

Gracias!

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https://www.duolingo.com/tara668
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De nada:)

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https://www.duolingo.com/7895123G
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Ella and ayer. I mis-hear nearly everytime. Llevar / Llegar.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
Talca
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yo también

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https://www.duolingo.com/morgsterr

Banco/Banco. Bench and bank, I think.

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https://www.duolingo.com/nbsnyder
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Banco = bench Banca = bank

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https://www.duolingo.com/morgsterr

I think bench can be banco but thanks for the correction.

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https://www.duolingo.com/nbsnyder
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I just looked it up and you're right. Banco can be bank and banca can be bench.

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https://www.duolingo.com/morgsterr

So the we were both right :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/nbsnyder
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Me senté en un banco y fui a la banca.

Can mean either:
I sat on a bench and went to the bank
or
I sat on a bank and went to the bench


Me siento en un banco:

I sit on a bench or
I sit on a bank

Me siento un banco:

I feel a bench or
I feel a bank

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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

In preterit yo form, "sentir" is "sentí" not "senté."

IR conjugation goes í, iste, ió, imos, eis, ieron.

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https://www.duolingo.com/nbsnyder
nbsnyder
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Thanks, I fixed it.

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13 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChickensGobble

Gracias!

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
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frase and fresa (phrase and strawberry) & cuarto and cuadro (room and painting) & puerto and puerta (port and door) & cocina and cocina (kitchen and stove)

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https://www.duolingo.com/ChickensGobble

Gracias!

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MicaelaLimon

strawberry is frEsa (or frutilla) Cocina y cocina, it's not cucina. :) kitchen, he cooks, or stove (the divice whit burners and oven, i don't know how it says) http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-559826268-cocina-escorial-master-blanca-56-cm-4-hornallas-horno-visor-_JM#redirectedFromParent

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https://www.duolingo.com/Talca
Talca
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The device with burners and oven is a stove, Thanks for corrections, Mica,

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https://www.duolingo.com/MicaelaLimon

hahaha i was looking for an other word,, and was so easy.. thanks!

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https://www.duolingo.com/RRR-ENGLISH

Baby=Bebé (with the accented é). Drink=bebe (without the accent).

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https://www.duolingo.com/ChickensGobble

Gracias!

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https://www.duolingo.com/t.winkler
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but this can make it easier to remember them. for example:

hombre/hombro (man/should) a man has broad shoulders

huesos/huevos (bones/eggs) if you have no spine, you can be either without bones or without eggs ;-)

and if you forget the distinction here, it can get funny for your opposite :-)

año/ano (year/anus)

pajaro/pajero (bird/wanker)

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https://www.duolingo.com/ep_nl
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Interesting! I have problems with llegar / llevar / llenar / llagar / llover and cuarto / cuatro

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