Spanish vocabulary is easier than you realise!

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Do you know more Spanish words than you realise?

I have been thinking of ways to help my students in my Spanish lessons at The Modern Language School learn more vocabulary. By learning these cognates (words from two different languages that are the same or similar) you will be able to instantly learn thousands of words in Spanish very easily! Over the next few weeks, I will show you some different groups of cogates to help you learn more and more new Spanish words.

Spanish Cognate Group 1

Words that end in ous in English change to –oso in Spanish.

Spanish words that end in -oso tend to be adjectives. In English we can often change a noun into its corresponding adjective by adding -ous e.g advantage/advantageous, harmony/harmonious, space/spacious. You can often also do this in Spanish with -oso e.g peligro (danger)/peligroso (dangerous), lujo (luxury)/lujoso (luxurious).


English Spanish
curious curioso
delicious delicioso
glorious glorioso
mysterious misterioso
numerous numeroso
precious precioso
religious religioso
tedious tedioso


Group 2 will follow shortly!


4 Responses

  1. Josephine Dobson

    Muchas Gracias, esto Es muy util y fácil de recorder. Olalá que todo el vocabulario fuera tan fácil.
    Tengo muchas ganas de próximos blog

    • Spanish

      Muchas gracias Josephine. Eres muy simpática.

  2. Anne Wallage

    Gracias Lynne. Voy a usar el palabra luxoso siempre que puedo! Ya he escrito la lista en mi libreta.

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