Easiest English For Spanish Air Travel

Is your native language Spanish? If so, Easiest English for Spanish Speakers will reveal that you know more than you realize about English. Many English words look like Spanish.

So improving your English will be much easier for you, because Spanish has thousands of words similar to English, which can be called Easiest English.

For example, imagine you are on your first flight to the USA. You settle into your seat on the plane, excited about going to a foreign country, but also dreading the language barrier, the difficulty of communicating with limited English.

Then imagine that you pick up the in-flight magazine and discover an article titled Easiest English for Spanish Speakers. Here is the gist of it, with only some of the examples:

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EASIEST ENGLISH FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS

There are 150 Easiest English words to describe your airplane flight that are similar to Spanish words. This is Easiest English for Spanish Speakers.

The very easiest are words from Spanish borrowed by English.

English Words Spelled and Pronounced Like Spanish Words.

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Some Easiest English words are pronounced almost the same way as in Spanish. If you pronounce these words as you usually do in Spanish, English-speakers will understand what you mean.

‘El chárter’ is the ‘charter’ flight [“charter”].

‘La check-in’ is the ‘check-in’ [“check-in”].

‘El duty-free’ is the ‘duty-free’ store [“duty-free”].

‘El cola’ is ‘cola’ [“cola”].

‘No’ is also ‘no’ [“no”] in English.

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English Words Spelled Like Spanish, But Pronounced Differently

Next-easiest are English words spelled like Spanish, with some parts pronounced the same, but other parts pronounced differently.

The example below reveals that in English the vowel -i- is pronounced “-ih-”. The rest of the word is pronounced as in Spanish.

The stress may be on a different part of the word in English than in Spanish, as indicated in the phonetics by capital letters:

‘La terminal’ is ‘the terminal’ [TER-mih-nal].

‘El monitor’ showing departures is ‘the monitor’ [MAH-nih-ter].

‘El inspector’ [seguridad] is ‘the inspector’ [ihn-SPEK-tor].

‘El salmón’ served during the flight is ‘the salmon’ [SA-mon].

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English Words Spelled Differently Than Spanish

English words spelled differently than Spanish make you realize that they are really English words -- even though they are spelled a lot like Spanish.

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The next-easiest are English words spelled like Spanish – but with an additional letter added at the end.

‘Té’ is ‘tea’ [“ti”].

‘Sal’ is ‘salt’ [“sawlt”].

‘Altitud’ is flying ‘altitud’ [AL-tih-tud].

‘Reserva’ is ‘reservation’ [reh-ser-VAI-shon].

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Other English words start out spelled like Spanish – but a letter is missing at the end:

‘El piloto’ is the ‘pilot’ [PAI-lot].

‘El cabina’ is the plane ‘cabin’ [KA-bihn].

And ‘música’ is ‘music’ [MIU-sihk].

Other English words are spelled like Spanish, with several letters missing at the end:

‘Visado’ is ‘visa’ [VI-sah] travel permit.

‘Rayos x’ is ‘x-ray’ [EKS-rai] security machine

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The next-easiest are English words spelled a little differently than Spanish in various ways. There are several types listed below:

Some English words related to Spanish have a different letter at the start:

‘En’ is ‘on’ [“ahn”] the airplane

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More English words start out spelled like Spanish, but have a different letter at the end:

‘Clase’ is first ‘class’ [klas].

To ‘pase’ through security is ’pass’ [PAH-seh].

‘Exceso’ is ‘excess’ [EHK-sehs] baggage.

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Spanish words ending –io or –ia are spelled –y in English:

‘Itinerario’ is your ‘itinerary’ [ai-TIH-ne-ra-ri].

‘Emergencia’ is an ‘emergency’ [i-MER-djen-si]

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Spanish words containing –cion are spelled –tion in English:

The customs ‘declaración’ is ‘declaration’ [de-kla-RAI-shon].

Your ‘identificación’ is ‘identification’ [ai-den-tih-fih-KAI-shon].

An ‘internacional’ flight is ‘international’ [ihn-ter-NA-sho-nal].

Spanish words containing –ccion are spelled –ction in English:

A cabina ‘seccion’ is ‘section’ [SEHK-shon].

Pre-flight ‘instruccions’ are ‘instructiones’ [ihn-STRUK-shons].

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Other English words also start out spelled like Spanish, but toward the end are spelled differently to varying degrees:

‘Número’ is ‘number’ [NUHM-ber].

‘Pasaporte’ is ‘passport’ [PAS-pohrt].

‘Pasajeros’ are passengers [PA-sen-djers].

A flight ‘cancelado’ is ‘canceled’ [KAN-seld].

‘Vacaciones’ is vacation [vei-KEI-shon].

The overhead ‘compartimento’ is ‘compartment’ [kom-PART-ment].

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Other English words are spelled differently than Spanish in various ways.

‘Aeropuerto’ is ‘airport’ [EHR-pawrt].

‘Aerolina’ is an airline [EHR-lain].

‘Turista’ is tourist [TU-rihst].

‘Seguridad’ is airport ‘security’ [seh-KYOO-rih-ti].

‘Patatas’ are ‘potatoes’ [pa-TAI-tos].

‘Ensalada’ is ‘salad’ [SAH-lad].

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Finally, sometimes an English word looks similar to another word in Spanish which is somehow related enough to suggest the correct meaning of the English word.

Some English words resemble less-used synonyms in Spanish.

Other English words are loosely related to Spanish words, but close enough to help you remember what the English words mean.

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Phrases:

‘Me excusa’ is ‘Excuse me’ [eks-KYOOZ mi].

‘Renta de carros’ is ‘car rental’ [kar REN-tal].

‘Cámara fotográfica’ is ‘camera’ [“cámara”].

‘Teléfono de la célula’ is ‘cell phone’ [sel fon].

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Note: Although there are so many easiest English words that resemble Spanish and mean something similar, others English words that resemble Spanish have different meanings, so are called ‘false friends’. So not all English words that look like English are truly easiest.

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