Spanish - Vocab

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Is there a difference between telefono and telefonico?

1 reply - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - February 9, 2012

Sur o Sud

Can anyone explain the different uses of "sud y sur"?

1 reply - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - November 8, 2011

Te amo o te quiero

Hello, I was wondering if someone could help me understand the two forms of I love you? I know that we learn te amo, however I work with quite a few Spanish speakers and they have told me that te amo is very rarely used and that te quiero is proper. I ...

8 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - October 12, 2011

terms of endearment

Hola! My husband and I are using Rocket Spanish and enjoying it very much!! We would like to know how to talk affectionately to one another. How do you say I love you? Te Quiero? we refer to one another as "My Most Beloved," How would you say that? ...

4 replies - Last post by windyrain-- - October 8, 2011

H, B and V

Just returned from 2 weeks in Mexico where I had a chance to practice my Spanish. I did fairly well and luckily I was well received and they were kind when I made mistakes. Two interesting things about Spanish vocabulary... The first is that they do no...

6 replies - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - October 7, 2011

Vocabulary by scenes

I was wondering is there anywhere someone knew where I could practice vocabulary by having a picture of a scene. For example, there is a picture of a kitchen and you have to match the words with the objects inside the scene. I think that would be an excel...

1 reply - Last post by Cristian-Montes-de-Oca - October 7, 2011

which platform?

I've just started the premium plus course and have come across the word plataforma for platform when talking about catching a train. However I've been using andén por ejemplo ¿De qué andén sale el tren para Malaga? I have also come across la via when talk...

0 replies - Last post by John-H11 - October 2, 2011

Beginners book says has Full Audio?

The beginners book introduction says " this book is filled with fun animation.... and a complete audio recording of the entire book so that you can listen as you follow along!" However, I do not see any type of audio button or anything else that indicates...

3 replies - Last post by Fleet Pete - September 5, 2011

Lesson 1.5. How to say 'teacher' in Spanish, please!

Just started the Rocket Spanish course - absolutely love it, it's brilliant! When asked the question: En que trabajas? I want to say that I'm a teacher (primary school) but can't seem to find a definitive translation in the dictionary - profesora? maestro...

11 replies - Last post by Jillian-N - August 4, 2011

New My Vocab feature

How can I access my vocabulary list? Instructions say to click on the icon but doing so just takes you to the introduction page. I want to see the list of words I've already added. Thanks.

14 replies - Last post by Tuongie - July 11, 2011

Medical Vocabulary

I was wondering if anyone has ideas on where I can learn the spanish vocab for medical terminology? I will be using the Spanish I'm learning in a medical setting and knowing the spanish vocab for symptoms, anatomy, etc. would be especially helpful. Thanks!

3 replies - Last post by Rezz - May 29, 2011


Hi, I've been doing your course for a few weeks now and I think is fantastic. I want to know if I can use this part of your site to learn a few extra words that may not be in your book.

4 replies - Last post by rimayeva-- - May 20, 2011

beginner's book

Where do I find the Beginner's book with all the vocabulary for the numbers, etc?

2 replies - Last post by Adam-D - May 10, 2011

tal vez o quizá

both seem to translate to "maybe" or "perhaps". When do you use the two words?

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - March 29, 2011

telling weather

Trying to figure out why you'd say "hace sol" for "it's sunny", but "esta nublado" for "it's cloudy", and not "hace nube"

3 replies - Last post by Robert-- - February 14, 2011

sales with people ?(leave)

Would it be correct to use "sales" to ask when someone is leaving? Cuando sales su?

1 reply - Last post by sjlkh - February 4, 2011


Does anyone how "toca" function in "Toca estar de pie"? This is in the Conversation Course.

0 replies - Last post by Esther-L - January 28, 2011

When to use son or es in telling time

In lesson 1.14 Telling Time They use Es cuarto para las cuatro to tell 3:45, but Son cinco para las tres to tell 2.55 When do you use "es" and when to use "son"?

2 replies - Last post by Esther-L - January 25, 2011

público o publico

In lesson 2.4 the first sentence uses the word público but the second sentence leaves off the accent mark - publico. Why?

9 replies - Last post by nohablo - January 10, 2011

ser/estar again

Las manzanas son deliciosas / Las manzanas estan podridas the apples will stay delicious but I expect them to become more rotten? Estoy desconcertado/ confuso?

1 reply - Last post by sjlkh - December 31, 2010

Vocab critique invited.

Hola! Mi nombre es Steve y vivo cerca de la ciudad de Vancouver en Canada. Quiero hablar espanol suficientemente a unirse una grupo de conversacional. Yo jugo de golfo tres veces por semana y alguna ir de pescar por la trucha. What I am trying to say:....

38 replies - Last post by sjlkh - December 22, 2010

Let's practice our vocabulary

I will say a word in English, and the next person will use it in a sentence using Spanish of course. My word is " Tenderness" After you type your sentence, I would like you to pick a word for the next person.

6 replies - Last post by Kelly-M - December 14, 2010

Cuando ! surely not!!

In the Community Centre module 7, one of the questions in the vocab test was: What is the Spanish for "how many". The answer was given in module 8 as "cuando". This is surely incorrect as "cuando" means "when" ...

1 reply - Last post by kless001 - November 22, 2010

me gustaria (is 'me' really needed)

In the dictionary it says that 'gustaria' by itself is 'I would like'. I assume that you can put Yo in front of that for emphasis (as was mentioned in a previous lesson), but why in this case is there 'me'? Why don't you just say Gustaria or Yo gustaria?

2 replies - Last post by nohablo - November 4, 2010

Lesson 24.2 - A que no...

In the lesson on Neighbors, Alejandra says "¿*A que no *siempre estaba todo desordenado? Can you explain what the expression "A que no" means. The translation in English isn't really clear. I have read that as a statement, "a que no...

0 replies - Last post by Gatita - September 15, 2010

Lesson 1.7 travelling on schedule

[code][/code] I have the downloaded version of Rocket Spanish, I'm on 1.7 Travelling on Schedule. In it they discuss numbers and tellign time and explain that they wont' go into telling time here on the download and to refer to lesson 1.7 of the book.. w...

1 reply - Last post by jchamb - September 8, 2010

Advanced book

I'm new to this..Does any one know if there is an advanced book for Rocket Spanish?

0 replies - Last post by Lucamos - August 6, 2010

Translation Confusion

I receive a Spanish Word of the Day from Todays word was "el programa" and the example of use given was: "¿A qué hora sale ese programa? - What time is that (tv) program on?" Can this be correct? Surely it should be so...

2 replies - Last post by sjlkh - June 13, 2010

2.1 Descriptions (Hair/Pelo)

In this lesson there is reference to pelo (hair) color but it occassionally sounds as thought it is being pronounced "peli" or "pely". Is this correct or am I simply not hearing it correctly?

2 replies - Last post by sjlkh - April 19, 2010

¡Pasa! o ¡Pase!

Hóla. Yo creo entiender comó usar "pasa" y "pase", pero quería estar positivo. "Pase" means to pass as in "come in" when you hear a knock, maybe when you don't know who is there? "Pasa" means to pas...

2 replies - Last post by mandohack - April 12, 2010

Lesson 21.1 - Mientras más seamos, mejor

In lesson 21.1 - Planning the Trip, the expression "mientras más seamos, mejor" is used and the translation is "the more the merrier". Could another way to say this be "*Cuántos *más seamos, mejor"? Thanks, Karen

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 29, 2010

Lesson 21.2 - a mí me han tocado

I have a question about the use of the verb tocar in this lesson. Alejandra is talking about azafatas and she says "a mí me han tocado algunas bien pesadas". What would the correct english translation of this sentence be? I have learned tha...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 29, 2010


Hi everyone. Any simple advice on using "tan" I am struggling a bit with this :?:

2 replies - Last post by leeallen - March 17, 2010

What does it mean

I keep hearing a phrase "Que le pongo" used as "May I help you" or "What would you like". Something to this effect. It doesn't really make sense used this way. What does it mean? Poner means to put.

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 15, 2010

Telling someone you're leaving and when you'll be back

Hi, we're house sitting in Costa Rica and the maid here speaks very little English and we speak and understand very little Spanish but I'm learning. Could you please tell me the best way to tell her we're leaving? Does this work? Nosotros estamos saliend...

3 replies - Last post by leeallen - March 3, 2010

what's going on here???

I haven't practiced my spanish for a long time and the whole site changed, how do I listen to the audio courses without downloading it? and see the conversation at the same time one sentence in spanish and one in english one under each-other? like it used...

3 replies - Last post by Antonio - February 16, 2010

Pronunciation of "B" and "V", and "ll"

My written materials indicate that a "v" is pronounced like a "b," i.e., as 'beh." But, in the interactive course, Mauricio seems to go back and forth between this convention, AND pronouncing a "B" like an ENGLISH "...

4 replies - Last post by aowats - February 8, 2010

Spammer's message removed

The message posted recently about learning Spanish through jokes has been removed because it was posted by someone who entered the forum illegally. Nohablo

0 replies - Last post by nohablo - November 27, 2009

Translate please

De qué tiene miedo Sra Flores?

5 replies - Last post by ricardo-rich - November 25, 2009

Cuban Spanish

I'm travelling to Cuba soon and would like any advice on how the Spanish spoken there differs from the Spanish taught in the Rocket Spanish course.

2 replies - Last post by IandeNZ - November 4, 2009

The word "egg"

Hola! Many years ago my husband worked on a chicken ranch in Southern California. As you might imagine the word "huevo" was used extensively, until one day one of the men from Mexico informed my husband that due to the negative connotations of t...

8 replies - Last post by nancyjoyce - October 25, 2009

lesson 3.3 traer/bring

In lesson 3.3 they talk about bringing raincoats and umbrellas to the beach. I've noticed that it is an american habit to (incorrectly ) say bring instead of take. Usually, english speaking people say "bring it here" and "take it there&quo...

0 replies - Last post by DebJay - October 20, 2009

Confusing inconsistencies

I am enjoying the program, but get frustrated with pronunciation... is it "Yo" (with a y) or "Jo" (with a j)? Also, is "b" pronounced as a b or a v? Both of these seem to be pronounced one way or another during the audio le...

2 replies - Last post by Lensman158 - September 21, 2009

The expression "Qué pasa" y "Qué hay"

Does these expressions ( "Qué pasa" y "Qué hay") mean the same as "Cómo estás" y "Qué tal" (how are you)?

1 reply - Last post by nohablo - August 16, 2009

using hace and está when talking about the weather

I understand a little bit why one would use *hace calor, hace frío* and other descriptive weather terms, but... why is *está* used for some things, like *está despejado* or *está nublado*? Since ALL weather is in a temporary state of being it seems one c...

1 reply - Last post by CCardona - August 2, 2009


I know this is not where I should post this, but sorry. I am very very serious about becoming FLUENT in Spanish. I was wondering how far this program will actually take me, so anyone who has gone through it already, please inform me. Also, what more can I...

3 replies - Last post by black-chulo - May 31, 2009

Pronunciation Help

I am new to RS, I am starting to go to Peru on Mission trips and I have always wanted to learn Spanish so now is the time :). I was looking through the beginner’s book and lesson 1.1 has the pronunciation of the alphabet, is there anywhere I can get audi...

3 replies - Last post by nohablo - May 30, 2009

Los/Las Bragas

Hi All, In Part 39 of the online course, one of the vocabulary words is "los bragas" for "knickers" or "panties". I have also seen references to "las bragas". Is there a difference between the masculine and feminin...

0 replies - Last post by gloonie - May 2, 2009


I have read in Wilpedia and a couple of travel books that the word "mogote" used to describe the small limestone hills in the Vinales area of Cuba actually means "haystack". However my spanish dictionary says that "mogote" m...

1 reply - Last post by Mauricio - March 11, 2009

"School Board"

I have looked several places but cannot find a translation for "School Board" referring to the body of persons that actually runs the school. Does anyone know how to say this?

3 replies - Last post by Antonio - December 4, 2008

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