Notes from ¿Qué tal? – Cognates

You already know that cognates are words that are similar in form and meaning from one language to another: for example, English poet and Spanish poeta. The endings of many Spanish words correspond to English word endings according to fixed patterns. Learning to recognize these patterns will increase the number of close and not-so-close cognates that you can recognize.

-dad ⇒ -ly

-mente ⇒ -ly

-ción ⇒ -tion

-sión ⇒ -sion

-ico ⇒ -ic, -cal

-oso ⇒ -ous

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