Did you know that if you are an English speaker, there are hundreds of words that you already know in Spanish! Discover the most useful for the Camino de Santiago.
English acquired almost a third of its vocabulary from Latin — that’s why you will immediately recognize many Spanish words. Cognates are words in different languages that have a similar form and meaning, because they all come from the same source. The good news is that they will help you to build your Spanish vocabulary with ease.
There are hundreds of English-Spanish cognates, and many of them are perfect cognates — words that are spelt exactly the same in Spanish and English except for maybe a little accent over one letter. They aren’t pronounced the same in English, but once you have learnt the rules for Spanish pronunciation you’ll be able to use them right away!
Here you have a list of 36 perfect English-Spanish cognates that will be really useful for the Camino: