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article was written by Dave Clark for
US Institute of Languages and is republished here with permission.
I want to dispel a myth about speaking Spanish. Many English speakers mistakenly think you can just add the letter 'o' to English words and they'll instantly become Spanish. Although this does work once in a blue moon, more often than not it doesn't work at all and just causes confusion. I have heard many Americans in Latin America use this flawed technique and suffer from a large communication gap.
Here are a few techniques you can use that will work most of the time (keep in mind there are exceptions and these won't always work). These techniques all involve suffixes or word endings:
Moral of the Story: When you really need
to guess a Spanish word, these techniques can come in handy. They can also
be very useful in helping you decipher written messages. However, you must
remember that that are many exceptions to these techniques. Unfortunately
they aren't fool-proof.
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These are just a few of the most common spelling equivalents; to learn many more, see Spanish/English spelling tricks.
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