Cognates are words in two languages that have a common origin or etymology and are similar or identical. A cognate is an easy word to remember because it looks and means the same thing in Spanish as a word you already know in English.
Examples of cognates:
Some words in English become Spanish words if you change them very slightly:
If a word ends in “tion”, change the “t” to “c”.
If a word ends in “ist”, add letter “a”.
If a word ends in “ous”, change to “oso”
Change the following English word to a word in Spanish:
Remove ous: contagi….
Add oso: contagioso
It has the same meaning in Spanish: tending to spread from one to another.
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