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250 words that are the same in English and Spanish

Did you know that there are words that are the same in English and Spanish? Yes, exactly the same!

Spanish, as well as French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian, developed from Latin, the language of ancient Rome and the official language of its empire.

English, unlike the ones mentioned above, isn’t a Romance language, but Germanic.

However, when the Romans invaded Britain in AD 43, starting an occupation that would last over 400 years, they introduced their ideas, ways of living, and also their language.

And obviously we also have words that actually descend from indigenous languages and they were incorporated into both Spanish and English.

So whether you are a beginner or advanced student, there’s a lot of vocabulary you already know, but you just needed someone to tell you.

And I am that someone!

So today, you will learn 250 words that are the same in English and Spanish.

Ready? Let’s get started then!

250 words that are the same in English and Spanish

In order to make this list, I considered those words that are written exactly the same in both languages.

And of course, I only included those that native Spanish speakers truly use in their daily lives!

A

abdominal
accidental
actor
admirable
adorable
agenda
alcohol (remember the h in Spanish is silent)
altar
ángel (some words have an accent mark, following the rules of accentuation in Spanish)
animal
área
artificial
auto

B

balance
bar
base
brutal

C

cable
canal
cáncer
canon
capital
carbón
cartón
casual
central
cereal
cerebral
cheque
chocolate
circular
civil
club
cohesión
collar (= the band we put around the neck of an animal, especially a dog)
colonial
color (US spelling)
coma
combustión
conclusión
conductor
confusión
considerable
continental
control
conversión
cordial
criminal
crisis
cultural

D

debate
decimal
decisión
dental
deplorable
diagonal
digital
dimensión
director
disco
división
doctor
drama
durable

E

editor
editorial
electoral
elemental
enigma
evasión
error
exclusión
excursión
expansión
experimental
explosión
expulsión
extensión
exterior

F

factor
familiar
fatal
favor
favorable
federal
festival
final
flexible
formal
fórmula
frontal
fundamental

G

gala
gas
general
génesis
global
gradual
grave

H

habitual
honor
honorable
horizontal
horrible
horror
hospital
hotel
humor

I

idea
ideal
imperial
implacable
incursión
individual
industrial
inevitable
inferior
informal
inseparable
inspector
interminable
instructor
instrumental
invasión
invisible
irregular
irresistible

A man taking a taxi
El turista va a tomar un taxi para ir al hotel. Foto de Andrea Piacquadio en Pexels

J

judicial

K

kilo

L

lateral
legal
liberal
literal
local

M

macho
mango
manía
mansión
manual
marginal
material
matrimonial
medieval
mediocre
melón
memorable
mental
menú
metal
miserable
monumental
moral
mortal
motor
múltiple
municipal
musical

N

natural
neutral
noble
normal
nostalgia

O

ópera
opinión
oral
oriental
original

P

panorama
particular
pasta
pastor
patio
patrón
peculiar
penal
pensión
perfume
personal
perversión
piano
plaza
plural
popular
precisión
pretensión
principal
probable
profusión
propaganda
protector
provincial

R

radical
radio
región
regional
regular
religión
reunión
revisión
ritual
rival
rumor
rural

S

sector
secular
sentimental
serial
sexual
similar
simple
singular
sociable
social
solar
solo (= either an artistic piece perfomed by only one person, or alone)
subversión
superficial
superior
suspensión

T

tangible
taxi
televisión
tenor
tensión
terminal
terrible
terror
tolerable
total
tractor
trascendental
transfusión
triple
tropical
tumor
tutor

U

unión
universal
usual

V

variable
verbal
versión
vertical
violín
viral
visible
visual
vital
vulgar
vulnerable

Do you want to learn more Spanish?

I hope you have enjoyed this list with 250 words that are exactly the same in English and Spanish!

In some cases, you just need to pay attention to the pronunciation, but it’s still a really good place to start.

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Thank you very much and until next time,

Kevin.

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