Vegetable names in Spanish: similarities and differences with English names

The practical use of your knowledge of any foreign language is best experienced in the vegetable market place. When you visit a typical vegetable market (and not the fancy shopping malls) and have to deal with the native language speaking seller there; your newly acquired vocabulary is pretty handy there. Similarly, when you visit any ethnic restaurant and have to order the food of your choice; it is easy to understand the recipe from their menu card or even communicate with the native speaking waiter before you order the food of your choice.

Brain associates language better with pictures

It is well known to most people that human memory retains information in pictures. The brain can associate the word with a memory picture better.

It is not without reason that all the young kids are taught alphabets in their primary language by associating it with respective physical objects commonly found around. Like In English, it is common to teach the alphabet A for Apple, B for Ball, C for Cat etc.

This helps the kid to grasp the alphabets through association with the respective objects. Similarly when as adults we strive to learn any foreign language, the names of common vegetables or fruits in the foreign language can be used to expand our vocabulary as our brains can easily associate with them.

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Many common vegetable and fruit names in Spanish

Every language obviously has its own words for different things; and so does Spanish language. The English speaking people would however be surprised to learn that many common vegetables or fruits are having some similar sounding words that they use in English and thus can be easily related and remembered.

This helps in building your interest in the language since you feel empowered at the outset that you can convey or communicate at least some things in Spanish!

Take for example; potatoes. In Spanish it is called ‘la patata’. Simple isn’t it?  Another similar word is tomato. In Spanish, it is called ‘tomate’. We would like to present here the names of some common vegetables as they are called in Spanish for the benefit of readers. The careful browsing of the list would show that there is some innate similarity in the names of quite a few vegetables in both the languages.

Similar vegetables names in Spanish

The list of vegetables given above obviously contains the common vegetables that are of general use. One can observe that many of the vegetable names in Spanish can be memorized easily by English speakers since there is some close resemblance in their names. With practical application and practice, the others also get added to your Spanish vocabulary. Some of the vegetables have been given two Spanish names here to indicate that both names are popular; one may be prevalent in some regions of Spanish speaking population while the alternate name may be popular in other parts.

Completely different fruit and vegetable names

Though there are many fruits and vegetables whose names are similar, there are also many fruits and vegetables whose names are completely different and you need to put some extra effort to memorize the names. We have listed some of the fruits and vegetable names which are quite different from English language and so, a bit difficult to remember. But, with regular use and practice you can learn these.

Different vegetables names in Spanish

However, the correct pronunciation of the words in Spanish language has to be learnt and practiced. The readers have the option to take formal classes in language courses or join Langademy where the teachers and experts can assist you to have fluency in understanding or speaking Spanish. Langademy has the best faculty to help you learn the language in a short span of time and get you a strong grasp on the language. The site also has language exchange where you can practice what you have learnt by talking and chatting with the native speakers. So, what are you waiting for, just get ready to learn Spanish by just sitting at home!


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