Spanish Suffixes: 3 Common Spanish Nouns Suffixes For Easy Spanish Learning – Priceless Shortcut!

Spanish suffixesKnowing Spanish suffixes and their easy translation to English will greatly help you to understand written Spanish and put it on your way to also understand the spoken language when you learn the Spanish pronunciation.

Spanish Suffixes: Words Ending in -ción

Out of all the prefixes that can help the English Student of Spanish, in my opinion, the king is this:


that’s almost the exact equivalent to the English suffix:


It’s just incredible the number of words of Latin origin that the 2 languages have in common! Here are just a few examples:

la nación = the nation la información = the information
la automación = the automation la associación = the association
la vacación = the vacation la tradición = the tradition
la motivación = the motivation la participación = the participation
la simplificación = the simplification la evaluación = the evaluation
la distribución = the distribution la operación = the operation

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the abbreviation = la abreviación the action = la acción
the addition = la adición the adoption = la adopción
the affirmation = la afirmación the application = la aplicación
the association = la asociación the attention = la atención
the attraction = la atracción the audition = la audición
the authorization = la autorización the celebration = la celebración
the collection = la colección the combination = la combinación
the condition = la condición the conservation = la conservación
the construction = la construcción the contradiction = la contradicción
the declaration = la declaración the decoration = la decoración
the definition = la definición the direction = la dirección
the discrimination = la discriminación the distribution = la distribución
the education = la educación the election = la elección
the elevation = la elevación the evaluation = la evaluación
the exception = la excepción the exemption = la exempción
the fraction = la fracción the identification = la identificación
the immigration = la inmigración the information = la información
the inspection = la inspección the instruction = la instrucción
the introduction = la Introducción the investigation = la investigación
the invitation = la invitación the nation = la nación
the operation = la operación the pronunciation = la pronunciación
the punctuation = la puntuación the segregation = la segregación
the tradition = la tradición

Visit the Wikipedia page that lists many Spanish words ending in -ción. You will understand almost all of them without the help of a dictionary!

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Spanish Suffixes: Words Ending in -sión

As seen above, when translating the suffix -cion from Spanish to English you have to change the letter “C” to the letter “T”. Can something be easier? The simple answer is “YES!” because we have another great similarity between the Spanish and English lexicons:

The Suffix -SION

In this case, you don’t have to change any letter, just remove the accent & the double “S” (if present) from the Spanish word to get the exact English equivalent:

Here are just a few examples:

la expresión = the expression la misión = the mission
la commisión = the commission la pasión = the passion
la visión = the vision la lesión = the lesion
la fusión = the fusion la tensión = the tension
la decisión = the decision l’occasión = the occasion
la versión = the version la pensión = the pension

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Spanish Suffixes: Spanish Words Ending in -ad

The Spanish suffix 


is equivalent, in several Spanish nouns, to the English suffix


Here are just a few examples: 

La universidad = the university la actividad = the activity
la humanidad = the humanity la agilidad = the agility
la mentalidad = mentality la curiosidad = the curiosity
la celebridad = the celebrity la fertilidad = the fertility
la personalidad = the personality la identidad = the identity
la credibilidad = the credibility la necesidad = the necessity

As you can see, you just have to change the English suffix “TY” to the Spanish suffix “-DAD” and you have the correct Spanish Word!

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