Learning Spanish & Etymology Pattern-Matching for Nerds

Parecer and Apparition

Parecer, Spanish for “to appear”, comes from the Latin parere, meaning the same. As does the Spanish verb form, aparecer.

Obviously to some but not to others, from the same root comes the English appearas well as… apparition. What is an apparition if not something that appears to you but doesn’t really exist?

We can see the relationship because the p-r of parecer maps to the p-r in both appear and apparition.

what is the etymological way to learn spanish?

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