Spanish Words That Start with I

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Words that begin with I in Spanish: often similar to English

I is a very common letter in Spanish words. There are many Spanish words that start with I. Many of them look and sound very familiar to an English speaker and their meaning is almost always the same in Spanish and English. Here you can find a list of Spanish words that start with I, classified by word type (adjectives, nouns, verbs, and other words).

Spanish adjectives that start with I

  • ideal = ideal, mental
  • idéntico = the same
  • igual, igual a = equal, equal to
  • ilegal = illegal
  • iluminado = illuminated
  • impar = odd (number), unequal
  • inglés = English
  • inteligente = intelligent

Spanish nouns that start with I

  • ida (la) = way, one-way, outward journey
  • ida y vuelta = return journey, round trip
  • idea (la) = idea
  • identidad (la) = identity
  • identificación (la) = identification
  • idiota (el or la) = idiot
  • iglesia (la) = church, temple
  • invitación (la) = invitation
  • ira (la) = anger, rage
  • isla (la) = island
  • isleño (el), isleña (la) = islander
  • isleta (la) = small island
  • ítem (el) = item
  • itinerario (el) = itinerary, route

Spanish verbs that start with I

There are lots of verbs in Spanish which start with common prefixes like -im, -in, -ir. The highest concentration of words that start with I and are almost the same in English and Spanish is probably among verbs. In many cases, the only difference is the ending (most Spanish verbs end with -ar, -ir, or -er).

  • idear = to think, to devise
  • ignorar = to ignore, to not know
  • igualar = to agree, to level, to make equal
  • imaginar = to imagine
  • impartir = to give, to grant
  • impedir = to prevent, to hinder
  • imperar = to rule, to command
  • importar = to be important
  • inquirir = to inquire
  • intentar = to try
  • interesar = to be interesting
  • invitar = to invite
  • ir = to go

Other Spanish words that start with I

These are a few very common Spanish words that begin with I and are not nouns, adjectives, nor verbs:

  • ídem = the same, also
  • inmediatamente = immediately
  • izquierda = left
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