Published on February 18, 2014
Spanish Alphabet Pronunciation
Differences between English and Spanish More letters in Spanish alphabet Different pronunciations
Vowels A=ah (father) E=eh (day) I=ee (feet) O=oh (go) U=oo (fool)
REPITE, POR FAVOR A,E,I,O,U (Ah, eh, ee, oh, oo)
REMEMBER These sounds never change!!
Vowel Practice Pronounce the following nonsense words, remembering that vowel sounds don’t change! abatanama nebebe itipidi otopo umugumu
More vowel practice . . . Pronounce the words, remembering the sounds of the vowels! tulemendu sanebini adotute ducatebilo
Consonants Most sound similar to English Some are different . . .
La letra Ll (elle) The ‘Ll’ makes a Y sound (yes). Pronounce: calle (street) bella (beautiful) silla (chair) olla (pan)
La Letra J (Jota) ‘J’ sounds like H (happy). Pronounce: Jalea (jelly) Jefe (chief, leader) Jirafa (giraffe) Joven (young person) Jugo (juice)
La letra ñ (eñe) Makes a “ny” sound (canyon). Pronounce: pestañas (eyelashes) montaña (mountain) baño (bathroom) años (years)
La letra H (Hache) ‘H’ is always silent ! Pronounce: Hamaca (hammock) Helado (ice cream) Hilo (thread) Hormiga (ant) Humanidad (humanity)
La Letra Z (Zeta) In most countries, the “Z” sounds like the English “S” In Spain, the “Z” makes a “th” sound Pronounce: Zapato (shoe) Bostezo (yawn) Pizarra (chalkboard) Zanahoria (carrot)
La letra R (ere) Makes a soft “d” sound (If the letter “r” starts a word, roll it!) Pronounce: sendero (path) jarabe (syrup) barato (cheap)
La Letra RR (erre) Always roll the “rr”! Pronounce: carro (car) perro (dog) ferrocarril (railroad)
Special Letter: C (ce) Sounds like “S” if followed by ‘e’ or ‘i’ Sounds like “K” if followed by any other letter Casa (house) Caracol (seashell) Celoso (jealous) Ciencias (science) Cicatriz (scar)
Special Letter: G (ge) Sounds like “H” if followed by ‘e’ or ‘i’ Sounds like “G in girl” if followed by any other letter Gaviota (seagull) Gallo (rooster) General (general) Gimnasio (gymnasium) Gigante (giant)
Tough Word #1 Bacatepocupipo
Tough Word #2 enchadubanono
Tough Word #3 Nillopoturola
Last Tough Word Zadepacucecalliñocherra
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