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Spanish pronunciation

Spanish Pronunciation

One of the best things about learning Spanish is that once you know how to pronounce the sounds of the letters, you will be able to say almost any word that you read. This is not the case for people learning English. Imagine how dificult it is to learn how to pronounce words such as ought, cough, bough, rough, through, though, etc.

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The quality of the sound in the example is fairly good but the "rr" should be a little bit more rolled.

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Use this lesson to rapidly increase your pronunciation of Spanish so that you can pronounce any sound in Spanish

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The Spanish "a" is a short sharp sound like "hat" in English
gato. pato. apio. loca
The Spanish "e" is like the "e" in "wet" in English
pelo. elegir. éxito. sed
The Spanish "i" is like the "ee" in "seen" but a bit shorter
vino. sin. miércoles. idiota
The Spanish "o" can have two sounds. When it is at the end of a word it is like the "o" in note e.g. "pato" When it is before a consonant it is shorter, like "pot" or "cot" e.g. "boda" This difference is very subtle
boca. pato. apio. loca
The Spanish "u" is like the "oo" in "food" Note: It is silent after "q" and in "gue" and "gui" The exceptions are marked with a diaeresis eg: antigüedad. The "ü" is not very common.
fruta. luna. puro. mudo
The Spanish "ai" is like the "i" in "side"
baile. aislar. paisaje. vaina. haya
The Spanish "au" is like the "ou" in "sound"
sauna. causa. pausa. audio. audiencia
The Spanish "ei" and "ey" sound like the "ay" in say
reina. rey. peine. seis
The Spanish "eu" has no English equivalent and is difficult to define. It is just the sounds of "e" and "u" together. It is not very common
europa. deuda. neutral. reumatismo
The Spanish "oi" and "oy" are like the "oy" in boy
oiga. soy. doy. boicot. sois. coyote
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