How to Pronounce Spanish Letters and Certain Sounds

We all know learning another language isn't the easiest. If you really want to know Spanish and communicate with Spanish speakers, you have to know how to speak the language well. If you aren't capable of pronouncing each word correctly you can make many Spanish speakers confused or frustrated. This should help you pronounce some common words and avoid errors.

Steps

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    Say each Spanish letter out loud and practice it. The letters are: A (Ah), B (Beh), C (Seh), Ch (Cheh), D (Deh), E (Eh), F (Efeh),G (Heh),H (Ah cheh) Always silent!), I (EE), J (Hota), K (Kah), L (Eleh), LL (Ehyeh), M (Emeh), N (Eneh), Ñ (Enyeh), O (Oh), P (Peh), Q (Cu), R (Ereh), RR (Erreh) Roll your tongue), S (Eseh), T (Teh), U (OO), V (Veh), W (Doble Veh), X (Ekees), Y (Y egriega), Z (Zeta)
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    The vowels are pronounced like the following English words: A- The O in Con. E- The A in Cane. I- The E's in Geese. O- The O in Low. U- The O's in Cocoon. Y- In the beginning of a word the Y makes the sound like the Y in the word Yes. In the ending of the word it makes the sound like the Y in Money. There is a little song in memorizing the vowels. Ah-eh-ee-oh-oo El burro sabe más que tú (The donkey knows more than you do).
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    The consonants are pronounced like the English language other than the RR, LL, Ñ, V, G, and Q. RR is the sound of your tongue rolling as you pronounce R. LL is pronounced like a Y in the beginning of a word or like a J. Ñ, when pronounced should sound like this- En yay. V is pronounced like a B. Q sounds like a K (but the following U does not sound). GE and GI are pronounced like the English H in the words Head and Hill.
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    When two vowels are together you have to pronounce them both. Ai and Ay make the sound of I in English. When U and E are together after a consonant like S it should sound like Sweh. Oi and oy are like in English. Allá me voy sound very similar to I am a boy.
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    Words to practice to get a hold of the pronunciations: Suerte- Sware tay... vergüenza- bare gwen sah... diccionario- deek syawn ario... belleza- bay yes ah... cuidadosamente- coo ee dahd ohs ah menteh... mejor- meh hore... cumpleaños- coohm pleh an yos... audicionar- ow dee see onar... hacer- Ah sare
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    After practicing these words, start practicing sentences. Sentences like these will help you: "Si quieres convencer a un enemigo, preséntale los mejores rasgos de su carácter; nunca sus defectos."- Mahatma Gandhi (The G's are pronounced like regular G's in the English language in this sentence.) and "La vida es lo que te pasa mientras estás ocupado haciendo otras cosas."- John Lennon
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    Listen to Spanish speakers. Change the channel to a Spanish channel or listen to Spanish songs once a day. You will understand more and realized how the words are supposed to sound.

Tips

  • Google Translate, Spanishdict.com, and other websites pronounce words for you so that you can see how to pronounce them.

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