Among the most important reasons of learning a new language is to know how to speak it and pronounce its words. This Spanish lesson is dedicated at pronouncing in Spanish. You could know the countless Spanish vocabulary, but if you do not know how to pronounce Spanish words no one will understand what you are saying. Luckily, Spanish pronunciation is among the easy to learn aspects of the Spanish language for English speakers. Spanish is phonetic, meaning that if you just memorize the various Spanish sounds of every letter of the Spanish alphabet, you can easily pronounce all Spanish words correctly!
Here is a Spanish lesson touching on the nitty-gritties of the Spanish vowels, Spanish alphabet, Spanish consonants, as well as Spanish pronunciation with accents.
The Spanish and English languages share the same 5 vowels. However, while English vowels can be pronounced in different ways, Spanish vowels only have a single vowel sound each. Spanish vowels are not pronounced the same way as their English counterparts. The vowels a, e, o in Spanish have a quite soft pronunciation while vowels i and u call for a strong tone when pronouncing them.
Learning to pronounce Spanish words is easy because nearly all Spanish sounds can be formed using the already known English sounds. This table shows the letters of the Spanish alphabet as well as their respective phonetic pronunciations.
|B||beh||K||kah||RR||airrr-ay (roll these Rs!)|
|C||say||L||el-ay||S||es-ay (like ‘S’-ay)|
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Traditionally, Spanish courses have recorded most problems for English speakers when it comes to pronouncing Spanish consonants: b, v, ñ, rr. The Spanish letters b, v,sound very dissimilar to those in English because the vibrating sound does not exist in Spanish. Rather, the Spanish pronunciation is much softer. the pronunciation of the ñsound is like that of the English ‘ny’ sound, like in ‘canyon.’ Therr sound is often very hard for English speakers. Here also you can read about Consonants. Proper pronunciation of the double R sound requires that you learn trilling your r’s. Try to make a purring sound and feel the tongue vibrate.
Understandably, knowing where to put the emphasis when pronouncing a word is as hard as pronouncing the word itself. Luckily, it is easy to put emphasis in Spanish words because when a word’s irregular syllable is stressed, an accent mark appears above the vowel that is stressed.
This is how accent marks look: á é í ó ú
When pronouncing in Spanish, you need to check out accent marks! Words can be spelled exactly the same, however if there’s an accent mark on one word and not the other, their meanings change completely. For instance, esta means “this,” yet está means “is.”