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The important thing to keep in mind when pronouncing the “a” is that its sound is always distinct, even when it’s not stressed.

By this I mean, for example with the word “casa” (house): when you say “casa” there are two syllables “ca” and “sa” and the “a” has the same pronunciation in both, even though the syllable “ca” is the stressed syllable and the syllable “sa” is not.

Now I will give you some examples of Spanish words featuring the letter “a” and I would like you to repeat each word after me paying attention to the distinct “a” sound. If you would like to see the meaning of any words you are unsure of please see the lesson notes.

Listen and repeat:

Casa: house
Cama: bed
Nada: nothing
Mamá: mum
Papá: dad
Hasta: until
Lata: can/tin
Papa: potato
Patata: potato
Lana: wool
Sábana: sheet
Chavala: girl
Rata: rat
Tajada: slice (meat)
Trabajar: to work
Hablar: to speak
Campana: bell
Palabra: word
Tacaña: scrooge/miser
Falda: skirt

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