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The important thing to keep in mind when pronouncing the “e” is that its sound is always distinct, even when it’s not stressed.
By this I mean, for example with the word “leche” (milk): when you say “leche” there are two syllables “le” and “che” and the “e” has the same pronunciation in both, even though the syllable “le” is the stressed syllable and the syllable “che” is not.
A good tip to remember when pronouncing Spanish vowels is to be careful not to pronounce each vowel sound too long or add an extra vowel sound where it is unnecessary. This is a common error. For example I have heard people saying “Un cafe con leche(i) por favor” when they should say “Un cafe con leche por favor”.
Now I will give you some examples of Spanish words featuring the letter “e” and I would like you to repeat each word after me paying attention to the distinct “e” sound. If you would like to see the meaning of any words you are unsure of please see the lesson notes.
Listen and repeat:
Tendré: I will have
Lee: he/she reads