The Spanish “M” is pronounced in a similar way to the English “M” found in words such as “money” or “moment” and is therefore fairly straightforward for English speakers.
You may however notice that many Spanish speakers do not pronounce the “M” sound when an “M” finishes a word and instead pronounce an “N” sound. There are few examples of words in the Spanish language which end in “M” and Spanish speakers are not use to ending on that sound. Most of the Spanish words which end in “M” are of foreign origin, such as “album” and “memorandum”, and you will probably hear them pronounced “albun” and “memorandun”.
I will now give you some examples of Spanish words featuring the “M” and I would like you to repeat each word after me paying attention to the distinct “M” sound. If you would like to see the meaning of any words you are unsure of please see the lesson notes.
Listen and repeat:
Mimo: mime artist, cuddle
Amar: to love
Empezar: to start
Empujar: to push