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The Spanish “D” has two different sounds, one hard and the other soft. 
1. When the Spanish “D” is found at the beginning of a word or after an “N” or an “L”, it is pronounced in a hard way, similar to the English “D” in words such as “dog” or “danger”. The difference is that when pronouncing the hard Spanish “D”, the tongue touches the back of the front teeth, rather than the gum ridge, as in English, and therefore sounds a little different. 
2. In other situations, particularly between vowels and at the end of a word, the Spanish “D” is softer, similar to the “TH” sound in English words such as “this” or “that”.
I will now give you some examples of Spanish words featuring the two different “D” sounds and I would like you to repeat each word after me. If you would like to see the meaning of any words you are unsure of please see the lesson notes.
First, let´s practice the pronunciation of the harder “D” when found at the beginning of a word or after an “N” or an “L”.

Listen and repeat:

Dama: lady
Dos: two
Dólar: dollar
Día: day
Dónde: where
Aldeano: villager
Tienda: shop
Onda: wave
Duende: imp
Andar: to walk

Next, let´s practice the pronunciation of the softer “D” when found between vowels and at the end of words.
Listen and repeat:

Cansado: tired
Ocupado: busy, occupied
Voluntad: will
Felicidad: happiness
Seguridad: security
Tímido: timid, shy
Educado: well-mannered, polite
Casado: married
Acabado: finished
Tempestad: storm

Finally, let´s practice some words that contain both pronunciations of the “D”.

Listen and repeat:

Dedo: finger
Duda: doubt
Candado: padlock
Doblado: folded
Decidido: decided

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