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

By this I mean, for example with the word “difícil” (difficult): when you say “difícil” there are three syllables “di”, “fí” and “cil” and the “i” is pronounced in exactly the same way in all three of them, even though the syllable “fí” is the stressed syllable and the syllables “di” and “cil” are not.

Now I will give you some examples of Spanish words featuring the letter “i” and I would like you to repeat each word after me paying attention to the distinct “i” 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
Ritmo: rhythm
Listo: clever
Idioma: language
Misa: mass
Tímido: timid
Idea: idea
Risa: laughter
Bíblico: biblical
Difícil: difficult
Ibérico: Iberian
Mínimo: minimum
Riquísimo: delicious
Típico: typical
Imitación: imitation
Muchísimo: a lot
Ilícito: illicit
Ministro: minister
Milímetro: millimetre
Inquilino: tenant

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