The Spanish “T” is pronounced in a very similar way to the English “T”, but there is a subtle difference. In Spanish, the “T” is typically pronounced with the tongue touching the top teeth, while in English the tongue usually touches the roof of the mouth. As a result, the Spanish “T” is softer, less explosive, than the English “T”.
To explain what I mean by this I would like to draw your attention to the English “T” in the word “tiger” which is pronounced in a stronger, more explosive, way than the English “T” in the word “stop.” The Spanish “T” is usually more like the “T” sound heard in “stop”.
I will now give you some examples of Spanish words featuring the “T” pronunciation and I would like you to repeat each word after me paying attention to the distinct “T” sound. If you would like to see the meaning of any words you are unsure of please see the lesson notes.
Listen and repeat:
Tema: subject, topic
Tapa: top, bar snack
Tuna: tuna (group of musicians)
Antonio: male name, equivalent to Anthony
Taladro: hand drill
Tanto: so much