A “Hiatus” is the name given to the combination of two strong vowels together.
The strong Spanish vowels are “A”, “E” and “O” and when you have two of these together in a word you should not pronounce them together in the same syllable. You should instead pronounce them clearly and distinctly in separate syllables.
An example of a Spanish hiatus is the “OE” combination in “po-e-ma” (poem) or the “OA” combination in “to-a-lla” (towel).
Let´s practice some more examples of Spanish hiatuses.
Listen and Repeat:
Tontear: to fool around
Traer: to bring
Saeta: dart, arrow
Real: real, royal
Ahogarse: to drown
Caer: to fall