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This lesson is part of the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 41 mins)


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In this Spanish lesson we are going to learn some important basic Spanish pronunciation rules including how to pronounce the Spanish vowels and tricky letters such as “ñ”, “ll” and “j”. I will continue this theme in the next lesson when we look at more essential Spanish pronunciation rules such as how to pronounce the single Spanish “r” and the double Spanish “rr”. Some letters of the Spanish alphabet are pronounced similarly to their equivalent letters in the English alphabet, but unfortunately others are quite different. Spanish is actually an extremely straightforward language to pronounce correctly because the letters of the Spanish alphabet follow constant rules. English, on the other hand, is very difficult for foreign speakers to learn how to pronounce correctly as there are not always consistent rules to follow. You can sound like a native Spanish speaker in no time at all by carefully learning and remembering how to pronounce each of the letters of the Spanish alphabet. For further information please see my full Spanish Pronunciation course.

Lesson notes:

a: ah
e: eh
i: eeh
o: oh
u: uh
ai: aire:
ei: veinte
b=v. Barcelona, Valencia
h: silent, Hola
j: as a strong english h, Jamón: hamon
ll: as an english y, Llamo: yamo
ñ: as the “ni” in “onion”, Baño: banio
t: as an english “t” but without releasing air from your mouth, Té
z: as a th, Zapato: thapato (or as an “s” in Latin America and some parts of the south of Spain)

Activity:

Try to pronounce these words correctly…

Hoja (sheet)
Llave (key)
Niño (little boy)
Tomate (tomato)
Zumo (juice)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

No sé nada.
Nunca voy a la playa / No voy a la playa nunca
Nadie come en ese restaurante / En ese restaurante no come nadie.
No hay nada en esta casa.
No hay nadie en el supermercado.

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