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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 will look at essential basic Spanish pronunciation rules such as how to pronounce the single Spanish “r” and the double Spanish “rr”. In the previous Spanish lesson we learned more about basic Spanish pronunciation, including how to pronounce the Spanish vowels and tricky letters such as “ñ”, “ll” and “j” and I recommend you review that lesson before proceeding here. 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:

c: ca, co, cu: as a “k”: casa
ce, ci: as a th :cesta
g: ga, go, gu: as a “g” in “goat”: goma
gue, gui: as a “g” in “goat”: guitarra
ge, gi: as a Spanish “J”: general
r: single R in the middle of a word: roll it for a short time: loro
Single R at the beginning of a word or in the middle after a consonant: roll it for longer: Enrique, Roberto
Double RR: always roll it for longer: carro

Activity:

Try to pronounce the following words correctly…

calcetines (sock)
ciudad (city)
cuidar (to look after)
general (general)
rama (branch)
raro (strange)
perro (dog)
pero (dog)

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