November 7, 2019 0

Spanish alphabet and pronunciation


Hi, this is That’s Spanish!, and today we’re going to learn the Spanish alphabet. We can also name it as abecedary The Spanish alphabet has 27 letters Also, in this video we will talk about some special groups, such as ch and ll Let’s start! A Letter a The pronunciation, just like it would be in English, is /ah/ Like in the English word “mama” The example in Spanish is “abeja” (bee) B Letter b The pronunciation, just like it would be in English, is /b/ The English “p” is very similar to the Spanish “b”, and we have to highlight that the “v” and “b” in Spanish are always pronounced in the same way: /b/ Example in Spanish: “burro” (donkey) C Letter c The pronunciation in English can be in two ways: /k/ or /th/ /th/ About the sound /k/, we find the word “cow” /k/ And about the sound /th/, the word “thick” Regarding to the Spanish example, we find “casa” (house), /k/ or “cesta” (basket), /th/ It’s important that in Latin America, the sound of the letter c, /th/, is changed for /s/ So, in Spain we would pronounce /kanthyon/, and in America /kansyon/ D Letter d The pronunciation in English would be /d/ /d/ Like the English word “daddy” /d/ The example in Spanish is “dedo” (finger) E Letter E The English pronunciation would be /eh/ Similar to the English word “yellow” Example: España (Spain) F Letter f The pronunciation in English would be something similar to /f/ Just like in the English word “fat” The Spanish example is “final” (end) G Letter g The pronunciation in English can be in two ways: /g/ We find the example “guide” /g/ Or /h/ -strong-, like “hot” The example, /g/ “gato” (cat) /h/ “gente” (people) H Letter h The pronunciation… …it isn’t pronounced! It’s mute Like in Spanish “hola” (hello) I Letter i Pronunciation: /ee/ Like in the English word “green” /ee/ The example in Spanish would be “idea” (idea) /ee/ J Letter j It’s pronounced like a strong /h/ The “j” has the same sound that the strong “g”, as we saw in the previous section You must remember it It can be compared to the word “ham” In Spanish, “jamón” K Letter k Pronunciation, the same as in English: /k/ Such as the word “key” Example: Koala L Letter l The pronunciation would be /l/ Just like the English word “Laura” Spanish example: “lengua” (tongue) M Letter m The pronunciation is /m/ Like in the English word “mother” /m/ Example: “mar” (sea) N Letter n Pronunciation: /n/ Like in the English word “name” Example: “nombre” (name) Ñ Letter ñ The pronunciation is something like /ny/ /ny/ Just like in the English word “canyon” /ny/ The example in Spanish is “ñu” (wildebeest) O Letter o I’ts pronounced like /oh/ Similar to the English word “always” /oh/ “always” Example: “oso” (bear) P Letter p It’s pronounced /p/ Like in the word from English “post” /p/ Example: “plan” (plan) Q Letter q The “q” is always along with the “u” Qu You must remember it The pronunciation is like a “k” /k/ Just like in the English word “queue” Example: “queso” (cheese) R Letter r The pronunciation can be: Strong, vibrant “r”, /rr/ , or soft “r”, /r/ About the strong “r”, /rr/, it doesn’t exist comparison in English And about the soft “r”, an example in English culd be the word “rat” In Spanish, “ratón” (mouse) /rr/ , and “lámpara” (lamp) /r/ S Letter s The pronunciation in English would be like /s/ Like in the word “soup” Example in Spanish, “sopa” (soup) T Letter t The pronunciation is /t/ Like in the word “tea” In Spanish, tea U Letter u It’s pronounced /oo/ Just like in the English word “book” Example in Spanish, “usar” (to use) /oo/ V Letter v The pronunciation in English would be the same as “b” This we saw earlier in a previous section. It’s important /b/ An example in English would be the word “ball” And in Spanish, “vaca” (cow) W Letter w It’s pronounced exactly the same as in English Like in the word “water” Example in Spanish: “waterpolo” X Letter x The pronunciation is /x/ Just like the word “xylophone” In Spanish, “xilófono” Y Letter y The pronounciation in English is like a “j” or a “y” Like in the English word “york” Exmple: “ya” (now) Z Letter z The pronunciation in English is /th/ Like in the word from English: “teeth” Example: “pez” (fish) Now we’re going with the special groups: ch and ll ch is pronounced like in English, /ch/ Like in the word “cheese” And in Spanish, “chaval” (boy) LL “LL” has the same pronunciation that “y”. Like in the word “yellow”, /y/ We must remember that “ll” and “y” have the same pronunciation /ll/, llave (key) Well, so thanks for watching the video Give us a like if you liked it, subscribe and follow us on our social networks

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