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The Spanish Alphabet: How to Say the Letters & Sounds

The Spanish Alphabet: How to Say the Letters & Sounds


If you want to learn how to pronounce the
letters and sounds of the Spanish alphabet, you’ve come to the right place. Hey everyone,
I’m your host Danae and in this video, our teacher Luis is going to share with you an easy way
to memorize the Spanish alphabet. And go over some of the trickiest letters for beginners.
So stay tuned, and before you go make sure to click the link in the description box below
to check out one of our free online Spanish classes. So today we’re going to go over
the Spanish alphabet. Alright we have A. Ah. B. Beh. A. B. Now we’ll do C. Ceh. The letter
C in Spanish which is the letter C in English is really interesting because it has the ability
to sound like two different things. It can either sound like a K -kuh- or an S. Or in Spain,
a TH sound. Moving on we have A B C. Now we’re moving to D. Deh. A B C D. E. Eh. A B C D E.
F. Efeh. A B C D E F. G. Heh. Now this is another interesting letter. The letter G in Spanish
is “heh” but if we put the letters U and O after G, we get “gu” or “go”. And if we have
GA, it’s “gah” like gato. But if we have the letters GI or GE, the G in Spanish is now
pronounced, “hhh”. So far we have A B C D E F G. No we’re moving to H. Hache makes no
sound; it is a silent letter. Hache. So whenever you see an H in Spanish, just know that it’s
silent, like “hotel.” A B C D E F G H. Next we’re moving to I. Eee. Now in Spanish, I sounds
like E. And the letter E sounds like “eh.” So far we have, A B C D E F G H I. J. Jota. The
Spanish letter for J is jota and jota gets pronounced a bit differently in the sense
that it gets a little bit of phlegm to it. Somewhat like the sound in words that have
H in English. They have a little bit of a guttural sound which is in the back of the
throat. So far we have A B C D E F G H I J. Next we’re moving to K. Ka. Like “karate” or “kimono.”
“Ka” is not a sound you hear very often in Spanish. In fact it’s borrowed from a lot
of foreign languages. So far we have A B C D E F G H I J K. Next we have L. El-eh. A B C D E
F G H I J K L. Next we have M. Eh-meh. So far we have A B C D E F G H I J K L M. Next is N. Eh-neh. A B
C D E F G H I J K L M N. And next we have O. Oh. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O. Next we
have P. Peh. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P. Next we have Q. Cooh. And that’s the letter Q in Spanish.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q. And the next letter is R. Eh-reh. Now be careful, I’m not
saying “Ehrrreh” which is the double R, which we’ll go over at the end with all the special letters.
But I’m saying eh-reh, which is just a flip of my tongue. When it’s in the beginning of a word, it’s
“ereh” as in “rapido” or “rincon.” When it’s in the middle of a word it’s pronounced a
little softer like “Barcelona” or “mariposa.” So far we have A B C D E F G H I J K L M N
O P Q R. Next we have S. Eh-seh. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S. Next we have “teh” which
is the Spanish letter for T. Teh. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T. Next
we have U. Oooh. It is the next vowel in our alphabet and the last one. Oooh. A B C D E F G H I J K
L M N O P Q R S T U. And the next letter is V. Veh. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V. Now we’re going to move to the next letter, doble-u or doble-v, depending on where you’re from. That’s one
of those foreign letters to Spanish. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W. La
proxima letra, the next letter, is X or equis. Equis. And when you pronounce X in a word
sometimes it sounds like “hh”. Mexico, Oaxaca. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U
V W X. The next letter is “y griega.” Y. It’s pronounced “yeh”. A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y. Y la ultima letra, the last letter, is zeta. When pronouncing this letter zeta, in Spanish we use the letter S to pronounce it. Like “izquierda.” So Z would be “ss”.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. Now we’re going to move onto the
special letters in Spanish. The first of those is a compound, which is C and H together,
which makes the sound “ch”. “Ch ch ch ch ch.” Machaca, which is my favorite type of food. Machaca.
Next are the letters double L, which are pronounced “eh-yeh.” This comes up in words like “lluvia”
or “me llamo”. And it’s pronounced with a “yeh” sound, “yeh.” Much like our letter Y. The next
special letter is Ñ. For beginners this can be kind of a tough letter. The best way to
form an Ñ, is to think about an N and a G together – “ng ng ng.” In the back of the throat
they form and kind of push out with an E as well, so Ñ, en-yeh, like cumpleaños or año.
Our last special character is the double R. Double R’s are strong wherever they are. They don’t
need to be at the front and they certainly don’t need to be at the end. Double R’s have a rolling of the R which is like this “rrrr rrrr”,
like “carro” or “perro”. And that is all our special letters. Again those letters are CH,
LL, Ñ, RR. Hey guys thanks for watching. If you enjoyed this video leave a comment
and let us know if there are any specific Spanish letters you need help learning. And
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