How can you learn proper Spanish pronunciation?


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Proper Spanish pronunciation is easy to learn and involves reading the alphabet and pronouncing words phonetically. Unlike English, Spanish has only five vowel sounds which are consistent in their pronunciation. There are a few sounds that are difficult for English speakers to produce, but these can be learned with practice.

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The first vowel in Spanish is written "a" and always pronounced "ah." The "e" is pronounced as "eh," rather than gliding into "ey." "I" is always pronounced as "ee" as in "cheese." The "o" is pronounced "oh" with a stop, rather than gliding into "oo." The "u" vowel as pronounced as "oo." Fortunately for learners of Spanish, these pronunciations never change.

Consonants tend to be more difficult to pronounce, but can be learned quickly with practice. The Spanish "d" and "t" are both pronounced as "th" as in "they." The letter "j" is normally pronounced as "h," and sometimes as the English "y." The Spanish "y," by contrast, is either pronounced as "ee" or as the English "y." The double L, "ll," is pronounced between an English "y" and "j," and varies regionally. The enye, an English "n" with a tilde over it, is pronounced as "ny" with whatever vowel accompanies it.

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