Pronunciation Guide

Each letter will have a wav file. The first is spoken by a male native speaker and the second is spoken by a female non-native speaker.

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B
C
CH
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
LL
M
N
Ñ
O
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Q
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RR
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A - fAther. Use the sound of the A in Father.
alabar     alabar (to praise),     alentar     alentar (to encourage),
Ana va a cantar mañana.     Ana va a cantar mañana. (Ana is going to sing tomorrow.)

B - Very. The letter B will make the same sound as V when followed by a vowel.
bebé     bebé (baby),     beber     beber (to drink),
Benito baila con Berta.     Benito baila con Berta. (Benito dances with Berta.)

C - CirCus. The letter C will make the same sound as the C in English.
Note the sound the C makes when followed by a vowel.
Car, Cedar, Cinnamon, Come, and Cup.
circo (circus) circo (circus)

CH - CHase. CH makes the same sound Ch makes in English.
chico (small, boy) chico (small, boy)

D - THe. The letter D will make a sound similar to the th sound in English. When making the sound, the tongue will slightly stick out of the mouth.
Dios (God) Dios (God)
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E - ElEphant. The letter E will make the same sound as the short e.
elefante (elephant) elefante (elephant)

F - Flower. F makes the same sound in English and Spanish.
Florida (flowered) Florida (flowered)

G - Gum. Use the sound of g in gum. There is a difference in sounds, but this g sound is close.
gato (cat) gato (cat)

H - Hour. The H is silent.
hora (hour) hora (hour)

I - EAgle. The I makes a long E sound.
insistir (to insist) insistir (to insist)
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J - House. The J makes the same sound H makes in English.
jugar (to play) jugar (to play)

K - Kin. K makes the same sound in English and Spanish.
kilómetro (kilometer) kilómetro (kilometer)

L - Lion. L makes the same sound in English and Spanish.
león (lion) león (lion)

LL - Yam. LL makes the same sound Y makes in English.
llamar (to call) llamar (to call)

M - Monkey. M makes the same sound in English and Spanish.
mono (monkey) mono (monkey)

N - Night. Makes the same sound in English and Spanish.
noche (night) noche (night)

Ñ - PoiGNant and caNYon.
People pronounce "canyon" differently, but "poignant" is the best word to get the sound from. The sound we need is the gn sound.
ñoño (fool) ñoño (fool)
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O - Almost the Oh. It is not quite the long O.
oso (bear) oso (bear)

P - Pie. P makes almost the same sound in English and Spanish. The English P, produces a slight puff of air when the sound is made. The Spanish P will not make that puff of air.
pie (foot) pie (foot)

Q - Kin. Q makes the same sound K makes in English. You will see Q with the letter U. Ex: ¿Qué? (what?). (Note: the U will be silent.)
queso (cheese) queso (cheese)

R - LaDDer, LaTTer, and LeTTer.
The needed sound is produced when these words are said without the slight pause it takes to say each double letter (La-der, Le-ter, La-ter). When the R begins a word and a vowel comes after the R, it will make the RR sound.
Example: Raro (rare).
caro (expensive) caro (expensive)

RR - This sound is an exaggerated (trilled) R. This one may take some practice.
carro (car) carro (car)

S - Say. S makes the same sound in English and Spanish.
saber (to know) saber (to know)

T - Tea. T makes almost the same sound in English and Spanish.
The English T is produced with the tip of the tongue touching the back of the two top front teeth, near the gumline.
The Spanish T is produced with the tip of the tongue touching the back of the two top front teeth, near the tips of the bottom teeth.
té (tea) té (tea)
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U - fOOd.
When it is after Q, it will be silent. Ex: ¿Qué? (What?)
When is is after C, it will make the "W-ater" sound. Ex: ¿Cuándo? (When?)
Usted (you - formal) Usted (you - formal)

V - Very. V makes the same sound in English and Spanish.
vaca (cow) vaca (cow)

W - Water. W makes the same sound in English and Spanish.
watt (lightbulb) watt (lightbulb)

X - eXpression. X will make the same sound in English and Spanish unless it is before a vowel.
If X is before a vowel, it will make the English "H" sound. x: X(h)avier (boy's name).
Xavier (boy's name) Xavier (boy's name)

Y - Yellow. Y makes the same sound it makes in English.
yo (I) yo (I)

Z - Say. Z makes the same sound S makes in English.
zanahoria (carrot) zanahoria (carrot)

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