Welcome to our comprehensive Spanish pronunciation guide!
The great news for beginners is that Spanish pronunciation is phonetic. In other words, once you know each letter sound, you can tell how to pronounce every word in the Spanish dictionary just by looking at it.
Our ultimate Spanish pronunciation guide for beginners equips you to practice pronouncing the vowels and...Read More
Today, let’s look at stress in Spanish! No, not the kind of stress you feel when trying to understand native speakers. It’s the stressed and unstressed syllables in Spanish words that produce the melody and meaning of words in Spanish. While stress plays an important role in English as well, the rules are not as clear as they are in Spanish. You’ll soon see that pronunciation is...Read More
It’s time to choose your classes for next semester! You’ve got all your core subjects out of the way, and there’s one spot left for a foreign language. How do you choose? Both high schools and colleges usually offer a variety of foreign language options, but most have one language in common: Spanish. It is an extremely common language to study because of the United States’ close proximity to...Read More
When I was just starting to learn Spanish, I remember that my Spanish teacher told me that each letter has only one sound, and you always pronounce every letter in a word. That was incredibly reassuring when I was just starting to learn the language. However, when I immersed myself in the language, I discovered that when pronouncing some words, you do not enunciate each individual letter....Read More
Splash, thud, vroom, zap! What is going on in here!? It sounds like a bunch of superheroes are starting to battle it out at a pool party. Herein lies the wonder of onomatopoeia, or words that imitate a particular sound.
Now, read those four words at the beginning one more time. What images do you see when you read them? These words have the ability to evoke an image or sensation in your...Read More
Whether you’re learning Spanish or already know how to speak the language, rolling your r’s is one of the milestones that will help you go from good to great! Some words, like carro and caro (car and expensive) require the speaker to roll their r’s correctly in order to distinguish one from the other.
So, how do you do it? Some people seem to be able to roll them right off the bat...Read More
As a native Spanish speaker, I’ve had the pleasure to work with people from all over the world. One of the common themes that I see my coworkers struggling with is Spanish pronunciation of vowels. Now, this is not because it’s a hard language to speak, but because they can be a little shy about their accent. From my experience, most Latinoamericanos greatly appreciate when a person...Read More
One of the more exciting aspects of learning a new language is finding out the unusual characters it contains, and Spanish is no exception. Not only do we have special characters like ‘ñ’, but also combined characters like ‘ll.’ There are also some letters that sound the same and others whose sound depends on its placement in a word.
Phew! All that can make your head spin if you take it...Read More