Spanish Pronunciation Review (R, Double R, Accent Marks, Vowels)

 

Overview: In this free Spanish lesson, Elkin will share the basic Spanish alphabet pronunciations that will be critical to sound more like a native speaker.

You will learn how to pronunciate the vowels (a e i o u), “R” sounds, and accent marks in Spanish.

Who it’s for: Individuals who want to improve their accents and pronunciations in Spanish.

Why: If you want to sound more fluent and native, learning the basic accents and pronunciation is the best way.

Skill level: For beginners and intermediates (who struggle with spanish pronunciation)

Question: What is the biggest struggle you have when it comes to Spanish pronunciation?

In today’s free Spanish lesson, we will help you work on your Spanish pronunciation. This lesson will help you sound more like a native Spanish speaker and become more comfortable in your verbal abilities. Besides that, sounding more like a native speaker will help you avoid getting overcharged by taxi drivers from the airport!

Let’s get started with the basics, and then move on to the classic Spanish “rr”.

Vowels:

The Spanish “a” is pronounced like the “a” in the word “father.”

The Spanish “e” is most often pronounced like the “a” in the word “date,” except that it is shorter and crisper.

The Spanish “i” is pronounced like the “ee” in the word “see,” except that the sound is shorter.

The Spanish “o” is pronounced like the “o” in the word “no,” except that the sound is shorter.

The Spanish “u” is pronounced like the “ue” in the word “due,” except that the sound is shorter.

Examples:

Peso (=weight)

Masa (=mass)

Vino (=wine)

Edificio (=building)

Diferente (=different)

Electricidad (=electricity)

A simple tip for learning proper pronunciation: break the words down into syllables.

Double “r”:

The “rr” has a strong pronunciation. It is also one of the trademarks of the Spanish language and probably one of the main reasons Spanish is considered one of the sexiest languages in the world.

Examples:

Carro (=car)

Torre (=tower)

Perro (=dog)

To be able to pronounce these words correctly you will have to learn how to roll your “r’s.”

Single “r”:

The “r” has a soft pronunciation, almost like “tt” in the word “letter.”

Examples:

Toro (=bull)

Cara (=face)

The single “r” has a strong pronunciation when:

It is at the beginning of a word.
Rata (=rat)

Roca (=skirt)

Rojo (=red)

Real (=real)

It follows consonants “l” “n” “s” or the prefix “sub.”
Isreal (=Isreal)

Alrededor (=around)

Honradez (=honesty)

Subrayar (=underline)

Accent Mark:

The stress is in the syllable with the accent mark.

Examples:

Invitación (=invitation)

Café (=coffee)

Pájaro (=bird)

Préstamo (=loan)

With some practice, Spanish pronunciation will begin to feel more natural to you and less like you are calculating every syllable of every word. You can practice by speaking with your Rype coach, or watching original Spanish movies and listening to the way the natives pronounce certain words. Enjoy your new native accent!

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