Learn to Read Spanish in ONE HOUR!

It CAN be done. YOU can do it (I believe in you!). UNDERSTANDING what you are reading is another story. But by following some simple guidelines, you will be able to pronounce written Spanish.

Spanish has far fewer sounds than English, to begin with, and nearly all of the sounds you need to make are sounds you already know. The biggest problem for English speakers is that most of the vowels in Spanish are NOT pronounced as they would be in English. So let’s cover vowels first.

We’ll start with the letter ‘a.’ In English there are many ways an ‘a’ is pronounced, one of which happens to be how it’s pronounced in Spanish. In Spanish it is ALWAYS pronounced ‘ah’ as in ‘father.’ It is NEVER pronounced ‘ay’ as in ‘paste’ or ‘fate.’

That brings us to the letter ‘e.’ In Spanish, ‘e’ is pronounced like a long ‘a’ in English, as in ‘say’ or ‘pay’ or ‘late.’ Sometimes the sound is shortened up like the ‘e’ in ‘pet’ or ‘let’ but never pronounced like the ‘e’ in the English ‘feel’ or ‘need.’

The letter ‘i’ in Spanish is another that bothers English speakers because it is pronounced like the English long ‘e.’ It is never pronounced as in the English word ‘pirate’ or ‘like’ nor like the short ‘i’ in ‘pit’ or ‘if’ but always like the ‘i’ in ‘pizza
or the ‘e’s in ‘feel.’

The letter ‘o’ on Spanish is easy, because it is always ‘oh’ as in ‘so’ or ‘go.’ It is never pronounced as in ‘got’ or ‘hot’ but always as a long ‘o.’

The letter ‘u’ is pretty simple too, as it is always pronounced ‘ooh.’ The sound is like the ‘oo’ in ‘pool’ or the ‘u’ in ‘rule.’ It is NOT pronounced as ‘yu’ like in the English ‘fuse’ or ‘putrid.’

That’s pretty much it for the vowels except for a few 2 vowel combinations (called ‘dipthongs’).

‘ai’ is pronounced like the English long ‘i’ as in ‘pirate’ or ‘light.’
‘au’ is pronounced as ‘ow’ as in ‘cow’ or ‘allow.’
‘ei’ is pronounced like the English long ‘a’ as in ‘paste’ or ‘race.’
‘oi’ is pronounced like the ‘oy’ in ‘boy’ or ‘toy.’

Consonants are pretty much the same as in English with a few exceptions:

‘c’ changes sound like it does in English and can be either hard like in ‘cake’ or soft like in ‘cell.’ ‘C’ in front of an ‘e’ or an ‘i’ is soft. In front of ‘a’ ‘o’ or ‘u’ it is hard.

‘b’ and ‘v’ are both pronounced about halfway between an English ‘b’ and and English ‘v.’ You can get by just using your the English sounds, you’ll be understood.

‘g’ is like ‘c’ and changes depending on the vowel that follows it. It is soft in front of ‘e’ and ‘i’ and pronounced like the English letter ‘h.’ In front of ‘a’ ‘o’ and ‘u’ it is hard, as in ‘go’ or ‘garbage.’

‘h’ is similar to English, but it is silent if it is the first letter of a word.

‘j’ is a bit of pronounce similar to the English ‘h.’

‘ll’ is a problem for English speakers because it has NO ‘L’ sound to it, but is pronounced as if it were a ‘y.’

‘ñ’ is a letter that doesn’t exist in English. It sounds like the ‘ni’ in onion.

‘r’ is rolled slightly, similar to a Scottish ‘r’

‘rr’ is rolled longer, as long as you care to keep it up 🙂

One last thing is emphasis/stress, which is very important in being understood. Which syllable to stress usually depends on the last letter of the word: If it’s a vowel (‘a’ ‘e’ ‘i’ ‘o’ ‘u’) or ‘n’ or an ‘s,’ the stress is on the next to last syllable. Words that end in other consonants stress the last syllable. Exceptions to this rule are words that have an accent mark, in which case the syllable with the accent mark is stressed.

Start with the vowels. Then try the consonants, and lastly the stress. It’s not hard, give it a try. You’ll find it will be a lot easier to learn Spanish if you can visualize the words and not depend entirely on sound. Happy landings!

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