How To Pronounce Letters In Spanish * Lesson 1*Jun 07, 2021
language tutor I am very happy that you are with us today. Today's
lessonwill really allow you to learn Spanish and sound like a native speaker. Yes, you can see that in other languages we have to learn phonetics and we have to. all kinds of adjustments and it's kind of hard in a lot of languages to really start to sound like a native speaker but guess what in
spanishwe don't have that problem you can really pay attention to what you say and you can start sort of like a native speaker it's very easy so today I'm going to teach you something that will help you establish a really good phonetic foundation okay guys today what I want to do is go through the alphabet with you and I want to start with the vowel sounds here's the thing and in In Spanish, 90% of the pronunciation in reading is knowing your vowels and most of it is in English.
We need to know that an a sounds like aah sometimes sounds like a sometimes sounds like a sometimes we don't have t hat issue in Spanish and a has a sound and e has a sound each vowel has a sound so we want to start with you very quickly and just talk about those vowel sounds so the letter A here the letter A will always sound like ah it's always going to be hello if you ever hear someone say something with the sound AA you know it's the letter A it will never be any different now check this out this is the letter E it's
pronounced ah yes it's like eh almost in Spanish ah and the letter I this is a bit confusing sometimes because the letter AI actually sounds like e II ok so whenever you hear the sound e is an eye I want to go ahead and tell you that a Y we'll talk about what a Y is called in Spanish in just a minute but in context if you're reading you see the letter Y it's also
pronounced e y means y but apart of that, more or less an e sounds, it will be an AI and do not confuse E and the letter E because remember it goes up like an okay so far it sounds like aah sounds like a and I sounds like e now we come to the letter O and I have to tell you something very important about the letter O because this is where we can sound like non-native speakers okay when you say the letter O in English we do exactly what I just did, we say o and we put our lips together, you know they do that rounding and therefore sometimes we say, hey, what are we having for dinner? it's
spanishspeaking when we speak spanish so what we want to do is put our mouth straight and not move our lips and just say or try just say oh ok and that's the same for you when we say u want purse those lips don't do it alone say ooh ok real quick i want to throw out the vowels one by one and you just say it out loud what you think of the vowels intellect oh here comes the a is oh you got it now the e and now i remember it is different ok is e ok good and we're not going to confuse the e d the E the letter e okay now the oh oh okay and then the U is ooh okay great now let's go through the entire Spanish alphabet and I'll tell you these are the names of the
lettersokay so remember sometimes we don't No I will apply our rules in our way of thinking to other languages, but I want to remember something when we talk about the alphabet.
Now I tell you what those
lettersare called, okay, I tell you the names. of the actual letters, so if you're going to spell something, this would be what you said, but again in context, we're just using the letters as they're used. Here's an example of what I'm talking about, you know if we spell the word baby. in english we spell it be a B Y ok so those are the names of the letters B to B Y but in context I don't say oh that's a B to B Y really cute we actually use the letters as they are used baby the same what what i'm telling you today in the alphabet is that the names are the names of the letters ok here we go so we should learn the a which is aa now many of the consonants go ahead and get this sound in your mind the S sound because a lot of those consonants are going to use that sound look what i'm talking about here we go the B is called mala mala and the C is called say joint and the D is called probably you're already guessing dad now I want to go ahead and tell you to push that tongue a little bit forward day by day is ok we don't want to put our tongue back here on that ridge right behind our teeth going up because that's where we do the English D and that will sound that will make us sound like a person trying to speak spanish so push your tongue forward a little bit and say okay and then the e that we already learned is a and the F is fa fa now the G the G is going to be a little different Spanish we will use it a lot the same as in English in context , but the G is actually I always tell my students how they remember the letter G is called because they always say this to him you always say hello, okay, so the GTA is a word with an H, don't say the H, no breath sound or anything it's just silent so you just ignore it but it's part of the spelling so you want be a good speller make sure it's there if you're writing it but don't say the lyrics H I like to tell my students to sneeze it's me I check I check it's ok now let's go to the I it's e and the J is breathed like our H in English the letter is called Jota K is called God we don't use many caves in Spanish but it's part of the alphabet now i will get to the h i j k l we got to the L is the la but now we have a double L in Spanish, the double L sounds like yes in a sentence, so this word here L L AM a s is pronounced yah mas yah mas as in ¿quál es tu nombre? the single L is called la the double L is called EA ok let's move on to the M it's called you're probably guessing by now ma ma the N is called n may and may and again I want to push your tongue forward a bit because you know our n english has come back a bit and so you push your tongue forward a bit and say n me now you have the end this in and it's got a little wavy snake over the top now first of all i won't tell you that line is called dealer day any day that's what that little snake on it is called but when you have that at the end it changes from ma to NEA and yeah ok let's see a word that would do with that letter here's a morning like you I'll see tomorrow tomorrow you say my Nana that's the difference between the simple n and the tilde at the end yes ok that brings us to oh we've learned that's all now let's talk about the P real quick the P is just called pay but what I want you to make friends is this I want you to wear the hand in front of your mouth real quick and say the English word huff puff now when you say the word puff you're gon na feel a puff of air in your hand and that's because when we do the erin in english it has that breathy sound like this which in Spanish what you want to do is try to take that air away, so lip smack and go ahead and try with me lip smack as if you were going to say the letter P, but then use that as a starting point and just say hi, BAE , try to get that air out and once you start to feel significantly less air you're getting really close you're going to sound like a native speaker now let's talk about the sign the letter Q is called cool and then we get to the R let's talk about they're very fast the singles are like they're in english they don't exist in spanish they're not really in english they sound like that sound doesn't exist in spanish so the only R here we call this a flap and what i want you to do is take your tongue and po stick it right behind your teeth there and then move your tongue back until you feel the ridge come up nicely and that's where you want your tongue to be when you say the Spanish are and you're going to push the air in and just flap your tongue, just you'll flap it against that part of your mouth and that's why we call it a flap now you a lot of my students come up and say I can't really do that in Spanish and I tell them you can because you do it all the time.
I'll give you an example right now. I want you to say this word in English. and i want you to think i want you to pay attention where is your tongue say the word butter butter i just tried a few times butter where is your tongue exactly where i just told you a minute ago? I didn't even realize that Spanish is okay so let's put a word on the screen here PE r oh this is the conjunction but I want to go but I can't okay but in Spanish let's stay together now first. all we gonna do is that P let's take the breath out alright so take the breath out use the sound e remember i t all YZ sounds like a whole or sounds like a whole we're not going to round our lips and we're just going to say this don't try it y'all together battle battle battle there you go take a breath flutter you are and you sound like a native speaker alright now let's talk about the double heart the double r will be what we call a trio which is a real little unit so with your tongue so PE RR oh now this word we add an R means dog, let's try this one, breathe out, make your vowel sounds, trill and say this, Pedro Pedro Pedro, there you have it.
I bet you're selling yourself as a native speaker. Get those last letters, the S, you can probably already guess if it has the same sound as the S, if the T. ooh we learned that now the V and the W I want to tell you about those depends on which country you're really in , some people learn by the V they will say that and some people will learn who really depends on where you are so you better know you can say this than our move and when you get to another country you will choose which one you are wearing ok , the W also has two ways of saying it, there is Double courtship and dog puts its dog paw.
I bet you can guess what it means double so Levay dog if I can say the double V. or W dog level alright now the X is just called keys the Y is called ok agra agra agra and that literally means the I Greek that's what you're saying okay and we finally got to the end Z is SATA okay so I want you to practice that alphabet just keep going over it and keep practicing and saying those letters while you're driving your car or whatever you're doing watching TV practice that alphabet Prince thank you for watching language tutor if you have a question for me feel free to leave it in the comment section below the video and p lease click subscribe and invoice notification so you never miss
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