Simple To Learn Spanish Free: Vowels And Consonants

By Miguel Angel Romero

The importance of being fluent in both this and English is increasing on an almost daily basis. English is widely regarded to be the most difficult language to learn, as it has more exceptions to its rules than any other, and is reported by many to be the most difficult language to learn.

Spanish is fairly straight forward, and therefore great for self-education. Learning the following rules can go a long way toward helping you learn Spanish free.

Spanish Vowels And How They Sound

Spanish vowels are mostly letters are the same as in English, but the way they are pronounced is different. For instance, the letter "A" is voiced "uh" in Spanish, and "e" becomes an "ay" sound. "I" changes to a long "e" sound, and "u" is pronounced with an "ooh." There's only one vowel that keeps the same sound in English, and that's "o," as in "oh."

By examining a short sentence in Spanish, you can see more clearly how to use this information. Our sample here will be "I want to buy new pants."

Me gusta comer el pollo frito.

"Quiero" is the first word, and it means "I want." Pronounce this "kee-air-oh." The next word, "comprar," means "to buy" in Spanish and is spoken "comb-per-ahr." "Pantalones nuevos" means "new pants," and can be pronounced "pahn-tah-lone-ays new-ay-vozz."

The Sound Of Spanish Consonants

Consonants take a backseat to the vowels in Spanish just as they do in English. There are a few more rules we have to observe here than there were in the vowels, and even an extra "letter" of sorts: "ch." The letter "ch" is pronounced as you'd pronounce the same letters in the English word "champion."

The letter "c" becomes an "s" sound when used in front of an "e" or "i," for instance the word "cero," or the Spanish version of the English word "zero." A "g" in front of an "e" or "i" produces the "ch" sound, but if it's used anywhere else it represents a hard English "g" sound, as in "go."

More trouble makes itself known with the letter "z," which brings about a "th" sound like in the word "with." Any "h" in the Spanish language is always silent. The "ll" is another sound, used very commonly in Spanish, and it sounds very much like the hard "y" sound of "you." An example of the "ll" letter is "llamar," which sounds like "ya-MAR."

Then there's the little tilde that shows up above many Spanish words, such as in "el nio." In this case, this word makes the same sounds as the "ll" did. As a result, it is pronounced "el neen-yo." These are the majority of Spanish sounds, so as long as you practice these often, you'll be able to say whatever you want.

This article won't tell you everything you need to know to speak fluent Spanish or even prepare you to visit some Spanish speaking friends, but by going over the sounds here you can give yourself a good base to help you learn Spanish free.

There are still more sounds if one cares to look, including "qu," which becomes a hard "k" sound. "R" letters are always rolled, particularly when they crop up at the beginning of a word. The letter "y" is pronounced just like its English equivalent unless it's used by itself or at the end of a word in which case it sounds like "eee. - 30683

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