The Spanish Alphabet Class notes on Pronunciation. Note: ch , ll , and rr.
Class notes on Pronunciation.
Although the Real Academia Españolain Madrid, Spain, removed the letters ch, ll, and rr as separate entries from the Spanish alphabet in 1994, they have been included in the class presentation for their unique sound qualities when pronounced.
It should also be noted that in the Americas many Hispanic countries still recognize rr as a separate letter of the alphabet.
A father mamá, casa, baño
E telephone teléfono, entrada, perro
I feet chica, película, libro
O ocean foto, coche, amigo
U mood fruta, música, mujer
A, E, I, O, U el burro sabe más que tú.
English example(s) Spanish example(s)
Ñ = [ny]canyon niño, pequeño
LL = [y], [j]yellowjacket, tortilla, pollo
J = [h]help Jorge, José
H = [silent]hola, hermoso
V = [b]babyventana, vivir,
C = [k] colacama, cuna
C =[s]celerycepillo, cinco
G = [g]gategato, gorra, guante,
G= [h]hill gigante, Jorge
R = like the English d; put tongue on palate just above front teeth
( [soft d] between 2 vowels or at end of a word)
RR = when 2 r’s are together like in perro, the rr is trilled; words that start with R are trilled also (to trill the rr, try to say brr, but instead of using your lips, use your tongue. When you
exhale, the tongue should be raised and widened so it touches the upper teeth)
In Spanish, the letters "k" and "w" are found only
in foreign words.
Ll = [y] or [j]
The letter “h” in Spanish is silent.
The English [h] sound is heard in the Spanish pronunciation of the
letter “j” and the letter “g”
(when “g” is followed by e or i).