Basic Spanish


The Spanish language consists of the same letters as the English alphabet and the four additional characters: CH, LL, N, and RR.

CH: Is pronounced like the “ch” in “church” at all times; LL: Like the English consonant “Y”;

N: Like the “ny” in “canyon”;

RR: Very strongly trilled, with the front top portion of the tongue on the roof of the mouth behind the teeth.

“K” and “W” appear only in foreign words and are pronounced in the same way as in the foreign word.

In Spanish, the letter “H” is always silent.

The Letter “J” is pronounced like the English “h” in “house” Spanish consonants do not differ significantly from those found in English.

Spanish vowels maintain the following pronunciations at all times:

A: Sounds like the “a” in “father”;

E: Sounds like the “e” in “they”;

I: Sounds like the “i” in “police”;

O: Sounds like the “o” in “”;

U: Sounds like the “u” in “rude”;

QU: Sounds like the “c” in “coal”.

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