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The Full Spanish Alphabet: Pronunciation & Audio

The Full Spanish Alphabet: Pronunciation & Audio
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  • 0:06 Alphabet - Introduction
  • 0:34 El Alfabeto - Letter Names
  • 3:26 Letters Only Found in Spanish
  • 3:49 El Alfabeto - Pronunciacion
  • 6:22 Special Pronunciations
  • 7:29 Review
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Instructor: Lisa Warren
This lesson introduces students to Spanish pronunciation and the entire Spanish alphabet. Vowels and consonants, including those unique to Spanish, are discussed.

Alphabet - Introduction

'Cómo se dice?' 'How do you say?' A key ingredient to both speaking and understanding Spanish is pronunciation. This lesson will present the Spanish alphabet in its entirety. A reminder that, just like in English, there are a wide variety of accents and pronunciation differences. The ones presented in this video are the most common and widespread.

El Alfabeto - Letter Names

Here we will take a look at the entire Spanish alphabet. Unlike the English alphabet, there are 30 letters in the traditional Spanish alphabet. There are four additional consonants that we do not have in English. Two of those consonants have recently been removed from the official Spanish alphabet, but they are included here so that you can learn these important pronunciations.

Please repeat after me as each letter comes up (please see the video starting at 01:00 to hear the pronunciation).

A...B...C...CH...D...E...F...G...H...I...J...K...L...LL...M...N...Ñ...O...P...Q...R...RR...S...T...U...V...W...X...Y...Z

I have just taught you the name of each letter. If you were to ask someone to spell a word for you, this is how they would tell you. Did you notice that the B and the V sounded the same in Spanish? That can be a little confusing, so as you learn new words, note if they have one of those letters in them. Let's hear those letters again (please see the video starting at 02:34).

A...B...C...CH...D...E...F...G...H...I...J...K...L...LL...M...N...Ñ...O...P...Q...R...RR...S...T...U...V...W...X...Y...Z

El Alfabeto - Spanish Only!

Let's do a quick review of the letters that are only seen in Spanish: The letter CH can be found in the word 'chico.' The letter LL can be seen in the word 'llama.' The letter Ñ is seen in the word 'mañana.' Finally, the letter RR can be found in the word 'perro.'

El Alfabeto - Pronunciación

What I have first shown is the name of each letter. Now, let's go through and hear the sound that each letter makes. As in English, the C and the G make two different sounds, depending on which vowels follow them. Also, please note that H is silent in Spanish! Repeat after me (please see the video starting at 04:05).

A...B...C or C...CH...D...E...F...G or G...H

Notice that the H is silent in Spanish...

I...J...K...L...LL...M...N...Ñ...O...P...Q...R...RR...S...T...U...V...W...X...Y...Z

Let's hear those again (please see the video starting at 05:22).

A...B...C or C...CH...D...E...F...G or G...H

Notice that the H is silent in Spanish...

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