The Spanish letter A is pronounced “ah,” as in father or wander.
Accents may look strange to anyone whose native language doesn’t have any, but they are extremely important in Spanish. Leaving off the accent on a word is a spelling mistake, and may cause confusion. There are three different Spanish accents
The Spanish acute accent serves two purposes: it alters word stress or distinguishes between two otherwise identical words.
Spanish pronunciation is phonemic, meaning that according to the pronunciation rules, in a given use, each letter is always pronounced a certain way. Many Spanish letters have only one pronunciation, making them especially easy to learn. But certain consonants have two pronunciations depending on where/how they are used. That's what this lesson is about. Take a look at this summary of "dual-pronunciation" letters, and then click on the individual letters for more in-depth explanations.
The traditional Spanish alphabet has 30 letters: the 26 letters in the English alphabet, plus 4 others. The letters that are the same are pronounced differently, so take a moment to learn the Spanish alphabet.
The Spanish letter B has two pronunciations, depending on where it’s found in the word.
The Spanish letter C can be pronounced in two different ways.
In Spanish, CH is considered a single letter.* It’s pronounced like the ch in the English words "chat" and "chess."
Contractions in Spanish and English are very different, because English contractions, such as it is > it’s, are considered somewhat informal and are optional. In Spanish, however, contractions are required, and there are essentially 3 types.
In Spanish, the letters cu plus a vowel make a [kw] sound like the English Q.