The Spanish acute accent or tilde (á, é, í, ó, ú) has two different uses. Leaving off the accent on a word is a spelling mistake, and may even cause confusion, so it’s important to learn what it’s there for.
Spanish pronunciation is what I like to call phonetic, 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 or more pronunciations depending on where/how they are
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.
Learn how to pronounce the letters CH in Spanish.
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.
Learn the two possible pronunciations for the Spanish letter combination cu.
The Spanish dieresis is added to the U to obtain a W sound in front of certain vowels.
When a Spanish word has two vowels side by side, various pronunciation issues come into play: syllable division, diphthongs, and hiatus. In terms of syllable division, Spanish vowels are divided into two categories: strong and weak. To pronounce Spanish correctly, you need to understand strong and weak vowels and how they affect pronunciation.
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Enlace or encadenamiento is the phenomenon in Spanish whereby each word seems to run into the next, as if there are no boundaries between them. In fact, this is exactly the case: there are no phonetic boundaries in Spanish, and words do run together, in three different ways.