Spanish accentsAccents 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



Advanced Pronunciation

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.



Spanish alphabetThe traditional Spanish alphabet has 30 letters: the 26 letters you already know from the English alphabet, plus 4 others. The letters that are the same are pronounced differently, so take a moment to learn the Spanish alphabet.


And + Or

And or in SpanishThe words "and" and "or" are coordinating conjunctions. In Spanish, these two words have a few different forms depending on what they’re used with.



Spanish letters bThe Spanish letter B has two pronunciations, depending on where it’s found in the word.




Spanish letters chIn Spanish, CH was traditionally considered a single letter. It’s pronounced like the ch in the English words "chat" and "chess."



Spanish contractionsContractions 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.