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A presentation to help your English-speaking brain say the sounds of Spanish correctly.

A presentation to help your English-speaking brain say the sounds of Spanish correctly.

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  • 1. The Sounds of Spanish
    • How they are the same
    • How they are different
    • The “KEY” to good Spanish
    • The vowels
    • The consonants
    • Letter combinations
    • Pronunciation guidelines
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 2. The Sounds of Spanish
    • How they are the same…
    • Nearly half the letters in the Spanish alphabet make the same sounds as they do in English.
    • Your English-speaking brain will say these correctly without any thought on your part.
    • That’s good news!!
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 3. The Sounds of Spanish
    • How they are different…
    • There are three kinds of letters which make different sounds in Spanish.
    • Vowels
    • Consonants
    • Letter combinations
    • These are easy to learn!!
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 4. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The “KEY” to good Spanish…
    • Learn the vowel sounds first.
    • Then add the consonants in.
    • Watch for letter combination sounds.
    • Don’t be afraid to try!
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 5. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The Vowels
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR Even though the vowels are the same letters as in English, they make different sounds in Spanish.
    • A E I O U
  • 6. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter A makes the sound of “a” like in “father.”
    • It sounds like ah.”
    • Say “ah”
    • Say casa ( kah -sah)
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 7. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter E makes the sound of “e” like in “hey.”
    • It sounds like “eh.”
    • Say “eh.”
    • Say café (kah- feh )
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 8. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter I makes the sound of “i” like in “ski.”
    • It sounds like “ee.”
    • Say “ee.”
    • Say lápiz ( láh -pees)
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 9. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter O makes the sound of “o” like in “go.”
    • It sounds like “oh.”
    • Say “oh.”
    • Say mono ( moh -noh)
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 10. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter U makes the sound of “oo” like in “cuckoo.”
    • It sounds like “oo.”
    • Say “oo.”
    • Say música ( moo -see-kah)
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 11. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The Consonants
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
    • B/V G H J Ñ Z
    • These are easy to learn!
    • There are many consonants in Spanish that look the same as the letters in English but they sound different.
  • 12. The Sounds of Spanish
    • B and V sound enough alike to be the same in Spanish.
    • There is no vibration for the V sound.
    • Make the sound of a soft “b” like in “boy” and use it for both B and V.
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR boca= boh -ka vaca= bah -ka start with the same sound.
  • 13. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter G in Spanish makes two sounds just as it does in English.
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR Gato= gah -toh Gente = hehn -teh
    • The hard G is the same as in English.
    • The soft G sound sounds like our letter “h” in “hen.”
  • 14. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter H is silent in Spanish.
    • It makes no sound.
    • It is like the letter “h” in the English word “hour.”
    • Hombre is pronounced “ ohm -breh.”
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR hombre
  • 15. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter J in Spanish makes the sound of “h” like in “hard.”
    • Jardín is pronounced hahr- deen.
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR jardín
  • 16. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter Ñ in Spanish makes the sound of “ny” like in the word “onion.”
    • It sounds like “nya.”
    • It has a tilde over it to show that it does not make the regular “n” sound.
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR Niños= nee -nyohs
  • 17. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter “Z” in Spanish makes the sound “S” like in “simple.”
    • There is no vibration for the “Z” sound.
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR zapato = sah- pah -toh
  • 18. The Sounds of Spanish
    • Letter Combinations
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
    • CH CU GU LL QU RR
    Some letter combinations make special sounds in Spanish that are different than in English. Pay attention to these!
  • 19. The Sounds of Spanish
    • The letter combination CH in Spanish sounds the same as in English.
    • However, it is considered a letter in Spanish and has its own section in many dictionaries.
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR chile = chee -leh
  • 20. The Sounds of Spanish
    • In Spanish, if the letter combination CU is followed by a vowel it makes the sound “kw” like in “quarter.”
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR cuaderno = kwah- dehr -noh cucharas = koo- chah -rahs
    • If CU is followed by a consonant, it sounds like “koo” as in cuckoo.
  • 21. The Sounds of Spanish
    • In Spanish, if the letter combination GU is followed by an “a” it makes the sound “gw” like in “guacamole.”
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR guantes = gwahn -tehs guitarra = gee- tahr- rrah
            • If GU is followed by a consonant or one of the other vowels, it makes the hard G sound.
  • 22. The Sounds of Spanish
    • In Spanish, the letters “LL” together make a sound like the “y” in “yam.”
    • “ LL” sounds like “ya.”
    • It does not sound like the English “L.”
    • “ Llama” is pronounced “ yah -mah.”
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR llama
  • 23. The Sounds of Spanish
    • In Spanish, the letter combination QU makes the sound “k” as in “king.”
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR queso = keh -soh
  • 24. The Sounds of Spanish
    • In Spanish, the letter combination RR is a trilled “r” sound.
    • The sound is trilled with the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth.
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR perro = pehr -rroh
  • 25. The Sounds of Spanish
    • Pronunciation guidelines
    • Use the guides on the next page to sound out words in Spanish.
    • Write the Spanish word with these guides to make sure you are pronouncing it correctly.
    • When you read the word using these guides, your English-speaking brain will make the correct sounds for the Spanish words.
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
  • 26. 08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR A = ah E=eh I= ee O = oh U = oo B=B V=B G  a, o = G G  e, I = H H = no sound J = H Ñ = ny Z = S CH=ch CU  vowel = kw GU  A = gwa LL = y QU = K RR = rrr = means sounds like  means followed by
  • 27. The Sounds of Spanish
    • Casa ( kah -sah) - house
    • Café ( kah -feh) -coffee
    • L á piz ( lah -pees) -pencil
    • Mono ( moh -noh) -monkey
    • Música ( moo -see-cah) -music
    • Boca ( boh -cah) -mouth
    • Vaca ( bah -cah) -cow
    • Gato ( gah -toh) -cat
    08/16/09 This material is the property of the AR Dept. of Education. It may be used and reproduced for non-profit, educational purposes only after contacting the ADE Distance Learning Center. TMR
    • Gente ( hehn -the) -people
    • Hombre ( ohm -breh) -man
    • Jardín (hahr- deen ) -garden
    • Niños ( nee -nyohs) -kids
    • Zapato (sah- pah -toh) -shoe
    • Chile ( chee -leh) -pepper
    • Cuaderno (kwah- dehr -noh) -notebook
    • Guantes ( gwahn -tehs) -gloves