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Lesson 1: Assignment

Spanish Pronunciation & Cognates

Learning Spanish Vowels:

Learning Spanish Consonants:

Spanish Pronunciation

Learning the wonderful language of Spanish can easily be started by understanding how Spanish letters are pronounced. Doing this will be easy and you will just breeze right by it, I promise! Here are some things to keep in mind.

blue star icon Spanish letters are the same as English letters.
blue star icon Each Spanish vowel only has one sound. (Unlike English, there are no short and long vowels.)
blue star icon It is easy for English speakers to pronounce Spanish words.

As you are looking over these vowel pronunciations, keep in mind that this is how you are going to pronounce these vowels in every situation. Spanish vowels each only have ONE sound, and this never changes. So practice these and you'll be sounding like a native.

Speaking Spanish is Just Like Speaking English

Notice that Spanish words sound just like they are spelled in practically every case. It might help to visualize the word. When you see accent marks above letters, it simply means that you should put the stress on that part of the word. Here is an example:
play icon Aquí (Ah-keeeeeeeeeeeeeeee)

Spanish Cognates (Cognados):

Spanish Words That are Similar to English Words (Cognates)

Your first vocabulary word list might surprise you, because you won't even have to study it. These words have literal translations that are spelled basically the same in both languages. They are just spoken in a different accent. These words are called cognates. Reading these will be a great way for you to practice your pronunciation in Spanish.

How to Make Words Plural in Spanish

You will be delighted to find out that in order to make a word plural in Spanish, all you have to do is add an "s" at the end of the word (just like you would do in English.) However, if the word ends in a consonant, then you add "es". Here are some examples of converting Spanish words to plural form.

Spanish Plural Examples:
  • play icon banana bananas
  • play icon doctor doctores
  • play icon favorito favoritos
  • play icon individual individuales


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Last updated: 2017

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