Vowels of the Spanish Alphabet: Pronunciation & Audio
- 0:06 Spanish Vowels
- 0:35 Pronunciacion
- 2:20 En Accion
- 3:54 Practica
- 5:16 Double Vowels
- 5:56 Lesson Summary
Learning the vowels of the Spanish alphabet is essential if you want to read, write, and understand the Spanish language. This lesson introduces you to Spanish vowels and teaches you how to pronounce each one. You will have an opportunity to practice the vowels and test yourself at the end of the lesson.
Cómo se dice? How do you say...? A key ingredient to both speaking and understanding Spanish is pronunciation. This lesson will introduce the Spanish vowels and the sound that each one makes. Another video will present the consonants, and then you can put them all together. It is important to note that, just like in English, there are a wide variety of accents and pronunciation differences. The ones presented in this video are the most common and widespread.
Las Vocales - Pronunciación
Not only is learning the letter sounds in Spanish helpful to being able to speak the language, but learning these sounds is also key to being able to understand Spanish that is being spoken to you. Listening and comprehension activities will become much easier once you have mastered these sounds.
Don't be surprised if the pronunciation of a letter is different than it is in English. This is particularly true with vowels. Please look carefully at how each letter is said: A (ah), E (eh), I (ee), O (oh), U (oo).
You will note that the Spanish E sounds like the English A. The Spanish I sounds like the English E. This can pose a problem for English speakers when they are first learning Spanish. The best way to get used to those sounds is to repeat the vowels over and over. I recommend that you spend a minute each day repeating the sounds to yourself until they start to sound natural.
Las Vocales en Acción
Let's see some of these vowels in action. Here are some words that use the vowel A: árbol (tree), gato (cat) and silla (chair).
Now, here are some words that use the vowel E: ella (she), verde (green) and come (eat).
Here are some words that use the vowel I: imán (magnet), amigos (friends) and aquí (here).
Here are some words that use the vowel O: oler (smell), colores (colors) and coco (coconut).
Finally, here are some words that use the vowel U: unido (united/attached), humo (smoke) and menú (menu).
Las Vocales - Double Vowels
So, what do we do if we see two vowels in a row? In Spanish, it's easy. You simply pronounce each vowel. So the word río is pronounced REE-oh. And the word adiós is pronounced a-dee-OS. Very occasionally, you will see three vowels in a row in Spanish. Generally speaking, the language steers clear of putting that many vowels together. However, if you do come across one of these words, the rule is the same: just pronounce each vowel. For example, this word: miau (mee-AH-oo).
To review, one of the keys to learning how to speak and understand Spanish is to learn each letter's pronunciation. This video focused on the vowels. The best way to learn these sounds is to spend a little time each day reviewing the vowels: A (ah), E (eh), I (ee), O (oh), U (oo).
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