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#13 – Try saying this!

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Hoy es la Parte III de la pronunciación española

La Pronunciación española:  Review Posts
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Parte I: las vocales
Parte II:
 las consonantes


¡Ya es sábado!
 – It’s Saturday already!
¿Tienes planes para el fin de semana? – Do you have plans for the weekend?

 

In Part 3 of Pronunciation, we’ll practice the Spanish cand r

1.
The Spanish ‘c’

Just like English, Spanish has “soft” c and “hard” c

 For example, pronounce these words in English: celebration, city, concentration, calcium

Now pronounce these:
cat, cookie, cucumber, class, crayon, music, discount, calculate

 

In Spanish the “soft c” is also ce, ci = s

cebra – zebra
cebolla – onion
cena – dinner
cerca – near, close
cerrado – closed

cilantro
cinco – 5
cine – cinema
civil
circunstancia – circumstance
solución – solution

 

In Spanish the “hard c” is also ca, co, cu, cl, cr = k

música – music
ca
sa – house
coche – car
cocina – kitchen
cuchara – spoon
cuando – when
¡Claro! – Of course!
cliente
Veracruz
crema – cream or Mexican sour cream

 

**Note that the ch is just like English:
chocolate
chicle – gum
cachucha – cap (in Mexico)
chubasquero – raincoat

 

 

2.
The Spanish ‘g’

Like English, Spanish has “soft” g and “hard” g

For example, say these words in English: Georgegiant, age, register

Now say these: gategotgustglass, grain, organ, program

In Spanish the “soft g” is also ge, gi =h (hey, he)

gente – people
generalmente – generally
geoloa – geology
bioloa – biology
gigante – giant
registrar – register
gimansio – gym
Jorge – George

 

In Spanish the “hard g” is ga, go, gu, gl, gr = like English

gato – cat
go
ma – rubber
gu
sano – worm
gl
obal – global
gr
acias – thanks
amigo -friend
regresar – to return

NOW FOR SOME REAL FUN!!!

 

3.
The Spanish “r”

the single “r”.  (ere)

If it starts a word, it’s as good as a double “rr” 

(This sound does NOT exist in English)

radio
Roberto
representante – representative
reservar – to reserve
ropa – clothes

 

If the ‘r’ is in the middle of a word or ends a word, it’s like the English “d”
(This sound does exist in English)

para – for, in order to
cara – face
estudiar – to study
mira – look
quiero – I want
trabajar – to work

 

Double “rr” (erre)
carro – car
perro – dog
tierra – earth, land
zorro – fox
ferretería – hardware store
abarrotes -groceries
Abarrotería – little grocery store

 

More fun with Trabalenguas!

Trabalenguas – Tongue twisters. Repite 3 veces tan rápido como sea posible (say them 3 times as fast as possible)

1. Cinco celebraciones en el centro
2. camisa, cocina, cuchara
3. Jorge registra a la gente
4. treinta trompetas tranquilas
5. carro con perro con ferrocarril

 

Action step:  Say the tongue twisters 3 times everyday for the next week to really work the sound and pronunciation. Pay special attention to the ‘soft g’ ge, gi – it can be tricky to remember.

Here is to YOUR Spanish success!

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Hasta mañana

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