This technique will help you improve your Spanish vowels pronunciation fast and easy.
Pronunciation is the hardest thing to learn in a language. For many, pronunciation is the most difficult part of a language to learn.
Learning how to sound like a native speaker usually takes years.
Today you will learn a simple technique to improve your pronunciation.
This will certainly help you to be more confident in speaking.
When young children are learning a language, the first step to start talking is to hear everything around them.
After enough time listening to their surroundings, they finally begin to emit sounds and imitate what they have been hearing.
For these reasons, in order to improve your pronunciation, you should surround yourself in an environment where Spanish is spoken: watching movies, listening to youtube channels in Spanish or talking with native Spanish speakers.
I recommend the following youtube channels that use simple vocabulary in Spanish:
- Yuya from Mexico
- Inna Moll From Chile
- Dacosta Bakery From Venezuela
- Platzi From Colombia
- Xataka From Spain
- Dustin Luke From United States. He has learned Spanish in Argentina and he has excellent pronunciation.
How does the “Baby Talk” technique improve my pronunciation?
Spanish and English share the same alphabet (with exception of ñ and ch in Spanish) and many people think that vowels are pronounced the same way, but there are significant differences in pronunciation between two languages.
In English, the vowels have 19 different sounds when they are pronounced in a word. Also, they can increase depending on the variety of English that we are speaking. For example, Australians surely have more vowel sounds.
In Spanish there are only five sounds in the vowels:
a (ah). This is similar to sound A in the word Spa
e (eh). This is similar to sound E in the word Let
i (ee). This is similar to sound I in the word See
o (oh). This is similar to sound O in the word Boring
u (uuh) This is similar to sound U in the word Boot
You can practice these sounds first, which are very short.
To pronounce the words properly, the first step is to practice with the “Baby Talk” technique and just pronounce the vowels.
DINERO (Money) if you only pronounce the vowels you will have: I-E-O. Again the sounds are very short.
Pronunciation of DINERO: D-EE-N-EH-R-OH.
Only the vowels: EE-EH-OH.
Now if you sound like a baby: EE-EH-OH. This technique will shorten the sound of the vowels and improve pronunciation in Spanish.
If you want to more information you can see this youtube channel: Easy Spanish with Milena.
Please Watch and it and tell me what you think!
And how do you pronounce a word with two vowels together?
A diphthong refers to vowel sounds that are pronounced within the same syllable.
English has diphthongs as well. Take the word “Loin” for example. It’s not pronounced “lo-in”, but “loin”.
Notice how the O transitions into the I very quickly. It’s almost like you’re trying to merge the two sounds.
Diptongos in Spanish is very easy to pronounce, you just need to know the pronunciation of each vowel and all you have to do is pronounce the vowels in order and quickly so that it sounds more natural.
Some words that have diphthongs:
- a) Agua
- b) Aire
- c) Gracias
- d) Neutro
- e) Hierba
Most vowel sound pairings are diphthongs in Spanish. However, sometimes they’re pronounced individually, for example:
- a) Tío (uncle)
- b) País(Country)
- c) Mío (Mine)
- d) Río (River)
Words that are pronounced separately are marked with a rising accent from left to right.
If you want to more information you can see this youtube channel: 1, 2, 3 Spanish:
Last Tip: If you want to learn more about this topic check out this Guide.
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