Say it correctly :)

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You know I like Maria from Why Not Spanish?  Here she is:

The double ll can make 3 different sounds: 

“ye” which is most commonly taught in the USA

“je” softer j than English and with slight vibration –  Maria from Why Not Spanish? uses this sound. She is from Colombia.

“sh” people from Argentina and Uruguay use this sound

They are all correct.  Spanish can be like that 🙂

This video has a good examples.  5 minutes


The letter S, Z, C  can make a special sound called “ceceo” .  In Spain mostly, they are pronounced as a soft “th” sound.

This video explains the soft “th” with the letter C starting at 3:15 timestamp.


 Maria from Why Not Spanish is excellent!  Watch this video.


Maria from Why Not Spanish? is an excellent teacher.  Watch this video for specific help with differences in pronunciation. 


This 20 min. video by Super Holly is amazing! 


Special Consonants – excellent and short 🙂


PRACTIQUEN  las vocales = PRACTICE the vowels


Spanish for Beginners – Andrew Barr from Real Fast Spanish is a good teacher.


1001 Spanish Words You Already Know!!  Cognates – Andrew Barr from Real Fast Spanish


Those animal sounds!!


Good pronunciation is MUY IMPORTANTE / VERY IMPORTANT!  Below are 6 videos that will help you speak better.

  1.  This gal is excellent and easy to understand.  ¡Me gusta mucho! =  I like it a lot!    
     (Part 1 – 4:39 min.)

 (Part 2 – 4:03 min.)

2.  Learn to say the “R” sound. This gal is smart!  Watch only first 2 min. It gets complicated and tedious after that.

3. LOOK WHAT I FOUND!!  I am excited to share this commercial from when I was a kid.  Listen to the owl say the word “THREE”.  If you can mimic him, you will hear yourself pronounce the double R sound in Spanish.  So cool!  Who knew a cartoon could teach Spanish 🙂   36 seconds

4.  Excellent instruction video from Visual Link:  Spanish Pronunciation Essentials (12 Keys Sounds for Native Spanish accent)

5.  Clear sound.  You can click on any letter and listen as often as you need.

6.  Excelente! Person speaking Spanish ABC (3:04 min.)


TWO printable charts for your convenience!   ABC charts – Older and Newer 001


Practice the Spanish J sound with this video.     —  little fyi:  pepper is also called “pimienta


Easiest of all!

The letter h may be the easiest of all the Spanish letters to pronounce:  the h is always silent.

The letter combinations ch in “el churro” (fried donut) and the sh in el flash”, as in photography light,  are pronounced basically the same as in English.


Practice the Spanish G sounds here:

Pay extra attention to common mistake of gui and gue

Ejemplos =  examples:    la guitarra = guitar,     la guerra = the war


The Spanish “C” has two separate sounds, hard and soft. When appearing in the combinations “ca”, “co” and “cu”, the hard Spanish “c” closely resembles the English “k” sound. When appearing in the combinations “ce” and “ci”, the “c” is softer.  Pronounce it like the “s”.

Ejemplos = examples:   el caramelo = candy,      el coco = coconut,    el cuchillo = knife,      la cena = dinner,     el circulo = circle



que:   these three letters together “que” in Spanish make the sound /keh/.  You do not say the u.

For example: ¿Que bebes?  What are you drinking?  Que = /keh/     Do whatever you can to learn that sound que = /keh/.  You will sound great!

 double ll is a special sound in Spanish!  The sound is /yeh/ as the “y” sounds in English word “yellow”.

For example:  Me llamo Marisa.  llamo =  /yamo/    Do whatever you can to memorize that ll sound.  You will sound like a pro!

qui:  these three letters together “qui” in Spanish sound like English word “key”.  You do not say the u.

Example:  Yo quiero comer.   I want to eat.   quiero =  kee- eh- ro   (Writing the word out by the SOUNDS you HEAR is how Bella helps herself say words correctly. Read more about this mneumonic device, see page in menu tabs.)