Jane Cronin’s Spanish language

JANE CRONIN
Spanish courses and Talks about Spain
Torrevieja, San Pedro del Pinatar and Camposol, Mazarrón.
Tel: 968 18 32 58 www.janecronin.eu

P

March 28th, 2012|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

Only a few letters in Spanish are really hard for English speakers to pronounce, but the letter P is definitely not one of them!  It is just like the English P, the only difference being that it is slightly softer. […]

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O

February 25th, 2012|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

As we continue our journey through the Spanish alphabet, we are now arriving at our fourth vowel – the letter O. The O sound is made with the lips nicely rounded and protruding, with the mouth as open and hollow as possible. This is quite distinct from the English O many of us say. Actually we have two ways of dealing with O in English. […]

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Ñ

February 1st, 2012|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

The letter Ñ should never be confused with the letter N, under any circumstances.  We foreigners are inclined to think of Ñ as simply N with a squiggle on the top, but it is in fact a completely separate letter with a distinct sound and which therefore creates completely different words.  The Ñ is unique to Spanish and is often regarded as a symbol of “Spanishness”. […]

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N

December 28th, 2011|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

Just as we saw last month with the letter M, I am happy to tell you that the pronunciation of the letter N is the same in Spanish as in English.  If you actually listen to the way Spaniards speak, you will notice that practically all the consonant sounds are lighter or softer than in English which make them difficult for us to hear at times. […]

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M

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

The good news this month about the pronunciation of the letter M, is that it is exactly the same as in English and I should now say that there isn’t anything else to say about it, but if you read my articles regularly you will know that cannot possibly be true! […]

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L

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

You may have noticed that we have skipped the letter K in our romp through the Spanish alphabet. This is because it is a very uncommon letter in the Spanish language. If you check in your dictionary you’ll see it only appears in obviously imported words like “karate” and “karaoke” and measurements such as “kilómetro” and “kilograma”. […]

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J

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

The letter “J” joins the ranks of least favourite Spanish letters amongst English speakers, because it is one of the hardest ones to pronounce. We’ve already talked about the sound itself because it is the same as one of the pronunciations of the letter G, which is the throaty sound like the “ch” in the Scottish word “loch”. […]

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H

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

Well for once I’ve got relatively little to say about the pronunciation of a Spanish letter, and this is because the letter H in Spanish is silent. This is why our greeting “hola” sounds just like “ola” and the well known verb to speak “hablar” likewise sounds like “ablar”. […]

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G

July 8th, 2011|Categories: Jane Cronin’s Spanish language|

The letter G is probably the least favourite letter for English speakers of Spanish. There are two reasons for this; one is that it represents a sound that doesn’t exist in the English language, […]

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