The Letter S There’s good news about the letter S. It’s pronounced the same as in English! The only thing that needs pointing out about it is that the sound is the same as the English unvoiced S, that is, the sound we might make when imitating a snake, and not the English voiced S which is the same as a “Z” sound. […]
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The letter Q in Spanish does exactly the same thing as it does in English, that is, it always appears in combination with the letter U. However, the pronunciation in the two languages is different. Whereas in English “qu” makes a “kw” sound, in Spanish it makes just the “k” sound alone. […]
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. […]
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. […]
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”. […]