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| THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE
By Dr. Richard Grayson, University of West Florida
Spanish-speaking peoples´ most common mistake in pronunciation
is without a doubt the pronunciation of words that begin with
"sp", for instance "speak", "special", "Spanish", etc.
They have a tendency to put an "e" in front of such words. For
instance, the word "special", they pronounce "e-special"; "speak",
"e-speak"; "Spanish", "e-Spanish", etc.
The following is an exercise to correct this. Pronounce the word
first in Spanish, the second in English incorrectly, and the third
in English correctly:
[Objeto Flash Eliminado]
||Incorrectly in English
||Correctly in English
||I e-speak e-Spanish.
||I speak Spanish.
||You e-speak e-Spanish.
||You speak Spanish.
|Él habla español.
||He e-speak e-Spanish.
||He speaks Spanish.
Now pronounce the following:
I speak special Spanish; you speak special Spanish; he speaks
If you listen to my pronunciation and copy it, you will have elimated
the most common error made by Spanish-speaking peoples.
||de habla española (no "Spanish spoken")
||etc. (pronounced etcetera, not "E-T-C")
||the same way
||el mismo modo