Pronunciación

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THE MOST COMMON MISTAKE.

by Dr. Richard Grayson, University of West Florida. 

Spanish-speaking people´s most common mistake in pronunciation is without a doubt the pronunciation of words that begin with "sp", for example: "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: 

 

Sonido Texto
Spanish Incorrectly in English Correctly in English
especial e-special special
español e-spanish spanish
hablar e-speak speak

 

 

Sonido

Now pronounce the following the same way:

Spanish Incorrectly in English Correctly in English
Hablo español I e-speak e-Spanish I speak spanish
Hablas español You e-speak e-spanish You speak spanish
Él habla español He e-speak e-spanish He speaks spanish
 

 

Sonido

Now pronounce the following sentences:

  • I speak special Spanish
  • You speak special Spanish
  • He speaks special Spanish


If you listen to my pronunciation and copy it, you will have eliminated the most common error made by spanish-speaking people.

 

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VOCABULARY 

Spanish-speaking de habla española (no "Spanish spoken") etc. etc. (pronounced etcetera, not "E-T-C")
for instance por ejemplo following siguiente
mistake error the same way el mismo modo
 

 

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