Achieving Better Pronunciation in Spanish
Pronouncing words correctly or at least close to it has a lot to do with how we place the muscles in our face and mouth. If you place your lips or tongue in a different position, you will produce a different sound, producing probably a different word than what you wanted to express. To achieve better pronunciation in Spanish it is important to train your muscles in your face to be in the right position when you speak a foreign language. This is of course an exercise that requires you to pay a lot of attention and a lot of repetition. With the attention, you will notice sounds other people make as well as notice how YOU sound when you try to sound similar. Repetition will help your muscles remember to be in a certain position until it becomes automatic. Kind of like when you dance.
But… Spanish Pronunciation is Easy… Isn’t It?
Spanish has very clear pronunciation rules. Basically sounds don’t really change, vowels sound always the same and with a few exceptions depending on what letter is next, consonants always sound the same too. However it is not always easy for everybody to produce the words correctly. It is probably because they are not used to place the muscles in their mouths correctly. We like what’s comfortable, and we typically pronounce words the same way we would in our first language.
In this video I’ll show you some sounds you can start correcting from now on. They are simple but very common and if you pay attention and practice, your pronunciation will improve a lot.
The sounds I’ll talk about are:
T (as in TOMATE), Z (as in ZORRRO), B and V (as in BURRO or VACA), D (as in DÍA), and the vowels A, E, I, O, and U.
Are You Ready To Improve Your Spanish in General?
Español en uso is a subscription course in which I have worked for the past two years. It is designed for the intermediate – advanced level student. If you are ready to start understanding and speaking the language beyond grammar rules, this is for you. Inside this course you will find training in Pronunciation, Linking of words, and common chunks of language to help you understand and sound more naturally. If you are interested, find out more information here.
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