Learn How to Read in Spanish

Learn How to Read in Spanish

Learn the basics.

 

To learn how to read in Spanish is probably one of the easiest things to do if you are going to follow the path of language learning. Spanish happens to be a phonetic language, meaning it is pronounced the same way it is written. Good news: all the letters sound the same no matter in which word they are. Bad news: You will need to learn how those said letters sound.

 

You might be wondering, why do I need to learn to read if I just want to speak the language? The answer is very simple: If you learn to read in Spanish, chances are that your pronunciation will improve, because finally those sounds will make some sense in your head; also, reading is a great way to pick up new vocabulary.

 

Learn How to Read in Spanish

Read in Spanish:

 

Watch our video so you get a better idea of the sounds of each letter. There are seven basic things you need to know so you are finally able to read aloud in Spanish:

 

1. Letter H is mute: You never pronounce this letter. The only exception is when you find this combination “ch”, like in chocolate. Other than that, just ignore it. Read about why H is mute. Please remember to pronounce all the other letters in Spanish.

2. Letter C and G are tricky: Letter C has a strong sound like “k” except if it is in the following combinations: “ce”, or “ci”. Then it will sound like “s”. Letter G also has a strong sound, like in the word “get”, unless it is in these combinations: “ge” or “gi”. Then it will sound softly like the “H” in “Hello”.

3. “Que” and “qui”, “gue” and “gui”. These combinations of letter do sound strong. Like “KE” and “KI”. Or “GUE” and “GUI” (Like in “guess” or “guitar”).

4. Letter J. In Spanish it has a panting sound, always. Like a tired dog… or like the sound of letter H in English.

5. The vowels: Like I said before the sounds of letters in Spanish never change, so you will need to memorize the sounds of the vowels A, E, I, O, U.

6. Letter R. You will need to “roll your R” if you see this letter at the beginning of a word, like in Rosa; or if you see it next to another “R” like in “carro”. other than that it will be a soft sound.

7. Letter ÑThis letter doesn’t exist in English but it is probably the most representative letter of the Spanish alphabet. If you have problems pronouncing this letter you can try pronouncing letter n+i (in Spanish) quickly. This will give you the sound of letter Ñ.

 

Are you ready to practice? Check out our blog post with audio exercises for more practice.

Also, download our free Survival Guide to Spanish. A useful phrasebook with the sentences you will need to use the most.

 

 

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