Spanish Alphabet Pronunciation
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Spanish Alphabet Pronunciation: Vowels

alike the a in father
efor a syllable ending in a vowel, like the e in they
for a syllable ending in a consonant, like the e in set
ilike the i in machine
ofor a syllable ending in a vowel, like the o in vote
for a syllable ending in a consonant, like the o in spot
ulike the oo in tool
silent after q and in the groups gue and gui
ywhen used as a vowel, pronounced like Spanish i

Spanish Alphabet Pronunciation: Consonants

b, v at the beginning of a word or following a consonant, like the b in body
otherwise, a sound crossed between the English b and v sounds
cbefore a consonant or a, o, u like the c in cave
before e or i, like the s in silver
*in Spain, the c before e or i is often lisped like the th in this
chlike the ch in child
dlike the d in dark
between vowels and following l or n, pronounced like the th in there
flike the f in flower
gbefore e or i like the Spanish j (English "h" sound)
otherwise, like the g in get
hsilent
jlike an h but stronger
Almost silent at the end of a word
klike the k in kid
llike the l in leave
lllike the y in you
mlike the m in maze
nlike the n in navy
ñlike the sound of the ni in onion
plike the p in pain
qlike a k, and always followed by a silent u
r

pronounced with a strong trill ("rolling an r") at the beginning of a word and after an l, n or s
minimal trill at the end of the word
medium trill for other positions

slike the z in zebra before consonants b, d, g, l, m, n
otherwise, like the s in simple
tlike the t in terror
vsame as b
wusually like a v
xlike the x in fox when between vowels
like an s before consonant
ylike the y in yellow
zlike an s
*in Spain, the z is often lisped like the th in feather