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Develop a native-like accent, feel successful from the very beginning, progress more quickly . . . there are lots of reasons that good pronunciation is important.
You must speak out loud!
Use this section to quickly develop confidence in your Spanish pronunciation skills. With that confidence, you will progress much more quickly. But remember, for these exercises to be effective you must speak out loud, at normal conversational volume.
The first five lessons cover the vowels. In Spanish, the vowels have only one sound each. That’s one of the reasons that Spanish words are spelled exactly how they sound. Here’s an interesting fact: It only takes Spanish-speaking children about a year to master spelling. Compare that to English. I’m still wurking on my English speling!
Don’t stress out over the “rr”!
You may be familiar with the “trilled r” as represented by the “rr” character. Many English speakers find this sound difficult to reproduce. If you are one of those people—don’t worry about it! Eventually, you will probably get it. But even if you don’t you can still sound good. You’ll just have a bit of an exotic foreign accent.
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