Spanish pronunciation : Spanish consonants


For learning: Spanish

Base language: English


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CreatedJan 16, 2009
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  • Pronunciation
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Today’s episode of Spanish Pronunciation 101 is about Spanish consonant sounds that don’t come naturally to English speakers. Martín Ventola, our Spanish instructor from Buenos Aires, has written a detailed post on his blog about the subject but here is a summary of today’s topic:

There are five Spanish consonant sounds that sometimes throw a wrench into an English-speaker’s Spanish pronunciation. They are:

The b sound in words like voy, vamos, había.

The d sound in words like hada, ciudad.

The g sound in ego, agua, agujero.

The j sound, like in ajo, jota, reloj.

The “aspirated s” sound in mosca, espacio.

In this podcast you’ll hear me just refer to consonants but I really meant the consonant sounds.