Angeles was born and lives in Spain. She likes to know about other cultures. The same way, she writes from time to time about her country.
There are lots of resources on the internet, so I'll try to offer four options I think can be useful.
But before going ahead, let me tell you there are some differences between the Spanish spoken in America and the Spanish spoken in Spain, from a pronunciation point of view.
- Letters "c" and "z". In Spain, we pronounce it like a stronger English "th". On the other side, in America they are pronounced like an "s". Note that even in Spain, mostly in the South, these two letters are also pronounced as an "s".
- "j" and "g" letters, in Spain are pronounced much more stronger than in America.
So, knowing that, let's start. Enjoy and learn!
The "Real Academia de la Lengua" and the Spanish Alphabet
Rae.es. That's the url for "Real Academia de la Lengua Española", that is, the "Royal Academy of the Spanish Language".
What do members belonging to this Academy say about the Spanish alphabet?
- We can either use the Spanish terms "alfabeto" or "abecedario", for the English "alphabet". Today "abecedario" includes 29 letters: a, b, c, ch, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, ll, m, n, ñ, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z.
- From 1803, ch y ll (graphic signs containing two letters) are considered as one letter of the alphabet, as each one represents one sound.But later, in 1994, at the X Congress of the Spanish Language Academies Association, they agreed to adopt the universal Latin alphabet order, for which ch and ll are not considered independent letters.So, words starting with any of those letters pass now to be alphabetized and included where they should, inside c or l places, respectively.
- Whereas ch and ll are the only ones representing respectively sounds /ch/ and /ll/, the sound represented by digraph rr is the same than the one represented by r on initial position of the word or preceded by consonants n,l or s.
This site offers an interactive Spanish alphabet. Everytime you pass the mouse over any letter, you can hear how it sounds. It also offers some related information.
The pronunciation on this site is from América.
Ah! Note that "w" is named as "doble v", but Spain we call it "uve doble".
To visit this site: Spanish Alphabet at SpanishSpanish.com
How to pronounce letter "ñ"
Omniglot.com is more, let's say, technical. They offer an introduction to Spanish language, its history, and then and explanation for the Spanish alphabet pronunciation in both areas, Spain and America. Those strange symbols are used to show how letters are pronounced. If you are not very familiar with them, no problem, as they explain them.
To visit this site: Spanish Alphabet at Omniglot.com
One more Spanish alphabet pronunciation guide, including sound files, but with the particularity that together with every letter, you can click on a list of words using that concrete letter and listen to them.
Note that the pronunciation is American. (That is, letters "c" and "z" are not pronounced like the English "th" sounds, as in "think", but like an "s".)
You can visit it here: Spanish Alphabet at 123teachme.com
Roll your R's
http://www.bbc.co.uk - Spanish Alphabet
A Guide to Spanish - The Spanish alphabet
An interesting option! This site includes sound files. You can either listen to the Spanish alphabet or download the files. Or both!
Apart from this, the site includes explanations on the most significant letters / sounds in Spanish: Ñ, r, rr or about the Spanish accents.
What do you think about this hub?
More Spanish Alphabet resources:
- El alfabeto - ejercicios
Ejercicios sobre alfabeto del español. El alfabeto del idioma castellano. Ejercicios gratis para aprender y practicar el alfabeto del español. Pronunciación y ordenar alfabeticamente. Spanish alphabet exercises
- Spanish Alfabeto Worksheets and Powerpoints, Spanish4TEachers.org
Spanish Alfabeto - Teach the Spanish alphabet with these worksheets, Powerpoint presentations an lesson plans
- Spanish Alphabet
General information about the Spanish alphabet
- Spanish Alphabet Printable Worksheets and Mini-Books for Preschool and Kindergarten
Free Spanish alphabet printable activity worksheets and mini-books suitable for preschool and early elementary.
- Spanish spelling and the alphabet - Learn Spanish Online
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