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Spanish: Pronunciation

The Spanish alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet. In Spanish, the use of accents is common, and usually indicate a shift of stress within a word. Usually the stress is set at the one but last syllable in a word, unless a vowel is accented. Consontants and Dipthongs

b is pronounced as in 'bed'.
c is pronounced as in 'thick' when it preces 'e' or 'i'. When preceding 'a', 'o', or 'u' it is pronounced as in 'cat'.
ch is pronounced as in 'chalk'.
d is pronounced as in 'bed' when it is at the beginning of a phrase or when it is preced by 'l' or 'n'. Otherwise it is pronounced as in 'this'
f is pronounced as in 'fat'.
g is pronounced as in 'gap' when it starts a phrase or when it is preceded by 'n'. Before 'e' or 'i' it is prounced as the Scottisch word 'loch'
h is not pronounced at all.
j is pronounced as the Scottish word 'loch'.
k is pronounced as in 'brick'.
l is pronounced as in 'bill'.
ll is pronounced as in 'yes'.
m is pronounced as in 'me'.
n is pronounced as in 'no'. When it is preceded by 'v', it is prounced as 'n'.
is pronounced as 'ny'.
p is pronounced as in 'pet'.
qu is pronounced as in 'cat'.
r is pronounced as a rolling sound, but it is only very short, and the tongue is usually only rolled once.
rr is pronounced as a rolling sound, but it is longer than 'r', and the tongue is usually rolled a few times.
s is pronounced as in 'sit', unless it is followed by d, g, l, m, n, in which case it is pronounced as 'zombie'.
t is pronounced as in 'table'.
v is pronounced as in 'boy'.
x is pronounced as in 'box'.
y is pronounced as in 'yes'. When it stands alone, or it is followed by a consonant it is pronounced as in 'sit'.
z is pronounced as in 'thin'.

Vowels

a is pronounced as in 'come', but it is pronounced lighter.
e is pronounced as in 'bed'.
i is pronounced as in 'meet', but shorter.
o is pronounced as in 'hot'.
u is pronounced as in 'cool'.

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