Archive for the 'The Sounds of Spanish' Category

Jun 08 2004

The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication

Facial expressions and hand gestures are extremely important when speaking Spanish. Words that absolutely require appropriate hand gestures include: un poco or un poquito (a little), un momento or un momentito (one moment), vete (get lost), ándale (let’s go), ven acá (come here), no gracias (no thank you), por favor (please) and lo siento (I’m […]

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Jun 07 2004

Common Spanish Words

Español (Spanish), Castellano (Castilian), armadillo, perro (dog), llama, burro , chicle (chewing gum), cha, cha, cha, chico(a) (boy/girl), chiquito(a) (little), muchacho(a) (boy/girl), niño(a) (boy/girl), mamá (mom), papá (dad), Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panamá, Cubano (Cuban), Ricky Ricardo, tango, salsa picante (hot sauce), margarita, guacamole, tortillas, fajitas, Corona, Dos Equis (XX), zorro (fox), plaza, chupacabras, excelente, fantástico, fabuloso, […]

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Jun 06 2004

Natural vs. Written Accents

Natural Accents If a word ends in a vowel, or the consonants “n” or “s,” the natural accent or stress of that word falls on the next-to-last syllable. For example: pi-can-te, accent on can mi-nu-to, accent on nu mu-chas, accent on mu ha-blan, accent on ha If a word ends in any other consonant other […]

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Jun 05 2004

The Spanish Alphabet

Spanish has all the same letters as in the English alphabet. However, it adds four more: ch (che), ll (ayyeah), ñ (enyeah) and rr (erre with a trill!). Vowels are pronounced a (ah), e (ay), i (ee), o (oh) and u (oo).

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