Spanish Alphabet Sounds - Lingua Linkup (2023)

aAH (It's a soft "ah" like in "aha!)Acaba (Just)
Adelante (Ahead/Come in)
Amistad (Friendship)
Alumno (Student)
Avión (Airplane)
Azul (Blue)

El Alumno se fue de vieja en un Avión Azul (The student travels in a blue airplane)

bBEH (like the ‘b’ in ‘bay’)Bueno (Ok)
Bacan (Great)
Biblioteca (Library)
Bote (Boat)

Leer es bueno. (Reading is good)
La biblioteca esté cerca. (The library is good)

baBAH Bailar (To dance)
Ballena (Whale)

A Maria le gusta bailar. (Maria likes to dance)

beBEHBeso (Kiss)
Belleza (Beauty)

Ellos se dan un beso al saludarse. (They kiss when greeting each other)

biBEBienvenida (Welcome)
Bigote (Mustache)

Mi papa tiene el bigote largo. (My dad has a long mustache)

boBOWBonita (Pretty)
Botella (Bottle)

La botella esta vacia. (The bottle is empty)

buBOOBuscar (To look for)
Burro (Donkey)

Fui a buscar a mi mamá. (I went looking for my mom)

cCEH (Like the ‘sa’ in ‘say’)
(Like the ‘th’ in ‘thay’ in Spain)
This letter has exceptions with Ce and Ci

(When is followed by “e” or “i”, it is pronounced either as “th” in “think” or as “s” in “son”. )

In all other cases it is pronounced as “k” in ‘key’

Carcajada (Loud laugh)
Carro (Car)
Criminal (Criminal)
Celular (Cell Phone)
Cielo (Sky)

El carro esta estacionado. (The car is parked)
El celular debe estar apagado. (The cell phone must be turned off)

caKAHCama (Bed)
Calamidad (Calamity)

Me voy a mi cama. (I go to my bed)

ceCEH Cena (Dinner)
Cerebro (Brain)

El cerebro es una órgano. (The brain is an organ)

ciSEECilantro (Cilantro)
Ciudad (City)

La ciudad que nunca duerme. (The city that never sleeps)

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coCOHCoco (Coconut)
Compromiso (Commitment)

El helado de coco es mi favorito.

cuKOOCuerpo (Body)
Cupido (Cupid)

Me duele el cuerpo. (My body hurts)

chCHE (Like the ‘ch’ in chair)Chocolate (Chocolate)
Chao (Bye)

Chao! Nos vemos mañana. (Bye! See you tomorrow)

dDEE (Like the ‘da’ in ‘day’)
Sounds similar to the d in english but the thought should be against your upper teeth instead of the roof of your mouth when pronouncing it.
Dios (God)
Decisión (Decision)
Dado (Dice)
Dedo (Finger)
Dormir (Sleep)

El matrimonio es una decisión importante. (Marriage is an important decision)
Anoche me dormi tarde (Last night i went to sleep late)

eEH (Pronounced like the ‘e’ in ‘bet’) Elefante (Elephant)
Educación (Education)
Economy (Economia)
Eliminar (Delete)
Ejercicio (Exercise)

No me gusta hacer ejercicio. (I don’t like to exercise)
La economía se ve afectada por la cuarentena. (The economy is affected by quarantine.)

fEFE (EH-fay phonetical) (In words it’s similar to the english f, like ‘f’ in ‘fox’)Fuerza (Force/Strength)
Firma (Firm/Signature)
Fuerte (Strong)
Fantasma (Ghost)
Ferreteria (Hardware store)

Unidos somos más fuerte. (United we are stronger)
Necesito una buena firma. (I need a good signature)

gHEH (The pronunciation depends on its position in the word. This letter usually sounds much like an English g.)

(Before e or i, it sounds like a harsh English h. It's very similar to the j in Spanish.)

Gracias (Thanks)
Gritar (Scream)
Globos (Balloons)
Gramatica (Grammar)
Gigante (Giant)

Muchas gracias por la ayuda. (Thank you very much for the help.)
Compre globos morados (I bought purple balloons.)

gaGAHGato (Cat)
Galleta (Cookies)

El gato es negro. (The cat is black)

geHEHGente (People)
Gelatina (Jelly)

Me gusta la gelatina. (I like jelly)

giHEGigante (Giant)
Girasol (Sunflower)

El girasol esta en el jardin. (The sunflower is in the garden)

goGOHGordo (Fat)
Gorila (Gorilla)

El hombre es gordo. (The man is fat.)

guGOOGuapo (Handsome/Gorgeous)
Guante (Glove)

Juan se quitó el guante. (Juan took his glove)

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gueGEHGuerra (War)(war)
Guepardo (Cheetah)

Nadie gano a guerra (No one won the war.)

guiGHEEGuitarra (Guitar)
Guión (Script)

Quiero aprender a tocar la guitarra. (II want to learn to play the guitar.)

hAAH-cheh (but in words it is silent, like in “honour” in English.)

(However, in words from other languages, the breathy aspiration is maintained. For example Hawaii)

Hola (Hello)
Hornilla (Burner)
Hechizo (Spell)
Huevo (Egg)
Hada (Fairy)

Huevos revueltos. (Scrambled eggs)
Las hadas existen (Fairies are real)

iEE (Like ‘ee’ in ‘see’ but shorter)Iguana (Iguana)
Iglesia (Church)
Isla (Island)
Invierno (Winter)
Impuesto (Tax)

La iglesia esté cerrada. (The church is close)
Los impuestos se paga el final del año. (The taxes are paid at the end of the year.)

jHOTA (Sounds close to the English h sound)Joven (Young)
Jirafa (Giraffe)
Joya (Jewel)
Jugo (Juice)
Juguete (Toy)

El joven toma jugo de manzana. (The young man drinks apple juice.)
Las jirafas viven en África. (Giraffes live in Africa.)

kKAH (is an uncommon letter in Spanish, but sounds much like the English k. Like the ‘k’ in ‘ask’)Kiwi (Kiwi)
Kayak (Kayak)
Koala (Koala)
Kiosko (Kiosk)
Kimono (Kimono)

El koala es muy tierno. (The koala is very tender.)
Los kiwis son una excelente fuente de vitamina C. (Kiwis are an excellent source of vitamin C.)

lELE Phonetically EH-leh (In words like “l” in “line” but shorter.)

(Instead of the tongue touching the roof of the mouth behind the teeth, it should touch the tip of the teeth themselves.)

Lago (Lake)
Limon (Lemon)
Leche (Milk)
Láminas (Sheets)
Lingote (Ingot)

La vaca da leche. (The cow gives milk
Las láminas son cobre. (The sheets are copper.)

llELLE (in most places, pronounced as Y. In certain dialects, pronounced as S sound in English word "vision")

(It’s not considered a letter anymore by the RAE)

Llave (key)
Me llamo (My name is...)
Lluvia (rain)
Llama (Llama)
Pollo (Chicken)

Se me han perdido las llaves. (I’ve lost the keys)
Quiero comer pollo. (I want to eat chicken.)

mEME Phonetically EH-may

(Like “m” in “mine”.)

(In words sounds similar to the english M)

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Madre (Mother)
Milagro (Miracle)
Mapa (Map)
Montaña (Mountain)
Mano (Hand)

Las montañas son altas. (The mountains are tall)
Mi madre cree en los milagros. (Mi mother believes in miracles.)

nENE Phonetically EH-neh

(Like “n” in “now”.)

(In words sounds similar to the english M)

Nachos (Nachos)
Nombre (Name)
Naranja (Orange)
Niño (Kid)
Nube (Cloud)

Mi nombre es Diego. (My name s Diego)
El niño es muy amable. (The kid is very kind).

ñENYE Phonetic EH-nyay

(Like “gn” in the Italian word “gnocchi” or in english this letter sounds much like the ni in onion or the ny in canyon.)

Ñame (Yam)
Piñata (Piñata)
Mañana (Morning/Tomorrow)
Español (Spanish)
Ñandú (Rhea - animal)

El ñandú es una ave sudamérica. (The rhea is a South American bird)
En España se habla español. (Spanish is spoken in Spain)


(Close to “aw” in “saw”.)

(This letter sounds close to the o in so, but shorter.)

Oso (Bear)
Oscuridad (Darkness)
Organizar (Organize)
Orgullo (Pride)
Ojo (Eye)

Ella tiene los ojos cerrados. (She had the eyes closed.)
No me gusta la oscuridad. (I don’t like darkness.)


(Like “p” in “park”.)

(This letter sounds close to the English p, but with less breath.)

Papa (Potato)
Publicidad (Advertising)
Pera (Pear)
Pez (Fish)
Payaso (Clown)

Las papas crecen en el suelo. (Potatoes grow in the soil.)
El pez nada en el océano. (The fish swims in the ocean)

(sounds like English k when used in a word.)
This letter must be with an ¨u¨
To create a word.queKEHQueso (Cheese)
Quemar (To burn)

El queso esté caliente (The cheese is hot.)

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quiKEYQuito (The capital of Ecuador)
Quieto (Still)

Es mejor quedarse quito. (It’s better to stay still.)

rERE (pronounced as a shortened eh reh)

This letter has two different sounds, this depends on its position
Rosa (Rose), if it’s at beginning sounds like rr with a strong sound.
Caro (Expensive), if it’s in the middle of word sounds softer

Primo (Cousin)
Caminar (Walk)
Gris (Grey)
Caro (Expensive)
Jugar (Play)

El rinoceronte es gris (The rhino is very gray)
Voy a jugar (I will play)

rrERRE Phonetically eh reh (This is a very unique sound to spanish. The key is practice. Practice tip: you can practice it by saying the tt sound in butter over and over.)

Trilled R sound. Trills can also occur at the beginning of words that start with R.

Carro (Car)
Rueda (Wheel)
Radio (Radio)
Rey (King)
Tierra (Earth/dirt/land)

El rey se sienta en su trono (The king sits on his throne)
La tierra de las maravillas. (The land of wonders.)

sESE Phonetically EH-seh

(It sounds like the English letter "S")

Sopa (Soup)
Sabiduria (Wisdom)
Sandia (Watermelon)
Silla (Silla)
Sol (Sun)

El sol esta brillando hoy (The sun is shining today)
La silla es de madera. (The chair is of wood.)

tTEH or TAY (It’s softer in sound to the english T. Like ‘t’ in ‘table’)Tomate (Tomato)
Taza (Cup)
Teléfono (Phone)
Tiger (Tiger)
Tenedor (Fork)

Mañana te llamaré por teléfono. (Tomorrow I will call you over the phone.)
La taza de té esté caliente. (The tea cup is hot)

uOOH (Like ‘oo’ in ‘food’)Uva (Grape)
Uña (Nail)
Unicornio (Unicorn)
Universo (Universe)
Util (Useful)

La uva está en el viñedo. (The grape is in the vineyard)
El universo se sigue expandiendo (The universe continues to expand)

vOOH-bay (This letter sounds much like the Spanish b. The lips do not touch and there is less aspiration.)Vaso (Glass)
Vaca (Cow)
Ventana (Window)
Viento (Wind)
Vino (Wine)

Quiero un vaso con agua. (I want a glass of water)
El viento sopla fuerte (The wind blows strong)

wDOH-blay OOH-bay (This letter is not native to Spanish most of the words with this letter come from different languages.)

(sounds similar to English ‘w’.)

Whisky (Whisky)
Wi-fi (Wi-fi)
Waffle (Waffle)
Web (Web)
Watt (Watt)

La web es muy grande. (The web is very big.)
Quiero la clave del wi-fi. (I want the wi-fi password.)

xEH-kees (This letter is pronounced like the ‘ks’ in ‘socks’.)Xilofonista (A person who plays the xylophone)

El xilofonista es muy talentoso. (The xylophone player is very talented.)

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yYAY (or ‘i griega’ in spanish)

(Most of the time, this letter sounds like the ‘y’ in English ‘yes’. At the end of a word, it sounds like the letter i in spanish.)

Yate (Yacht)
Yeso (Cast)
Yegua (Mare)
Yema (Egg yolk)
Yelmo (Helmet)

El yelmo estaba en el suelo (The helmet was on the floor)
Me compre un yate lujoso. (I bought a luxurious yacht.)

zZETA (Sounds just like s, but can sound like the th in English in parts of Spain.)Zebra (Zebra)
Zapato (Shoe)
Zanahoria (Carrot)
Zorro (Fox)
Zurdo (Left handed)

Migue es zurdo. (Miguel is left handed)
¿Donde esté el zorro? (Where is the fox?)


What letters sounds exactly the same in the Spanish alphabet? ›

The sound [b] and the letters Be (B) and Uve (V) The letters B and V are pronounced the same in any position. This surprises many students, but you don't have to worry… the sound of B and V is the same for all Spanish speakers.

What is the 27th letter in the Spanish alphabet? ›

Alphabet/Spanish alphabet
#Letter (Upper Case)Pronunciation (Name of the Letter)
24Wuve doble / doble u
26Yye, i griega
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What English letter makes the sound most like the ll in Spanish? ›

Pronunciation 1: LL Sounds Like The English Letter 'Y'

Simply magine replacing any ll with a 'y' and that's it! For example, you would pronounce lluvia (rain) as “yuvia” or se llama as “se yama”. Here are some other common ll words and their pronunciations: llave (key) – yave.

Does the letter v in Spanish sound the same as the letter b? ›

Key Takeaways. In standard Spanish, the b and v are identical in terms of pronunciation. The b and v are pronounced somewhat like a soft version the English "b" after a pause and after the m sound. In other situations, the b and v are pronounced somewhat like the English v but with the lips touching each other.

Do the letters J and H make the same sound in the Spanish alphabet? ›

In the Caribbean and Central America, the jota has a softer sound. This softer J is much easier for new Spanish learners because it's closer to the H sound in English. It sounds like the H in “hand”, but more in the back of your mouth (and also a bit longer).

What 2 letters are no longer in the Spanish alphabet? ›

But in 1994, the Spanish Royal Academy eliminated the LL and CH from the Spanish language alphabet. They made this change to make Spanish more computer and keyboard friendly. This change also streamlines the Spanish alphabet. After all, it's two less letters!

What letter is Spanish missing? ›

In 2010, the Royal Spanish Academy officially removed two letters (ch and ll) from the alphabet, making it 27 letters instead of 29. Fortunately for English speakers, the official Spanish alphabet now only has the one additional letter that does not appear in the English alphabet: ñ.

What letter is always silent in Spanish? ›

The letter h is always silent in Spanish, wherever it is in a word. The only exception is when you find it together with the letter c. The ch sound is pronounced as it is in English.

Is there double F in Spanish? ›

Only the single letter f is used to make the f sound in Spanish. The Spanish never use ph to produce the f sound, and the letter p is always pronounced like the p in “papa.” If the English word has ph or a double f, the Spanish cognate will always use one f; for example, fotografía, físico, and terrífico.

Why does Spanish C sound like th? ›

The story goes like this: a medieval king of Spain spoke with a lisp. Wanting to imitate royalty, courtiers picked it up. The resulting th sound wormed its way into the Spanish language.

Do Mexicans pronounce ll as j? ›

In Spain, LL is pronounced more or less like an English J. In llámame (call me) it sounds similar to the J in “jump.” We also pronounce Y at the beginning of a word the same way, as in yema (yolk). In most of Latin America, however, folks take the double-L a little easier and pronounce it like the Y in “yes.”

Why is yam yam pronounced jam jam? ›

Hello and Thank You for this Public Service Announcement! As a Spanish speaking Puerto Rican 🇵🇷with an undetectable accent, I must confirm I pronounce my name in Spanish. Y sounds like a J. So indeed you may call me “JamJam” as you write YamYam.

Is it double U or double V in Spanish? ›

The way we call the letter "W" in Spanish can be so confusing for Spanish learners and even for native Spanish speakers from different countries! Because the same letter has different names ("doble u", "doble ve" or "uve doble") and all of them are correct!

Why do Mexicans pronounce V as b? ›

There used to be a /v/ sound in Spanish, pronounced by vibrating the lower lip and the upper teeth, as in English. Then, because it is less complicated to press the two lips together, /v/ was levelled to /b/. It's a much softer /b/ than in English, because the lips vibrate and don't “pop”.

Is jalapeño pronounced with an H? ›

The Mexican chilli pepper often catches us Brits out. We tend to pronounce Jalapeno as 'Hala-pen-yo. ' The correct pronunciation is 'Hah-lah-pain-yoh.

What Spanish letter has the same sound as B? ›

B and V do have the same sound in Spanish. But what you might not realise is that there are actually two different sounds Spanish speakers make when they pronounce a B or V depending on the word and context.

Why is the j pronounced as y? ›

Germanic and Eastern-European languages

The great majority of Germanic languages, such as German, Dutch, Icelandic, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian, use ⟨j⟩ for the palatal approximant /j/, which is usually represented by the letter ⟨y⟩ in English.

What are the 4 extra Spanish letters? ›

The Spanish Alphabet: Sounds And Letters

The table above includes the four extra letters that are often included in the Spanish alphabet: ch, ll, ñ and rr.

What is the double R called in Spanish? ›

One R makes a short sound similar to “D” or “T” in English. Two “R”s together (“RR”) makes a longer sound called a trill! Here are some tips to practice each sound alone and with your child!

What are the only letters that can be doubled in Spanish? ›

C, R, L, and N

And the trick is just to remember the exceptions. To do that, all you need to remember is CAROLINE. The consonants in CAROLINE ('c', 'r', 'l', 'n') are the only consonants that are doubled-up in Spanish.

What is the least used letter in Spanish? ›

The most commonly used letter in Spanish is the “e”. This is followed by the “a” and, in third place, also a vowel, the “o”. The consonants 's' and 'r' complete the top five. At the other end of the scale are 'x', 'k' and 'w', which are the least used.

Is RR still in the Spanish alphabet? ›

Spanish alphabet: Writing system and pronunciation

In addition to the 27 letters present in the Spanish alphabet, there are five graphics, or combinations of letters, that serve other sounds. These are "ch", "ll", "rr", "gu", and "qu".

Why is ch a letter in Spanish? ›

Ch is traditionally considered a distinct letter of the Spanish alphabet, called che. In the 2010 Orthography of the Spanish Language, Ch is no longer considered a letter of its own but rather a digraph consisting of two letters.

What is the rarest letter in Spanish? ›

Fun Fact: The letter "w" is the least used letter in Spanish. So how many letters are there? Officially there are 27, but you may find answers anywhere between 25 ("ñ," but no "k" or "w") and 30 (the 26 you're used to plus "ch," "ll," "ñ," and "rr.") Just to cover all the bases let's work with a 30-letter alphabet.

What letters do Spaniards lisp? ›

People of Madrid, and most parts of Spain, pronounce the letters z and c (when before an e or i) different from people in Latin America. This difference in pronunciation is what's called the “Spanish lisp.”

What if a Spanish word ends in the letter Z? ›

Rule number nine, if a word ends in a "z," it's probably feminine. Some common examples are la cruz, la faz, la luz, la paz, la rigidez, la vejez, la vez, and la voz. But some exceptions are masculine, el arroz, el haz, el lapiz, el matiz, and el pez.

What is the hardest letter to pronounce in Spanish? ›

The letter H:

In Spanish, the letter H is not pronounced, but it is essential to write the words with the H otherwise you will make a lot of spelling mistakes. For foreigners, the letter H is one of the most difficult to learn, since you need to learn to NOT pronounce it.

Why don t Spanish pronounce H? ›

If the h is silent, why does it exist? For reasons of etymology (word history) only. Just as the "k" in the English "know" and the "b" in "lamb" used to be audible, the Spanish h used to be pronounced ages ago. Almost all Spanish consonants have become softer over the years; the h became so soft as to become inaudible.

Why does the letter H exist in Spanish? ›

The letter H existed in the Latin alphabet, from which both the Spanish and the English alphabets derive. In early Latin it represented the same sound as that of the letter h in English words like house.

Why does Spanish not use PH? ›

"Philippines" is anglicized, while "Filipino" is probably in Spanish (Spain colonized the Philippines). Because that's the proper spelling in the country's language. Philippines is an Americanized spelling.

Why did Spanish replace f with H? ›

Summarizing his theory, he argues that the Basques and Cantabri, and presumably also the Iberians, whose languages lacked the sound [f], were replacing it with an aspiration in [h] which, acoustically, was the closest sound.

What are the 5 Spanish vowels? ›

There are five Spanish vowels: a, e, i, o, and u. The letter y is also sometimes considered a vowel, but most consider it to not be so.

Why do they say Barthelona? ›

For those who have heard Catalan people pronounce it as "Barthelona", that was probably because they were speaking Spanish: in the variety of Spanish spoken in Catalonia it is pronounced "Barthelona".

Why do Spaniards say Tio? ›

What does it mean and how is it used? While these literally mean “uncle,” and “aunt,” they're also used informally to generally refer to another person. In the same way English speakers use “dude” or “guy” (“Look at those guys over there!” or “Who said that?” “I don't know, just some dude.”) Spaniards use tío or tía.

Why do Spanish speak so fast? ›

Every language has an specific information density. Spanish is less "dense" than English, meaning that they need to speak more words to transmit the same amount of information for a given phrase, that's why they speak faster than English speakers.

Do any Spanish words start with RR? ›

Note that Spanish words never start with a RR; it is only found in the middle of words.

How do Puerto Ricans pronounce yo? ›

However, in most of Latin America, it's not pronounced like that, it's pronounced with a “j” sound, e.g. “yo” (meaning “I” in Spanish) is pronounced “joe”, and the same thing goes for the double-L: “ll”, as in “llegar”, which would be pronounced as “yay-gar” in Spain but “jay-gar” in most of Latin America.

How do Cubans pronounce LL? ›

For example, llegado (arrived) would be pronounced “llegao”. The pronunciation of “ll” is also more commonly pronounced as “j”, which is different to most parts of mainland Spain.

How do hispanics say yes? ›

The Spanish word for 'yes' is '. ' These two terms have different meanings in Spanish. 'Sí' with the accent or 'tilde' in the 'í' means 'yes,' while 'si' without the accent means 'if.

Do Mexicans say Mehico? ›

Mexico is pronounced "Mehico" and not "Mexico". The reason for this pronunciation is because the original name of the country was actually "Mexica". When the Spanish arrived in Mexico, they changed the name to "Mexico" because that is how they pronounced it.

How do Mexicans say howdy? ›

¡hola!, ¿qué hay? {interj.}

What is the Black Country accent Old English? ›

Black Country Dialect (BCD) appears to keep some features of Early Middle English. This is particularly true of its vowels, which seem to be systematically different from those of standard English. Think of the word pairs tay/ tea, pays/ peas.

What is a wench in Black Country? ›

Wench is an affectionate term for a girl or young woman.

What is a Tatter Black Country? ›

Not to be confused with taters (potatoes) tatters are men in lorries that drive around playing a bugle on a Sunday morning, looking for free scrap metal.

Which letters have the same sound as the k in Spanish? ›

The sound or phoneme / k / can be represented in Spanish written by the letters K, Q / q, and C.

What are letters that sound the same? ›

Phonograms are common groups of letters that represent the same sounds, such as –ight in bright, light, sight, and so on. Teaching children phonograms, such as –er, -all, and – tch, helps avoid the problem of children trying to read these letter groups using the individual sounds associated with these letters.

Do the letters s and Z have the same pronunciation in Spanish? ›

Pronunciation of letters "s" and "z"

In Spanish, the letter s is pronounced exactly as in English. The letter z is pronounced the same, as an "s" in Latin America, however in Spain it is pronounced similar to "th" as in the word "thin".

Which other letter has the same sound as the letter b in Spanish? ›

One common mistake that native English speakers make when they speak Spanish is to pronounce the letters b and the v differently. Remember that, in Spanish, the b and v are pronounced the same way—[b] at the beginning of a word or after m and n, and [β] in all other positions in a word.

Which Spanish letter is always silent? ›

There is one letter in Spanish that trips up both native speakers and new learners: H. Because it is the only silent letter in Spanish, it can be quite confusing to remember which words are spelled with an H.

What are two letter sounds together? ›

The most common 2-letter consonant blends are: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, and tw. Here are some words with 2-letter consonant blends: Bl: blank, black, blue, blister, blight, blast. Fr: fried, French, frank, frolic, frigid.

What are two letter sound combinations? ›

A digraph is two letters combined to make a single sound in written or spoken English. The digraph can consist of consonants and vowels.

What are common two letter sounds? ›

Two letter combinations, like “oo” as in “book”, “er” as in “her”, “ph” as in “phone” and “ey” as in “key” Three letter combinations, like “igh” as in “high”, “dge” as in “bridge”, “tch” as in “catch” and “ere” as in “here”.

Why is there no E after Z in Spanish? ›

The Spanish letter Z is pronounced like the soft C (the letter C in front of E and I); that is, it is pronounced like a TH (in Spain)* or an S (in Latin America). * This is what you will hear in the sound files. Note: The letter Z can never precede an E or an I in Spanish; it is replaced by the letter C.

Why do Spaniards not pronounce the S? ›

The story goes like this: a medieval king of Spain spoke with a lisp. Wanting to imitate royalty, courtiers picked it up. The resulting th sound wormed its way into the Spanish language. It would be a great tale of linguistics, history, and idolization of the ruling class—if it were true.

Why does Spain pronounce S as th? ›

Apparently, one of Spain's medieval kings, usually identified as King Ferdinand, had a lisp. As a form of respect, and to please their king, Spanish people started speaking with this now characteristic sound called by some as the Spanish lisp.

Does the letter c in Spanish have 2 sounds? ›

In Spanish, C makes two basic sounds: a hard C and a soft C.

How is c pronounced in Spain? ›

The letter 'c' in Spanish has 3 different pronunciations. Much like in English, there's the soft 'c', the hard 'c,' and the 'ch' sound. The pronunciation for the soft 'c' is much like the 's' in English, and the hard 'c' sounds a lot like a 'k;' the 'ch' sound is the same one as in English too.

What letter sounds like the y in the word yes Spanish? ›

LL. Although this is not considered a letter anymore by the RAE, the pronunciation of the “ll” varies widely from region to region. Most commonly, it is pronounced like the “y” in the word “yes”.


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