Today you’re going to master the Spanish letter A.
Mastering the Spanish sounds will help you become fluent a lot faster.
Why should you focus on your Spanish pronunciation?
When your pronunciation is good, you can communicate more easily.
People will understand you without trouble. And you’ll also be able to understand them, even as a beginner.
On the other hand, having a poor accent ruins all your efforts.
A poor accent makes it difficult for people to understand what you say. In turn, you become frustrated and demotivated. And you’re likely to give up Spanish.
That’s why I always advice my students to develop a good Spanish accent.
Mastering the Spanish pronunciation is easy and fun. The trick is to go about it the right way.
So, in this lesson, we’re going to go through the Spanish letter A.
If possible, wear headphones to listen to the Spanish words in this lesson. You’ll be able to hear all the sounds more clearly!
3 simple Spanish pronunciation tips
Follow these 3 simple tips, and you’ll always say the Spanish A right:
- The Spanish A has a pure, unchangeable sound. You should pronounce it always the same way.
- The Spanish A sounds the same whether it comes at the beginning of a word, in the middle, at the end, or on its own.
- Often, it’ll be tempting to say the letter A like in English. But doing so will make it difficult for Spanish speakers to understand what you’re saying.
Always say the Spanish letter A like the native speakers in this lesson.
What does the Spanish A sound like?
This is what the Spanish letter A sounds like:
Press play, and say the letter A out loud a few times.
Spanish pronunciation drill
Let’s now hear some Spanish words with the letter A.
These 10 words look very similar in English and Spanish, but they all sound quite different.
Press play to hear them said by native speakers.
To make the most of this lesson, focus on the sound of the letter A.
vacaciones – vacation
aire – air
cafetería – cafeteria
individual – individual
pasaporte – passport
radio – radio
recepcionista – receptionist
mayonesa – mayonnaise
mineral – mineral
patata – potato
Now play those 10 words again, and say them after the recordings.
Play them as many times as you want.
To improve your pronunciation fast, make sure you say those words out loud. As if you were talking to someone.
Mastering the Spanish letter A
Now that you know what the Spanish A sounds like, here are 10 place names you’re familiar with.
Notice the difference between the way you say these words in English, and the way they sound in the recordings.
Press play to hear them, and repeat them out loud. Make sure you sound really Spanish!
América – America
España – Spain
Panamá – Panama
California – California
Colorado – Colorado
Florida – Florida
Sacramento – Sacramento
Álamo – Alamo
Salinas – Salinas
Palo Alto – Palo Alto
Do you know what Salinas, Florida and Álamo mean?
Spanish pronunciation videos
Do you want more free Spanish pronunciation lessons? I’ve got some easy videos for you.
They’re part of my free Spanish lessons. Have a look at them!