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The Spanish Grammar, by Miguel
New Edition

  The Nouns
  The Adjectives
  The Time
  The Date
  The Pronouns
  Direct/Indirect Pronouns
  Demonstrative Pronouns
  Relative Pronous
  Reflexive pronouns
  Possessive Pronouns
  The Adverbs
  Degree of Adverbs
  Regular Verbs
  Irregular Verbs
  Stem-Changing Verbs
  The Progressive


A -- always pronounced ah, as in father
( Spanish example: gracias)

E -- always pronounced as a short e, as in best, ten, dress
(Spanish example: inglés)

I --always pronounced ee, as in feet, wheel, bee
( Spanish example si)

O --always pronounced as a short o, as in doctor, but with the lips a little more rounded. It is always a pure vowel with no trace of the u sound (dipthong) which is present in the English pronunciation of 'no'.
(Spanish example: doctor)

U --always pronounced oo, as in fool, pool.
(Spanish example: uno)

B --Similar to the English 'b' but less plosive; between vowels it is pronounced very softly so that the lips touch only slightly.
(Spanish example: bebida)

C --As in English, before a, o and u it is pronounced as a K, as in can

Before e or i the c is pronounced as an s as in cent. In Spain the C before e and i is pronounced 'th'. (Spanish example: ciudad)

CC -- Pronounced very similar to the cc in accident
(Spanish example: accidente

D -- Similar to the English 'd' in 'bed' but with the tongue further forward; between vowels or as the last letter of a word it is pronounced very softly similar to the th in the
(Spanish example: ciudad)

G -- Before A, O or U it is pronounced as the G in get
-- Before E or I it is pronounced like the English H but more emphatic. (Spanish example: general)

H -- Always silent in Spanish. Hotel is pronounced otel
(Spanish example: hotel)

J Always pronounced like the English H but more emphatic
(Spanish example: jalapeño )

LL Always pronounced as the Y in yes.
(Spanish example: ella )

ñ -- This Spanish character is pronounced NY as in canyon
(Spanish example: español )

R -- Slightly trilled
(Spanish example: hora )
When it is the first letter of a word it is strongly trilled.
(Spanish example: Costa Rica )

RR -- Always strongly trilled.
(Spanish example: arroz)

V --In Spain and many parts of South America there is no difference between the 'v' and the 'b'
(Spanish example: video)

Y -pronounced as the English Y except when it stands alone (y is Spanish for and) then it is pronounced ee as in tree
(Spanish example: cinco y media [five thirty])

Z -- In South America the 'z' is pronounced as the English S; in Spain the 'z' is closer to the 'th' in the English word, 'bath'
(Spanish example: diez)

QUE -- pronounced ke as in kept
(Spanish example: ¿Que pasa?)

QUI --pronounced kee as in keep
(Spanish example: quince )

GUE -- pronounced ge as in guest, and get
(Spanish example: gueto )

GUI -- pronounced gee as in geese
(Spanish example: guitarra )

The remaining letters are pronounced as they are in English with only very slight variations

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