March 6, 2015 by Iván

Spanish Pronunciation

Spanish language writing is based on Latin (or Roman) script. This system is mostly used by Western languages. However, unlike the rest of them, Spanish has a unique particularity: it is pronounced the way it is written.

Taking this into account, let´s have a look at some characteristics worth mentioning:

– Letters associations, ‘CH’ and ‘LL’, within the alphabet.

– Two different pronunciations for letters ‘C’ and ‘G’, depending on the vowel they go with.

– The letter ‘Ñ’, which is an unique and exclusive letter of the Spanish language. It was originated from the necessity of representing a new sound, nonexistent in Latin, back in the XII Century. Other Romance languages opted for letters associations to cover this need (gn for Italian and French). Medieval Spanish chose nn, however  it was soon shortened to an accent on top of a single ‘N’. Language evolution did the rest over the time, and nowadays the ‘Ñ’  is one of the symbols, if not the main one, to widely being associated with the Spanish language and culture.

One aim for Spanish beginner students is to catch up with pronunciation. The process can be as fast as one single lesson !!

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