Learn the alphabet in Spanish
Before teaching you the alphabet in Spanish and its pronunciation, I would like to give you some interesting information about it such as number of letters and differences between Spanish and English.
The alphabet in Spanish contains 27 letters: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, ñ, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y and z. These letters are the same as the ones in the English alphabet, with the exception of ñ.
Years ago the combination of these two sounds, ch and ll, was also included in the Alphabet, that is, they were treated as one sound, but they are not anymore.
The name of the letters in Spanish are pronounced only one way unlike English, in which a single sound can be pronunced in different ways. Take the English vowel a as an example: car, cat, pale. A is pronounced in three different ways, depending on the word they are in, but in Spanish, one letter has only one sound.
Let’s move onto the pronunciation of the alphabet in Spanish.
|A /a/||G /ge/||M /eme/||R /erre/||X /equis/|
|B /be/||H /hache/||N /ene/||S /ese/||Y /i griega/|
|C /ce/||I /i/||Ñ /eñe/||T /te/||Z /zeta/|
|D /de/||J /jota/||O /o/||U /u/|
|E /e/||K /ka/||P /pe/||V /uve/|
|F /efe/||L /ele/||Q /cu/||W /uve doble/|
Here’s the audio for you to practise. Repeat as much as you can and remember, practice makes perfect! 🙂
Why is the alphabet so necessary when speaking a foreign language?
When you speak a foreign language, I’m sure you’ll come accross different situations in which you won’t understand proper nouns such as names, surnames, addresses, but also common nouns you’ll need to be spelled in the other language so that you can understand the word. In all those cases, you’ll find the alphabet in Spanish essential.
Let’s put the alphabet into practice!
- Soledad Martínez
Soledad: ese, o, ele, e, de, a, de
Martínez: eme, a, erre, te, i, ene, e, zeta
- Mario Pérez
Mario: eme, a, erre, i, o
Pérez: pe, e, erre, e, zeta
- Patricia Molina
Patricia: pe, a, te, erre, i, ce, i, a
Molina: eme, o, ele, i, ene, a
How can you be asked to spell your name or surname in Spanish?
First, you’ll be asked what your name is. In Spanish: ¿Cómo te llamas? And second, how do you spell (your name, your surname). In Spanish: ¿Cómo se escribe (tu nombre, tu apellido)?
Here’s an example for you:
A. ¿Cómo te llamas?
B. Yolanda Vázquez
A. ¿Cómo se escribe?
B. Yolanda: i griega, o, ele, a, ene, de, a. Y Vázquez: uve, a, zeta, cu, u, e, zeta.
Here’s the audio for you to practise.
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