How to pronounce letter D in Spanish

Spanish D how to pronounce example words ended in D like a native donut difference with English D

Spanish natives usually understand if you pronounce the letter D as you do in your mother tongue, although:

  • Sometimes natives will have to make an extra effort to guess your message: that sound you pronounce doesn’t exist in Spanish.
  • It may cause some misunderstanding since the sound of English D is similar to a Spanish T.
    Example: día – tía.

In Spanish, there’s more than one way to pronounce Spanish D, but Spanish-speakers perceive them as the same sound (similar to how English speakers perceive the letter P in “pin” as the same as in “spin”).

So they’ll tell when you don’t pronounce this letter like a native, but they won’t be able to tell you why.

Improving the pronunciation of the letter D in Spanish is very simple and you can reduce your accent drastically with a few tips.

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Letter C in Spanish – 3 ways to pronounce it

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Letter C: 3 different pronunciations in Spanish (with audio + examples)

Do you really know how to pronounce the letter C in Spanish?

The letter C may be pronounced in 3 different ways, depending on the following letter. One of those 3 sounds already exists in English, although you never use it for the letter C.

The other 2 sounds are very similar in English and Spanish but there is a slight difference.

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Spanish Vowels – Mouth Positioning & Kinds of Vowels

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A little change in the position of your mouth can make you produce a different vowel sound and, consequently, change the meaning of what you wanted to say.

Have you ever heard a Spaniard pronouncing the word “sheet”? This is definitely a word that many Spanish natives avoid when they speak in English, as well as the word “beach”.

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Pronunciation of the Spanish Alphabet: 27 Letters, 33 Sounds, 37 Mouth Positions (with audio)

How to pronounce the letter of the spanish alphabet words sounds like a native the ultimate guide for english speakers

One of the first things we learn when we study a foreign language is the alphabet – perfect, we can spell but can you pronounce the letters of the alphabet accurately?

Why do you have a thick accent?

Most of mispronunciations are consequence of reading a symbol (letter) and saying it as we’d do in our native language.

And it’s very tough to shut that association (letter-sound) off.

For example, most English natives pronounce the letter B in “la bota” (SP) as the English B in “a boat” (EN) (error!)

Your brain did the effort to learn this association a long time ago, and now, when you see the letter B, you don’t think how to pronounce it.

Your mouth produces the sound automatically.

The problem is that English, Vietnamese, or Spanish native speakers read and pronounce multiple letters in a different way so you’re likely to produce the wrong sound if you speak in Spanish or any other foreign language.

There’s 1 mistake (almost) every Spanish learner is making every day they practice, that’s screwing their pronunciation up.

And there’s 1 solution too (although you probably won’t put it into practice).

The answer is 8 minutes 57 seconds long (audio).

If you subscribe you’ll also find a couple of tests (which have -theoretically- noting to do with pronunciation) that will help you see with your own eyes, the reason of your thick accent and what to do instead to start fixing it and connect with natives in a deeper level.

“Spanish is a phonetic language” (a big fat lie)

You probably heard that, in Spanish, we pronounce the words as we spell them.
It’s a lie.

Some people may disagree and they will say “Spanish is a phonetic language” -and they’re quite right. Nonetheless, less than half of the letters of the Spanish alphabet are always pronounced the way they’re written.

It’s mathematics:

  • The Spanish aplphabet has 27 letters.
  • There are 33 sounds in general Castillian Spanish, so
  • Some letters are pronounced in 2 -or more- different ways, and
  • Some letters have the same sound.

For example, there’s more than one way to pronounce the letters like B, C or N.

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Letters B and V in Spanish

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Pronunciation of letter B and letter V in Spanish

In Spanish, the letters B and V have the same pronunciation, but it changes depending on their position in a word (or sentence).

However, most Spanish natives don’t realize that they pronounce them in 2 different ways -and none of them sounds as in English.

Lots of kids have spelling problems with these 2 letters because they are pronounced the same.

Natives can normally guess what you mean if you pronounce them wrong but the pronunciation of the letters V and B tells apart Spanish native speakers. And mispronouncing them may cause some misunderstandings since English B sounds similar to the Spanish letter P -you have some examples at the end of the post.

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