Monday, 1 May 2017


After looking and hearing at Spanish, the third step is to combine them. Examine how they match up by listening to a passage as you follow with your eyes upon the page. 

You learn that Spanish is more regular than English. Its fewer vowel sounds are more predictably represented, as are the consonants. However, the ‘h’ is silent, the ‘j’ has a guttural flavor, ‘e’s are generally sounded, ‘qu’ is ‘k’, and ‘z’ is more like ‘th’.

Written Spanish looks more complicated. It has ‘ll’s at the start of some words. But the accented vowels seem simply to show stress.

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