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How to Spell in Spanish

How to Spell in Spanish

While learning a new language, one of the prime concerns of a student is to learn the pronunciations correctly. Spanish being America's second language, it becomes all the more important to learn it the right way.
Penlighten Staff
While we are used to speaking English, there is no doubt that there is a lot of ambiguity when it comes to the pronunciations. English is not so easy when it comes to pronunciations, which largely vary according to the region and the people. But these problems will most certainly not arise when you are learning languages like French and Spanish. In Spanish, the pronunciation of each letter is more or less fixed. The changes in pronunciation are largely based on the different regions and dialects followed by the people in different parts of Spain. But it remains largely the same. Let us start with Spanish alphabets and the orthoepies of each letter with an example.
Spanish Phonetics
Spanish has 29 alphabets which are 3 more than in English language. The letters, the names of the letters, and the pronunciations are given in the following table.
Alphabet Alphabet Name Alphabet Pronunciation
A Aa Like 'aa' in bar
B Be Like 'B' in barber
C Ce Like 'S' in Sea, when followed by 'I' and 'e'
Like 'K' in kite, when followed by 'a', 'o', 'u'
Ch Che Like 'ch' in nacho
D De Like 'th' in father
E E Like 'e' in egg
F Efe Like 'f' in fabric
G Ge Like 'g' in gate when followed by 'a','o' and 'u'
like 'h' in hate, when followed by 'e' and 'I'
H Hache 'H' is never pronounced
I I Like 'I' in miss
J Jota Like 'h' in house
K Ka Like 'k' in kilometer
L ele Like 'l' in like
LL Elle Like 'y' in yam
M Eme Like 'm' in mouse
N Ene Like 'n' in nice
ñ Eñe Like 'ny' in canyon
O O Like 'o' in note
P Pe Like 'p' in pay
Q Cu Like 'k' in karate
R Ere Like 'r' in rat
S Ese Like 's' in silk
T Te Like 't' in tin
U U Like 'u' in fruit
V Uve Like 'b' in beat
W Uve Doble Like 'w' in water
X Equis Like 'x' in Mexico
Y I Griega Like 'y' in yawn
Z Zeta Like 's' in surprise
Spelling the Names
Let us learn to pronounce some common names
  • Jose ~ Hose
  • David ~ Daaveed
  • Rafael ~ Raafaael
  • Juan ~ Hooaan
  • Paolo ~ Paaolo
  • Monica ~ Moneeka
  • Alejandra ~ Aalehandraa
  • Juanita ~ Huaaneetaa
Spelling the Numbers
Using the above information, try pronouncing the following numbers from one to ten
  • One ~ Uno
  • Two ~ Dos
  • Three ~ Tres
  • Four ~ Cuatro
  • Five ~ Cinco
  • Six ~ Seis
  • Seven ~ Siete
  • Eight ~ Ocho
  • Nine ~ Nueve
  • Ten ~ Diez