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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Spanish Pronunciation Guide.
You've made it to the last lesson! Do you feel more confident about speaking in Spanish now?
In this last lesson, we'll wrap things up by teaching you proper rhythm when speaking Spanish.
Make sure to practice out loud with this lesson!
You know all the parts and pieces, but can you speak Spanish with a natural accent?
If you've been quiet up until now, be sure to speak out loud with Alex!
Are you ready? Let's go!
You probably knew this phrase before you started this series, but did you know how to pronounce it correctly?
Give it a shot!
pause
discúlpeme (excuse me)
discúlpeme (excuse me)
Remember the rules about Spanish accents? You must always stress the syllable which has the accent marker.
Try one more time after Alex.
discúlpeme
pause
discúlpeme
What about this useful phrase?
pause
no entiendo. (I don't understand).
no entiendo. (I don't understand).
Remember, words with out any accents or end in a vowel, usually has the stressed placed on the second last syllable.
Try once more.
no entiendo. (I don't understand).
pause
no entiendo. (I don't understand).
Okay. Let's move on to connecting words.
How would you pronounce this sentence?
Ella va a entrar a su casa. (She is going to enter to her house).
Ella va a entrar a su casa. (She is going to enter to her house).
A word that ends in a vowel can be connected to the following word if it starts with a vowel.
Try once more.
Ella va a entrar a su casa. (She is going to enter to her house).
pause
Ella va a entrar a su casa. (She is going to enter to her house).
Okay, one last sentence.
Carlos sabe que ella tiene hambre. (Carlos knows that she is hungry).
Carlos sabe que ella tiene hambre. (Carlos knows that she is hungry).
Remember, you can also connect words together if the consonants are identical.
Try once more.
Carlos sabe que ella tiene hambre. (Carlos knows that she is hungry).
pause
Carlos sabe que ella tiene hambre. (Carlos knows that she is hungry).
How did it go? Do you feel like you have a better accent than you did at the beginning of this series?
What parts of Spanish Pronunciation are still difficult for you?
Good luck as you continue learning Spanish! Bye!
This lesson is not so complicated because the rules aren't any different than what would be intuitive for English speakers.
Intonation
Intonation can give you an insight into the way a person is feeling
Intonation is the way in which we modulate or change the sounds of speech in order to reflect differences in meaning, intention, and emotion
Nice illustration of how different intonation of the phrase "It's sunny outside." can suggest different meanings, intentions, or emotions.
Different types of Sentences
statements
questions
Common Mistakes
The melody
Mañana es el cumpleaños de María.
Three parts to the melody of this sentence
Goes up at the beginning, holds until the end when it goes down again.
Mañana es el cumpleaños de María?
Starts in the midrange, shoots up, drops down and drops up again
Mañana and María are both up
Mañana es el cumpleaños de María!
The tone is the highest of the three, peaks at Mañana, cumpleaños, María!
Peaks typically happen in the words which express the most emotion.
Practice
Goes through a bunch of sentences and gives different intonations of each.

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Let us know if you have any questions-

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Monday at 9:42 pm
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Hola Lori,


Practice makes perfect!


Please also check out this lesson:

Learn how to trill the letter -r

https://www.spanishpod101.com/lesson/pronunciation-5-how-to-trill-the-r/?lp=141


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.👍


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Cristiane

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Lori
Monday at 9:05 am
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Great instruction, just have never been able to roll my "r"

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Hola Laura,


Gracias por tu comentario.

Have you tried the playback speed tool? Its next to the timer. :wink:

Please let me know if this worked.


Saludos,

Carla

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Laura
Sunday at 12:54 pm
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On the last sentence I had difficulty connecting 'que ella tiene hambre'. I can get 'quella' but then fall apart connecting with 'tienambre'. I tried to say it at the same time with Alex and could never get it right after several tries. I wish I could stop the tape and rewind only 1 syllable at a time but my iPad has trouble with that. Any suggestions?

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Wednesday at 11:02 am
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Hola Joe,


Thank you for your comment.

I recommend you changing your keyboard language.

Please let me know which operating system do you use to help you out. :wink:


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joe curtis
Sunday at 7:13 am
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on engish keyboards i dont know how to type the characters with accent mark. I would be nice to be able to click on theses on the screen

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Monday at 11:46 am
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Hola Carrie,


Thank you for your comment!

Let's try practicing in front of the mirror. At first this can be weird, but don't worry. With practice you would feel more comfortable.


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Carla

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Carrie
Wednesday at 6:30 pm
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It's hard to do metaplasm. It's somewhat easier with consonants, but I'm still having a hard time.

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Tuesday at 12:55 pm
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Hola Loretha,


That awesome! :sunglasses:

Let's keep practicing, and listening Spanish Lessons.

Please let us know your questions or doubts.


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Carla

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Loretha Black
Sunday at 12:32 pm
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:smile:This is amazing I find myself pronouncing correctly, words in Spanish.