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Lesson of the Week: Spanish Pronunciation part 1

From the La Bamba Grammar Chapter

Natural Stress

Do Spanish words seem hard to pronounce? Don’t worry, there are a few keys that can help you master Spanish pronunciation. Natural stress helps you identify the part of the word you naturally emphasize a little more. Look at the following English words:

ACcents are not COMplicated
SPAnish is EAsy

In Spanish,the most common endings for words are S, N, or vowels (a,e,i,o,u)—and the natural stress is on the second to last syllable. Listen to how strange these words sound if you pronounce them wrong:

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Even when a word has many syllables, the natural stress for words ending in S, N,or a VOWEL is still on the second to last. For words ending in a consonant besides N or S, the natural stress is on the last syllable. Look at the following examples:

  last syllable 2nd to last syllable
bailar baiLAR marinero mah-ree-NEH-roh
realidad realiDAD arriba ah-RREE-bah
control conTROL necesita neh-seh-SEE-tah

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La Bamba Sound Puzzle

Worksheet/Activity: Pronunciation

Quiz: Pronunciation

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Travel Phrases of the Week: Tastes, preferences, needs

no me gusta I don't like
me gusta I like
me encanta I love it!
prefiero I prefer
me gustaría I would like
no importa it doesn't matter
es necesario it's necessary
es importante it's important

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Travel Spot of the Week

visit Sosua and practice your Spanish!

La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the most interesting countries in South America - an exotic mix of indigenous and Spanish culture, dramatic scenery, ancient ruins amidst jungles and mountains, and much more. During an 8 week trek around South America, Bolivia was one of my favorite spots. Click above to find more pictures.


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