27 terms

The Spanish Alphabet

The Alphabet was reduced to 27 letters in 2010 by the Spanish Royal Academy. The CH, RR and LL are no longer considered letters but are still used in the Spanish language. Some letters have also acquired new names, for example: Letter B = be (rather than be larga or be alta) Letter V = uve (rather than be corta or be chica) Letter W = doble uve (rather than ve doble, uve doble, doble ve, doble u) Letter Y = ye (rather than i griega which is still used among spanish speakers) Letter Z = The spell…

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A (a)
as in "apple"
B (be)
as in "boy"
C (ce)
as in "century" in front of "e" and "i", and as in "color" in front of "a", "o", and "u".
In Spain, It is also pronounced as the "th" in "thinking" when in front of "e" and "i".
D (de)
as in "Denver"
E (e)
as in "elephant"
F (efe)
as in "five"
G (ge)
as in "hint" in front of "e" and "i", and as in "guess" in front of "a", "u", and "o"
H (hache)
The "h" is mute in Spanish.
I (i)
as in "intelligent"
J (jota)
as in "hope"
K (ka)
as in "koala"
L (ele)
as in "lion"
M (eme)
as in "mother"
N (ene)
as in "nothing"
Ñ (eñe)
as in "canyon"
O (o)
as in door (never as in hope)
P (pe)
as in "pet"
Q (cu)
as in "take", always followed by "ue" or "ui". The "u" is always silent.
R (erre)
No equivalent sound in English. The "r" in Spanish is rolled at the beginning of words or when it appears as "rr"

It has a soft sound otherwise, as the "tt" in "gotta"
S (ese)
as in "soul"
T (te)
as in "touch"
U (u)
as in "cool"
V (uve)
as in "big"
W (doble uve)
as in "Wendy"
X (equis)
as is "express" and "xylophone".
Y (ye)
as in "yellow"
Z (ceta)
as the "th" in "thinking " in Spain, and as the "s" in "soap" in most Spanish-speaking countries.