The Royal Spanish Academy definitively excluded the letters CH, LL, and RR from the alphabet, since, in reality, they are not letters, but digraphs, that is, sets of two letters or graphemes that represent a single phoneme. The Spanish alphabet is thus reduced to the following twenty-seven letters: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, ñ, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z. However, in our table to learn how to pronounce the letters of the Spanish alphabet, we have included them to practice pronunciation with examples of similar words.
Spanish and English have some similar words. For that, some words have been chosen for you to practice the pronunciation of the letters of the Spanish alphabet. You are welcome to practice with the table below.
Recommendations before looking at the table:
Keep in mind that the words are NOT pronounced the same, only the letters of the start or the ones that are in the middle (the case of the letter RR) are pronounced the same.
- The letter H NEVER pronounces.
- The letter LL has as an example the word llama which means a South American animal relative of the camel.
- The letter Ñ does not exist in English, but it is easy to pronounce in Spanish, as a reference you have the word niño or niña (child).
- The letter Y is usually pronounced “ye” in countries of Latin America, and “i griega” in Spain.
- The letter V is usually pronounced “ve” in countries of Latin America, and “uve” in Spain. The same goes for the letter W, usually pronounced “doble ve” in countries of Latin America, and “uve doble” in Spain.
|LETTER||PRONUNCIATION||WORD IN SPANISH||WORD IN ENGLISH|
|Ñ||Eñe||Ñoqui / Niño|
|V||Ve / Uve||Vídeo||Video|
|W||Doble Ve / Uve Doble||Whisky||Whisky|
|Y||Ye / i griega||Yogur||Yogurt|
- Real Academia Española Dictionary – http://www.rae.es
- Cambridge Dictionary – https://dictionary.cambridge.org