How to Say What Happened in Spanish

March 31, 2024

Louise Plever is a high school student in Asheville, North Carolina who will be attending her study abroad program in Spain this year. She is hoping to become fluent in Spanish and to make friends that will last a lifetime. Her blog updates will provide a behind-the-scenes look at her experience in the classroom and out in the community.

The good news is that, unlike English, Spanish has noticeably fewer sounds, both consonants and vowels. In fact, ninety-nine percent of the time you pronounce just what’s written. But it’s still a challenge for many, especially if they aren’t used to speaking the language.

One of the hardest sounds to pronounce is the trilled r that’s present in words like perrera (“dog pound”). It might seem difficult at first, but it just takes some practice. Once you get it down, it becomes easier to say almost any word in Spanish.

Another tricky sound is the j, which in Spanish makes an “h"sound instead of an "n." It can be found at the beginning of a word or in the middle, but it's usually in between two vowels. It's hard to explain, so check out this article for more information.

There are also a few exceptions to the rule that d should be pronounced as a b. The Spanish d is pronounced much lighter than in English, so it can sound more like an f. And the l sound might differ slightly by region, but you should always pronounce it as a regular l in words like alma ("soul") and querer ("to want"). The only exception to this rule is when a c or z is pronounced as th.


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