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Lesson 7: 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:

from Musical Spanish Book

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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 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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