How to Pronounce Spanish Words. Spanish is a beautiful, rhythmic language spoken by over 500 million people. It is the third most spoken language in the world. With the Hispanic population in the United States growing rapidly, a knowledge of Spanish is becoming more vital than ever. The best way to begin learning a language is to learn the pronunciation.

Vowels

Pronounce all vowels with one sound. There are no diphthongs in Spanish. The letter A is pronounced "ah." Say the word mal as "mahl."

Pronounce the vowel E as "eh." The word esta is pronounced "ehs-tah."

Say the letter I by saying "ee." The letters mis are pronounced "mees."

Say "oh" every time you see the letter O. The word mariposa is pronounced "mah-ree-poh-sah."

Pronounce the letter U as "oo." The word uno is pronounced "oo-no."

Blend vowels together that are next to each other. Pronounce the word puede as "pooeh-deh."

Speak the letter Y by saying "ee." The word muy is pronounced "mooee."

Consonants

Leave the silent letter consonants silent in Spanish, just as you would in English in most cases. There are a few exceptions. For example, the letter H is silent. Hay is pronounced "ahee."

Do pronounce the letters CH in Spanish just as you pronounce them in English.

Pronounce the letters LL in Spanish with the English Y sound. Tortilla sounds like "tor-tee-ya."

Pronounce the letter J the same as the English H. Juego is pronounced "hooeh-go."

Pronounce the letter ñ as ny, like the English word onion. The word niño sounds like "nee-nyo."

The Spanish letter R is spoken as a rolled R.

Pronounce Z in Spanish as an S is verbalized in English. For example, azul sounds like "ah-sool."