|Diptongos e hiato - Spanish Diphthongs and
When a Spanish word has two vowels side by side, various
pronunciation issues come into play: syllable division, diphthongs, and hiatus.
In terms of syllable division, Spanish vowels are divided into two
categories: strong vowels (A, E, O) and
weak vowels (I, U). To pronounce Spanish correctly, you need to
understand strong and weak vowels and how they affect pronunciation.
Hiatus - Two vowels pronounced as two
Diphthong - Two vowels pronounced as
a single syllable. When this happens, the unstressed weak vowel has a
special sound: the letter I sounds like Y (as in yet) and U sounds like W
(as in will).
The letter U
- When U's purpose in a word is to make a consonant hard rather than soft (see
lesson) as in portugués and
guisantes, it does not count as a vowel and thus the above rules do not
Please note that this lesson is only a guideline for the Spanish that I
know, which is Castilian Spanish. There are many regional variations in
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