The alphabet in spanish and its easy comprehension
The spanish alphabet, as is every language´s alphabet, characteristic and specific for each particular language.
If you want to know how to read, write and above all and most importantly speak, we need to know what sounds each letter or groups of letters make. Therefore, the first step to take would be to learn the spanish alphabet.
The alphabet has four more characters than in the english alphabet: ch, ll, ñ, rr. These 29 letters or groups of letters have individual entries in the spanish dictionary, each one being treated as an individual letter. When we need to look up spanish words or verbs with these characters ( only ch, ll and ñ begin words in the spanish alphabet), they are found following the words that begin with c, l, and n. The spanish alphabet has five vowels: a, e, i ,o, and u, all with the short English vowel sound, never long.
How to go about learning the spanish alphabet
It is not the same for a child as for an adult to be taught or to learn the spanish alphabet pronunciation. With children, you need to make it fun and easy. Children as well as adults respond positively to colourful visual aids. If you write out the spanish alphabet in large bright lettersand put them in an orderly line, we can smoothly go from one letter to another to teach the spanish alphabet. Once we see that the person being taught has a fair understanding of the pronunciation of the spanish alphabet and the order in which they must go, we can start with simple words such as their names or familiar objects. In spanish as in English, it is easy to use the repetition method. For example: PAPA (p-a-p-a), PATA (p-a-t-a), PATO (p-a-t-o), PAVO (p-a-v-o) and then maybe change the first letter to “M” and continue with MAPA (m-a-p-a), MOPA (m-o-p-a), and MOTO (m-o-t-o) .
I can remember my father saying that if our history and geography lessons could be put to music like the spanish alphabet song, we would all be able to memorize our studies without much difficulty.There is a basic alphabet song with a very simple rythm, but if you have a little bit of imagination, the alphabet song in spanish could be sung by rapping it too!
As far as the alphabet in spanish and its pronunciation, there are only a few letters or characters we have to be careful with:
- The G in the spanish word ´genio´ is pronounced like the H in hello.
- The G in the spanish word ´guarro´ is pronounced like the GW in gwen.
- The G in the spanish word ´gafas´ is pronounced like the G in gag.
- The H is always silent.
- The Ñ in the spanish word ´otoño´ is pronounced like the first NI in onion.
If we compare the alphabet with having to learn the Chinese or Russian alphabet, we can surely appreciate the fact that the letters are the same as in almost all other regularly used alphabets and the spanish alphabet is probably the easiest of all.