Pronunciation Difficulties for Spanish Learners - Consonants by -

Pronunciation Difficulties for Spanish Learners - Consonants

Producing English consonant sounds is not as problematic for many Spanish learners as vowels, but can still be quite a challenge. Problems may arise in the following ways:

  • failure to pronounce the end consonant accurately or strongly enough; e.g. cart for the English word card or brish for bridge or thing for think
  • problems with the /v/ in words such as vowel or revive
  • difficulties in distinguishing words such as see/she or jeep/sheep/cheap
  • the tendency to prefix words beginning with a consonant cluster on s- with an /ε/ sound; so, for example, school becomes eschool and strip becomes estrip
  • the absence of sounds in other consonant clusters; examples: next becomes nes and instead becomes istead.

It has often been noted that the use of certain consonants in a particular word makes it sound like a vowel when spoken by Spanish speakers. This creates confusion in pronouncing a consonant, as it gets linked with a vowel. Another issue that can arist is when pronouncing two consecutive words with the first ending with a consonant and the second starting with vowel the consonant is pronounced at the beginning of the second word. For example, when writing the words are written as “turn off” but when speaking the two consecutive words it is generally pronounced as “tur noff”.

With the major role that consonants play in order to make speech easier to understand, itis necessary to use the consonants properly.

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