2 English pronunciation challenges for native Spanish speakers

Spanish is a major global language, with more than 350 million people speaking it natively across 4 continents (including in Australia); and many millions more speaking a dialect of Spanish as a second (or later acquired) language.

Common English pronunciation issues for native Spanish speakers include:

1. learning to pronounce English consonant sounds that are not found in Spanish, e.g.:

  • “ng” as in something;
  • “v” as in victory;
  • voiced “th” as in this or that;
  • voiceless “th” as in think;
  • “z” as in Zach, dozen or bees;
  • “sh” as in should, bashful or mash;
  • “zh” as in vision or measure;
  • voiceless “h” as in house;
  • “ch” as in chocolate or match;
  • “j” as in January or majesty; and
  • “r” as in rabbit (rather than the Spanish trilled or flapped “r”).

2. learning to pronounce the English “b”, “d” and “g” in the middle of words (rather than their Spanish equivalents).

Speech pathologists are specially trained to teach people how to pronounce sounds and to use correct word and sentence stress patterns.  If you need help with speaking English clearly, get in touch.

Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Facts on Spanish Phonology, retrieved from here.

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Banter Speech & Language is owned and managed by David Kinnane, a Hanen- and LSVT LOUD-certified speech-language pathologist with post-graduate training in the Spalding Method for literacy, the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs for stuttering, and Voicecraft for voice disorders. David is also a Certified PESL Instructor for accent modification.

David holds a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. David is a Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP).

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