Improve your Spanish. Pronunciation guide. Part 1

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Welcome to our pronunciation course! 

INTRODUCTION

Did you know that....:

  1. some sounds characteristic of Spanish do not exist in other languages?
  2. to have a good pronunciation, the most important thing is to NO is to know how to pronounce those sounds correctly (such as [r], [d] or [b])?
  3. to communicate successfully is most important intonation and rhythm?
  4. is very useful to study and practice pronunciation? 

Now you will learn the theory you need and, most importantly, you will practice and improve your pronunciation a lot.. And, besides, believe it or not, you will understand Spanish better. Courage! 😉

THE PROSODY

Prosody has three elements: intonation, accent and rhythm. These are VERY VERY important to understand and be understood. Ready?

A. Intonation

Listen to the AUDIO 1. As you may have noticed, when speaking our tone of voice changesIn other words, it rises and falls according to the information we want to express. Intonation is like the "melody" (music) of the language and changes according to the circumstances.

Listen to the AUDIO 1 again, pay attention to the intonation of "hace sol" in different contexts:

- "It's sunny." (My mother asks me what the weather is today and I answer).

- "Is it sunny?"  (My mother asks me)

- "It's sunny!" (After a week of rain, I look out of the window and say)

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In this course we will study four types of sentences. Each one has one or more different intonations, depending on the context and the type of information to be conveyed.

Next week we will learn the intonation of ENUNCIATIVE SPEECHES.

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