You need to know pronunciation to understand conversations

 

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In the following audio you can listen to a REAL CONVERSATION between two women.

What have you been able to understand from this conversation?

Think how your understanding would change if you knew:

  • That have joined several wordsand what sounds like one is actually three, four or even five different words.
  • What have not pronounced some letters.
  • That, in addition to the words, convey meaning with intonation.

It would change a lot, wouldn't it?

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It is true that, in order to understand conversations, it is very important to know a lot of vocabulary know what the vocabulary sounds like (if you don't already know how to make sound vocabulary lists, click here), but if, in addition, you know the most common pronunciation rules in conversational Spanishit will be much easier for you to understand conversations.

Listen to these sentences again as you read them. Notice how words come together


 

Listen to these other sentences as you read them, and notice how do not pronounce "d" or "s". in the words indicated. This omissiontogether with the unionsThe use of a conversational Spanish, especially in conversational Spanish, makes it very difficult to understand the messages. 

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Listen to this sentence again. 

Notice that the initial intonation has a more or less strong rise. Usually, this type of question (yes/no) has a final rising tone, but in this case the woman does not, probably because you already know what the other person is going to answer. In addition, after "massages" and "drainages". uses suspended intonationwhich indicates that he will continue speaking. The woman also lengthens the "va" and the "u" of "you".. This is typical in conversations, since they are spontaneous, and it is a way to gain time to think

 

And finally, our favorites: anglicisms which are gradually gaining popularity in colloquial conversations, especially among young people. 

In the following conversation one of the women uses an English expression. Do you recognize it?

If you didn't understand it, it's probably because the lady doesn't make any effort to pronounce it well in English. In Spanish we use a lot of anglicisms but we pronounce them in our own way, ÒSpanish way. 😎 

Listen to the sentence again: 

Yes, or not yet? 

The lady says: \"No, I have a personal trainer\". Just like that, and he stays just as comfortable. 😆 

Before finishing, listen again to the conversation between the two women in its entirety (first audio).

You understand much better now, don't you?

Are you starting to get a kick out of* the pronunciation?

*molar: to like a lot (Spanish, colloquial)

Well, wait until you find out more... 😎

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