Thursday, July 17, 2008

Las Vocales

This is a song by Cri Cri that I found in Youtube. I have used it in my Spanish classes for children to get them interested in the vowels.


                    


 LAS VOCALES       
Let's practice the sounds of the vowels.  If you are an English speaking person, you are going to experience some difficulty in saying Spanish vowels because they are short and tense. This means that they are never drown out with a u or an i sound at the end like in : 
  
   lo is not pronounced  /low/ and de is not pronounced / day/ 
       
 Las vocales:      

There are 5 vowels in Spanish:  
   
a........................like in the a in father but shorter and tense e........................like in the e in they but without the glide in i i.........................like in the i in machine but shorter and tense o........................like in the o in home but without the u sound following u........................like in the u in rule but shorter and tense.        


 VOWEL: A  

         

 cama=bed     
 papa=potato       
casa=house 
 mamá=mother     
nada=nothing         
cara=(noun) face; expensive(adjective)     
 mapa=map     

VOWEL: E 

             

Bebé=baby       
nené=baby       
tendré=will have         
cerveza=beer       
cereza=cherry        
leche=milk      
lente=eyeglasses   

 VOWEL: I 

       

  idea=idea 
 igual=equal     
 infancia=childhood    
 ir=to go       
 importancia=importance       
Inca    

VOWEL: O 

         

oso=bear      
olvidar=to forget      
ocho=eight       
ola=wave     
ojo=eye       
olor=smell 

     
VOWEL: U 


        

uno=one ( number one, one masculine form)   
uña=fingernail   
 uva=grape    
una=one (female)
 un=one  (male)

   
In later posts, I'll have videos or sound files with the vowels paired with consonants to help you with pronunciation. The first post of this kind is:

Las Vocales -practice the sounds 

Next, I'll be adding other posts with more opportunities to listen and practice.

4 comments :

Elaine said...

Great post on the vowels in Spanish and I like the video too.

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