0000423464 00000 n The following list ranks the most common languages by the number of sounds they use. The crucial thing about phonemes is that they are contrastive. This is because your brain hasn’t learned to “distinguish” these sounds from one another. For these speakers, ll represents a phoneme which sounds approximately like the English sequence li in million or, more accurately, like Italian gli (it is a PALATAL LATERAL, represented with the symbol /ʎ/ in IPA). Spanish is a major language, with up to 400 million native speakers in Spain, Latin America and the USA. Because Spanish orthography follows the phonemic principle to a great extent, as we said, our phonemic representations in general will not differ greatly from the way words are normally spelled. Spanish has two ‘r sounds’ (or RHOTICS): a strongly trilled /□/, as in guerra /gé□a/ ‘war’, roca /□óka/ ‘rock’, honra /ón□a/ ‘honor’, and a tapped /ɾ/ as in pero /péɾo/ ‘but’. People mixed the language with french C. These are two systematically different, but non-contrastive, pronunciations of the same phoneme /d/. Here are a few examples. %%EOF 0 However, as in many other languages, they combine to create a greater number of sounds. For speakers lacking the phoneme /θ/ – that is, for the vast majority of native speakers of Spanish – the different ways to represent the phoneme /s/ in spelling is another major respect in which conventional orthography differs from pronunciation. The "w" is extremely rare in Spanish. b) Spanish orthography distinguishes between the two letters b and ⅴ. Although sopa, paso and sapo all use the same four sounds of the Spanish language they do not share any feature of meaning. We could note this by including a nasalization diacritic over this vowel, [ã]. Table 1.2 Example of phoneme with two allophones in complementary distribution. In an ideal phonemic orthography there would be a one-to-one relationship between letters and phonemes: each letter would represent a different phoneme and each phoneme would be written with a different letter. How to Hear Sounds in a Foreign Language. Anyone will tell you that Spanish isn’t a complicated language. Notice that we use brackets [] to represent allophones. 1.2 Sounds and symbols: orthographic and phonemic representation. In addition to segmental phonemes, consonants and vowels, languages may also have contrasts of meanings among words that depend on SUPRASEGMENTAL or prosodic features, such as WORD-STRESS and TONE. 0000001618 00000 n 0000001438 00000 n startxref Leaving these minor details aside, there are no ambiguities in letter-to-phoneme correspondences. The Spanish language has about 30 different phonemes that increase or decrease according to the dialectal variety. trailer *Table 1.1 (Part Ⅱ) Phonemic contrasts found only in some dialects. This could also be indicated with a dental diacritic, a little tooth, under the segment, [□]. In addition, we will be comparing the sounds of Spanish with the sounds of English, and occasionally with those of other languages, for which purpose we need a common way to represent sounds which is independent from the spelling conventions of each of these languages. There is no language which has the letter J which does not have a sound for it. It does not occur anywhere else in the language. Speech development in Spanish and English has many similarities, such as a shared alphabet. A phonetic transcription that includes a lot of non-contrastive detail is called a NARROW PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION, whereas a BROAD PHONETIC TRANSCRIPTION only includes a few details of particular interest. Part 1 Explaining the Basic Rules Alphabetic writing is based on the possibility of identifying the contrastive sounds or phonemes of the language. Table 1.1 (Part Ⅰ) Spanish phonemes and orthographic correspondences (General Latin American Spanish). It is with these linguistically significant aspects of variation in the realization of phonemes that we need to be primarily concerned. Although reasonably effective, Spanish orthography has some non-phonemic aspects. Whether we say pan with a falling tonal contour or with a rising contour, we still have the same word meaning ‘bread’. Phonology is rule-based and sound systems tend to develop with many similar tendencies across languages. Vowels in Spanish are pronounced differently from their English equivalents. 0000115878 00000 n Something I learned from the Estrellita program is that it can be helpful to teach students multiple syllables with a single vowel, rather than the usual ma me mi mo mu pattern. One reason why Spanish speakers may not be aware that they do not always pronounce /d/ in the same manner is that a word-initial /d/ will be pronounced as a plosive [d] in some contexts, including after a pause and after /n/, as in con días /kon días/ ‘with days’, pronounced [ko□días], and as an approximant consonant [ð] in other contexts, including after a vowel, as in para días /paɾa días/ ‘for days’, pronounced [paɾaðías]. … e) Finally, as already mentioned, the letter h is always silent in Spanish and does not represent any phoneme. In English, replacing final [n] with [ɲ] may give rise to a difference in meaning, as in kin vs king. In general, consonants tend to sound the same in English and Spanish when they are spoken within a word. The Spanish alphabet contains 27 letters. The phonemic sequences /xe/, /ⅺ/, on the other hand, are written with j in some words (as in jefe ‘boss’, jinete ‘rider’, jirafa ‘giraffe’, paje ‘page, servant’) and with g in some other words (as in gesto ‘gesture’, genial ‘genial’, girar ‘to turn around’, página ‘page of a book’), without any immediately obvious reason for the choice. Resources for further reading: How to improve your pronunciation of Spanish words; Learning Spanish online; Listen to the Spanish vowel sounds below. The sequences haber ‘to have’ and a ver ‘to see’, for instance, are completely identical in pronunciation, /abéɾ/. It is not the case that native Spanish speakers always know how to spell all words. Even within a single language or language group there may be major differences in speech. xÚb```g``ia`e`h:Ì Ì€ Â@16ŽûĶ`@,ÝÊ.ÉÇÝ\8rÇÕÀ„9::˜”@À¸££¬$ÈÀök/VbU°ˆ2ƒ ÃD†-ŒO¯3-eL`LcH`*a¨ahÊ]f8Íp‘‘áƒƒæ»­|Ûü¶Xl ßò|KÁ¾Ï\I>3ø:3ld8Èp—áÃ5†˜Ýœl¿m€4ƒh^v. A narrower transcription of a typical rendition of /kandado/, including these details, would thus be [kã□dáðo] (we do not include the dental diacritic under [d] because this sound is always dental in Spanish). Many Spanish speakers (for instance in Andalusia, the Caribbean and Peru) pronounce final -n as in pan ‘bread’, atún ‘tuna fish’, with the final sound found in English. endstream endobj 15 0 obj <> endobj 16 0 obj <> endobj 17 0 obj <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]/ExtGState<>>> endobj 18 0 obj <> endobj 19 0 obj <> endobj 20 0 obj <> endobj 21 0 obj <> endobj 22 0 obj <> endobj 23 0 obj <> endobj 24 0 obj <> endobj 25 0 obj <> endobj 26 0 obj <> endobj 27 0 obj [/ICCBased 43 0 R] endobj 28 0 obj <> endobj 29 0 obj <> endobj 30 0 obj <> endobj 31 0 obj <>stream Similarly, the different spelling of the underlined sequences in combate ‘s/he fights’ and conversa ‘s/he converses’ is purely a matter of orthographic convention, since they are pronounced in exactly the same way.2. We also use brackets in the transcription of whole words and sequences, when we go beyond phonemic distinctions to include non-contrastive, allophonic details. Portuguese is even closer to Spanish, they are different languages though.See an example: ES: Voy a salir de compras. This is a minor rule of spelling that can be easily remembered. (Read why speaking more than one language may delay Alzheimer's.) Consider for instance the Spanish word candado ‘lock’. Speakers from all of Latin America, as well as the Canary Islands and parts of Andalusia, however, lack this phonemic contrast. The letter rr. The Spanish phonemes /b/ and /g/ also have plosive [b], [g] and approximant [β], [γ] allophones in complementary distribution, as we can see in examples such as ambos [ámbos] ‘both’, envía [embía] ‘s/he sends’ vs sabe [sáβe] ‘s/he knows’, lava [láβa] ‘s/he washes’, for phonemic /b/, and tengo [téngo] ‘I have’ and lago [láγ o] ‘lake’, for /g/. This orthographic reformation was also adopted in Chile for some time, but since nobody else followed suit, the Chileans finally gave it up. The double-R sound can be incredibly difficult for English speakers. Native Spanish speakers, however, pronounce the two instances of the phoneme /d/ in this word in quite different manners. In terms of phonemes we could write this as /kandádo/. c) Nowadays, the great majority of Spanish speakers pronounce orthographic y, as in yeso ‘plaster’ and ll, as in llama ‘flame; s/he calls; llama’, in exactly the same manner, /ʝés o/, /ʝáma/. 0000423720 00000 n )ËìVUº”?>l™™(;^±Ú*†œÇÇ®bˆev9ì&À. 0000423963 00000 n 0000419039 00000 n We will study this phenomenon in detail in Chapter 8. Nevertheless, this distinction in pronunciation is rapidly disappearing even in the areas where it had been preserved until recently and it is normally not found any more in the speech of the youngest generations. 0000005303 00000 n When supporting children in learning the sounds of the English language, remember to choose words that demonstrate all 44 word-sounds or phonemes.English contains 19 vowel sounds—5 short vowels, 6 long vowels, 3 diphthongs, 2 'oo' sounds, and 3 r-controlled vowel sounds—and 25 consonant sounds. 3. A trill is also what it sounds like, like the /r/ in Spanish. When learning Spanish, especially for an English native speaker, there is a tendency to pronounce Spanish vowels with an accent. 1. This means that learners tend to give their “English touch” to our vowels. When we talk about phonemes, we will put them between slanted lines in order to indicate clearly that we are making reference to phonemes, not to conventional orthography. Both sounds also occur in Spanish, but with a very different status: the sound [z] is simply a possible realization of /s/ before certain consonants (before VOICED consonants) as in desde /dés d e/ [dézðe] or [désðe] ‘from’, mismo /mísmo/ [mízmo] or [mísmo] ‘same’. PT: Vou sair às compras. The same sound or sound combination can be spelled in two or more different ways in several instances. king, song; that is, with a VELAR NASAL, whose IPA symbol is [ɲ]: [páɲ], [atúɲ]. The amount of allophonic detail that we include in a phonetic transcription of an utterance will depend on which aspects of pronunciation we want to emphasize. 0000003957 00000 n This, in fact, represents one of the main challenges for Spanish-speaking children learning to write in their language. Introduction: Spanish is a Romance language and part of the Indo-European language family.It is closely related to Italian and Portuguese. 14 0 obj <> endobj 0000162583 00000 n The terms used to group these phonemes in classes will be explained in later chapters. 0000004350 00000 n A. Many times they even change the sound completely, creating a non-existent word or producing another Spanish word altogether. Once they were able to see the 39 Elemental Sounds of Spanish, their next job was to hear the sounds. Others — retroflex, uvular, plosive, approximant — take some getting used to. But there are at least 39 phonetic sounds in modern Spanish speech. Similarly /g/ is written as gu (with silent u) before e and i , as in guerra /gé□a/ ‘war’, guisa /gísa/ ‘s/he cooks’. The Venn diagram below shows how Spanish and English share almost all of the same phonological processes. Table 1.3 Phonemic status of the sounds [s] and [z] in English and Spanish: two separate phonemes in English but two allophones (variants) of the same phoneme in Spanish. The Spanish Alphabet Changes in 2010. There was a time, however, when this orthographic distinction was a phonemically real one, and, in fact, there are still speakers both in Spain and in the Andean region of South America who pronounce the sound spelt y differently from the sound spelt with a double ll. 0000006779 00000 n hÞT±nà †wžâÆFÀ´R:X,éâ!m;Ý œ¤Ð~û€c%ê èþ»ïîçø¡ùl¼KÀ(˜ôÎ[Â)Ìd.88•ëLÚ¢õ6£ŽÀ3Ü.S±ñ}€ºfü”“S¢^º®ª^Åø7Y$ç‡,½ËóoVÚ9Æ?Ñ' Xì?uüÒ#¿“Oµ["‚\ãj›,NQ$í„Zñ¦Ê³ÿP€ÞþÏ3y§.½¹jbÏj)Û Z Yet it is a very important sound in the Spanish language, because some words can completely change their meaning depending on whether or not the r sound is trilled (caro—expensive versus carro—car, pero—but versus perro—dog).To pronounce the double-R sound properly, you need to learn to trill your r’s. Aside from such names, the letter j is always used in /xa/, /xo/, /xu/ (jarra ‘jar’, jota ‘a dance; letter j’, juzgar ‘to judge’). For speakers who pronounce /pán/ as [páɲ], but /pánes/ as [pánes], the two sounds [n] and [ɲ] are allophones of /n/ in complementary distribution, since the two sounds occur in different contexts: [ɲ] occurs word-finally and [n] before a vowel. 0000001833 00000 n 0000005467 00000 n Additional notes Teaching Open Syllables (Sílabas Abiertas) Once students are comfortable with many of the letter sounds, we move on to open syllables with a consonant-vowel pattern, like ma, pe, si, or tu. 0000208754 00000 n Finally, in the ending /-ado/ the approximant allophone of the phoneme /d/ is often given a very short duration, which we can indicate by means of a smaller superscript [ð]. With minor adaptations, the symbols that we will use in our phonemic transcriptions are those of the International Phonetic Alphabet or IPA (see table on p. xix). The pronunciation of all. Intelligibility Articulation Norms for Spanish and English Regardless of home language, there are a few speech milestones that are true of any language. The difference between [d] and [ð] is not contrastive in Spanish, but it is nevertheless systematic. 0000001358 00000 n Other than these relatively few complications, conventional Spanish orthography is phonemic. The other case is presented by some sequences of vowels where, as we shall see in detail in Chapter 5, some speakers make a contrast not reflected in the orthography, so that, for instance, duelo has two syllables, due-lo, but dueto has three, du-e-to. The Long and Short of Spanish Pronunciation. Which languages don't have any letter for the sound of J, just like the Spanish speak H where they find J? An important feature of all human languages is that the meaningful utterances that we use to communicate with each other verbally are made up of a small number of building blocks, a handful of sounds, consonants and vowels, that, by themselves, are meaningless. 0000006230 00000 n To repeat, two allophones of a phoneme are said to be in complementary distribution when they occur in different contexts: one allophone occurs in a given environment or set of environments and the other is found elsewhere. Many Spanish speakers (for instance in Andalusia, the Caribbean and Peru) pronounce final -n as in pan ‘bread’, atún ‘tuna fish’, with the final sound found in English. %PDF-1.4 %âãÏÓ 0000255212 00000 n b Orthographic h does not represent any phoneme (it is silent): harina /aɾína/ ‘flour’. See the handy chart below for an illustration of Spanish phonemes. If we replace a phoneme in a word with a different phoneme – or change the order of phonemes in the word – we don’t have the same word anymore. So much so that you can master this sound on your own relatively quickly. <]>> 0000396703 00000 n There are more complications in the other direction; that is, in the phoneme-to-letter mapping. Languages have different phonetic inventories. 0000005748 00000 n sounds may depend on factors such as which other sounds it is in contact with, whether we are speaking fast or slowly, and the degree of formality in the speech situation. Here are some common things to watch out for: 1. We may say that the word /kandádo/ is normally pronounced [kandáðo], with two different allophones of /d/. Let us consider one more example of two sounds that are simple allophones of the same phoneme in Spanish but different phonemes in English. 0000423236 00000 n This is what we will call a PLOSIVE or oral STOP consonant; a DENTAL plosive, since the contact is with the teeth. 0000301558 00000 n To indicate that the u is pronounced after g a dieresis is used in standard Spanish orthography, as in agüita /aguít a/ ‘water, dim.’, cigüeña ‘stork’. Most letters only have one sound, which makes pronouncing them pretty simple. Using the minimal pairs technique, five vowel phonemes and nineteen consonant phonemes can be identified in (Castilian) Spanish, implying that the standard European form of the language has a phonemic inventory comprising twenty-four separate units. Standard Spanish orthography offers a straightforward representation of this phonemic contrast: /s/ is written as s, as in sopa ‘soup’, casa ‘house’, and /θ/ is written as c in the sequences ce, ci, as in centro /θéntɾo/ ‘centre’, circo /θíɾk o/ ‘circus’, Cecilia /θeθília/, and as z, elsewhere, as in caza /káθa/ ‘hunt’, zapato /θapát o/ ‘shoe’, zona /θóna/ ‘zone’, zurdo /θúɾdo/ ‘lefthanded’, pez /péθ/ ‘fish’, piscina /pisθína/ ‘pool’. 0000004481 00000 n Spanish for Beginners - I will teach you every single letter and sound in the Spanish alphabet. For the second /d/, on the other hand, there is no such firm contact. Thus, for instance, in the Spanish word sopa ‘soup’ we recognize four distinct sounds or PHONEMES, s-o-p-a. These are the same sounds that, in different orders, are used to produce the words paso ‘step; I pass’ and sapo ‘toad’. English has a slightly larger consonantal inventory (twenty-four or so) and more than twice as many vowel phonemes as Spanish.1. We conclude that in Spanish the sound [z] is not a distinct phoneme, but only an allophonic variant of the phoneme /s/ in a specific environment. ÍÄ 0›.— In general, our phonetic transcriptions will be fairly broad, among other things because, in this book, we are mostly interested in describing those features of Spanish pronunciation that will be common across speakers and contexts, rather than being interested in the minute details in which two renditions of the same sentence are different, for instance. There are some other minor complications. But you’ll find a few differences in how certain consonants are pronounced in Spanish. In Spanish this is never the case; the velar nasal sound [ɲ] is an allophone of the phoneme /n/, which some speakers use in word-final position. 0000347785 00000 n Chances are that one would not be misunderstood by producing the wrong allophone, but only someone who is not a native speaker of the language would pronounce [ládo] instead of [láðo] in non-emphatic speech. For (most) Spanish speakers, however, this orthographic distinction does not have any reality in their pronunciation: beso and vaso are pronounced /bés o/ and /bás o/, respectively, with the same sound. Not only is learning the letter sounds in Spanish helpful to being able to speak the language, but learning these sounds is also key to being able to understand Spanish that is being spoken to you. 1.3.1 Letters with more than one phonemic value. 0000399396 00000 n A. There are many Spanish words borrowed from indigenous languages where the "x" is pronounced like the English "h" (e.g. Of course, actual alphabetic orthographies, used in real languages, depart from this ideal to a greater or lesser extent for all sorts of reasons, which we briefly address in Appendix B for Spanish. Some languages use more sounds than others. We say that plosive [d] and approximant [ð] are two variants or ALLOPHONES of the phoneme /d/ in Spanish. Two sounds are different if they are perceived to constitute two distinct phonemes by native speakers. Some of the symbols of this alphabet are ordinary letters of the familiar Roman alphabet. General Articulation Variances Between English and Spanish: A. Consonants: There are many differences between the consonants in English and Spanish. Sometimes two letters have the same sound; other times one letter can be pronounced two ways. 1.3.3 Phonemes spelt in more than one way in the same context. As we will see, the IPA also uses some special symbols to represent certain sounds. Unlike English speakers, Spanish speakers never have to consult the dictionary to verify the pronunciation of a written word that they have not seen before (unless it is perhaps a foreign proper name or a word from another language). — a storm of alien syllables almost impossible to tease apart. The phonemes of the Spanish language are listed in Table 1.1, along with their representation in conventional orthography. 0000002858 00000 n Regional varieties of Spanish differ in aspects of pronunciation, but these differences are often hidden under a common spelling system. Table 1.3 Phonemic status of the sounds [s] and [z] in English and Spanish: two separate phonemes in English but two allophones (variants) of the same phoneme in Spanish. We will use the symbol [ð] to represent this sound. ‘You want bread’), but this is purely a matter of INTONATION and, unlike the position of the stress, does not affect the identity of words. Other speakers (for instance in Mexico City, Buenos Aires and Madrid) pronounce the same words with final [n], the final sound in English kin, son: pan [pán], atún [atún]. The great news about G in Spanish is that the pronunciation rules are straightforward and follow a similar pattern to G in English. There are 15 phonemes that occur in both languages, 5 that occur in Spanish only, and 9 that occur in English only. See an example: Vowels are never silent We will also, for instance, transcribe casa ‘house’and queso ‘cheese’ as /kása/ and /kés o/, respectively, in order to make clear that these two words start with the same phoneme, in spite of the fact that different letters are used to represent this sound in the conventional spelling. México). Spanish is more concise in that it has 18 consonant phonemes compared to 26 in English. d) Most speakers of Peninsular Spanish have a phonemic contrast between /s/ and /θ/, a sound similar to that in English think, thorn (a VOICELESS INTERDENTAL FRICATIVE). B ut it can still be difficult for native English speakers to master the subtleties of this sound.. 0000422794 00000 n For our purposes, we can safely ignore much of this variation (which is, on the other hand, very important for speech recognition engineers). From the A to the Z in Spanish. The two differences relate to English not possessing a trilled /r/ and Spanish not containing vowels normally neutralized in vocalization. English speakers learning Spanish will probably prefer to use the English IPA table, but many of the technical terms are the same or recognizably similar in the Spanish version. To teach the vowel sounds effectively, focus on establishing the basics of vowel sounds and then using hands on exercises to have your students practice saying these vowel sounds properly. Going back to our example, Spanish speakers are not generally aware that they pronounce /d/ in two different ways, plosive [d] and approximant [ð], depending on the context. It is important to realize that these sounds do not possess any meaning in themselves. Thus the phoneme /k/ is written as qu before e and i as in queso /kés o/ ‘cheese’, quiso /kís o/ ‘s/he wanted’, and with the letter c in other contexts, as in casa /kása/ ‘house’, cosa /kósa/ ‘thing’, Cuba /kúba/ (the letter k is also used in a few technical and foreign words, such as kilo). Everyone pronounces panes [pánes] ‘loaves of bread’, atunes [atúnes] ‘tuna fishes’ with [n]. We are following the IPA, for instance, in using /k/ to represent the initial consonant of casa /kása/, queso /kés o/ and kilo /kílo/. Notice also that in our phonemic transcriptions we will mark word-stress even when this is not indicated in conventional spelling, according to the orthographic rules, since, as we already know, word-stress is phonemic in Spanish. In a future post we will exam more examples of how the IPA chart can help you with your Spanish pronunciation. 3. In fact, it is much closer to the truth to state that the same sequence of phonemes is never pronounced in exactly the same manner, not even in two repetitions of the same word by one speaker. In Spanish, word-stress is contrastive or phonemic, as we can see from the fact that paso ‘step; I pass’, with STRESS on the first syllable, and pasó ‘s/he passed’, with stress on the second, are different words: changing the position of the stress produces a concomitant change in meaning. 1.3.2 Phonemes spelt differently in different contexts. Thus, for instance, we may say that a phonemic transcription of Spanish halo ‘halo’ is /álo/, since the h is not pronounced; it does not represent any phoneme at all. Since in this book we will be concerned with pronunciation, we need a more accurate way of representing sounds than that provided by standard orthography. /s/ vs /θ/ Only in Northern-Central Peninsular Spanish (northern and central Spain), 2. 0000002352 00000 n The letter y is used to represent the vowel /i/ in the conjunction y ‘and’ and is also used after a vowel in word-final diphthongs, but not in diphthongs in the middle of the word, so that the same sequence of sounds is written in one way in rey ‘king’ and in a different way in reina ‘queen’. The vowel phonemes of Spanish The five Spanish vowel phonemes are shown in Table 1 below: Anyone who has learned the sound values of Spanish letters and letter combinations can accurately ‘sound out’ any word or text written in Spanish, even without knowing the meaning of the words. There are only a couple of cases where the way a word is pronounced is not completely predictable from the spelling. An extremely intriguing take-away are that sounds are not acquired in both languages at the same time! xref Unlike, for instance, Chinese or Yoruba, on the other hand, tone is not lexically contrastive in Spanish. The existence of these MINIMAL PAIRS shows that /s/ and /z/ are indeed distinct phonemes in English. In our example, /kandádo/, the first vowel would often present some nasalization under the influence of the following /n/. In the standard Spanish orthography the letter ⅹ represents a voiceless velar fricative only in a few names such as México and Oaxaca. In standard Peninsular Spanish there are a number of /s/ - /θ/ MINIMAL PAIRS, that is, pairs of words that differ only in that one member of the pair has one phoneme and the other has the other: ves /bés/ ‘you see’, vez /béθ/ ‘time’; sien /sién/ ‘temple, side of the head’, cien /θién/ ‘a hundred’; sima /síma/ ‘abyss’, cima /θíma/ ‘summit’; sebo /sébo/ ‘lard’, cebo /θébo/ ‘bait’, abrasa /abɾása/ ‘it burns’, abraza /abɾáθa/ ‘s/he hugs’, etc. 14 39 0000003570 00000 n In the conventional orthography of Spanish, there is an almost perfect correspondence in one direction, from written form to pronunciation: generally, there is only one possible way to read a given sequence of letters. 0000000016 00000 n 0000005986 00000 n The letter "y" is officially called ye as of 2010, but many people know it as i griega. Individual languages, of course, vary in the specific sounds that they use, but the number of contrastive sounds in a language is always small, if we consider the number of words, the size of the vocabulary that is constructed by putting together these consonants and vowels in different combinations. In the other direction, from sound to letter, there are more difficulties. To give another example comparing Spanish and English, in English there is a contrast between a phoneme /s/ that occurs in Sue, rice, and another phoneme /z/ in words such as zoo, rise. Its articulation is that of an APPROXIMANT consonant (see ).3 In fact, between two vowels (and in some other contexts that we shall specify), Spanish /d/ is much more similar – although not completely identical – to the English th sound in words such as though, gather, brother (not the one in think!). 0000005502 00000 n As nice as it is that there are only 5 major vowel sounds in Spanish, English speakers often have issues confusing vowel sounds with the many possibilities that exist in English. 0000006856 00000 n Exceptions are very few indeed (see next section). The sounds [d] and [ð] are two allophones of the phoneme /d/ in Spanish which are found in COMPLEMENTARY DISTRIBUTION: one allophone, [d], occurs in certain environments (after pause, /n/ and /l/) and the other in all other phonological contexts (in the most widespread standard pronunciation). 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