WHAT IS THE SPANISH PRONUNCIATION BUNDLE?
The Spanish pronunciation bundle is a set of the essential Anki flashcards to learn Spanish pronunciation. It is made for Spanish learners at the beginners level who would like to learn and memorize Spanish pronunciation within 1-2 months. Even intermediate and advanced Spanish learners will find this useful, especially if you still have Spanish pronunciation problems. With this digital flashcard bundle, you’ll learn the Spanish alphabet, Spanish IPA pronunciation and Spanish minimal pairs.
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WHY SHOULD I LEARN SPANISH PRONUNCIATION?
Sounds of Spanish are the Foundations of the Language
If we breakdown the Spanish language and examine what makes up a language, we can see that Spanish conversations are made up of sentences. Then, each sentence is made up of words. But each Spanish word is made up of unique Spanish sounds. These sounds are the foundations of the Spanish language.
The sounds of Spanish are different to your native language. Some of the Spanish sounds aren’t used very often in the English language for example, such as the rolled R sound. The way we would pronounce letters from the alphabet are also different in English compared to Spanish. In order to begin learning Spanish and the sounds of Spanish, we need to learn Spanish pronunciation.
Learn Spanish Pronunciation to Avoid Permanent Errors in Speaking
If you speak with terrible Spanish pronunciation to a native Spanish speaker, they may not understand you, even though your Spanish vocab and grammar are perfect. We want to make sure that you get the foundations of Spanish handled right from the beginning because it might be very difficult to change your accent later on.
Language experts call this phenomenon “fossilization”. It’s when language learners make permanent errors in the way they speak a foreign language because they constantly use language features of their native language. If you skip learning pronunciation, you’ll most likely create bad habits, which can prevent you from being able to communicate in Spanish.
Self-correction and Boost of Confidence
If you have terrible pronunciation, then you’re more likely to face situations where you are misunderstood and confused. When this happens, you might feel embarrassed and frustrated because you’re unable to communicate properly and this hinders your ability to learn Spanish.
It would be impossible to have a Spanish tutor follow you everywhere and correct your pronunciation in all situations. So we recommend that the best solution to your poor pronunciation is to improve your ability to self-correct yourself. In this way, you will be able to catch yourself making pronunciation mistakes, and then correct yourself before miscommunication occurs. The Spanish Pronunciation Flashcards Bundle helps you remember all of the important sounds of Spanish so that you can self-correct your pronunciation in any situation.
When you improve your Spanish pronunciation, you also get the added bonus of improving your confidence and motivation to learn Spanish, and research studies have shown this to be true. By self-correcting your own pronunciation difficulties, it will help improve your listening comprehension and give you confidence to speak in Spanish. Your Spanish pronunciation can enhance your fluency and native speakers will understand you better.
HOW DO I LEARN SPANISH PRONUNCIATION?
Spanish pronunciation can be broken down into 3 parts; Spanish alphabet, Spanish IPA and Spanish minimal pairs. All 3 parts will help to improve your Spanish pronunciation in different but essential ways.
1. Spanish Alphabet
In order to improve your pronunciation, the Spanish alphabet is the first step because the alphabet is used to write out Spanish words and represent Spanish sounds. Native Spanish speakers use this alphabet to write words and sentences, so it makes sense when learning Spanish to start with the Spanish alphabet.
Although Spanish letters mostly look the same as the English alphabet, the Spanish name of the letter and its use in Spanish words will be different. Again, we want to familiarize ourselves with the Spanish sounds in order to avoid “fossilization” from occurring and affecting your speech.
By learning the Spanish alphabet, you’ll also expose yourself to some words that start with those letters. This can help you associate how those letters with sounds in actual Spanish words.
2. Spanish IPA
The Spanish IPA (Spanish International Phonetic Alphabet) is a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language. The IPA is useful because the IPA of a word tells you how to pronounce it correctly in Spanish in a standardized way.
The regular Spanish alphabet is different from the Spanish IPA. Take the example of the Spanish word “llamar”, which means “to call”. If you read this Spanish word as it’s spelled in regular Spanish letters, then you may not pronounce it correctly.
As a native English speaker, you may pronounce it as “lamar”, but that is incorrect and a Spanish speaker will be totally confused. You’ll feel embarrassed and not get your point across. But, if you read the IPA of “llamar”, you’ll find it spelled like this ” /ʝaˈmaɾ/ “.
By learning the Spanish IPA you’ll be able to pronounce sounds in Spanish from the written IPA. In time, you’ll be able to see the IPA symbols and know how the word should be pronounced correctly.
3. Spanish Minimal Pairs
Minimal pairs are 2 words that seem very similar when you hear them, except for just 1 sound. In Spanish, there are minimal pairs such as “perro” and “pero”, which mean “dog” and “but” respectively.
These subtle differences in sound can make all the difference when you are trying to understand or speak Spanish.
Learning the Spanish minimal pairs can improve your pronunciation skills as well as your listening comprehension. This is proven by academic research.
Ann Bradlow from Cornell University and colleagues did academic research that found that minimal pair training results in improved pronunciation. Language learners of English improved their ability to discriminate between the /r/ and /l/ sounds to around 82 percent accuracy from 65 percent from a training period of 15-22 hours over 3 weeks.
In a recent study published in 2020, academic researchers from UCAM University did minimal pair testing in Spain. The researchers studied 52 language learners, focused on minimal pair words that compared sounds like /æ/ , /ɑː/ , /ʌ/ , and /ə/, as well as comparing the /s/ and /z/ sounds. They concluded that minimal pair training fostered substantial improvements in the learners’ perception and production of the target sounds.
Spanish minimal pairs are important as there is strong academic evidence that shows that it can improve your Spanish pronunciation. Also, if you can distinguish between the different Spanish sounds, you’ll be able to understand Spanish native speakers better and you’ll enunciate words clearer.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SPANISH PRONUNCIATION BUNDLE?
The Anki Spanish pronunciation flashcards bundle includes all 3 digital flashcard decks for Anki you’ll need to learn Spanish pronunciation. The 3 flashcard decks included are:
Learn the Spanish alphabet with pictures and audio. Get familiar with the sounds & letters of the Spanish language.
Learn the fundamentals in Spanish pronunciation using the Spanish IPA Anki flashcards.
Learn the most common Spanish minimal pairs to improve your Spanish pronunciation.
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