Spanish Vowel Sounds

Spanish Vowel Sounds
Spanish Vowel Sounds

Spanish vowel sounds are much more uniform than English vowels. And, Spanish vowels are stable.

Spanish vowels can be dominant, less dominant and least dominant, and this characteristic comes when two vowels come together…either in the same word, or in adjecent words.

English vowels can be stressed or unstressed. Unstressed English vowels sounds use the same “Schwa” sound…an upside down and backwards (i.e., turned 180 degrees). Common examples of the Schwa sound are:

  • A = ə
  • The = thə

English speakers use all the Spanish vowel sounds in English words, so these sounds are easy for English speakers to produce.

Examples:

A
alto
bajo
mano
mango
macho
E
me
ve
café
I
así
aquí
día
O
doy
soy
rosa
ropa
forma
U
luz
sur
nunca
gusta
salud