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Practice Speaking Spanish Gibberish

Do you remember when you were a baby and you were beginning to speak and all you could do was make strange sounds?  Of course you don’t, you were a baby.  But, if you think about how babies first learn to mimic sounds as they learn a language, this exercise will make sense to you.

Below you will find a list containing each vowel letter followed by a consonant letter.  Combined we create syllables that are the building blocks of words.  Instead of jumping in and trying to pronounce words to begin with, you’ll work on just pronouncing the syllables we’ve created.  Words will come later.

As you do this exercise, do it slowly and really think about how each letter combination should be pronounced in Spanish.  Recite the vowel-bunny rhyme a few times to refresh your memory:

ah, eh, ee, oh, oo,

baby bunny,

I love you!”

At first it will seem strange (of course) and difficult but you’ll quickly pick it up and be able to fly through the list.

To help you, here is a video for the vowels that you can watch so you can see and hear each syllable being pronounced:

ab, ac, ad, af, ag, aj, ak, al, am, an, ap, ar, as, at, av, ax, az

eb, ec, ed, ef, eg, ej, ek, el, em, en, ep, er, es, et, ev, ex, ez

ib, ic, id, if, ig, ij, ik, il, im, in, ip, ir, is, it, iv, ix, iz

ob, oc, od, of, og, oj, ok, ol, om, on, op, or, os, ot, ov, ox, oz

ub, uc, ud, uf, ug, uj, uk, ul, um, un, up, ur, us, ut, uv, ux, uz
Next, we need to practice with the consonants.  Here is a list of consonant letters followed by vowel letters.  Again, take the time to do this slowly with emphasis on each sound.

ba, be, bi, bo, bu

ce, ci

(Remember, “c” sounds like an “s” before the letters “e” or “i” in Spanish and English.)

ca, co, cu

(Remember, “c” sounds like a “k” before the letters “a,” “o,” and “u.”)

da, de, di, do, du

fa, fe, fi, fo, fu

ge, gi

(Remember, “g” sounds like an “h” before the letters “e” or “i.”)

ga, go, gu

(Remember, “g” sounds like a hard “g” before the letters “a”, “o”, and “u.”)

ha, he, hi, ho, hu

(Remember, “h” is always silent.)

ja, je, ji, jo, ju

(Remember, “j” makes the “h” sound.)

ka, ke, ki, ko, ku

la, le, li, lo, lu

ma, me, mi, mo, mu

na, ne, ni, no, nu

pa, pe, pi, po, pu

ra, re, ri, ro, ru

sa, se, si, so, su

ta, te, ti, to, tu

va, ve, vi, vo, vu

(Remember, the letter “v” is pronounced like the letter “b.”)

wa, we, wi, wo, wu

ya, ye, yi, yo, yu

za, ze, zi, zo, zu

(Remember, the letter “z” is pronounced like the letter “s.”)