Spanish is a phonetic language, meaning that for the most part each letter is pronounced. The sounds are generally cleaner and shorter than in English, especially the vowels (“a’,”e”, “i”, “o”, “u”). Accents on these indicate that they are stressed in the pronunciation.
Jamón, atún, dátil, café
Click an image below to discover a letter’s International phonetic alphabet (IPA) symbol, read about its pronunciation and hear some sample words, as you start to train your ear to the Spanish sounds.