Spanish Vowels

Even though the Spanish alphabet is similar to that of English and other Latin-based languages, vowels in Spanish are pronounced differently than their English equivalents. A strong tone is used to pronounce the vowels a, e and o, while a softer tone is used to pronounce i and u. Listen to the Spanish vowel sounds below, then repeat them out loud.

In Spanish "a" is pronounced like the "a" in the word "washer". Review the examples below that use the Spanish vowel "a" and then repeat each example out loud.

nothing
nada
until
hasta
bed
cama
potato
papa
delighted
encantada
mother
madre
father
padre


In Spanish "e" is usually pronounced like the "a" in the word "fate". Review the examples below that use the Spanish vowel "e", then repeat each example out loud.
milk
leche
age
edad
coffee
caf
baby
beb
I will come
vendr
cherry
cereza
glasses
lentes


In Spanish "i" is pronounced like the "ee" in the word "feel". Review the examples below that use the Spanish vowel "i", then repeat each example out loud.
pretty
bonita
miss
seorita
language
idioma
to go out
salir
Italian
italiano
difficult
difcil
timid
tmido


In Spanish "o" is pronounced like the "o" in the word "so. Review the examples below that use the Spanish vowel "o", then repeat each example out loud.
I
yo
crazy
loco
hello
hola
little
poco
heat
calor
like
como
eight
ocho


In Spanish "u" is pronounced like the "ue" in the word "clue". Review the examples below that use the Spanish vowel "u", then repeat each example out loud.
one
uno
Help!
Ayuda!
you
t
ad
anuncio
much
mucho
sugar
azcar
music
msica