Free Sample: Listen and Repeat

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Please do not click the audio controller until Alfredo has finished speaking.

The goal of this exercise is simply to begin re-wiring your brain so that it becomes natural for you to make the sounds of spoken Spanish. So don't worry about what these words mean. Just try to pronounce them exactly like the native speakers.

Click the audio controller to begin.

Instructions

  1. First practice with the written transcript.
  2. Next practice without the transcript.
  3. Be sure to speak out loud, at normal conversational volume.


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a and e in contrast under weak stress

  • seda/sede
  • zapa/zape
  • lota/lote
  • palón/pelón
  • fatal/fetal
  • tañir/teñir

a and i in contrast under weak stress

  • lavar/libar
  • patón/pitón
  • nadar/nidar
  • pañal/piñal
  • masita/misita
  • latera/litera

a and o in contrast under weak stress

  • ara/aro
  • tía/tío
  • sera/cero
  • derecha/derecho
  • cigarra/cigarro
  • zapata/zapato

a and u in contrast under weak stress

  • pajar/pujar
  • tarón/turón
  • sabido/subido
  • lanero/lunero
  • barrita/burrita
  • lanita/lunita

Keep in mind that this is just a demonstration. These exercises are combined with dialogs and narratives to form a complete course that will have you communicating effectively in about 4 months.


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