how to improve your Spanish proninication

How to improve your Spanish pronunciation

Improving your Spanish pronunciation will take time but in this article we will explore how to improve your Spanish pronunciation faster.
Like all great things, practice makes perfect. For those who have kicked off the pursuit of learning Spanish, this article will explore how to improve your Spanish pronunciation. Spanish is one of the most popular languages in the world, with over 400 million native speakers dotted around the globe in places like Spain, Portugal, Latin America and many more spots.
Spanish is favored by many European learners thanks to its broad use. Spanish is one of the romance languages which makes it more attractive to many people wanting to learn a new language. For those getting started, Spanish requires a lot of pronunciation attention thanks to the strong and strict use of “c” and “s” within the popular vocabulary.

The importance of pronunciation

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For Spanish, the importance of pronunciation is high. As you get started with your learning of Spanish, you’ll need to make sure it is high on your list alongside the likes of fluency and vocabulary as important things to focus on when you get started.
Pronunciation is the vocal formulation of vocabulary. As you can imagine, a word or two mispronounced can potentially re-phrase a sentence for native speakers. For example: “el gato” can quickly become “el gado” if the “t” isn’t pronounced in a certain way. “El gado” translates as cattle, whereas you wanted to say “cat” which adds a level of confusion to your conversation.
Here’s how to not pronounce the word:

Here’s how it should be pronounced: 

Pronunciation is even stricter in languages like Mandarin, Korean and Japanese where if a phrase is mispronounced the changes of the phrase can be massive. Due to the nature of this, there’s a potential of getting in trouble, proposing something you might not want or misunderstand a conversation. So as you build a picture of the importance of pronunciation, you are beginning to see the huge value in keeping it close to your chest.
Getting as close as you can to the native tongue of Spanish will help to improve your pronunciation efforts massively.

How to improve your Spanish pronunciation

Movies

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One of the most popular tactics to start understanding the pronunciation of Spanish natives is to watch some Spanish cinema. This method is one of the best ways to get to know how native Spanish speakers pronounce new vocabulary. This association also helps to build stronger memory connections in your brain to how to pronounce each word and phrase in practice.
The benefits to visual forms of communication are that they help to provide a demonstration with the mouth. Not many forms of pronunciation support focus on the visual side of things. Many of the in-car CD tapes are great for allowing you to vocalize a new word with the help of a Spanish native, but the ability to see how they move their mouth to create the phrases helps to improve pronunciation efforts. Listening to Spanish mother tongue can be extremely beneficial for those looking to improve the

Don’t use Google Translate 

Google Translate is one of the major flaws in language learning at the moment. Learning to pronounce using Google Translate is probably not the most effective way to learn the new word or phrase. Especially when you are trying to acquire some accent skills as you learn too.

Developing an accent in Spanish is one of the better ways to start developing your Spanish skills providing inspiration to your learning as you decide to progress with your learning. There might be more updates to the Google Translate platform that will refine the speech abilities to improve your ability to pronounce, but for now, worth avoiding for the speaking side of things.
Remember that you can use Google Translate for your Spanish, but look out for the special tick next to the words that confirm it has been approved by the official language team at Google.

YouTube videos 

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Again, visual communication will help to coordinate the mouth movements you create when pronunciation new vocabulary. Access to native speaker snippet or tutorials with a native speaker will help to build stronger skills when it comes to learning a new word, having the way its pronunciation shown in front of you will help to capture that moment more effectively.
This is the same for any form of video content. The FlashAcademy app has native speaker videos attached to over 10,000 words inside of the app to help you learn in a more effective style, with access to these native speaker videos, you’ll get closer to how a native speaker will use pronunciation. The movement of the mouth and tongue can also be very beneficial for those looking to enhance their Spanish speaking.

Speaking accuracy

A little bit more about the FlashAcademy app, we promise. Over the last month, we’ve added a few cool ways to enhance pronunciation skills. Inside of the app, we’ve added the ability to test your pronunciation through an accuracy tracker.
Record the piece of vocabulary and get instant feedback on the accuracy of your speaking. This is very accurate and will give you a score percentage out of 100 to help you progress with your learning. Anything too low and you’ll have to give it another crack if you want to move one.
Another great way to learn Spanish.

Meeting up with a Spanish native

Meet up with a spanish native

There’s nothing better than getting it directly from the source. If you have a Spanish native as a friend, or you know of someone who does, their pronunciation and accent will most likely be well regarded if they can converse with other native speakers. Organizing a meet up with them can be a great way to get all of your questions and ideas shared with them.
Sharing a list of vocabulary with them that you are struggling with, is one of the best ways to get started. If you are lacking in Spanish buddies, no problem. There are regular language meetups in your local area to start sharing your language skills with those looking to exchange their skills.

Start learning how to improve your Spanish pronunciation

Above are a few ways that you can get started with improving your Spanish pronunciation. It’s worth trying them all and seeing which methods work best for you. Of course, many older fashioned methods like “phonetics” and audio CDs for the car will work great too, but these are more aggressive suggestions as you begin learning. All of these methods will work well so it’s about finding the right solutions for you.
There are plenty of online resources too to help you connect with a native speaker. The likes of iTalki, Rype and Verbling are great communication resources when you are looking to get in touch with a native speaker in Spanish. They will provide you with one of the best sources of pronunciation.
If you have any recommendations for getting started with your Spanish pronunciation, feel free to add them in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you all! 

Francesco D'Alessio

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