How to Improve Spanish Pronunciation

Learning a new language can be a challenge, especially when it involves producing sounds you have never had to produce before. Spanish, especially, has a few unfamiliar sounds and patterns that are hard to get used to. However, with just a bit of careful attention and practice, you can master Spanish pronunciation.


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    Pay Attention to Vowels. There are plenty of English-Spanish cognates in Spanish, so it can be tempting to pronounce them in the same way as they are pronounced in English. Focus on pronouncing each vowel clearly and correctly. When you see the word "básico," for example, pronounce each vowel so that you get "bah-see-co" instead of something that sounds like English "basic" with an o on the end.
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    Practice Rolling Your R's. Pronouncing the Spanish R/RR like the English R is probably the most prevalent and difficult problem that comes up when English speakers learn Spanish. This is not an excuse to be lazy-- it's important to try because you will get better only through practice. See the link on "How to Roll Your 'R's" for information on how to start. Then, try to practice this tongue twister: "Erre con erre cigarro, erre con erre barril, rápido ruedan los carros del gran ferrocarril"
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    Open Your Mouth. It is pretty easy to speak English without opening your mouth much. However, many Spanish words are easier to pronounce if you open your mouth wider to pronounce the more exaggerated vowel sounds that exist in Spanish. It might feel silly, but you will hear improvements immediately.
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    Pick up on Regional Variations. Spanish sounds different depending on where it is spoken. If you are learning Spanish with the intent to visit Spain, you will notice that Z and soft C are is pronounced more like "th." Certain regions omit consonants, as in pronouncing "todos" like "to-os." Listen to speakers from the region whose Spanish you intend to learn.
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    Listen. Your ears are surprisingly good at training your vocal tract. Listening to Spanish music, watching movies in Spanish (even if you have to use English subtitles), and eavesdropping on that lady speaking Spanish on her cell phone are all ways to take advantage of your ears.
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    Keep Practicing! Practicing speaking with a native or advanced Spanish speaker is one of the best ways to improve pronunciation. This process will help you unconsciously (and sometimes consciously, if the other person offers advice) improve your pronunciation. Your interest in the other person and their strong knowledge of the language will drive this process. Have fun with the language-- don't just stick to the templates they taught you in school.


  • Listen to music by artists such as Juanes, Fanny Lu, Bacilos, Maná, RBD, Enrique Iglesias, etc. Reggaeton music will probably be of little help since the artists tend to slur their words and use a lot of slang.
  • Try this website for good audio resources:
  • Watch news videos on websites such as

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