How do you pronounce the spanish vowels
Like how do you say the vowels because they have different rules then the english ones.
a - as in calm or father
e - as in egg or head
i - as the e in seem or eel
o - as in orange or hoard
u - as in lucy or dude
I disagree with "o as in not" because that means the Spanish "no" would be pronounced like the English "nah"
I also disagree with o as in oh; many people do it that way but it's incorrect because it's too long. The "no" in Spanish should NOT sound like an English "no". That's too long, too.
For the o, it helps to practice by making an over-exaggerated kissy face and then opening your mouth pretty well with your lips still protruding as far as you can get them. Then say "orange" or "hoard" with that embarrassing face, emphasizing the o sound. Just until you get the hang of it.
Of the two links suggested, the one provided by Eddy (which, unsurprisingly, points to a page on this site) provide much more natural sounding pronunciations (and is gentler to the ears).
If your goal is to sound like a gringo (with most of the negative connotations of that word), then, by all means, follow the suggestions provided that attempt to represent Spanish vowels by "more-or-less-similar" sounds in English.
If you want to sound like a native, listen to the pronunciations of natives. If you are unable to mimic their pronunciation, at least, your effort will have been honest and your goals, appropriate. With the "pseudo-English-transcription" method, the best you can hope for is to sound like "an English-speaker trying to pronounce Spanish".
Here's a little ditty that little kids in Mexico use for practicing vowels:
"A E I O U, el burro sabe más que tú."
BTW, Itward's answer is right on!
Hi Jon Reid
The pronunciation of vowels in Spanish is very easy compared to English.
I think I identified about 25 different sounds in English for the 5 vowels.
In Spanish they need to be pronounced as the native speakers do but they never really vary.
In other words there is only one sound for "a" and one sound for "e" etc.
Find a native speaker and ask them - don't rely on the computer generated sounds.
Here is another link. When you are on the page just hover your cursor over the letter.
You're going to love this. Click on the link to go to a web page where you can hear any letter pronounced by a synthesized (very enthusiastic) voice in Spanish. Look for the blackboard on the right hand side of the page about 1/3rd the way down the page.
Click here ----> Alfabeto en español
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A= ah E= A I= Ee O= Oh U= oo (as in who)
a = ah
e = ehh
i = e
o = ó like in the o in not
u = ou like in you without the y
a = ah e = ehh i = e o = ó like in the o in not u = ou like in you without the y
a = ah
e = ehh i = e o = ó like in the o in not u = ou like in you without the y