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Vowels Pronouncing Spanish vowels is simple. Each vowel has only one way to be pronounced, and it will  be pronounced that way in every word. Unlike English, there are no silent vowels in Spanish,  although some vowels will slur together to create a single sound. These vowel combinations are  called diphthongs. You should be careful not to let your vowels become dipthongs when speaking Spanish. Spanish  vowels are shorter, sharper, and more crisp than English vowels; therefore, Spanish vowels produce  only one, constant sound. Also, the English 
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Unformatted text preview: schwa sound doesn't exist in Spanish although it is quite common in spoken English. For example, Spanish never has sounds like “pencil” [p nsl]. The last ε syllable of “pencil” contains the relaxed schwa sound. To further illustrate this notion, the word banana is the same in Spanish and English. However, in English the last syllable is the schwa sound, and in Spanish all of the a 's are open vowels that are pronounced exactly the same in all three syllables....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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