Each vowel has only one pronunciation and it will be pronounced that way in every Spanish word. Except for the gu and qu combination, there are no silent vowels in Spanish. Some vowels will slur together to create a single sound. These vowel combinations are called diphthongs . Correct pronunciation of vowels is especially important when you pronounce a word that looks like an English word. Remember, a lot of Spanish words look similar to English words, and some are even spelled exactly the same. However, these cognates are never pronounced exactly like their English equivalents. Also, a Spanish word that is pronounced like an English word will probably be spelled differently in Spanish. When you recognize a cognate, take your time and pronounce the vowels carefully. Models for vowel pronunciation
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