The Spanish Alphabet: Easy Guide with Pronunciation and Songs

Are you about to begin your Spanish learning journey, but don’t know where or how to learn Spanish? That’s easy, begin by learning the Spanish alphabet!

El alfabeto en Español, or the Spanish alphabet, is made up of 27 letters. While, some disagree that it originally was made up of 30 letters, which included “ch”, “ll”, and “ñ”, the Real Academia Española has decided that “ch” and “ll” shouldn no longer be considered part of the alphabet. Leaving us with:

a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, ñ, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, y, z

The following article will teach you the different letters in the alphabet, how to use them, and introduce you to new learning material.

Spanish Alphabet – Letters

Special Characters

We could say that Spanish technically has four special characters. The most special of all is the ñ, which roughly sounds like the ny in English (as in canyon), but it’s not quite the same.

Pay attention to how your tongue should move forward with the middle touching the roof of your mouth instead of the tip, as it’s done in English.

The other three letters are the “che” (ch), “elle” (ll) and “erre” (rr) (which are actually consonant combinations, but included here as they’re considered letters by a lot of speakers.

The Assn. of Spanish Language Academies, meeting in Madrid for its 10th annual congress, voted to eliminate the “Ch”, “Ll”, “Rr” and “Ñ” from the Spanish alphabet.

The move does not change pronunciation, usage or spelling. It was taken mainly to simplify dictionaries and make Spanish more computer-compatible with English.

Here is a fun alphabet song in Spanish, take a listen. Make sure not to enjoy it so much that you forget to carry on reading.

Spanish Alphabet Table

The table below will help you even more with some great examples and pronunciations to progress in your Spanish learning process.

Please click on the sample images to enlarge them.

Alphabet Table

Alphabet/LetterPronunciationSoundsExampleAudio Recording
A / a / (á)aaAbeja
Arcoíris
Bee
Rainbow
B / bbebeBandera
Barco
Flag
Ship
C / cceceCama
Carro
Bed
Car
D / ddedeDados
Dulce
Dices
Sweet
E / e / (é)eeElefante
Escoba
Elephant
Broom
F / fefeefeFruta
Foco
Fruit
Bulb
G / ggegeGafas
Gota
Glasses
Drop
H / hhachehacheHoja
Hormiga
Leaf
Ant
I / i / (í)iiInsecto
Iguana
Insect
Iguana
J / jjotajotaJirafa
Jabón
Giraffe
Soap
K / kkakaKoala
Kiwi
Koala
Kiwi
L / leleeleLeer
Lápiz
Read
Pencil
M / memeemeManzana
Mono
Apple
Monkey
N / neneeneNido
Nieve
Nest
Snow
O / o / (ó)ooOro
Oso
Gold
Bear
P / ppepePez
Pino
Fish
Pine
Q / qcucuQueso
Quesadilla
Cheese
Quesadilla
R / rereereReina
Rayo
Queen
Lightning
S / seseeseSilla
Sandía
Chair
Watermelon
T / tteteTambor
Tortuga
Drum
Turtle
U / u / (ú, ü)uuUvas
Unicornio
Grapes
Unicorn
V / vuveuveVaca
Víbora
Cow
Snake
W / wuve doble / double uuve dobleWashington
Wasabi
Washington
Wasabi
X / xequisequisXilófono
Ximenia
Xylophone
Ximenia
Y / yye , i griegaI griegaYogur
Yoyo
Yogurt
Yoyo
Z / zzetazetaZapato
Zanahoria
Shoe
Carrot

What to pay attention to when learning Spanish.

The list below will assist you in what to pay attention to when it comes to time and activities needed to learn in a manner that will get you chatting in Spanish in no time.

  1. Start speaking immediately.

    This is the golden rule for learning any new language. By speaking the language as soon as possible, you’re putting yourself in an immersive (and uncomfortable) situation.

  2. Focus on the most common Spanish words.

    When you first start learning Spanish, it’s best to focus on the most common use cases. Unless you have photographic memory, it’s nearly impossible to learn all the possible words out there.

  3. Be very clear on why you’re learning Spanish.

    A common mistake we see when someone sets out to learn a new language is lack of clarity. There’s no specificity on what benefits you’ll get by speaking Spanish.

  4. Use downtime to learn on-the-go.

    Chances are, throughout your day, you’ll have extra downtime that you’re not fully maximizing. It could be when you’re commuting on the bus or car, waiting for your laundry, or even taking a walk. This is time that you can be utilizing to learn Spanish.

  5. Watch to engage.

    As we explained in tip #1, you don’t want to just watch Netflix movies or TV shows in Spanish. The ideal way to learn is to truly immerse yourself. Step one would be to prioritize using Spanish audio or watching Spanish native content.

  6. Retain more information using mnemonics (or digital flashcards).

    Having trouble when it comes to remembering a large list of words or phrases? You’re not alone. This is where mnemonics and digital flashcards with Spanish learning apps come in.

  7. Don’t worry about the details.

    Too often, we get locked into perfectionist mode. It is easier said than done, but the trick to fast learning is to ignore the details at first. As unconventional as that sounds, ignoring the minor details allows us to focus on the major full picture.

  8. Meet fellow language-lovers by attending meetups.

    One of the most cherishing experiences you’ll go through during your journey is meeting fellow language learners. Especially when they’re learning the same language as you.

  9. Memorize the most important questions first.

    Okay, so I think you’re starting to recognize a pattern here. Most important, most common, most useful. Like we mentioned, if you only have a finite amount of time and memory space to learn how to ask questions in Spanish, why not learn the most important?

  10. Work with a private Spanish tutor. – AmazingTalker | Find Professional Online Language Tutors and Teachers

Learn Spanish – The Spanish Alphabet with examples and Pronunciation

Antes de irte….

Now you know your ABC’s in Spanish! It’s important to remember to be easy on yourself if this is the first time whether you want to learn Spanish fast or at a slower pace. Take each letter and word in a timely manner so that not only do you understand how to pronounce them but what the value of each letter is and where to use it. Learning a new language should be exciting and fun, so make sure in doing so. Take breaks when needed and don’t forget to stretch your legs. Go back uncountable times if you need to make sure you understand and pronounce correctly. Have fun and try learning Spanish with native Spanish tutors from AmazingTalker!

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