Spanish Diphthongs

Spanish Diphthongs…

Spanish Diphthongs are complex speech sounds phenomenon that starts with one vowel and gradually changes to another vowel within the same syllable.  In Spanish, the diphthongs are formed when a soft vowel immediately precedes a hard vowel or another soft vowel.

We differentiate the Spanish diphthongs from other pronunciations because they are generally more difficult to pronounce for no native speakers.

There two types of Spanish diphthongs and we are going to practice them all, no diphthongs and diphthongs.

Therefore, while you read the following words try to repeat what the audio says:

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A hard and a soft vowel together…

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Spanish Diphthong OU: bourdel

Spanish Diphthong OI: tolstoi

The Spanish Diphthongs OU and OI are very rare. This is why they only have one example each.

Spanish Diphthong AIbailepaisano,aire

Spanish Diphthong AUaustralianocausapausa

Examples of Diphthong EIpeinereinarseis

Spanish Diphthong EU: europa, neutral, reunir

Spanish Diphthong IA: media,estudiar, infancia

Spanish Diphthong IEpiedad, biencien

Spanish Diphthong IO: piojo , idioma, estudio

Spanish Diphthong UAguatemala, guardacacahuate

Spanish Diphthong UE: puerta,muerto,puesto

Spanish Diphthong UOcuota, duo

Two soft vowels together…

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Spanish Diphthong IU: ciudaddiuretico

Spanish Diphthong UI: cuidarruinadestruir


Two hard vowels together…

There is no Diphthong when two hard vowels occur together, but it worth the practice.
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Not a Spanish Diphthong AE: maestra, caer, traer

Not a Spanish Diphthong AO: cacao, paola (is a Latin name)

Not a Spanish Diphthong EA: pelear, menear, teatro

Not a Spanish Diphthong EO: ateo, empleo, paseo, Mateo(is a Latin name)

Not a Spanish Diphthong OA: Canoa, barbacoa,

Not a Spanish Diphthong OE: oeste, poeta, cohete (always remember that the H in Spanish is silent)

An accent mark added to a soft vowel…

There is no Diphthong when two hard vowels occur together, but it worth the practice.

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An accent mark added to a soft vowel gives it a distinct syllable of its own. This can happen with a hard vowel or a soft one. Please repeat aloud the examples bellow with the audio:

Not a Spanish Diphthong aí : pais, maiz

Not a Spanish Diphthong aú : aun

Not a Spanish Diphthong ió: cancion, habitacion, cajon

Not a Spanish Diphthong : oido

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