The pronunciation in Spanish is easy in comparison with other languages. Normally, you pronounce the words the way you write them, but there are also exceptions to the rule.

For good pronunciation we recommend you listen to the language whenever possible: watch movies and videos on YouTube in Spanish, listen to audio books in Spanish, etc. Even better, if you have the chance, take Spanish classes.

For a better understanding, we have listed some pronunciation keys below:

PRONUNCIATION KEYS

The phoneme Z [θ]

The C [k] is pronounced in case of CA (casa), QUE (queso), QUI (quince), CO (comer), CU (cuatro)

The Z [θ] is pronounced in case of ZA (zapato), CE (centro), CI (ciento), ZO (zoo), ZU (zumo)

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The phonemes C / S

It’s very common for our spanish students to replace the phonemes of CE and CI with “S“. To say, for example, “servesa” instead of “cerveza”. In reality, the “seseo” (to pronounce the s instead of z or c before i and e) is very popular in parts of Andalusia, in the Canary islands and in Latin America. 

It doesn’t matter if you say “s” instead of “C”, as the majority of the native spanish speakers pronounce it like that, but while writing remember to write the “c” and not the “s”.

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Learn the parts of the house and the furniture in Spanish here.

To learn the vocabulary you could put stickers or post-its on your furniture for a couple of weeks.

THE PARTS OF THE HOUSE IN SPANISH

LA COCINA – THE KITCHEN

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EL DORMITORIO – THE BEDROOM

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EL SALÓN – THE LIVING ROOM

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EL CUARTO DE BAÑO – THE BATHROOM

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OTHERS: el jardín – the garden, la terraza – the terrace, el garaje – the garage, el estudio – the study

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There are several mistakes which occur frequently while learning Spanish. You should have a look at this overview to see if you make one of the mistakes listed.

1. THE VERBS “SER” AND “ESTAR”

Our spanish students are repeatedly confused between the verbs “ser” and “estar”. The uses of these verbs are explained in the blog article How to use “ser” and “estar” in Spanish.

THE USE OF “SER”

These are the most common uses of the verb:

NAME/ORIGIN/NATIONALITY AND PROFESSION: Soy Clara. – I’m Clara.
RELIGION: Soy católica. – I’m Catholic.
DEFINITION: Blanco es un color. – White is a colour.
DESCRIPTION: Soy alto. – I’m tall.
TIME: Son las 6 y media. – It’s half past 6.
DATE: Hoy es 26 de abril. – It’s the 26th of April.
DESCRIPTION OF MATERIALS: La mesa es de madera. – The table is made of wood.
PROPERTY: El libro es mio. – The book is mine.
PRICE: Son 10 euro. – That’s 10 euros.
PASSIVE: El Quijote es escrito por Cervantes. – El Quijote was written by Cervantes.

THE USE OF “ESTAR”

These are the most common uses of the verb:

LOCALISATION: Dénia está* en España. – Dénia is located in Spain. (*Exception: Events ¿Dónde es el cumpleaños? – Where will the birthday take place?)
PRESENCE: ¿Estás en el cine? – Are you in the cinema?
TO BE READY: ¿Cuándo estarán los resultados de las pruebas médicas? – When will the results of the medical testing be available?
ESTAR + GERUND: Estoy aprendiendo español. – I’m learning Spanish.

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DO YOU WANT TO COME WITH YOUR CHILDREN TO STUDY SPANISH?

We have a discount to learn Spanish for all your family!

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Take advantage of this amazing discount and come to Denia to study Spanish with your children in May or June. The weather in Denia is lovely during these months and you can enjoy better prices than during the summer.

We have these discounts to learn Spanish with the whole family:

1. ACCOMMODATION IN TOWN + SPANISH COURSE FOR PARENT & CHILD

Before: 835 € – Now: 750 €

2. ACCOMMODATION IN TOWN + SPANISH COURS FOR PARENTS AND CHILD

Before: 1,140 € – Now: 935 €

SPANISH COURSE FOR CHILDREN:
Children learn Spanish inside and outside the classroom. This course consists of 2 Spanish lessons + break + 2 activities (arts and crafts workshops, excursions and games).
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.45pm
Includes:
- Materials (books, photocopies, craft material and tools).
- Break (juice, milk, biscuits or sandwiches).
- Transfer to and from the craft workshop and excursion venues.
- Certificate of attendance.

SPANISH COURSE FOR ADULTS:
Spanish intensive 20
In the course, you will cover all disciplines, including oral, writing, reading and definitely speaking skills.

This Spanish course allows you to perfectly combine a holiday in Spain with learning Spanish and taking part in the centre’s extracurricular activities. It’s our most Spanish popular course!
The first two lessons of this course cover the grammar explanations and exercises, vocabulary, reading texts and/or the writing tasks. The lessons that follow focus on conversational skills: fluency, set phrases, oral and listening comprehension, debates, group discussions, oral presentations, role plays etc.

DISCOUNT CONDITIONS
- Dates of the course: 1 week 28th May to 17th June
- Accommodation in the apartment in center.
- Discount not applicable to previous bookings.
- Make sure you reference “Spring Discount” when you do the booking.

Contact us and make the most of this discount! We are waiting for you!