Spanish pronunciation vs English pronunciation
Which is easier for the learner who doesn’t yet know the target language?
(As a native English speaker learning Spanish, Spanish would be my target language).
Well, there is no doubt about it in my mind: learning how to pronounce Spanish words is MUCH EASIER than learning to pronounce English words.
Because Spanish is spoken as it is read. Therefore, once you know how the sounds are made the rest is a cinch. Take a look at this freebie from Speekee – it’s one of the activity ideas for schools which purchase our product.
You can see there is a list of words and their pronunciations. You can also listen to how they are said by a Spanish native speaker (Speekee in this case):
Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco
One, two, three, four, five
/oono/ /doss/ /tress/ /kwatro/ /thinko/
Once you know how the letters are put together in spoken form you can simply repeat them for any word and you can guarantee you are saying it correctly.
If what I am saying is not entirely clear, then perhaps this comparison with English will help…
Just a few examples there of how -ough in English is pronounced in so many different ways.
So in English you have to know both the spelling and the pronunciation of the word, wherease in Spanish with just the spelling you can deduce the pronunciation.
Spanish wins for learning simplicity!