Spanish: The Alphabet - Presentation
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This lesson explains the Alphabets.
English: Spanish, like all languages, is written using a collection of letters to represent our sounds. This collection of letters is known as the alphabet. The Spanish one is quite similar to the English alphabet, but it contains at least one new symbol, the picturesque letter Ñ.
Nevertheless, in Spanish, differently from English, learning an alphabet carries an additional advantage. In the case of the Spanish alphabet, when you learn the name of a letter, you are also learning its sound. While a letter in English normally represents not one, but a collection of sounds depending on its position and other letters that accompany it, Spanish letters with minimal exceptions are always pronounced exactly the same as their name. For this reason learning the Spanish alphabet well is a big step toward the correct pronunciation of Spanish. (More text below video...)
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(Continued from above)
Spanish: El español, como todas las lenguas, se escribe usando un conjunto de letras para representar nuestros sonidos. A este conjunto de letras se le conoce como el alfabeto. El del español es bastante similar al alfabeto inglés, pero contiene por lo menos un símbolo nuevo, la pintoresca letra 'Ñ.'
Sin embargo, en español, a diferencia del inglés, aprender el alfabeto conlleva una ventaja adicional: En el caso del alfabeto de la lengua española, cuando aprendes el nombre de una letra, estás aprendiendo también su sonido. Mientras una letra en inglés normalmente representa no uno, sino una colección de sonidos dependiendo de su posición y otras letras que la acompañan, las letras españolas con mínimas excepciones se pronuncian siempre exactamente igual a su nombre. Es por esto que aprender bien el alfabeto es un gran paso hacia una pronunciación correcta del español.

Small part of the explanation from video:
English: Welcome to our lesson number five!
Spanish: Bienvenidos a nuestra lección número cinco!
English: I have a question for you.
Spanish: Tengo una pregunta para ti.
English: Do you remember what my name is?
Spanish: ¿Te acuerdas cuál es mi nombre?
English: Right! My name is LUIS.
Spanish: ¡Correcto! Mi nombre es LUIS.
English: And, do you know how my name is spelled in Spanish?
Spanish: Y ¿Sabes cómo se deletrea mi nombre en español?
English: It is spelled like this; L – U – I – S……LUIS
Spanish: Se deletrea así: ELE – U – I – ESE……..LUIS.
English: I have another question?
Spanish: ¡Tengo otra pregunta!
English: Do you what my last name is?
Spanish: ¿Sabes cuál es mi apellido?
English: My last name is CARDOZO.
Spanish: Mi apellido es CARDOZO.
English: And it is spelled like this;
Spanish: y se deletrea así;
English: C – A – R – D – O – Z –O
Spanish: CE – A – ERRE – DE – O – ZETA –O
English: It wasn’t so hard, right?
Spanish: No fue tan difícil, verdad?
English: Now I am going to give you other examples.
Spanish: Ahora voy a darte otros ejemplos.
(image of a man and his name JOAQUÍN)
English: What is his name?
Spanish: ¿Cómo se llama él?
English: His name is JOAQUÍN.
Spanish: Se llama JOAQUÍN.
English: How is his name spelled?
Spanish: ¿Cómo se deletrea su nombre?
English: It is spelled, J – O – A – Q – U – I – N.
Spanish: Se deletrea, JOTA - O - A - CU – U – I - ENE.
(image of the last name RODRIGUEZ)
English: What is his last name?
Spanish: ¿Cuál es su apellido?
English: His last name is RODRIGUEZ and it is spelled; R – O –D –R – I – G – U –E – Z.
Spanish: Se apellida RODRIGUEZ y se deletrea; ERRE – O –DE –ERRE – I – GE – U –E – ZETA.
(image of a woman and her name KATHY)
English: What is her name?
Spanish: ¿Cómo se llama ella?
English: Her name is KATHY.
Spanish: Se llama KATHY.
English: How is her name spelled?
Spanish: ¿Cómo se deletrea su nombre?
English: It is spelled, K – A – T – H – Y!
Spanish: Se deletrea KA –A -TE – HACHE - I GRIEGA!
(image of her last name PALACIOS)
English: What is her last name?
Spanish: ¿Cuál es su apellido?
English: Her last name is PALACIOS and it is spelled; P– A –L – A – C – I – O –S.
Spanish: Se apellida PALACIOS y se deletrea; PE – A – ELE – A – CE – I – O – ESE. Palacios
English: Now it’s your turn!
Spanish: Ahora es tu turno!
English: What is your name?
Spanish: ¿Cómo te llamas?
English: How is your name spelled?
Spanish: ¿Cómo se deletrea tu nombre?
English: What is your last name?
Spanish: ¿Cuál es tu apellido?
English: How is your last name spelled?
Spanish: ¿Cómo se deletrea?
English: I think you answered correctly. Excellent!
Spanish: Creo que respondiste muy bien. ¡Excelente!
English: See you soon!
Spanish: !Hasta pronto!
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