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Hoy, we're bringing you a simple-but-super-effective trick to help you tackle the pronunciation of the verb hacer (to do). We've always found that its easier to remember stuff with mnemonic devices, especially if their funny:
If we break up 'hacer' into two parts we're left with the sounds 'ass' and 'er'.
So basically, 'ass,' the raunchy word for butt and 'er,' like a stutter.
We can also use this trick for some of hacer's conjugations. Here's a list to refresh your memory:
With the exception of hago, which we can break up into 'ah' (like a pause) and 'go!' (like advance), all of these conjugations could be ass-related.
Haces - Asses (plural of ass)
Hace - Ass, eh?
Hacemos - Ass, eh +mos
Hacéis - Ass + ace (like an ace of spades)
Hacen - Ass + the letter 'n'
Remember these ass-related tricks and you'll be pronouncing like a native in no...
¡Go fix yourself a dang quesadeeyuh!
If you've seen Napoleon Dynamite, you know just how terribly his grandma's Spanish pronunciation is. Here's a reminder (if you haven't seen it yet, brace yourself):
Here's where grandma Dynamite goes wrong:
In Spanish, the ‘Ll’ most often sounds like the English letter ‘y’ like in the words “you” and “yellow”.
The exact pronunciation the ‘Ll’ can vary from region to region, but this is a good rule to guide when in doubt.
So, rather than 'queisadilluh', the correct pronunciation would be 'quesadeeyuh.'
Here are a couple more examples of how the Ll sounds:
Llave (key) – 'yave'
Bella (beautiful) – 'beya'
Amarillo (yellow) – 'amariyo'
Remember this tip and you'll automatically be more well-liked by each and every Spanish speaker out there
The silent Spanish H can get confusing. It’s easy to get frustrated and want to mandar todo a la mierda (another, more creative way of saying to give up). If you think about it though, we have many more silent letters in English, like the K, C, B, D, T, and even the H as well.
The rule for the Spanish H is that it’s always silent unless it is next to the letter C.
When you see the letter C next to an H you need to make a ch sound, which is almost identical to the “ch” sound in English.
Example: Doy por hecho que a todos les gusta el chocolate.
Here, the H in hecho would be silent, as it is not followed by a C. Chocolate however, would be pronounced with the ‘ch’ sound, since it is followed by the C.
A couple more examples:
¡Hasta luego Mari-Carmen! (Silent)
La horchata se elabora con chufa. (Silent)
Hay que viajar varias horas para llegar a Chile desde Buenos Aires. (Horas is silent, while...