Many Spanish students make the mistake of rushing into this new language. Well, I can’t blame them. It’s exciting to learn Spanish! However, there’s no point to learning a new language if no one is going to understand you. In some languages, just being slightly off can change the meaning of what you want to say. For example, with Chinese, a language spoken in four tones. But even if you’re studying a straightforward language like Spanish, which has one and only one way to pronounce each letter (unlike English!) you still want to be able to pronounce well and sounds as close as possible to a native speaker. Not only does it make the communication process much easier, but it builds confidence when others are complementing you on your pronunciation skills. You’ll feel more native and have more motivation to keep going.
There’s nothing worse than putting in a lot of hard work studying a language and then being asked to repeat what you’re trying to say. We tend to become accustomed to the sounds that we hear and so, if we are continuously pronouncing a word incorrectly, we’re only going to become used to that sound and when we hear it pronounced correctly, it may come across wrong.
So, I definitely recommend learning how to pronounce Spanish words correctly, as close to as native as possible! Spanish pronunciation is not that difficult except for the famous rolling “r” sound.
Your first lesson is to review the Spanish alphabet and learn how to pronounce each letter correctly. The key is repetition.
But don’t worry, this takes time and if you keep at it, and you really focus on your Spanish pronunciation, you will get it and you’ll feel great when you get compliments from native Spanish speakers telling you how well you speak.