https://www.duolingo.com/Holmesslice77

alphabet

Please create a lesson for alphabet and congegration. I think it should be the first lesson of all.

3 years ago

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Roland-12

I would like that too!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frankenstein724
frankenstein724
  • 17
  • 13
  • 12
  • 9
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 2

...with one notable exception, the Spanish letters are the same as the English ones. in fact, it doesn't even really have any exceptions if you consider things like ñ and the vowels with accent marks to simply be English letters with diacritic marks on them...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Holmesslice77

Not really. It has Ch, Ll, n'yeh' (I dont know the alt code)...And I was really talking about the sounds; like O is always long O.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/frankenstein724
frankenstein724
  • 17
  • 13
  • 12
  • 9
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 2

The Real Academia Española, the God of the Spanish language (as I like to call it) has come out and said that they are not separate letters anymore. Or, at least, they had at some point...It's possible that they've since gone back on that decision...but the point is, the only difference it makes is whether a word that starts with "ch" comes after all the other cX (where X is any letter other than "h") in the dictionary, or if it comes between any hypothetical cg and ci combinations. Otherwise, English not only has C and H, but they generally make the same sound when put together. Same with Ll. While the sound it makes is not the one we intuitively think of in English when we see two Ls next to each other, we do also have the letter it is made up of, and we have all the sounds in English that Ll can possibly make in Spanish (there are at least 4 sounds that Ll can make, depending on the region). We don't have ñ as a letter, but we do have the sound it makes (onion has the sound in it). So, really, ñ is the only letter I would even remotely consider actually different, but either way not enough to warrant a whole lesson on the Spanish alphabet...

3 years ago
Learn Spanish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.