Spanish Spelled Like English

Spanish Spelled Like English: In Spanish the very easiest words for English speakers are Spanish words spelled like English.

The Spanish words below are followed by their pronunciations to help you realize that these foreign words spelled exactly like English are really Spanish words.

Some of the following Spanish words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like 'computer' and 'internet'. Some others have been borrowed from French ['ballet'] or from other languages by both English and Spanish.

In the following pronunciation guide, Spanish words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: bar [‘bar’].

The easiest introduction to Spanish pronunciation is to pronounce each of these Spanish words spelled like English. By hearing how the Spanish pronunciation differs from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the Spanish pronunciation system.

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Spanish Spelled Like English

SPANISH -- [SAY]

alcohol -- [ahl-koh-OHL]

animal -- [ah-nee-MAHL]

artificial -- [ahr-tee-fee-see-YAHL]

Australia -- [ah-oos-TRAH-lee-ah]

auto -- [ah-OO-toh]

autos -- [ah-OO-tohs]

ballet -- [BAH-leht]

banana -- [‘banana’]

bar (place) -- [‘bar’]

beige -- [BEH-eesh]

bikini -- [‘bikini’]

bisexual -- [bee-sehks-WAHL]

brandy -- [‘brandy’]

capital -- [kah-pee-TAHL]

casino -- [‘casino’]

cereal -- [seh-reh-AHL]

cheque (BE) -- [CHEH-keh]

chocolate -- [choh-koh-LAH-teh]

cilantro -- [‘cilantro’]

club -- [kloob]

color -- [koh-LOHR]

control -- [kohn-TROHL]

croissant -- [kwah-SAHNT]

decision -- [deh-see-see-OHN]

digital -- [dee-khee-TAHL]

doctor -- [dohk-TOHR]

error -- [eh-RROHR]

exterior -- [ehx-teh-ree-YOHR]

fax -- [‘fax’]

favor -- [fah-VOHR]

ferry -- [feh-RREE]

film -- [feelm]

final -- [fee-NAHL]

folk -- [‘folk’]

gas -- [‘gas’]

gay -- [‘gay’]

golf -- [‘golf’]

granola -- [‘granola’]

gratis -- [‘gratis’]

habitual -- [ah-bee-too-ahl]

heterosexual -- [eh-teh-roh-sehks-WAHL]

homosexual -- [oh-moh-sehks-WAHL]

honor -- [oh-NOHR]

horrible -- [oh-RREE-bleh]

hospital -- [ohs-pee-TAHL]

hotel -- [oh-TEHL]

individual -- [een-dee-bee-DWAHL]

integral -- [een-tee-GRAHL]

interior -- [een-teh-ree-YOHR]

Internet -- [een-tehr-NEHT]

jazz -- [‘jazz’]

ketchup -- [keht-CHOOP]

kosher -- [koh-SEHR]

kilo -- [‘kilo’]

kiwi (fruit) -- [‘kiwi’]

legal -- [leh-GAHL]

local -- [loh-KAHL]

mango -- [‘mango’]

me -- [meh]

minibar -- [‘minibar’]

natural -- [nah-too-RAHL]

no -- [‘no’]

normal -- [nohr-MAHL]

original -- [oh-ree-hee-NAHL]

papaya -- [‘papaya’]

paprika -- [‘paprika’]

pasta -- [‘pasta’]

patio -- [‘patio’]

perfume -- [pehr-FOO-meh]

piano -- [‘piano’]

picnic -- [peek-NEEK]

pizza -- [‘pizza’]

plaza -- [PLAH-sah]

pop (music) -- [‘pop’]

Portugal -- [pohr-too-GAHL]

principal -- [preen-see-PAHL]

probable -- [proh-BAH-bleh]

protector -- [proh-tehk-TOHR]

radio -- [RAH-dee-oh]

rap (music) -- [‘rap’]

regular -- [reh-goo-LAHR]

roquefort -- [roh-keh-FOHRT]

sexual -- [sehks-WAHL]

simple -- [SEEM-pleh]

snowboard -- [ZNOH-‘board’]

solar -- [soh-LAHR]

surf -- [soorf]

tango -- [‘tango’]

taxi -- [‘taxi’]

taxis -- [‘taxis’]

tequila -- [‘tequila’]

terminal -- [tehr-mee-NAHL]

terrible -- [teh-RREE-bleh]

total (amount) -- [toh-TAHL]

trivial -- [tree-bee-AHL]

tropical -- [troh-pee-KAHL]

tutor -- [too-TOHR]

usual -- [oo-SWAHL]

vagina -- [bah-KHEE-nah]

vaginal -- [bah-khee-NAHL]

visa (passport) -- [BEE-sah]

vodka -- [BOHD-kah]

whisky -- [‘whisky’]

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More Spanish Spelled Like English:

SPANISH SPELLED LIKE ENGLISH, BUT WITH ACCENT MARKS IN SPANISH

The acute accent mark [é] over a letter in Spanish usually indicates the syllable to be stressed in pronouncing the Spanish word.

ENGLISH -- SPANISH -- [SAY IN SPANISH]

America -- América -- [‘America’]

cafe / café -- café -- [‘cafe’]

camping -- cámping -- [‘camping’]

Canada -- Canadá -- [kah-nah-DAH]

carton -- cartón -- [kahr-TOHN]

excursion -- excursión -- [ehx-koor-see-YOHN]

extension -- extensión -- [ehx-tehn-see-YOHN]

formula (baby) -- fórmula -- [FOHR-moo-lah]

habitation -- habitatión -- [ah-bee-tah-see-YOHN]

melon -- melón -- [meh-LOHN]

menu -- menú -- [meh-NOO]

Mexico -- México -- [MEH-hee-koh]

opera -- ópera -- [‘opera’]

oregano -- orégano -- [‘oregano’]

parking -- párking -- [‘parking’]

pizzeria -- pizzería -- [‘pizzeria’]

region -- región -- [reh-khee-YOHN]

religion -- religión -- [reh-lee-khee-YOHN]

salmon -- salmón -- [sahl-MOHN]

salon -- salón -- [‘salon’]

sandwich -- sándwich -- [‘sandwich’]

sofa -- sofá -- [soh-FAH]

super (fuel) -- súper -- [‘super’]

tampon -- tampón -- [tahm-POHN]

television -- televisión -- [teh-leh-bee-see-YOHN]

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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.


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