Pronouncing English words like “hyperbole” or “plough” can give even native speakers trouble. The International Phonetic Alphabet started out as an attempt to help navigate these murky spelling waters, and became a project with global scope. It aims to reproduce all existing sounds in language.
What the heck are those mysterious dots hovering over words in the language you are learning? Don’t be alarmed — those funny little diacritic marks are umlauts (or diaereses), and they’re here to help.
Have you ever wondered how to pronounce “armadillo” in Spanish? Or how to roll the tricky R? Follow these simple guidelines for pronouncing Spanish words, and you’ll be a pro in no time. How do you compare to the people in the video?