The first of the digraphs in Spanish is Ch. It is frequently used in the language and has no special rules. Accompanied by the vowels it form syllables that sounds like this:
The following consonant is D. Nor has special rules and in the “flat” syllable sounds as follows:
Below is consonant F. Its “flat” sound is:
In Spanish, the letter H is ABSOLUTELY SILENT. Regardless of the location within a word (syllables start, middle or end), this letter is transparent in its sound, that is to say, the flat syllables that use it, sound like the corresponding vowels:
At this point, we want to emphasise the importance of “mentalizing” the letters (vowels and consonants) and syllables sounds in Spanish. To achieve fluency in speaking and, above all, understand the language of Cervantes, you must assimilate spontaneously these new (or different) sounds.
This TIP is one of the fundamental in this help that we try to give you, and for that reason we are doing this, seemingly silly, tour of the pronunciation of the syllables. We assure you that once you have taken over and dominate these basic rules of pronunciation, you will learn very quickly the language.