Vowel-Consonant and Vowel-Vowel Combinations in Spanish.

So far we have seen all “simple” syllables formed by an every consonant with each of the vowels (structure C-V or Consonant-Vowel). If you have “done the task” already must be able to pronouce those syllables “short or simple”. With the combinations that we will see now, you can start to pronounce this combination as syllable itself (such syllables of structure V-C or Vowell-Consonant) and may subsequently do the same with syllables with structure C-V-C or Consonant-Vowel-Consonant. Let’s begin this practice:

ab eb ib ob ub


ac ec ic oc uc


In Spanish, the combination of the vowels with the CH digraph is not usual as completion of syllable.

ad ed id od ud


af ef if of uf


ag eg ig og ug


The letter H is also silent when is preceded by vowels, so we don’t need to practice it.


al el il ol ul


The digraph LL is not used as a termination of syllables.

am em im om um


an en in on un


The vowel-consonant combination with letter Ñ at the end of the syllables, doesn’t exist in Spanish .

ap ep ip op up


ar er ir or ur


The digraph RR is not used as termination of syllables.

as es is os us


at et it ot ut


av ev iv ov uv


Same with letter W.

ax ex ix ox ux


The letter Y after a vowel sound like I.

az ez iz oz uz


And finally, we are going to pronounce the combinations of two vowels (V-V):

ae ai ao au



ea ei eo eu


ia ie io iu


oa oe oi ou


ua ue ui uo


In Spanish as in English, there are combinations of vowels called diphthongs, triphthongs and hiatus, which we will discuss later, after watching the graphic accent (accute accent).

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