In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn two easy rules for making sure you’re pronouncing medical Spanish words properly. These 2 medical Spanish pronunciation rules apply to all Spanish words as well, and they’re especially great for all of you learners who are learning new vocabulary through self-study with your own books and resources.
Here is the Medical Spanish lesson about Spanish Pronunciation Rules I taught to the Facebook group:
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El Problema – ¿Dónde poner énfasis?
One of the most common confusions when learning a new language is where to put emphasis and which vowels or syllables to stress in a word as you pronounce it. However, once you get a hang of pronunciation and natural stress on words, you’re able to comprehend the people you’re speaking to much easier and you are able to be more easily understood.
Regla número 1 : Palabras que terminan en una vocal (a, e, i, o, u), la letra N o la letra S:
In Spanish, all words that end in a vowel (a, e, i, o, u), N or S have the natural stress on the 2nd to last syllable. The bold syllables below are the natural stress of the word
|La doc-to-ra||The doctor|
|Los ra-yos e-quis||The X-Ray|
|Las es-tu-dian-tes||The Students|
Regla # 2: Todas las otras palabras:
If a word doesn’t end in a VOWEL, N or S, then the natural stress is on the final syllable. See the examples below with the final syllable highlighted.
|El hos-pi-tal||The hospital|
|El do-lor||The pain|
|Ha-blar||To speak (v)|
|Co-mer||To eat (v)|
|Vi-vir||To live (v)|
¿Qué pasa con los acentos? Los acentos rompen las 2 reglas:
When you see written accents on a word, that usually means the word’s pronunciation is breaking one of the natural pronunciation rules. In rare cases, it just distinguishes one word from another like: si = if, sí = yes. However, more often than not, a written accent means that a word may end in a vowel, n or s, but the stress isn’t on the 2nd to last syllable. See below how the words break the natural accentuation rules…
|La mé-di-ca||The doctor|
|El car-dió-lo-go||The cardiologist|
|La Hin-cha-zón||The swelling|
|La In-fec-ción||The infection|
¿Cómo se pronuncian estas palabras?
|La enfermera||The nurse|
|El órgano||The organ|
|La infección||The infection|
For a more thorough discussion on medical Spanish pronunciation, consider this online course I put together for you to practice your pronunciation!
I packaged all of this into easily downloadable .pdf notes –
Keep up the good work speaking responsible Spanish to your patients!
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