I’ve always wondered by gringos have such a hard time with Spanish words. I realized that if you get the vowel sounds right you can pronounce most words. In English, vowels have 2 different sounds whereas in Spanish they have one.
For instance, my son’s name is Adan which is pronounced ah-dahn not uh-don the a sounds the same in all cases.
- a – ah (like the sound the doctor asks you to make)
- e – eh (short)
- i – ee (like the long e in English)
- o – oh (but a short oh not the drawn out oh from English)
- u – oo (like a monkey)
So mono is not mah-noh, it’s moh-noh. Marco (my other son’s name) is pronounced “mahrr-coh”. The hardest part about that is trilling the r which even I have a difficult time doing.