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    Default PLEASE!! How do I pronounce all of this??

    Mi actividad favorita que hacer es el fútbol. He estado jugando desde que era una niña. Es un excelente ejercicio y muy divertido! Además, me encanta bailar. Esta es otra de mis aficiones. Pero, creo que lo más importante me encanta estar con mi familia. Prefiero estar con ellos cuando es posible. A mi me encantan mi familia y todas las actividades que hago.


    How yould all of this be pronounced? I need to get better at speaking it..

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    Default Re: PLEASE!! How do I pronounce all of this??

    You have to have a native speaker read it to you. It takes about 20 times hearing and repeating to get it down. For an individual word, I guess you could go to a pronouncing dictionary like http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/futbol . But to be able to read this paragraph out loud, you need to hear and repeat the basic words from a beginning Spanish CD - 20 times. The very basic polite phrases and numbers take about 15 minutes. Times 20, that's five hours. Not much effort at all spread over 20 days, especially if you do it during a commute. But that will teach you basic pronunciation.
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    But, there's good news. Spanish is more or less pronounced the way it's written (unlike English) so once you know the sound-symbol correspondence and a few other rules you can figure out how to pronounce anything. But Gernt is right, it will take an initial investment of time.

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    Y si el énfasis no cae en la penúltima vocal, esa vocal SIEMPRE lleva acento – dice el pastor.

    It’s a joke. The second to the last vowel is stressed unless another has an accent mark. The problem is there are exceptions – like pastor, which is pronounced pas-TOR even though the O has no accent. Pastor means exactly what you think it does.
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    The rule is:
    The second-to-last syllable is stressed for words ending in vowels, n, or s. All other words (like pastor or any infinitive, for example) are stressed on the last syllable, unless there is an accent mark.

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    Default Re: PLEASE!! How do I pronounce all of this??

    ¿Verdad? ¿Cómo no me di cuenta antes? Pensaba todos eran excepciones sin una regla.

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    I think exceptions are actually very rare. That's one of the many things I love about Spanish. I'm proud to have been able to add to your enviable knowledge base.

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    Es Ud. más que muy amable. Desafortunadamente, aprendí español más tarde en la vida. Nunca lo entenderé muy bien. Pero, a mí hace una forma de rompecabezas, y ahora tengo otro pedazo. Gracias.
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    Default Re: PLEASE!! How do I pronounce all of this??

    correction:

    Mi actividad favorita es jugar al fútbol. He jugado desde que era una niña. Es un excelente ejercicio y muy divertido!. Además, me encanta bailar.

    Pero, creo que lo más importante es estar con mi familia. Prefiero estar con ellos todo el tiempo que sea posible. porque la paso muy bien con ellos.

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