<h1>Helping native Spanish-speakers with their pronunciation of English words.</h1>
My name is Heath, and I live in Colombia, South America, and work in schools where I teach Colombians English. I also teach many Spanish-speaking students, originating from all over the world, on Verbling. (DISCLAIMER: My Spanish is not very good.)
And all of my students make the same mistakes and require the same attention.
</br></br>As a result, Spanish-speaking students have difficulty with these sounds, and a great way to test their ability is to have them say the following words in procession: </br>
</br></br>Then show the student how you place your teeth on your lip to make the 'v' sound, and how you pop your lips for the 'b' sound.
</br></br>You can test the student with the words: </br>van, vase, bag, big, bird, bad.
</br></br>In Spanish, every letter is pronounced, so a Spanish-speaking student always says these past forms of verbs incorrectly because they pronounce the 'e'. But in English, we never pronounce that 'e'.
</br></br>Words such as 'theif' and 'teeth' are difficult for students to pronounce.
</br></br>And the following words with 'th' are necessary for the student to know: that, this, the, them, they, these, those.
</br></br>But, if you're Spanish, it is important to know that the English 'th' sound is similar to the Spanish 'd'. You basically do the same thing with your tongue, but you poke it out a little more. This is easy for a teacher to teach once they know this similarity.
</br> </br>And it is important for the student to know the Spanish equivalent of the words mentioned above.
este **= this**
la, el **= the**
ellos, ellas **= they, them**
</br>As you can see, the 'th' sound is very important.
</br></br>I assume it is because the word 'mucho' is used quite a lot in Spanish.
</br></br>For this mistake, I recommend giving the student gap-fill exercises to teach and test their use of 'more (mas)' and 'a lot of'.
Okay. This is the end of my article; It is my first one, and I hope you have more insight into common pronunciation mistakes that Spanish-speaking students have.
Thank you for reading. Take care.