///Simular sounding words in Spanish

In the first unit we examined the vowels under weak stress, the stress system, the intonation system, and the resulting rhythmic effect.

Before going on to an examination of Spanish consonants, and vowels under strong stress, notice in the lists below how in words which sound familiar; you are liable to make some rather serious mistakes because of the very familiarity of the words. These words look very simular in English and in Spanish but their pronunciations are different.

Typical errors from English vowel influence in similar-sounding words.

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For these examples it is no doubt clear that many words which look easy because they seem very much like English words are in fact the most misleading because of their similarity. If you are alert to the possibility of this error, however, it is a relatively easy one to correct.

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