7 errores de pronunciación que cometan los españoles con el inglés

In this week´s post we explore the key pronunciation errors that Spanish people typically make when speaking English. Based on the survey I conducted on LinkedIn and from my experiences […]


Jonathan Ballantine - 3 octubre, 2017 || English Golf Experience


In this week´s post we explore the key pronunciation errors that Spanish people typically make when speaking English. Based on the survey I conducted on LinkedIn and from my experiences working with Spanish people I would list the following seven areas:

  1. Vowel sounds
  2. Consonants / Consonant clusters / Final Consonants
  3. Stress
  4. Weak Forms
  5. Intonation
  6. Connecting Sounds
  7. Rhythm

On the internet and in English language books you will find numerous examples for each of these seven categories together with rules and exercises. Instead of doing this myself and try to teach you these areas (i.e. fix the effects) I would like this short post to address the WHY (i.e. address the causes) Spanish people are making these mistakes.

Below are the three causes of why Spanish people struggle with English pronunciation more than other nationalities:

  1. Structural – little exposure to English sounds
  2. Cultural – a bias towards academic / text-book learning
  3. Individual – a focus on learning new Words and not new Sounds

Below I outline a number of strategies that I use with my clients to help fix the causes of incorrect pronunciation:

  1. Shift focus from grammar and vocabulary towards ear-training exercises that build new sounds. Be patient – it takes time to hear new sounds.
  2. Understand how Spanish sounds, stress and intonation patterns inhibit your ability to recognise and produce English sounds
  3. Read less: when you read in English you reinforce any errors through your internal voice. It is only natural that you read English spelling phonetically – however, this only compounds the error.
  4. Imitate more: sing out loud your favourite songs in English, or perform scenes from movies. Try to imitate the singer/actor in every aspect.

English grammar and vocabulary are relatively simple to learn for Spanish speakers, and from my personal perspective are not that important. If you want to speak English fluently and with confidence you must focus on English phonetics as this is where the real challenge for Spanish speakers is.

Listening and Speaking are natural – Reading and Writing are not!


About Jonathan Ballantine

Jonathan Ballantine, un entrenador de inglés nativo formado por la Universidad de Cambridge y Licenciado en Administración y Dirección de Empresas. Reside en España desde hace más de nueve años y tiene más de 20 años de experiencia profesional trabajando en el mundo de Consultoría en países como Reino Unido, España, y Australia. Jonathan es un apasionado del desarrollo personal e incorpora técnicas de coaching en sus clases. Cree que la fluidez oral es una capacidad que se entrena y desarrolla. Deportista, un gran aficionado al golf y a las actividades al aire libre.




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Reside en España desde hace más de 10 años. Gran aficionado al golf y a las actividades al aire libre.




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