Easy Combos

Easy Combos

You’ll notice in this program that most of the syllables of Spanish are simple Consonant-Vowel.  The only time you will see what’s called a “consonant cluster” is when a consonant is combined with the alveolar tap.  To fit the concept of consonant cluster into rhythmic phonetic training, you can think of it as two adjacent consonant sounds being created in the same syllable (DA or di).  

So, for example, if you said the two syllables “pi&i”, and then dropped the first /i/, you’d get “p&i” – which is three distinct sounds in one syllable.  Many English speakers have trouble perceiving this sound correctly, but if you break it down you should be able to adjust your ear to it easily.  The clusters below represent all the “easy” consonant clusters of Spanish.  They are referred to “easy” because they use speech organ articulators that are completely separate from those used to make the tap sound “&”.  In other words, your articulation of the second consonant sound will not interfere with the articluation of the tap /&/, you just have to coordinate the movement a little.

Do as I do in the audio files below to practice your articulation of the “easy combos.”


/p/ and /b/


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