How To Do A Spanish Accent
How To Do A Spanish Accent: If you are looking to improve your Spanish accent and make really an impression on your Spanish friends, then this video has many useful tips and techniques which you can make use of, to improve your accent.
Hello, I am an actor and a voice coach, and I teach people how to make changes to their voice. When you are going to do Spanish accent, the first sound you are going to look at is the a sound.
I should point out that of course, there are many variations of the Spanish accent. Because not only you got Spain, you got the Canary Islands, you got most of South America, some Central America, so it's a huge variation. This is just a general approach.
So first of all, the aa sound, it's not like our British r. It's a rolled r, rrr, technically called an alveolar trill rrr. If you can't do this, something that might help is to think of the word done.
Any word that begins with letter d, and push that letter d really hard up here, up against the roof of your mouth, don't think about making an r at all, think about making a really weird pushed d, keep practicing that. So we use that aa sound when we normally use our British a. So try this phrase "bring this red caress,” “bring this red caress.
” Sometimes, it's really short, just one little roll "bring this red caress." Now, let's look at the vowel sounds. In Spanish, they have only five vowel sounds.
Whereas in English, we have around twelve depending on how you measure them. So they have a, e, i, o and u, so only five. So they encountered two different vowel sounds in English that are not existent in Spanish, and they have to use one of the latter five.
So, for example in the word ship, we have that vowel and we have sheep in sheep. So, ship i, sheep e, a Spanish person cannot easily say sheep. So there is no difference between, I mean, I bought a ship and the field is full of sheep, to say.
Same is the case with vowel e and ai, lot of Spanish people will confuse them and just say ai. We get pen becoming pen and pain, that I have hurt myself becoming pen, same sound. Another one is the h sound.
Now, Spanish has what's called a voiceless, uvular fricitive which is this sound at the back, back there instead of an h. So sometimes, you will hear people saying, "how are you Henry?" "How are you Henry?" "How are you", you better try that as well. Something else that might help is the ya sound at the beginning of words like you and yes.
Sounds Spanish because people find it hard at the beginning of words, put in a ya sound. "How are you," "you can use my pen," "you can use my pen, it's fine." like this.
And the final thing we can look at is Spanish delivery. Though in English, we have something we call stretch time, we stretch some words out and other words are very small like this. In Spanish, every word is like this, really like a machine gun going like this.
Hold one syllable like this. This is how you speak it if you want to speak with a Spanish accent, like this very very machine gun.