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Spanish sounds and pronunciation (II)

Diphthongs (double sounds)
In Spanish, like in English, some vowels can be combined to form so called diphthongs. These diphthongs are shown in the following table.

sound/ letter: Spanish ExamplesEnglish examples
euEuropa, euphoriaboy, royal
iapolicíaco, familiamedia, Libya
iemiercoles, riesgosno equivalent in English
iotelevisn, medioleopard

Combinations of Consonants:
Like in Spanish, there are some sounds in Spanish that are formed by combining different consonants. Those are in particular:

sound/ letter: Spanish ExamplesEnglish examples
Czech Republic
no equivalent in English
long rolled 'r'

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