When I was teaching English in Mexico un estudiante had some fun getting me to spell out “socks.”
This is dangerous with youngsters, but I knew this one was very innocent. You see, if you say the letters S-O-C-K-S, it sounds to Spanish ears like:
eso sí que es
S O C K S
¡Eso si que es!
It literally means, “yes, that is what it is.” It’s also a common expression, like saying in English, “yes indeed” or “now you’re talking.”
Here’s another fun play on the Spanish alphabet I saw once on a billboard for Sprite…
OBDC tú sed
This time the letters are pronounced in Spanish
OH BEH DEH CEH
Obedece means obey.
Just like the old advertisements in English, “obey your thirst.” (Obedece tú sed)
Te tengo buenas noticias. (I have good news for you.)
There are only 9 main differences between the pronunciation of Spanish and English letters in everyday speech.
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P.S. The other day I actually heard a mother say to her son, “pull down your socks.” It’s the new fashion apparently.
Times sure have changed from when I was at school; I can still here Mr. Bell yelling across the quadrangle, “Santamaria pull up your socks now!”
The good news is these tips on pronouncing Spanish aren’t fashionable or colloquial. They’ll help you get your point across in Spanish today, tomorrow and into the future.
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