The names of different countries around the world are, for the most part, very similar between English and Spanish. However, you will find some pronunciation and spelling variations that are important to get right if you want to sound natural when speaking Spanish.
Remember that in Spanish “i” is almost always pronounced with the short sound. Examples of this are to be found in the pronunciation of China, which uses the long “i” in English, but uses the short “i” (like in fin in English) in the Spanish pronunciation. It’s the same story with the pronunciation of Ireland in Spanish too.
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¿Conoces otros países?
Have you been to other countries?
¿De qué país es usted?
What country are you from?
United States of America
Well that was relatively painless wasn’t it? Remembering the differences between English and Spanish countries shouldn’t be a problem for you, but you have just added to your growing vocabulary bank--well done! See you next time. For more lessons on Spanish vocabulary I recommend these!
See you soon! ¡Hasta pronto!
Mauricio Evlampieff: Rocket Spanish
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