Ropa de invierno

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level C1

The cold weather is here and it's time to make sure your winter wardrobe is ready! This reading and listening exercise can help you practise expressions with poner and ponerse and aprovechar and aprovecharse and using modal verbs in the passive voice.

Exercise: Ropa de invierno

Listen to the audio, then read the transcript. Click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons which you can add to your Kwiziq notebook to practise later.

Text by Ana Matilla and audio by Inma Sánchez

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Q&A Forum 1 question, 2 answers

GarryA1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

pronunciación of the alphabet and use in speech

Saludos, Inma and disculpame,

pero, I notice that there are a lot of "p" popping sounds in the audio of "Ropa de Invierno" and remembered hearing that the Spanish alphabet should be able to be pronounced in front of  a candle without blowing it out. How are the lips and tongue placed to pronounce "p" , "t"  and "s" to achieve that goal, please?

Garry

Asked 2 months ago
AlanC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi Garry,

The lip and tongue positions are not relevant, it's the vocal cords which make the difference. "P" and "T" are so-called "voiceless" consonants, so the vocal cords don't vibrate. In some English words this leads to the start of the following vowel also being unvoiced which creates the popping sound. It happens with the word "pie", but not with "spy", so comparing them might help you. There's a fuller explanation here:

https://essentialsoflinguistics.pressbooks.com/chapter/3-5-aspirated-stops-in-english/

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Garry,

I listened to the audio to check this (the voice in the audio is me) and I really can't hear any "p" pronounced in any way stronger than the usual sound of "p" in Spanish. Here is a video from Youtube that you may find useful and you can see in slow motion.

Video

Saludos 

Inma

pronunciación of the alphabet and use in speech

Saludos, Inma and disculpame,

pero, I notice that there are a lot of "p" popping sounds in the audio of "Ropa de Invierno" and remembered hearing that the Spanish alphabet should be able to be pronounced in front of  a candle without blowing it out. How are the lips and tongue placed to pronounce "p" , "t"  and "s" to achieve that goal, please?

Garry

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