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Dipthongs

Diphthongs occur when two vowels are side-by-side and pronounced together and the vowels do not have an accent mark (the accent breaks the diphthong).

 

Diphthong

Pronounce both but...

Example (and translation)

au

emphasize the first vowel

pausa (pause)

ei

emphasize the first vowel

veinte (twenty)

ia

emphasize the second vowel

viaje (trip)

ie

emphasize the second vowel

viejo (old)

iu

emphasize the second vowel

ciudad (city)

ua

emphasize the second vowel

suave (smooth)

ue

emphasize the second vowel

fuego (fire)

ui

emphasize the second vowel

huida (escape)