Friday, March 28, 2014

#AtoZchallenge: Almost time!

Just a couple more days till the April A to Z Blog Challenge kicks off. I have my words and I have my photographs. Now all I have to do is write!

But doing words in Spanish using the English alphabet has been interesting. We moved to Ecuador in mid-December of last year and are struggling with learning a new language (NOTE: Learn a second language while you are young, it's much easier).

Doing a little research I soon discovered a few interesting things about the Spanish alphabet. First, it currently has 27 letters. I say currently because it has changed over time with the most recent changes being enacted in 2010.


Prior to 2010 the alphabet officially included CH and LL as official letters. They still retain their own unique sound as does SH is English.

In addition the letters X and W are exist  primarily for foreign words in common use. This made things more interesting when choosing words for the challenge.

While researching, I kept trying to find a good page to hear the pronunciations of the alphabet in Spanish, knowing this was something I needed to practice. The best page I found was at SpanishSpanish.com, a great flash card site, and is called Alfabeto. Give it a try, it's fun!

Well, enough blathering...it's time to get serious about writing my flash fiction for the challenge. See you on Tuesday, April 1st, bright and early!!

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