CastilianCastilian is what many Europeans are describing when they refer to a “neutral” Spanish accent, spoken in central and Northern Spain. It is also the accent most students of Spanish are taught to pronounce. For example, say “gracias” out loud. Did you pronounce the “c” as a “th” sound? This is the Castilian way, and we will see how other Spanish accents say the same word differently.
AndalucianOften described as the most distinctive accent in Spain, there goes a saying of the natives of this area: “Los andaluces se comen las palabras” - “Andalucians eat up their words.” It is common in Andalucía to drop the “s” and “d” sounds in words. For example, the following sentence is written as an Andalucían would pronounce it – can you work out what it would be in normal written Spanish?
“¿To’o u’te’e e’tan e’peran’o el autobu’?”
“No tener dos dedos de frente” – To be as thick as two short planks, not very bright
“¡Aguas!” – Be careful! Take care!
Argentinian Spanish has a lot of the same characteristics as other Latin American countries, but due to heavy Italian influence, especially in the capital of Buenos Aires, they have some speaking habits that may not seem very Spanish at all! You have probably been taught to pronounce the Spanish “ll” as a “y” sound – not in Argentina! In Buenos Aires, it resembles an English “zh”. They also use “vos” instead of the “tú” form. You may hear Argentinians saying some of the following phrases – here’s what they mean!
“Tener mala leche” – To have bad luck
“Estar en el horno” – To be in trouble
So now you know a little more about how diverse the Spanish accent can be, and hopefully you can tell a few accents apart! Did you enjoy learning about the accents?