Spanish Diphthongs and Triphthongs
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A Spanish Dipthong is two vowels blended together to produce one sound. The different vowel combinations create a slurring of the two vowels. When “u” combines with another vowel, a “w” sound is produced (cuerpo). The "i” followed by another vowel, produces a consonant “y” sound as in “year” (hielo, siete). The “ai” or “ay” combination is pronounced like the word “eye” (hay).
A Spanish Triphthong is the combination of three vowels in the same syllable: A strong vowel in between two weak vowels. "a", "e" and "o" are strong vowels. They never form Spanish diphthongs together. They may form diphthongs and triphthongs only in combination with "I" and "U."