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Spanish Lesson Beginner 5 The Spanish alphabet and questions related to spelling Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡¡Hola!! I hope you are all well and enjoying your Spanish studies.

Today we are going to learn the Spanish alphabet, how to spell and how to ask someone how to spell something. I hope you find the class useful.

Alfabeto: Alphabet:
A: a, B: be, C: ce, CH: che, D: de, E: e, F: efe, G: ge, H: hache, I: i, J: jota, K: ka, L: ele, LL: elle, M: eme, N: ene, Ñ: eñe, O: o, P: pe, Q: cu, R: erre, S: ese, T: te, U: u, V: uve, W: uve doble, X: equis, Y: i griega, Z: zeta.

When you want to ask someone how to spell something, for example their name, you will say:

¿Cómo se escribe/deletrea tu nombre? How do you write/spell your name? (informal)
¿Cómo se escribe/deletrea su nombre? How do you write/spell your name? (formal)
¿Cómo se escribe/deletrea tu apellido? How do you write/spell your surname? (informal)
¿Cómo se escribe/deletrea su apellido? How do you write/spell your name? (formal)

You can use this type of question to ask how to spell any word. For example, if you don´t understand a word or sentence someone has just said, you could ask: “¿Cómo se escribe?” and the person will spell or write it down it for you.

So, let´s practice now how to spell:

I will give you an example. If someone asks me “¿Cómo se escribe tu nombre?” I will say: “ele / a / u / erre / a”. Laura.

If you have to spell something will double letters, you just say the letter and after “doble”. For example “Perro” which means dog, is spelt “pe / e / erre doble / o”.

I am now going to ask you to spell a few words and I would like you to practice with me:

1. ¿Cómo se escribe “estudiante”?

2. ¿Cómo se escribe “español”?

3. ¿Cómo se deletrea “Washington”?

4. ¿Cómo se deletrea “Argentina”?

This is all for today about the alphabet and spelling. I recommend that you practice spelling your first name, surname, address and other words you already know. Spelling is very useful at beginner level when someone doesn´t understand a word you are saying or when you don´t understand what they are saying.

I hope you have a very nice day and look forward to seeing you next time in class.

¡¡Hasta pronto!!

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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.


  1. Thomas:

    Very helpful in audio Spanish alphabet.
    Gracias por su ayudar

    • Laura:

      @Thomas Glad you liked the lesson Thomas!! Thank you for letting me know. I am enjoying making this course. I hope it will develop into something really useful for all the Transparent Language Spanish students here. Keep in touch and let me know how you get on with the other lessons. Saludos, Laura