Overcoming the American accent in Spanish

Overcoming the American accent in Spanish


HOUSTON — This report is a major “workover” (in drilling terms) of a report issued in 2012. The arrival in Mexico of upwards of 50 operators from around the world since 2015 creates a new need for bilingual skills in Spanish. The report focuses on identifying and correcting the errors of misplaced expectations arising from linguistic habits of one’s native language have a place in Spanish pronunciation.

Table A introduces symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet that let us distinguish between sounds in different languages that is represented by the same letter; an example is the letter ‘r’ which refers to two consonants sounds (phonemes) in Spanish that are not found in English or French. Tips are given for better listening.

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Baker & Associates offers niche-market business and policy intelligence related to Mexico's oil and gas, power and chemical industries. Over 1,000 reports have been issued in the last 20 years. Subject matter expert and publisher George Baker, who directs the firm, has carried out consulting assignments starting in the late 1970s at the height of the Oil Boom in Mexico. He brings bilingual and bicultural skill-sets to understanding and responding to challenges of business and public policy, coupled with a deep familiarity with the history and idiosyncrasies of the Mexican operating environment.