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Hacia Belén va un borrico
Towards Bethlehem Goes a Donkey
Composed by Michael D. Mendoza
Instrumentation: a cappella
Catalog number: AMP 0136
(Towards Bethlehem Goes a Donkey)
Hacia Belén va un borrico Towards Bethlehem goes a donkey
a like a in English father, e.g., hacia, va, remendaba, anafre.
e when stressed, like a in English pay, e.g., Belén, gallego.
when unstressed, like e in English bet, e.g., corriendo. i like i in English machine or ee in feet, e.g., mientras, aquí.
o like o in English obey, e.g., Niño, volando.
u like u in English Mrule , e.g., un, su, Consuelo.
y like ee in English feet, e.g., y, yo, buey.
b like the English b in boot, but slightly softer at the beginning of a word, or when
preceded by m or n e.g., borrico, buey, sombrero; between two vowels or followed
by l, or r, almost an English v but with both lips nearly closed, e.g., remendaba,
ch like ch in the English church, e.g., chocolate, eche.
d generally like d in English dog, but softer e.g., corriendo, or like th in this, between
vowels, e.g., quitado. e.g. like the g in English gain, before a, o, u, ue, ui, or consonant
e.g., gallego; strongly aspirated like in English h, in hat, before e or I , e.g., gitanillos.
h silent e.g., Hacia.
ll The ll consonant in Spanish sounds like the y in English yet, e.g., gallego, gitanillos
(in Spanish America, the American Southwest).
q like the English cat used only in the combinations ue and ui in which the u is silent
e.g., que, aquí.
r at the beginning of a word —— strongly trilled e.g., rojas.
a single tap of the tongue in the rest of the words —— e.g, flores, lloren, flores.
rr strongly trilled, e.g., borrico, corriendo.
v in many parts of Spain and the Americas like the Spanish b, e.g., va, ven.
The acute accent denotes word stress only e.g., acá, aquí.
Michael D. Mendoza
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