The Spanish alphabet has changed some over the ages. Until 2012 it had 30 letters: 26 letters like the English alphabet and four that were unique to Spanish.
a b c ch d e f g h i j k l ll m n ñ o p q r rr s t u v x y z
In 2010 the Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española, RAE), the official royal institution responsible for regulating Spanish, modernized the alphabet, dropping the letters ch, ll and rr, but keeping ñ, for a total of 27 letters.
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n ñ o p q r s t u v x y z
In some regions, however, alternate traditional letters still exist and you may see regional variations. In class, we’ll practice the older form, since it is always easier to drop out a letter than add a new one. The letters are pronounced this way:
a be ce che de e efe ge hache i jota ka ele elle eme ene eñe o pe qu ere erre ese te u uve equis y griega zeta.
Click below to hear and repeat the letters of the alphabet. (Not all alfabetos are the same.)