Sí señor (or señora),”Hay” (pronounced like the English subject pronoun, I or “eye” that you see with)
”Hay” – one word in Spanish that means 2 words in English and that can have multiple meanings depending on the subject being either singular or plural.
(see examples below)
Plus, it’s a SUPER common word and it gets miss pronounced ALL THE TIME!
And here’s just ONE example, but I could go on and on. (And from now on, YOU will get it right! Just remember how it’s pronounced because its usage is EASY!)
Earlier this morning I was hearing a wild and sassy French teacher use it correctly but pronouncing it completely wrong while trying to communicate to one of her Student’s Spanish speaking parents.
I overheard this call in the staff lounge.
It went something like this: “Buenos Dias, Yo soy. . la profesora. . de Silvia. Hey. . un programa especial para ella. . pero. . yo necesito información. . de Uds. Hey. . una oportunidad. . de hablar con UD. . . unos momentos?”
I could see the French teacher waiting for a reply, but it was obvious that time was elapsing and that confusion was winning.
I quickly pointed out to the teacher that she meant to say, “HAY” (pronounced like the“eye” that you see with and not like “hay” that is for horses.)
She smiled and repeated the message anew to the person still trying to understand on the other end of the line.
Total comprehension! (At least to that point. She smiled at me again, and I gave her my card to access Fluency Fox so she would be able to learn enough to continue the conversation in Spanish going forward;-)
With so many cognates (words that look, sound similar and that mean the same thing between English and Spanish that you can begin to understand most of the time on the first try) if you practice the most common words (in context) that make up around 80% of spoken Spanish with real life Q n A stories, YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WITH SPANISH SPEAKERS IN LESS TIME AND WITH MORE CONFIDENCE!
That’s Fluency Fox!
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p.s. Here are a few examples:
1. Hay un chico en la casa. ¿Hay un chico en la casa? Sí, hay un chico en la casa.
2. Hay 3 chicas en la casa. ¿Hay 2 chicas en la casa? No, Hay 3 chicas en la casa.
3. Hay muchas oportunidades para ti.
*For more help with Spanish pronunciation, go to Fluency Fox Tips n Tricks page and watch the pronunciation video. (lots of explanations and practice opportunities to get you sounding like a native!)