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How to pronounce the Spanish ü in pingüino

And for bonus points how to pronounce the whole stinking Spanish alphabet

Pinguino or correctly spell in Spanish as pingüino
which is a ü with two dots over it is prounced as
pin g wee no
note the above g gets an English "g" sound

and the wee is prounced like we in English

Last but not least the "güi" gets the accent because thats how I remember the guy at Filbertos saying it

For useless information pingüino means penguin in English

Another word with ü in it is

And it means fat, rich, huge (of profits), lucrative


güero means someone who has light hair - blondie

I asked the guy at the liquor store how to pronunce güero!
güero gway ro
guero gay ro
For my English speaking ears it seems that the ü causes a w sound to be inserted into the word.

In the case of

it is
g wee
and in the case of
it is
I may be mixing the letters up but the guy at the liquor store also told me that the ü is like a silent letter in one case and it is not silent in the other case. Maybe for his Spanish speaking ear that is true but my English speaking ear doesn't here it. A good word to compare and pronunce side by side with güero is guerra which means war in English. Doing this you can compare the sound of gue to güe.

Guerra is prounced gay ra.

Güero is pronounced gway ro.

Another word like pinguino - güero means someone who has light hair

Some other words with ü in them

  • agüita - water (baby talk)
  • güegüecho - silly, stupid
  • güero - blond, blondy
  • ungüento - ointment
  • pingüino - pinguin
  • pingüe - fat, rich
  • vergüenza - shame

from wikipedia

The umlaut is a diacritic consisting of a pair of dots or lines placed over a letter.
So I guess the umlot is not the letter itself, but the two dots above the letter ( ¨ ) which I think is called a
Now how do you say diacritic in Spanish?

According to google its

In modern computer systems (using Unicode), umlaut and diaeresis are represented identically.

A silly expression to help me remember it.

pingüino güero güegüecho
Which in English means
silly blond penguin
stuid blond penguin
or maybe I could use
pingüino güero pingüe
which means
fat or rich blond penguin

And while we are at it here is the alphabet in Spanish that I swiped from here

  • 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: ere
  • RR erre
  • S: ese
  • T: te
  • U: u
  • V: ve
  • W: uve doble
  • X: equis
  • Y: i griega (literally greek i)
  • Z: zeta
Note also that the letters B and V have exactly the same pronunciation, and their names are pronounced exactly alike. Some colorful expressions are used to indicate which letter is being used, such as B de burro and V de vaca (roughly, "B as in burro" and "V as in vaca"). Sometimes B is referred to as be grande ("big B") and the V as uve or ve chica ("little V").

You will find as you learn Spanish that vowels are often written with accents, as in tablón, and the U is sometimes topped with a dieresis or umlaut, as in vergüenza. However, vowels with such diacritical marks are not considered separate letters as they can be in some other languages. (so according to this ü is not a seperate letter like Ñ. ü is simply the letter U with an ¨ over it. Which according to this the ¨ is treated just as if it were an accent mark and ¨ doesn't make the ü a new letter)

Note also that the letters of the alphabet are feminine: la a, "the 'a'"; la b, "the 'b.'"


Mexican-style sandwiches, hot dogs fill a niche
Sarah Muench
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 19, 2008 11:56 AM

The owners of two new Chandler restaurants are feeding off of each other's success in what has become a mini-hub of popular Mexican food specialties just north of downtown.

Moreno's Mexican Grill and Tortas El Güero, opened next to each other in January, and their owners say it almost sounds like a funny coincidence - in Spanish, güero means someone who has light hair and moreno means someone who has a dark complexion.

"It's pretty funny that we opened right next door to each other," said Ángel Moreno, Moreno's owner. He also thought it was interesting that Tortas El Güero, an authentic Mexican restaurant, opened in a location formerly occupied by a Taco Bell.

Both of the new restaurants offer tasty specialties that are wildly popular fast-food staples in Mexico.

Tortas El Güero's appeal is 30 different types of tortas, or Mexican-style, hamburger-like sandwiches.

"We put our efforts into letting people know what a torta is," said blondish-brown haired Gustavo Lom, owner of Tortas El Güero. "We have hamburgers here in the states, but in Mexico, we have tortas."

Tortas can be made with different kinds of meat such as pork, carne asada, ham and chicken, piled with lettuce, tomato, avocado and other toppings.

Lom, originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, said he and his family had always been in the meat business and when he moved to Phoenix in 1997, he started his own taco shop. That led to tortas and he now owns three Tortas El Güero restaurants - in Phoenix, Mesa and now Chandler.

Moreno's offers a Mexican street-corner favorite, Mexican-style hot dogs - wrapped in bacon and loaded with a multitude of optional condiments including tomatoes, onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, beans, cheese, hot sauce and tomatillo salsa.

Moreno, originally from Durango, Mexico, began his business with a mobile food trailer, he said. His hot dogs became so popular he opened a restaurant in Mesa in 2003. He continued with the trailer in Chandler, which continues to operate on Arizona Avenue across from a Pep Boy's auto supply store. Once the popularity hit a threshold, Moreno decided to open the current location near Arizona Avenue and Galveston Street.

"(The trailer) was the easiest way to start," Moreno said, but noted his success became too big for a small mobile unit. "When I opened the restaurant, I didn't think the people would come flocking there. People love the hot dogs so much. They like the way we prepare them."

Both restaurants also offer other traditional Mexican dishes.

But neither restaurateur seems to mind the competition next door.

"When (Tortas El Güero) moved in here, I already had a lot of clients and we have different type of food," Moreno said. "There's no problem at all."

Lom agreed.

"Moreno sells hot dogs and I sell tortas," Lom said. "It's a magnet for people. They are going to go to places and they'll have options."


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