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The Letter E

The Letter E in Spanish

E. Mid front vowel

Origen of the letter:
From the Latin E which came from the Greek epsilon

Example of usage:

The E in Spanish

The fifth letter and second vowel of the Spanish alphabet is the most used letter. Its name in Spanish is simply E. Its form, without alteration, comes from the fifth letter of the classic Roman alphabet which was a variation of the Greek epsilon(Ε, ε). The Greek letter originated from the Semitic he which in turn was an adaptation of an Egyptian hieroglyph, which ultimately is the origin of the letter.

The letter E represents a sound that is pronounced by opening up the mouth (less than you would to pronounce the letter A) and lifting your slightly curved tongue towards the front of the palate while slightly stretching open the lips.

Appreciable differences in the pronunciation of the E do not currently exist in the Spanish language. The E acquires a nasal tone when it comes in contact with a nasal consonant such as in the words “ven”, “menta”, and “peña”. At the unaccented end of some words the E sound relaxes, but is never unvoiced, such as in the word “cómplice”.