Spanish is a pretty easy language to learn. It has a few rules, with a very few exceptions. The vowels always make the same sound, so it's pretty easy to read, and say, once you learn what those are.
So when you come across words that you don't know how to pronounce while in Mexico, it kind of throws you for a loop. Like Tzararacua, how the heck do you pronounce that?
Most often, words like that come from the more than 50 native languages that are also spoken in Mexico, besides Spanish. Languages like Nahuatl and Parépecha.
The easiest way to learn how to pronounce these words is to listen to the natives say them. 🙂
Then you'll start to notice some similarities, like that tz together make an 'sss' sound, as in Tzararacua (sa-ra-ra-coo-ah) and Tzintzuntzan (sin-soon-sahn).
We visited the impressive cataratas (waterfalls) of Tzararacua as we drove from Chapala toward Patzcuaro area for Dia de Muertos.
I loved these falls - they reminded me a lot of Costa Rica. As we began the hike, we were in pine forest. As we hiked down, down down, the hundreds of steps, we descended into jungle rain forest.
Watch the video below of this hike. Click here if you can't see it.
Have you been to this or similar waterfalls? Where?
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