Can somebody clarifyfor me the pronunciation of 'o' in Spanish? My Madrileno teachertold me that the Spanish 'o' is always as in the English 'hot' –never as in 'rose'. Indeed that the latter vowel sound is adiphthong (ǝ+ u) and, to Spanish ears, that is how it sounds – not like an'o' at all. SoI try to remember to keep my 'o's open – and pronounce MedinaSidonia to rhyme with Sonia etc. And I assumed that Segovia wouldrhyme with the Spanish word 'novia'. Recently,however, I have heard Segovia pronounced by Spanish people the way wewould tend to pronounce it in the UK – with that 'ǝu'diphthong. DidI mishear? Is this a sound somewhere between 'o' and 'ǝu'? Or does the 'ǝu'diphthong exist in Spanish after all?