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You can find the definition in RAE alto. interj. U. para ordenar a alguien que se detenga o que suspenda lo que está haciendo. So it is an interjection which means "stop". It's like an order to stop. El policía dijo: ¡Alto! Of course the person who created the signal could have written "pare" instead and people would stop, though ...
I am an Spanish speaker struggling with English, and I can't do anything but recommend what I do when trying to improve my English pronunciation. I'm not sure if what I do is good, bad or just so-so... It's just what I do and what I can say based solely in my personal experience :) Try to watch movies or TV shows in Spanish. In the case of the TV shows, ...
I will try to explain this from a point of view of a native speaker who has never taught Spanish, so this is just a shoddy explanation that will be deleted if any better answer arrives. I would say that you should try putting the borders of your tongue on your palate, leaving some space between your tongue and your palate at the middle. It is like your ...
If you are a beginner, I would suggest reading aloud in addition to the suggestions mentioned in other answers. Read slowly and pay special attention to where you are placing the spoken accent on each word and on the proper pronunciation of each letter. Letters such as g, c, z, j, and h can be especially tricky when starting out. Also, practice getting ...
Based on my personal experience, I can tell you that watching TV Series, Movies, Cartoons etc, and listening to music (of course all with the pronunciation you're aiming at) are good ways you can get an idea of how to pronounce many words, and as AirieFenix mentions, it's a matter of practicing and being consistent.
I think I won't be very useful here, but without any "scientific sources" I'm going with the most obvious advice here: practice. Just talk with people that are from the place you want to speak as. If you can travel, you're going really improve your language skills visiting those places. Sorry for writting such a basic answer I haven't any other advice.
In some Latin American countries Stop signs say Pare and not Alto; however, RAE shows that Alto comes from the German Halten (Detener); therefore, it's an imperative word used in this context.
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