Questions about the letters that form the Spanish alphabet. Preguntas acerca de las letras que forman el alfabeto español.

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¿Hay alguna alternativa oficial para escribir la ñ en teclados extranjeros?

En el idioma alemán existen varias grafías, véase ä, ö, ü y ß, que pueden ser complicadas de escribir en algunos teclados. Sin embargo, ningún alemán se rasga las vestiduras si ve cualquiera de estos ...
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Circumflex or Acute over O and proper translation

I am reproducing 2 concealed handgun posters and they have Spanish language translations. One of them has this: DE ACUERDO CON LA SECCIÓN 30.07, CÓDIGO PENAL (English: PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.07, ...
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How to translate “Vamo' a to'”?

How would you translate into English the phrase "vamo'a to'" ? It is taken from song lyrics and the following line is : "no hay control" (there is no control?). I think the first part is ...
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Is the /p/ sound aspirated in Spanish?

English I want to improve my pronunciation of words beginning with p, such as pleno, práctica, and padre. I have been taught that I should put my hand in front of my mouth when I say these words, ...
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How to pronounce the consonants “y” and “ll”?

ENGLISH I have heard y/ll pronounced in two different ways: [j] (like 'y' in "yellow") [ʒ] (like 's' in "measure") Do native speakers use both interchangeably? Or is it pronounced [j] in some ...
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Was “rr” ever considered officially a letter of the Spanish alphabet?

Everybody agrees that the Spanish digraphs "ch" and "ll" used to be officially separate "letters" up to the time the RAE changed the rules of Spanish alphabetization in 1994. But when it comes to the ...
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What is the best way to find out if a book is available in Spanish?

There are many books I would like to read in spanish, such as George Jackson's "Soledad Brother" What is the most efficient way for finding out if a particular book is available in Spanish?
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What is “Amaury”?

I see a book by Alexandre Dumas named "Amaury" in Spanish? What is the English equivalent? Or is it simply the same (I'd never heard of it, if so). It is available here: http://www....
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Capitalization of 'LL'

When capitalizing, such as in a song title, which is the proper form of capitalization? I have seen both: LLueve en Mi Llueve en Mi
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Historical pronunciation of letters “b” and “v”

In another question, a Wikipedia article was quoted saying: The letters ⟨b⟩ and ⟨v⟩ were originally simply known as be and ve. However, there is no longer any distinction between the sounds of ...
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The letter “k” in Spanish

The letter "k" is rarely seen in Spanish. What is the origin of Spanish words containing a k? Are most recent loanwords from modern languages, influences from older languages (Latin or Greek), or of ...
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Names of letters “b” and “v”

The letters b and v have several possible names in Spanish. Is there an official, language academy-sponsored name for these letters? If not, what are the most common and standard names?