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How to pronounce the consonants “y” and “ll”?

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 regions and ...
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Why is the “X” in México and Texas pronunced as the letter “J”?

English Even as a native speaker I don't know the reason of this. Another example would be Xavier. Español Aunque el español es mi primera lengua, no sé por qué razón sucede esto. Otro ejemplo ...
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Are there native-born Spanish speakers that can't trill their R's?

It seems that one of the greatest difficulties some native-English speakers have is learning to trill their R's. Some, it seems, are completely incapable of performing this task. Is this ever a ...
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Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?

I've noticed that there aren't any words in Spanish that start with sp. Latin words are altered to include an e in front of the sp. Even loan words are often modified to esp...: spaghetti => ...
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Can I learn to roll my R's?

Whenever I try to say words like perro or arroyo, I sound like I'm telling a pirate joke. I can identify the sound I'm supposed to make and I've been told how my tongue is supposed to move, but I ...
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Why is “Enrique” pronunced as though it has a double “r”?

Why is "Enrique", even though its 'r' position is at the middle of a word, pronounced as a double "r"? What are the orthographic rules you need to know to determine if an "r" must be pronounced as a ...
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Are there other words that can't be written? (like sal-le)

Recently, I learned that there is at least one Spanish word that can be pronounced but not written. It is the imperative form of 'salirle'. It is prononunced as 'sal-le' and the written form should ...
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Does an accent mark change the pronunciation of single-syllable words?

I know that some single-syllable words (most pronouns, for example) come in two varieties, with and without an accent mark on the vowel. "Él" has a different meaning than "el", but is it pronounced ...
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Approximant vs. fricative realization of /b/, /d/, /g/

According to the Wikipedia article on Spanish phonology, the phonemes /b/, /d/, and /g/ are realized as approximants or fricatives instead of plosives in all but certain contexts (after a pause, nasal ...
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¿Cómo se pronuncia un número de siglo?

Cuando leo artículos de Wikipedia, o libros historicales, es muy común encontrar una frase como siglo [numeración romana]. Por ejemplo, Aljedrez, tal como se conoce actualmente, surgió en Europa ...
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Help me pronounce single “r”

I've recently started studying Spanish (Latin American) with Rosetta Stone. I think I'm doing trilled r's right but I'm not sure if I'm doing single r's right. Are they supposed to have a single ...
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How is the letter 's' (or the 's' sound) pronounced in Spain?

I've heard varying things regarding the pronunciation of the 's' sound in Spain. However, no one was willing/able to explain this to me. How is the 's' sound pronounced in Spain compared to its ...
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Audio maps of spanish dialects?

Apart from vocabulary differences, the spanish language has an enormous and fascinating diversity in pronunciation and accents. In my country (Argentina) people from the central inland region have a ...
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What is the difference between allí and ahí (“there”)?

English What is the difference between allí and ahí? Is there any difference in pronunciation between the two? Are there any contexts where one is correct and one is wrong, or are they completely ...
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¿Por qué razón en España suelen pronunciar los extranjerismos de acuerdo a las reglas del español y no a las reglas del idioma original?

En México y América Central los extranjerismos más recientes suelen pronunciarse de acuerdo a las reglas del idioma original, o más comúnmente aproximaciones o deformaciones de estas acercando la ...
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Is there a difference in the pronuciation of a single vowel or multiple vowels in a row?

There are several phrases, most of which are easily distinguished by context, that have very similar, if not the exact same pronunciation. The distinction I'm curious about is a single vowel in a ...
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Pronouncing years in Spanish

In English 1886 would be pronounced "eighteen-eighty six." In Spanish, is there something similar? Or do people outright say: El año mil ochocientos ochenta y seis
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Why does “toalla” sound like “tualla”?

I am a native speaker from Mexico and I just noticed that the word "toalla" when pronounced sounds as if it has an "u" instead of an "o" as if you were pronouncing "tualla". This also happens with ...
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Distribution of Spanish speakers regarding 's' and 'c' pronunciation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is the letter 's' (or the 's' sound) pronounced in Spain? We know that following groups of syllables se, si, sa, so, su ce, ci, za, zo, zu can be pronunced in 3 ...
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C as K and S and silent (rules of thumb for pronunciation of C?)

I am just learning Spanish. For the most part, I find that pronunciation is very consistent. However, I am having a little difficulty with the letter "C." Most of the time it is pronounced like "K" in ...
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Why does Latin America not lisp consonants, having learned from Spain?

I am referring to the sounds of "z" and the soft "c". Latin America learned Spanish from Spain. So why do they not lisp consonants, having learned from Spanish people? Did Latin America somehow ...
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How are words with “ps” or “pt” pronounced?

Here are a few examples: psicología ptosis Ptolomeo Interestingly is that "sicología" is also found in the RAE but most of the time I've seen it written as "psicología". How are they ...
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¿Cómo se deben pronunciar las palabras que empiezan con “hue”?

Español He notado que las letras "hue" de las palabras como: hueso, huerta y huevo son pronunciadas como "we" (español) como el nombre "Wenceslao", al menos aquí en México, en lugar de "ue". Por ...
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Pronunciación de la letra ge

En un curso de Memrise.com hay extractos donde la ge en "amigo" y "lugar" se pronuncia como una leve jota, casi como una hache. ¿Es realmente la pronunciación castellana?
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What accents do not use yeísmo?

Something I've wondered ever since I started learning Spanish about 8 years ago. One often hears that the sound for "ll" and "y" is merged in "most accents". Wikipedia's IPA for Spanish guide, for ...
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¿Cómo se pronuncia RAE?

En el lenguaje hablado, ¿cómo se pronuncia las siglas RAE (Real Academia Española)? ¿Es con letras separadas, como si fuera una palabra unida, o algo más?
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Fecho fermoso y otras f más

Esta es una pregunta sobre fonética en el castellano antiguo. Leyendo el Quijote se puede ver que "hacer" se escribía "facer" antiguamente, al igual que muchas otras "h" se escibían como "f", esto ...
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Why, when, and how did vowels E and I get special treatment from consonants like C,G & Q?

I think this question may involve more than Spanish, and may include Romance languages or even Latin. I wonder why, when, and how did vowels E and I get special treatment from consonants like C, G, ...
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Sci vs Si, is the Pronunciation Different?

I know hardly any Spanish, however I was wondering if there was any difference between sci and si, as in si versus piscina. I know that they could just be artifacts from Latin, but I feel as if there ...
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¿Por qué la diferencia entre s y z/c solo se da en España?

La pronunciacion en el centro y el norte de España, como sabemos, proncuncia la "ce" y la "zeta" en forma difrente a la "ese" que es el unico sonido que se utliza para estas tres letras en ...
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Jumping between pronunciations of “y” in Spanish songs

I've heard a few songs (off the top of my head, A Dios Le Pido) where they pronounce "y" both with a y-sound and an English j-sound at times. In some songs, the different pronunciations occur when ...
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División en sílabas de palabras con -tl- (atlas, atleta etc.)

¿Cómo se separan en sílabas las palabras que tienen la secuencia de consonantes tl entre vocales? Por ejemplo: atlas: ¿at-las o a-tlas? atleta: ¿at-le-ta o a-tle-ta? decatlón: ¿de-cat-lón o ...
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Pronunciation of words ending in -n

It seems that some people pronounce words that end with -n almost as a "ng" sound. "Bien", for example, seems to come out as "Bie[ng]". Is this a regional issue? What regions use this ...
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What are some effective ways a foreign speaker can improve pronunciation in Spanish?

How can a foreign speaker (where a "foreign speaker" speaks Spanish as a second language) effectively improve their spoken Spanish by improving their pronunciation and reducing their foreign accent. ...
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When do two vowels in Spanish form a diphthong? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Rules applied to the separation of syllables Diphthongs (or triphthongs) are sets of two or three vowels that are pronounced as a single syllable as opposed to being ...
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How important is 'proper' pronunciation in Spanish and is it incorrect to 'make up' a dialect?

All languages have dialects, but there tend to be "major" dialects (e.g. For English, Canadian/American, a few of the British accents could be considered as the main dialects to consider learning ...
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How are “first” and “second” books of the Bible pronounced?

The Bible has several books in multiple parts (e.g. 1 Corintios, 2 Pedro, 3 Juan). How are these books said out loud? For example, is 1 Pedro pronounced Primer de Pedro, Primero de Pedro, Primera de ...
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Regional pronunciations of “LL” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to pronounce the consonants y and ll? I had one teacher that taught me to pronounce "LL" harshly, something like the English "J". Another teacher I learned from told ...
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What if I cannot hear a tiny difference between similar Spanish sounds?

What if I cannot hear a tiny difference between similar Spanish sounds? Can I still go on studying Spanish if I cannot distinguish tiny differences between similar Spanish words? For example: pino ...
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Pronunciation of “ll” in Mexico

There are several questions on this site that deal with the correct pronunciation of "ll" and "y" but despite sounding like a duplicate, this question addresses a slightly different issue. I have ...
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How should I pronounce the Spanish consonant 'd'?

I was taught Spanish d has two pronounciations, when at the beginning of the word it is a hard d and when between vowels, it is pronounced /ð/ much like th in English the. Please look at this ...
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What vowels and consonants are used in the Spanish language?

What are the vowels and consonants used in Spanish language?
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Pronunciation of Boca Juniors

As I noticed the name of Argentinian football club Boca Juniors is pronounced by Argentinians not as I would expect in Spanish but more close to English As far as I understand, the reason for that is ...
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Pronouncing a person's name according to our mood

I have heard that in spanish, when people usually call each other by their names, they change the names according to their mood. For example, a person named Carlos can be referred to as Carlitos or ...
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Are there consistent rules for pronouncing “c” and “g”?

I want to write a software program that will "Americanize" the pronunciation of Spanish text (using Mexican pronunciation) so that it is easier for English speakers learning Spanish to be reminded of ...
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What is the literal meaning of Valparaíso?

I've heard people pronounce the Chilean city "Val puh RI zo", but now that I'm learning Spanish I realize that can't be right; it must be something like: "bval par uh EE so" no? The "paraiso" means ...
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Learning Spanish [closed]

Can you give me some tips how I can start learning Spanish ? A way where I don't have to drill vocabularies and grammar. When I learned languages at school I was always able to read and write, but ...
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why i always bite my tongue when speaking spanish 'd' in the sentence

I could correctly pronounce 'da' 'de' pairs of letters,as many native speakers told me.just put the tip of your tongue between the upper and lower teeth and aginst the back of front teeth. after ...
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Ceceo vs Seseo vs “fusion” - which school to follow?

OK, I know about the differences and I know a little bit about the situation in the spanish-speaking world. The thing though is that I'm moving to Spain in a few months (do not know the exact ...
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How do native speakers speak the correct pairs of words when they speak fast? [duplicate]

As a Spanish learner who didn't grow up listening to the tiny difference between similar groups like ta te ti to tu y da de di do du,pa pe pi po pu and ba be bi bo bu. It is not easy for me to hear ...