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See the Wikipedia article on yeísmo, which includes maps of the pronunciations. To summarize: in some regions, ll /ʎ/ and y /ʝ/ are distinct in other regions, ll and y have merged to /ʝ/ ("yeísmo") in very few areas, ll and y have merged to /ʎ/ ("lleísmo") Note that some specific dialects, like Rioplatense, pronounce their merged /ʝ/ as [ʒ] or [ʃ].


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The RAE's Diccionario Panhispánico de Dudas explains the pronunciation of ll is: The voiced palatal fricative /ʝ/ (e.g. English yeast, close to English j) in the majority of Spanish speaking regions. This pronunciation is identical to the recommended pronunciation for y and this merger is called yeísmo. The palatal lateral approximant /ʎ/ (e.g. Portuguese ...


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El yeísmo consiste en pronunciar la "ll" como "y", según la pronunciación regional de "y", ya que esta varía en algunas zonas. En cualquiera de las pronunciaciones de "y" son sonidos completamente distintos, pero vamos a ver en detalle la pronuncación más común de "y", que es /j/, como "yes" en inglés o "ja" en alemán, y que además puede ser la más dudas ...


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The question tells much about the spread of yeísmo as it seems to be more common than the original pronunciation. The logical question would be "Where do they use yeísmo" to know where they pronounce "ll" as "y", but as I said before, it is very spread now and I understand that you asked the opposite as you haven't heard it yet. I really suggest you to ...


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LL is usually pronounced like the "y" in "yellow." There are some regional variations, however. In parts of Spain it has the sound of the "ll" in "million," and in parts of Argentina it has the "zh" sound of "azure." Examples: llama, calle, Hermosillo. See here.


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Here in Guadalajara, Mexico, it's often a combination of the two, but tends toward the [j]/yellow pronunciation. Although there are speakers who make a much harder sound. And it often depends on the word. The name of the town Saltillo is often pronounced (at least here--don't know how they actually pronounce it in Saltillo) with a harder sound than the ...


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No hay mucha posibilidad de confusión, la diferencia es bastante notable cuando se usa el yeísmo (como aquí: Buenos Aires, Argentina). Sí puede ocurrir una pronunciación similar en algunas zonas (como algunas regiones del interior de Argentina) en las que la 'elle' se pronuncia muy parecido a la 'i' (caballo => 'cabaio').


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I am "yeísta" in Spanish, even though I can pronounce the palatal lateral "ll" without effort. I am not "yeísta" in Catalan, Portuguese or Italian. Nowadays "yeísmo" is standard Spanish. Most Spanish speakers cannot even pronounce the palatal lateral “ll”. Foreign students should not worry about it.


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It's definitely a regional thing. I was taught that it sounded like the "Y" in Yellow, but I've noticed that people who learned Spanish in Mexico City, sometimes make it sound more like the "J" in Jello. This is especially true for the word, "Yo". To me that pronunciation sounds pretentious and I avoid it. In general, "When in Rome..." Listen to the ...



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