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Jan
10
comment Can I learn to roll my R's?
Learn to pronounce 'r' Japanese in order to pronounce it in Spanish seems a long way to go. Do you happen to have a source for that?
Jan
10
comment Can I learn to roll my R's?
+1 for "rotacismo". I'll have to look at the exercises.
Jan
10
comment Can I learn to roll my R's?
I've been singing Spanish-language songs just about every week for years (in a Spanish-language church service). But I haven't focused on pronunciation during those times and not on the R in particular. Practice at home in song seems like a good idea, however. +1
Jan
10
asked Can I learn to roll my R's?
Dec
13
comment Origin and usage of “¿” and “¡”
@pferor: If you peruse the article I linked to, you'll see that something like the mirrored question mark was first proposed by Marcel Bernhardt, a French poet, in 1899. There have been a large number of proposed irony and sarcasm marks. But these comments are much less about Spanish and much more about typography. ;-)
Nov
30
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
29
accepted Can “los cristales” be translated as “mirrors” or “looking glasses”?
Nov
29
accepted How should I ask someone to repeat something they've said?
Nov
29
accepted Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
Nov
28
comment Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
The concept of "sibilant blends" helps--I hadn't noticed that more general rule. (But now that I see it, the rule is intuitive.) Do Spanish words not start with them because of pronunciation patterns then?
Nov
28
comment Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
Got it. I didn't know about the rules for "syllablification" in Spanish. Thank you.
Nov
28
comment Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
I'm not sure why the syllable couldn't be divided elsewhere. In English, "special" is divided "spe-cial".
Nov
28
comment Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
@Joze: But in English we do have words that start esp: "especially", "espionage", "espresso", "espouse", etc. Some are on loan from French or Italian, but there's no rule against that spelling. (There are hardly any rules of English spelling, but that's a topic for another site. ;-)
Nov
28
comment Are there native-born Spanish speakers that can't trill their R's?
Yet another reason my Spanish just sounds dorky. As with English, it seems the very phrases used to describe the condition are unpronounceable for those of us who suffer from the defect.
Nov
28
asked Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
Nov
24
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
23
comment How should I ask someone to repeat something they've said?
@hippietrail: At our church, we have an Italian drummer who sometimes plays in the Spanish-language service. It surprised me that he spoke with the rest of the band in English! My wife got on best in Spanish when we traveled to Italy and even I understood a surprising amount of spoken Italian. But I suppose the drummer and the band are interested in exercising their English skills, which are valuable around here in the long run.
Nov
23
comment How should I ask someone to repeat something they've said?
Yes, the suggestion to "slow down, please" is useful. But sometimes I need the other speaker to use different phrasing rather than just going at my learner's speed. Are any of the above more useful than the others for that purpose? (Might be better as a separate question, however.)
Nov
23
comment How should I ask someone to repeat something they've said?
Welcome to Spanish.SE, by the way. It seems like the consensus is that I continue using ¿Cómo? Thanks for the input.
Nov
23
comment How should I ask someone to repeat something they've said?
Interesting. I was taught that ¿Perdón? is best used when you are asking permission to part company, as in: "Excuse me, but I have to take this call." I've never heard_¿Perdona?_. Could it mean something like "I'm sorry. Would you repeat that?" I wonder if it works in other places... Thanks for the suggestion.