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comment Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
@Peter: I'm curious about that too. But I didn't even know that there were linguistic rules that explained the issue. Maybe that would make a good separate question?
Jan
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accepted Can I learn to roll my R's?
Jan
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accepted How outdated is the Spanish of the Reina-Valera Bible?
Jan
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comment How outdated is the Spanish of the Reina-Valera Bible?
The comparison is very helpful. Maybe because I don't ever open them side-by-side I've never felt like one version reads better than the others. Mal really doesn't fit with the way I think of this passage. Problemas does. Thank you.
Jan
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asked How outdated is the Spanish of the Reina-Valera Bible?
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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
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comment Can I learn to roll my R's?
+1 for "rotacismo". I'll have to look at the exercises.
Jan
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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
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asked Can I learn to roll my R's?
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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. ;-)
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accepted Can “los cristales” be translated as “mirrors” or “looking glasses”?
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accepted How should I ask someone to repeat something they've said?
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accepted Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
Nov
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.