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Normas o consejos de pronunciación. // Rules or advice about pronunciation

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¿Por qué tan poco estudio sobre las vocales del español puertorriqueño?

Muchos de los fenómenos consonánticos del español puertorriqueño se saben (como la lenición de /s/ y /n/ finales, lateralización o lenición de la rótica implosiva, uvularización de /r/ y otros), pero ...
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How to tell when “ui” is a diphthong or in hiatus?

In Spanish, there is no orthographic distinction between the diphthongs [wi ~ uj] and the vowel hiatus [ui]. Is there a way to predict how "ui" is pronounced in a word? Possibly via phonetic ...
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Exceptions to syllable stress rule: “ui” pronounced as “uí” [duplicate]

I'm familiar with the rule that if a word ends with a vowel, “s”, or “n”, then the stress is on the second-to-last syllable. Obviously this changes when one of the letters has an accent mark. ...
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¿Cómo se pronunciaban infinitivos ligados a pronombres con doble ele?

En el Quijote hay varios ejemplos de infinitivos ligados a pronombres con doble ele: ...jurando de ir a buscar al valeroso don Quijote de la Mancha y contalle punto por punto lo que había pasado... ...
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Is it common for a speaker to use two pronunciations of “ll” in the same sentence?

I have been taught in Spanish, native speakers usually pronounce “ll” as a “y” or a “j” in English, depending on what region they are from. However, I have watched Spanish-speaking Youtubers and they ...
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Ortografía de “concilio” [duplicate]

Hoy aprendí que en la ortografía española de "concilio" no hay acento escrito. Esto me sorprende, porque en portugués se escribe "concílio", que corresponde exactamente a la pronunciación (acento en ...
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¿Qué término describe lo contrario al betacismo?

Hace poco, cuando uno de mis amigos argentinos me dijo que quería "yesear impunemente" tuve que revisarme las definiciones de yeísmo y lleísmo (distinción de los fonemas /ʝ/ y /ʎ/, escritos "y" y "ll")...
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¿Qué sonidos se han incluido o excluido del idioma castellano a lo largo de los siglos?

Estuve leyendo con detenimiento la respuesta de Revisions of Spanish orthography / ¿Qué revisiones ha tenido la ortografía española? y hay fragmentos del tipo: 1741 ...
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Do any dialects of Spanish still pronounce “h”?

In most dialects of Spanish, "h" is a silent letter (except when appearing in the digraph "ch" or loanwords e.g. hámster). Indeed the RAE notes that in standard Spanish it is silent. But this letter ...
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Any variety with the palatal glide [j] in words like cuello?

Some friends of mine insist that in some varieties of spanish, words like cuello and yo have the palatal glide [j] in them. However, I've only ever found the palatal lateral liquid [ʎ] or the palatal ...
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How should “murciélago” be pronounced?

How do I pronounce murciélago, and why? According to Rules applied to the separation of syllables , "i" is a a closed vowel, and "e" is an open vowel, so without an accent, it would be a diphthong. ...
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Diferencias regionales en la pronunciación de la letra “c” (aspiración)

He notado que en algunos lados he escuchado a la gente pronunciar palabras como "Acá" con la letra "C" aspirada como en la palabra "Car" en inglés. ¿Entonces en cuáles países o regiones del mundo ...
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Am I hearing a “z” sound?

I’ve done a lot of digging to find out whether an “s” in Spanish can ever come off sounding like a “z”. Everything I’m reading suggests that’s not the case. But I feel like I’ve heard certain words ...
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Pronunciation of “ll” as [ʤ] in non-yeísmo dialects?

In yeísmo dialects there is regional variation in how the phoneme represented by "ll" / "y" is pronounced: /ʝ/ = [ʝ] ~ [ʒ] ~ [ʤ] ~ [ʃ] ~ [tʃ] However I recently read that there is also variation in ...
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¿De dónde es? pronounciation [duplicate]

I'm listening the pronunciation from spanishdict, the woman pronounce it twice, the first time the whole phrase at once and the second time she spells it. Sometimes d sounds like d from doctor and ...
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How do you pronounce the surname “Cdebaca”?

I keep seeing the surname "Cdebaca" in local news, etc. I understand this is short for cabeza de baca (cow head), but how would it be pronounced—as the full, expanded name, or an abbreviation (e.g., ...
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Are single-syllable accented words like “mí” and “tú” pronounced a certain way?

“Tu” and “tú” are the same spelling, except for the accent. Are words like “tú” and “mí” pronounced differently from how they would be without the accent?
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¿Es correcto escribir “querría” en vez de “quería” para el condicional del verbo “querer”?

SpanishDict dice que la conjugación correcta de "querer" en el condicional en las formas de la primera y tercera persona singulares es querría, la cual sería regular. Pero jamás la he visto, solo he ...
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When referring to “P.D.” for “posdata,” do native Spanish speakers ever just pronounce the initials?

Or do they always pronounce the full word from which the initials are derived? I recently tried to get a recording of this acronym from Forvo. Initially, "P.D." wasn't in its database, so I ...
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Pronunciación de la letra uve a final de palabra

Aprovechando que han subido la serie de Evangelion a Netflix España con una nueva traducción y doblaje, es el momento de ir planteando aquí algunas preguntas sobre el idioma que dicha serie me está ...
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What other terms are there like yeísmo and betacismo?

I took a look at a bunch of questions here that were tagged pronunciación. I learned the following terms: yeísmo betacismo There is also distinción-vs-seseo. In addition I came across rotacismo. ...
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Correlation between low altitude and dropping of final S?

In Mexico, I've noticed at an anecdotal level that people who tend to drop the final -S tend to be from areas of lower altitude. This seems to fit with the idea that Caribbeans tend to drop the final ...
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Why do so many letters in Spanish get pronounced like the English 'h'?

I don't speak Spanish and have never studied it. We have few Spanish speakers in my part of the world either. I have, however, learned a few words of Spanish from TV and know how some of those words ...
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Why does everyone say O is pronounced like “oo” or “uh”, but in reality it's always “oh”? [closed]

Amigo and gusto are pronounced with an 'oh' sound at the end. Does O always sound like that? What about it in tomate? When I Google it they always say it's pronounced differently :_;
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How to pronunce “agüero” perfectly

I have a question regarding how to pronounce the word agüero, or in general güe. What is the right way to pronounce this word? Do native Spanish speakers pronounce "oo" and "eh" separately?
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Words which palatalise when made feminine?

When declined as feminine, aquel becomes aquella, not just adding the feminine marker -a, but palatalising the final consonant /l/ → /ʎ/. A similar thing happens with don, doña. Are there any other ...
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Where is the IPA sound [β] used?

In Spanish there is a sound [β] as well as [b], but honestly I don't know how to pronounce it well. It is different from [b], in that it is a fricative sound. Now I wonder, where the [β] is used ...
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¿Por qué el español no introdujo el C con cedilla, Ç? – Why did Spanish not introduce the C with cedilla, Ç?

Otras lenguas romances como francés, portugués, catalán, etc., usan Ç para mostrar que una C se pronuncia /s/ y no como el sonido del latín viejo /k/. ¿Por qué el español rompe la tendencia? Other ...
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How to pronounce 'c#' in Spanish?

In How to pronounce 'c++' in Spanish I see some comments there debating how is the language C# called in Spanish. Wikipedia states si sharp is the way they pronounce it in English. I have ...
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How to pronounce 'C++' in Spanish

I'm doing a presentation in Spanish class, and I'll be mentioning the programming language C++. I'm not sure if it should be pronounced the same way as in English, or if there's a different way to ...
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How to pronounce “criar”?

I was taught that when a "weak" vowel (i, u) combines with a "strong" vowel (a, e, o) you pronounce them as a single syllable diphthong. But an online dictionary says that the verb criar is pronounced ...
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Disambiguation of 'ub' and 'v' in acronyms?

If V is pronounced uve, then would it sound the same as UB (u-be)? If that is the case, how do speakers disambiguate this possible confusion?
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¿Cómo se pronuncia “realpolitik” en español?

Nos descubre @blonfu en el chat la voz realpolitik, recogida en el DLE: realpolitik Del al. Realpolitik. f. Política basada en criterios pragmáticos, al margen de ideologías. Lo ...
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Pronounciation of the combination “st” in spanish accents

I have noticed some people from Andalusia pronouncing the combination "st" in reverse in a word, as "ch" (for example "donde está" will sound like "donde echá"). Is it a particularity of the local ...
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¿En cuál dialecto español se pronuncia “Y” como [j]?

Yo estuve en una tienda hace tiempo, y vi una familia hablando en español sobre las cosas que iban a comprar. El padre dijo la palabra "mayonesa," y un niño hizo una mueca. Lo que me llamó la ...
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¿Se pronuncia “judo” con la “j” española en alguna parte?

Encuentro en el diccionario lo siguiente: yudo Del jap. judo, de jū 'amable', 'discreto' y dō 'camino'. m. Sistema japonés de lucha, que hoy se practica también como deporte, y que ...
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How are loanwords from Japanese spelt and pronounced?

How are Japanese loanwords spelt and pronounced? Are they spelt the same way that they'd be spelt in English, and are they pronounced the same way they'd be pronounced in English or Japanese? For ...
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What is the pronunciation and IPA symbol for the final 'r' sound?

There is a recording here of a good example word, "robar": http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/robar I think I understand the rolling or trilling of the initial "r" sound. I'm wondering about the ...
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Pronunciation rules for 'b/v' [duplicate]

What are the entire set of criteria that decide how 'b/v' are pronounced in Spanish? I see here and here that 'b/v' are pronounced like the 'b' sound when it is the first letter of a word or when it ...
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¿Cómo afecta 'h' la pronunciación de 'g'?

¿Se pronunciaría la palabra hipotética ghi como gi / ji /xi/ o gui /gi/? Nota: La única palabra que conozco que contiene la secuencia gh es ghanés(a).
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¿Cómo se pronuncia en español el término “non sequitur”?

Soy un estadounidense que vive en Uruguay hace unos diez años. Quisiera saber cómo ustedes pronunciarían la frase "non sequitur". ¿El "qui", si la fueran a utilizar en una conversación, cómo se ...
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What are the pronunciation rules for Castilian Spanish?

English I'm currently a Junior in High School in Washington State taking Spanish 2, and my teacher last year was from Argentina. She always pronounced y and ll like /ʒ/, but my teacher this year who ...
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Are doubled consonants geminated in Spanish?

Excluding ll, rr (which represent distinct sounds) and cc (which represents two different pronunciations of c), orthographic doubled consonants occur very infrequently in Spanish, only really ...
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Spanish Language meets MathOverflow: What is the Spanish Homophonic Group?

From the math.stackexchange question: The homophonic group: a mathematical diversion: By definition, English words have the same pronunciation if their phonetic spellings in the dictionary ...
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Why not this ? How are you in Spanish?

We say "¿Quién eres tú?" for "who are you?" in Spanish ok. So why can't we say "¿Cómo eres tú?" for "how are you?" in Spanish? "Eres tú" means "are you" so why is "Cómo eres tú" incorrect for "how ...
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Is there “liaison” in Spanish?

In French, there is a very specific phenomenon called "liaison", where words may be pronounced differently when combined with another word. For Spanish, let's take the letter "d" as an example. ...
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¿Cómo se deletrean las “palabras” con varias letras iguales seguidas?

Por ejemplo, para deletrear el comienzo de una dirección web, como www.algo.com, he oído todas estas fórmulas: uve doble, uve doble, uve doble tres uve(s) dobles (lo he oído con S y sin S) triple uve ...
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México vs Méjico in pronunciation throughout history and countries

Is the country México or Méjico? addresses the spelling of the noun México. However, it does not address the pronunciation. I have heard México pronounced both as if it was written with a "x" (as ...
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Fonético específico en una variación centroamericana del sonido /s/ en los fines de sílabas

He escuchado de bastantes centroamericanos (p. ej., unos vecinos nicaragüenses) una variación del fonético /s/ que aparece en los fines de sílabas, como en «vos comés» y «asqueroso», si me acuerdo ...
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How is “Stack Exchange” pronounced in practice in a non-bilingual environment?

How is "Stack Exchange" pronounced in practice in a non-bilingual environment? Reason I'm asking: in Mexico, at least, proper names starting with ST are uncomfortable for those not fluent in English (...

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