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

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¿Qué reglas de acentuación y pronunciación se usan en los préstamos lingüísticos?

Supongamos que uso un préstamo lingüístico, por ejemplo: Estoy ahora adentro del car En este caso una palabra en inglés, rodeada de palabras en español en una oración. ¿Aplico las reglas de ...
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El vs La for Feminine Noun [duplicate]

Sometimes, we use el before a feminine noun, e.g. 'agua', 'ama', 'hambre' and the reason for the same is that the word starts with 'a' (or 'ha') and we do not want to have two 'a' one after another. ...
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When would Spanish speakers pronounce the "j" like the English "j"?

The traditional sound of Spanish "j" is the sound of "ch" in "loch". However, many dialects now use the English "h" sound instead. I have recently heard Spanish ...
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Intonation pattern Dora Marquez of Dora the Explorer does at times when she is speaking English that is the same Intonation pattern in Classical Latin

Listening to Classical Latin literature I have noticed that Thomas Bervoets launches into the same intonation pattern that Dora Marquez of Dora the Explorer does when she is speaking English at times! ...
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No se escucha muy claramente

Necesito ayuda con -2:02 a -1:57. Creo que dice algo como "Esa justicia de la puerta seguir investigando y a poder resolvar 400 casos de robados que..." pero no tiene mucho sentido. Parece ...
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Question on pronouncing two identical vowels in a row

I'm starting to self study Spanish and I'm trying to use Duolingo. On the site for a sentence like "Tu tren está aquí", the audio pronounces as "estaqui", only saying the "a&...
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¿Por qué la eñe se pronuncia como /ni/ en Buenos Aires?

Me he dado cuenta de que algunas personas de Buenos Aires pronuncian la eñe como /ni/ en vez de /ɲ/: año /'ani.o/. Me parece particularmente interesante porque va en contra de la tendencia popular de ...
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What rules do I determine for pronouncing "c", "j", "s", "x", and "z"? [closed]

I want to write a computer program and draw flowcharts that will "Anglicize" the pronunciation of Spanish text of select consonants for English speakers learning Spanish to pronounce the ...
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Pronunciacion de las frases como "he + e-verbo" y "ha + a-verbo"

En las frases como "lo ha acabado", "lo he hecho", muchas veces las escucho pronunciadas como si fuesen "lo acabado", "lo hecho" -- sin "ha" y "...
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Does my singing sound fluent?

UPDATE AGAIN: i'm singing this other song to practice. any advice would be appreciated!!! EDIT: i just realized, i was erroneously attempting to roll the R's that followed "t" and "c&...
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How are vowels pronounced differently (regarding lip and/or tongue placement) in Spanish than in English?

When I was in college, one of my professors said something about vowels being pronounced differently in Spanish than in English, but I don't remember exactly what it was. I'm not asking what sounds ...
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¿Por qué cambiamos el artículo en palabras con género femenino por motivos de pronunciación, pero no hacemos lo mismo con las palabras en masculino?

Según ¿Por qué no se dice la agua? Cuando un sustantivo femenino (agua, águila, manzana…) empieza por A tónica, es decir, que el acento, la fuerza al pronunciar, está en esa A (tenga o no tenga tilde)...
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How can I find IPA charts that pairs Castilian Spanish's phonemes, with a common word feat. that phoneme in that language?

How can I find equivalents to the following chart, but for Castilian Spanish? Scilicet, the chart for Castilian Spanish must SCHEMATICALLY map out each of its phonemes, and each phoneme must be ...
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Pronunciation of letters "c" and "z" in Spanish

I've listened to almost all of Enrique Iglesias' Spanish songs and in all of them he has pronounced "c"s and "z"s a little strange for me. In his song, Duele el Corazón (the ...
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Can "x" pronounced as "s" and "sc" pronounced as "c" in Spanish Spanish?

Listening to Spaniards, what I sometimes hear is that they pronounce: "exacto" as "esacto" o "ejsacto", "fascinante" as "facinante", "excepción&...
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How to roll the 'R' when it is followed by an 'L'

So far rolling the R (in words like hacer, abrir, perro, pero) works quite well for me. But I have a problem when the R is followed by the letter L, like in hacerlo. It works a bit better when I widen ...
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Pronunciation differences of loanwords

The letter "c" (before "e"/"i") is generally pronounced as [θ] in Castilian Spanish, and [s] in Andalusian/"Latin American" Spanish. Likewise "j" (and ...
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Why is "cementerio" spelled with "n"?

I am aware that cementerio has nothing to do with cemento. It comes from Latin coemeterium which comes from Greek κοιμητήριον, koimeterion = sleeping place, bedroom, dormitory. I have not found any ...
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How to show two vowels are pronounced in hiatus (e.g "tri-A-da" not "TRIA-da")?

I saw the word tríada and mistakenly assumed it was pronounced with three syllables like "tri-A-da". But I see now the accent on the "í" means the stress should be on the first ...
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¿Cuáles son los sonidos con el mayor grado de fuerza: las vocales o las consonantes?

Creo que son las vocales pero no estoy segura. Pienso eso, ya que, parafraseando, había leído en la Nueva gramática de la lengua española que las cuerdas vocales generan el sonido (RAE, 2009, 2011). ...
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Is there an accent that pronounces "s" as ⟨θ⟩?

I have an audiobook (meant for beginners learning Spanish) where the speaker has an accent I don't recognize. I know that in Spain some z's and c's are pronounced like an English th (IPA: ⟨θ⟩). But in ...
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Does the “y” sound carry over to the next syllable in common speech?

In some South American accents, the “y” sound is pronounced like the English “j”. However, when “y” is located at the end of words such as “soy” and “estoy”, the “y” is pronounced as the English “i”. ...
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Difficulty performing the trilled r in Spanish

I have tried for some time to make the RR sound but I can't get my tongue to vibrate for the most part. It's stiff and doesn't move at all or it vibrates slightly without any sound. If I try to relax ...
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El fenómeno de la pérdida del -d- en los participios, ¿puede ocurrir en palabras que no sean participios?

Sé que es común que en el habla uno no use la -d- en la última sílaba de los verbos participios, por ejemplo, que diga 'partío' en lugar de 'partido'. ¿Pero ese fenómeno es posible con palabras que ...
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Is the "h" pronounced in the word "alcohol"?

We have a number of posts about the pronunciation of "h" and this one Do any dialects of Spanish still pronounce "h"? refers to the entry in the DLE for "h" f. Octava ...
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Errores ortográficos con consonantes en ejercicios de comprensión auditiva: p/b/v, r/l, d/t, y/ll, c/qu/g, c/s

-------------------------Google Traducción------------------------- ¡Hola a todos! Empecé a aprender español desde cero recientemente y ahora estoy en el nivel principiante (A1). Tengo algunos ...
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¿Cómo se pronuncia "Camus" en español?

Albert Camus en francés se pronuncia /albɛʁ kamy/ (con u francesa y sin pronunciar la s), pero me pregunto, ¿cómo se "castellaniza" su pronunciación? Al igual que Jean-Paul Sartre lo ...
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How to read a heart? (¿Cómo se lee un símbolo de un corazón?)

I recently saw a magnet which read: Yo ❤ a mi perro I realized that I'm unsure how the heart symbol would be read. In English, the most common readings would be love or, as a metonym, heart. I could ...
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¿Yugoslavia o Yugoeslavia? ¿Con qué frecuencia se ha usado una "e" antes de "s" seguida de consonante?

Yugoslavia fue un país fundado en 1918 y deshecho a finales del siglo XX. Su nombre viene de yugo y slavia (eslavos del sur) y ese sufijo de slavia me resulta interesante. ¿Por qué? Pues porque es ...
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Transformation Rules from Latin to Spanish

Learning Spanish I identified some phonotactic rules of thumb how words from Latin transform into Spanish. These rules sometimes help me recognize the Latin root of an unknown Spanish word and help me ...
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¿Por qué «ronronear» no se escribe con doble ere?

La segunda ere de ronronear obviamente es una ere vibrante: /ronroneˈaɾ/, no /ronɾoneˈaɾ/. (Se puede escuchar aquí.) A pesar de eso, se escribe con una sola ere. ¿Por qué es así?
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Pronouncing of "hard r" in Radio Ambulante espisode

I was listening to this episode of Radio Ambulante and was struck by the reporter's pronunciation of certain r sounds. They remind me of the American hard r sound rather than a--and I'm no linguist--...
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B, V, and phonetic self-deception

I learned long ago to not distinguish B and V. For example, beber and vivir look very different in writing yet differ in phonemes only in their vowels. However, a Colombian friend insists that ...
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¿Qué sonido del español es el menos común en lenguas romances?

De los (aprox.) 35 sonidos que se manejan en todos los dialectos del español (excluyendo sonidos regionales) ¿Cuál es el menos compartido con otras lenguas romances?
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Pronunciation of the letters "b", "v", and "h"

I have learnt that in Spanish, the "b" and "v" have similar pronunciations, and their pronunciation depends on their position in the word. In the beginning of a word, or after an "m" or an "n", the ...
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¿Podéis recomendar recursos (online) para practicar los aproximantes de 'b', 'd', 'g'?

Estoy intentando mejorar mi pronunciación de español. Una cosa que quiero practicar son los sonidos de los aproximantes de 'b' (β), 'g' (ɣ̞) y 'd' (ð̞). Entiendo bastante bien qué son, y la diferencia ...
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Pronunciation of the letter z [duplicate]

Why do a few local areas in Spain pronounce the "z" like "th", while others pronounce it like "s" (just like in the word "influenza")?
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"Trae" and "traje"

The words "trae" and "traje" are pronounced the same. However, "trae" is a third person singular simple present verb meaning "brings" and "traje" is either a noun meaning "suit" or a first person ...
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Pronunciation of the letter "o"

I know that in Spanish, all vowels have one pronunciation. But I don't see that being followed by the letter "o". Some words pronounce the "o" more like the stressed, first "o&...
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'el hámster' or 'la hámster' if the hamster is female?

Which definite article ('el' or 'la'?) should be used if a hamster is female ('hembra')? I know that some spanish speakers pronounce 'hámster' as 'jámster' in which case I imagine that 'la' is used. ...
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Rule for pronouncing 'ay' in a word

Apparently 'hay' has got only one syllable but: 'ayer' is /a-yer/, two syllables, and 'ayuda' is /a-yu-da/, three syllables. So what is the rule for splitting 'ay' in a Spanish word like the name ...
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Why is the ll in Medellín and la mejilla pronounced differently?

I hear the ll as ʝ in "Medellín" and ʎ in "mejilla". It is on the first minute of these clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8QaOFiFDps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzbWimMb_7Y
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Where is it common to add a syllable or syllables to words for humor?

El sentido de humor popular chileno permite agregar una sílaba o sílabas a una palabra, usualmente al final, haciendo un juego fonético paralelo a la frase hablada. A veces se puede responder de ...
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¿Por qué la equis se pronuncia /ks/ en algunos topónimos mexicanos?

La letra X representaba históricamente la fricativa palatal sorda [ʃ], consonante normal en el español del s. XVI que luego sufrió cambios hasta llegar a pronunciarse [x], o sea como fricativa velar ...
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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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