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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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¿En qué lugares se usa “ves” como imperativo de “ir”?

Por experiencia propia sé que en algunos sitios de España es común decir "ves" en lugar de "ve" como imperativo del verbo ir. Los casos con los que me he encontrado son: Cataluña. Ignoro el motivo, ...
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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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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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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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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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¿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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Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?

I've noticed that there aren't any words in Spanish that start with sp. Latin words are altered to include an e in front of the sp. Even loan words are often modified to esp...: spaghetti → ...
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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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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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Palatalisation of velar consonants (/k/, /g/, /x/) before front vowels (/e/, /i/)

I noticed, in a Chilean speaker, that she palatalised /x/ before /e/ and /i/ (e.g. inteligente sounding like [inteliˈxʲente]). According to wikipedia, this phenomenon is distinctive of Chilean Spanish ...
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Are there other words in Spanish that can't be written? (like sal-le)

Recently, I learned that there is at least one Spanish word that can be pronounced but not written. It is the imperative form of 'salirle'. It is pronounced as 'sal-le' and the written form should ...
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How are words with “ps” or “pt” pronounced?

Here are a few examples: psicología ptosis Ptolomeo Interestingly "sicología" is also found in the RAE but most of the time I've seen it written as "psicología". How are they pronounced?...
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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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Pronunciación letras “d”, “b” y “v” entre vocales

Mi lengua nativa es el español y recientemente me percaté que al momento de pronunciar la letra d, como en el caso de cada, asado, soldado, jugada, nado y la letra b (o v como fonema b) como en ...
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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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Are there any dialects of modern Spanish which preserve a phonemic distinction between b and v?

Are there any dialects of modern Spanish which preserve a phonemic distinction between b and v? I understand that by the 1600s it was largely gone from Castillian Spanish, but since some other ...
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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 accents do not use yeísmo?

Something I've wondered ever since I started learning Spanish about 8 years ago. One often hears that the sound for "ll" and "y" is merged in "most accents". Wikipedia's IPA for Spanish guide, for ...
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Distribution of Spanish speakers regarding 's' and 'c' pronunciation

We know that following groups of syllables se, si, sa, so, su ce, ci, za, zo, zu can be pronunced in 3 different ways: Context distinción seseo ceceo "s" + vowel /s/ /s/ /θ/ "c/z&...
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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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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 are the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you say “Braille” in Spanish?

Out of curiosity, I put the word "Braille" into Google Translate, and it said the Spanish version was... 'el braille'. But when I try to read that, the phonetics are incredibly awkward for a Spanish ...
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¿Cómo se pronuncia “ghee” en español?

Leyendo sobre el ghee me ha entrado la duda acerca de cómo pronunciar la palabra en español. ¿Como "jee" o como "guee"?
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¿Cómo se deben pronunciar las palabras que empiezan con “hue”?

Español He notado que las letras "hue" de las palabras como: hueso, huerta y huevo son pronunciadas como "we" (español) como el nombre "Wenceslao", al menos aquí en México, en lugar de "ue". Por ...
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If certain words undergo a spelling change from “z” to “c” in order to preserve the soft sound of the “z,” is there a “hard z” in Spanish?

I was recently reviewing a page over at Span¡shD!ct and though I had read the following (or something similar) numerous times before, I have never stopped to really think about why the "z" ...
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Do any Spanish words exist that aren't pronounced as expected from their spelling?

English is a language that does not have a consistent system for the pronunciation of words with similar spellings (e.g. compare rough with through), this can lead to a situation where it is not ...
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¿Es correcto pronunciar “hiede” con una h sonora?

No sé si sea correcto, pero le he escuchado a mucha gente (e inconscientemente es la primera pronunciación que se me ocurre cuando pienso en la palabra) la pronunciación de hiede con una h sonora (...
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Transliteración del apellido ruso, Волков

Волков es un apellido ruso que en las letras latinas se ha escrito en varias formas. Una que parece ocuparse hoy día en varios idiomas es Volkov, y otra que yo sé que se ha usado en español, pero hace ...
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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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¿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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¿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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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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Selena Gomez's pronunciation [closed]

I'm listening to some of Selena Gomez's Spanish songs (she has a couple), and though I love her music, something feels the tiniest bit off. Her pronunciation doesn't sound quite right, but I can't ...
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In what ways is the letter “s” (or the /s/ sound) pronounced in Spain?

I’ve heard varying things regarding the varying pronunciations of the “s” sound in Spain. However, no one was willing (or at least, able) to explain these variations to me. How is the “s” sound ...
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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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What are the three systems of pronouncing “c”?

I had some trouble understanding a question that asks for a recommendation of which of three pronunciation systems to learn: seseo, ceceo, or distinción. I'm confused because I thought that in Spain, ...
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Jumping between pronunciations of “y” in Spanish songs

I've heard a few songs (off the top of my head, A Dios Le Pido) where they pronounce "y" both with a y-sound and an English j-sound at times. In some songs, the different pronunciations occur when ...
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Pronunciation of Boca Juniors

As I noticed the name of Argentinian football club Boca Juniors is pronounced by Argentinians not as I would expect in Spanish but more close to English As far as I understand, the reason for that is ...
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Exception to the Phonetic Rule

As we all know that Spanish is a Phonetic Language, i.e. the way it's written is the way it's pronounced. I am just curious to know if there are any exceptions to this phonetic rule. I mean, when we ...
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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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¿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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Is North Mexican Spanish perceived by others as “angry” or uneducated? [closed]

Does North Mexican Spanish sound "angry" to native speakers of Spanish from elsewhere, like the lady in this video suggests? (She's not a native speaker) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd-LSkRdAzk ...
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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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