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Pronunciation differences

The Spanish language has two major dialects according to the pronunciation. Castillian Spanish, the dialect spoken in Northern/Central Spain and Andalusian/"Latin American" Spanish, the ...
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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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¿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? pronunciation [duplicate]

I'm listening to the pronunciation from spanishdict, the woman pronounces 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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