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Spanish dialect that omits some “s”s

I am watching La casa de papel (in Spanish with subtitles in my language because my Spanish is not that good), and I have noticed that two characters, father and son (Moscú and Denver, for those who ...
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Words with different pronunciations

Does Spanish have words which can be pronounced with a different number of syllables? For example, in English one can pronounce lightning with 2 syllables, meaning the companion of thunder, and 3 ...
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Conversión de “carillón” a “carrillón”

Este fin de año descubrí que aunque carrillón es correcto, la forma más correcta etimológicamente es carillón, dado que viene de la palabra francesa carillon. Aunque hay registro de la palabra ...
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How to pronounce English words in Spanish?

I've read the following: "La expresión inglesa craft beer tiene alternativas en español como cerveza artesana o artesanal" And now I want to understand how do Spanish-speaking people pronounce ...
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Do Mexicans still pronounce the “x” in any Nahuatl place names the Nahuatl way?

I have yet to find a Nahuatl place name that Mexicans pronounce the original way. Examples: Mexico Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmexiko] Nahuatl pronunciation: [meːˈʃiʔko] Xochimilco Spanish ...
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Uso de “r” como “rr” tras consonante en el español medieval

Siguiendo con la saga de preguntas sobre "r/rr", buscando en el CORDE me di cuenta de que hay muchos textos de alrededor de los siglo XV y XVI que contienen una "rr" tras ...
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The laminal and apical sibilants in Spanish: Where can I get some good recordings? [duplicate]

Primero mi pregunta en español: Los sibilantes laminales y apicales en español: ¿Dónde puedo conseguir algunas buenas grabaciones? Details in English: I've been a student of Spanish for some time ...
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How to explain to English speakers how to pronounce a pure Spanish E as in *meta*

Tell me if you want me to post this at ELU -- but please don't downvote me into oblivion. I'm happy to delete here and repost there if need be. I thought I could explain to English speakers how to ...
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Which parts of México pronounce “ll” (like in tortilla) as “j” instead of “y”?

I learned to pronounce “ll” like the “y” in yes, but I know others who pronounce it like the “j” in jelly. I’ve noticed for ESL speakers this can also affect their ability to pronounce certain ...
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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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Why is it “marciano” instead of “martiano” in Spanish?

In English, the adjective for things (or people!) from Mars is "martian", with a T. This is because Mars comes from Latin Mars, Martis where every single case and derived word started with Mart- (save ...
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When was “dios” pronounced “díos” in Spanish?

In this answer to my question about the meaning of bríos it is said that the origin of the word took place when "dios" was pronounced "díos" in Spanish. I figure that it can be a possible step in the ...
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“gua” pronouncing like “hua” (silenced G)?

I've always been taught that "g" in ga, go, gu (or "gu" in gue and gui) sounds the same, like English "g". But most online tutorials don't make the "g" quite audible, like this one (9th voice). It ...
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How should I pronounce programming language names (like “Java”) and technical terms (like “JSON”) in Spanish?

In Spanish, English names are usually pronounced following English rules. E.g. we pronounce "Peter" as "piter" (that's to be read in plain Spanish, i.e. "pee-ter"). However, some tech-related words ...
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¿Hay algún acento español en el mundo en el que distingan la “b” de la “v”? [duplicate]

Me refiero a un acento que tenga todo el mundo de una región, sin contar a gente particular que la distinga por influencia extranjera.
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When did the Spanish language lose the long vowel sounds that Latin had?

It is known that the Latin language had both long and short vowel sounds. Nonetheless, the Spanish language does not have this differentiation and only has short vowels... or at least it seems so. ...
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¿Cómo se pronuncia correctamente “ballet”?

Siempre la he oído pronunciar como «balet» (a veces omitiendo la pronunciación de la «t»), como si solo tuviera una «l». Pero, al contener una «ll», ¿no debería pronunciarse algo así como «bayet», con ...
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¿Ceceo en “d” inicial de palabra?

Es conocido que en español se dan los fenómenos de ceceo y seseo. Me ha pasado ya dos veces que, escuchando una canción, me da la sensación de que el cantante cecea al pronunciar una "d" inicial de ...
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¿Son éstas las vocales IPA que se usan en español?

En este video se muestra lo que parece ser las vocales a-e-i-o-u del español, pero tengo la duda si esas son en realidad las vocales usadas en español, y si los símbolos son los mismos dados a estas ...
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Pronounce and distinguish “ñi” and “ni”?

I'm new to Spanish and I'm trying to learn pronunciation first. I listened to a few materials and I'm finding it difficult to distinguish "ñi" and "ni", for example "niñito". And it's even harder to ...
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La oración con más homófonos

En Many meanings of "llama" @guifa nos regala esta linda frase: Llama «llama» la llama a la llama. Y recuerdo que cuando mi papá encontraba difícil alguna pregunta nos decía: Oh, tengo un ...
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Uso de “Xp” como “crist” en el siglo XVII

En la partida de nacimiento de mi antepasado Alejo Saiz (abuelo del tatarabuelo de mi tatarabuelo en línea directa paterna, nacido en 1645, quien dio origen al apellido Alejo en mi rama familiar), se ...
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¿Por qué antiguamente se consideraba a la letra X una semivocal? ¿Qué era una semivocal entonces?

Hoy día la se considera a la letra X como la "vigésimoquinta letra del alfabeto español". Pero no siempre ha tenido esa definición. Por ejemplo, en 1884 era la "vigésima sexta letra del abecedario ...
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The Castilian Spanish S pronounced as (kind of) Sh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDN_eoPVQdY Please skip to 3:37 and take a look at how the s at the end of estamos(h) and entendais(h) are little bit different from the English s. It seems like in-...
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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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How should 'canta y' be pronounced?

In the song "Cielito Lindo", canta y is pronounced as if it were cantay. Is this standard, just a singing oddity, or a regional variation?
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In what countries do people roll a single 'r' if it's the first letter in the word?

For example, Roberto or Rojo. I asked some of my friends who are native Spanish speakers. Some say they do not roll it at all. Some say they do slightly, but not as strong as 'rr'. I googled it and ...
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“A ser” vs “a hacer” - How to hear the difference?

¿Qué va a ser? | What are you going to be? ¿Qué va a hacer? | What are you going to do? When spoken, these two Spanish sentences sound exactly the same. How would a native speaker present either of ...
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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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How to transliterate 中文 in Mandarin pronunciation to Spanish?

I am working on an art project that I would like to collect the hundreds of different transliterations of 「中文」 zhōng wén in Mandarin Chinese. (Pronunciation available here: https://translate.google....
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Why is Argentinian pronunciation different from other countries?

I was watching some Argentinian telenovelas to get used to Spanish language and noticed that there's a different pattern regarding the pronunciation of the imperative command than what Michel Thomas ...
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¿Debo pronunciar la 'a' del grupo 'ae' en locuciones latinas?

Las siguientes según el DRAE son "locuciones latinas", y me parece que son bastante frecuentes: curriculum vitae lapsus linguae ab aeterno Mi hábito es pronunciar la [a] de vitae, pero no pronunciar ...
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Is “google” a verb in Spanish?

Is google a verb in Spanish? If it is, how can I conjugate it? Googlear sounds really weird. Is it pronounced differently too?
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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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Are “seis” and “siete” phonetically similar to the Spanish language learners?

I am aware that this question may be on the verge of Offtopicland, but I am very curious about something regarding these two numbers. Here's the story... When I was learning Japanese (a long time ago ...
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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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Is Spanish language's pronunciation systematic?

Is Spanish language's pronunciation systematic? That is: do pronunciation and alphabet correspond to each other? If so, I will be able to learn Spanish's pronunciation easily. ¿Es la pronunciación ...
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¿Había en español alguna diferencia entre la Ƈ y la C?

Siguiendo con la saga de preguntas basadas en la primera Orthographía española de 1741, la siguiente trata sobre las posibles diferencias que había entre la C normal y la C con gancho (Ƈ), que existía ...
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¿Qué diferencia había entre la grafía ſ y la s?

En 1741, el abecedario del español se componía de la siguiente forma: Como se ve, la actual letra s minúscula se escribía entonces usando la grafía ſ. Sin embargo, había casos en los que sí se usaba ...
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Letras “ã õ ũ ẽ” en español antiguo

Hace unas semanas me encontré con un texto antiguo donde ã õ ũ ẽ sustituían a las silabas an on un en. Por ejemplo "ẽtõces" en lugar de "entonces". No pude encontrar otra vez ese texto. Quisiera ...
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Pronunciación anormal de “ahí” en “vete por ahí”

El "ahí" de "vete por ahí" parece pronunciarse de dos formas diferentes: Cuando se utiliza para indicar una dirección, se pronuncia correctamente, como palabra aguda. Cuando se utiliza como ...
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Written accent in verbs

Consider those two examples : 1) "cantar", which is written "canto" (present, first person) or "cantó" (simple past, third person). Is the pronunciation different in those two cases? According to ...
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Is pronunciation of letter 'x' before consonant as [s] is obsolete?

I'm learning how to read and pronounce Spanish words. In a few references that I've seen, it is said that the letter 'x' is pronounced as [s] when it is before consonant as in word excusar. However ...
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Pronunciar «tr-» y «-str-»

Estoy aprendiendo español, y es un poco difícil para mí pronunciar «tr-» como en «traer», y todavía más difícil pronunciar «-str-» como en «maestro». No tengo problemas con estos sonidos en inglés, mi ...
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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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Regional pronunciation of “ll”: [j] vs [ʎ]

I'm well aware that ll may be pronounced differently according to regions. We already have this question on the most common pronunciations of [j] and [ʒ]. But I've come across a couple examples on ...
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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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Stress in “significa”

Where does the spoken stress lie in the word "significa", as in "qué significa"? I always hear it stressed on the second "i", but wouldn't that imply that it should be written "signífica", which it ...
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¿Los venezolanos pronuncian la letra H?

Is it common practice throughout Venezuela for people to pronounce the letter H? I've seen news footage of people in Caracas saying "tengo hambre" as though it were spelled "tengo jambre". Do they do ...
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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 (...