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

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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Is pronunciation of letter 'x' before consonant as [s] is obsolete?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 (...
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Is the Spanish word for "academy" pronounced the same as it is for "academia?"

I was recently making a recording that included the word "academy," and wanting to be certain of where the stress was placed in that word, I looked it up. The sources I used indicated that it is ...
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Is the v in "vino" pronunciated as a b or v? [duplicate]

I am learning Castillian Spanish and have been given different information by 2 people from mainland Spain (Europe). I understand that the v sounds like a b (also I've heard it described as a soft b) ...
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The distinction among ke, gue, que, and ce, ze

As title, I cannot tell the differences. The most important is I found some spanish speakers write 'k' instead of 'que'. Why?
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Why is the pronunciation of the v in the grapes "las uvas" different? [duplicate]

I have been taught that unlike in English, the -b and the -v are pronounced the same way in Spanish. They both sound like the -b in bat. For example, "violeta, bola, vino, votar, botar" all start ...
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Vocal epentética en el infinitivo del español colombiano

Hoy un colombiano que conozco estaba leyendo una carta en voz alta. Mantenía una pronunciación (o bien, característica lingüística) curiosa que no asociaba con su país natal, que es la existencia de ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to guess if the word is spelled -ll- / -y-, -g- / -j- / -x-?

Is there any hint to guess, when I hear an unknown word, if is is spelled with ll / y ? Is there any hint to guess, when I hear an unknown word, if is is spelled with g / j / x ? I mean any kind of ...
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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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¿Es correcto escribir "cuídate"? ¿dónde se debe poner la tilde? ¿y el acento?

Hace poco pregunté ¿Por qué la palabra "huida" no lleva tilde? y guifa dio una fantástica explicación al respecto: ui es siempre diptongo, independientemente de si una de las dos ...
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Is the /p/ sound aspirated in Spanish?

English I want to improve my pronunciation of words beginning with p, such as pleno, práctica, and padre. I have been taught that I should put my hand in front of my mouth when I say these words, ...
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Pronouncing words with the letter "d" followed by the letter "r" - Podría

I have no problem pronouncing the letter d correctly in Spanish except when it's followed by the letter r . For example, in the words podría or Madrid. It's a challenge for my whole vocal system. ...
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How exactly is the letter "s" pronounced in Spain when NOT lisped? [duplicate]

Note: I am not asking about about seseo vs distinción, /s/ vs /θ/, or how "ce/ci/z" is pronounced in Spain vs Latin America. This question is about the letter s and the sound /s/, as in ser, español, ...
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Is the dropped /s/ in Argentina a class marker?

I'm watching La pelea de mi vida, an Argentinean film, and in it the characters are dropping their esses all over the place. E'ta, e'tuve, even stuff like E' muy e'traño and E'to tene' The film is ...
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What word could I be hearing here?

I've been listening to some Spanish audio files which, at the end of each chapter, go back over the chapter in a form of summary. The reader always says something that sounds like, "Vijemonos" (Bvee ...
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pronunciation of final n as [ŋ]

I've heard the 'n' in "Me llaman Carlos" voiced as [ŋ] (the "ng" sound in English). Is it ever correct to voice it as "Me ʝaman kaɾlos"? Under what circumstances is 'n' voiced as [ŋ] versus [n]?
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Why is the 'b' and 'v' pronunciation inconsistent?

I've learnt that the v sound in Spanish is pronounced as a "b", however why are some words such as "por favor" and "Revolucion" pronounced as a "v"? Also, is this type of pronunciation Spanish (spoken ...
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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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Is this a mistranslation due to misunderstanding the British accent and English contractions?

In "Treasure Island" this: "I have a son of my own," said he, "as like you as two blocks, and he's all the pride of my 'art. ...is translated as: Yo tengo un hijo de tu edad, añadió, que se te ...
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how do you pronounce "los" when conjugated?

How do you pronounce "los" when conjugated? For example, in Verlos (e.g. see them). Is it like "Los" in "lost"? Or Louhse? I know there will probably be variation, but I am trying to avoid the wrong ...
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Origin of the velar "rr" sound in Puerto Rico

I have always wondered the existence, alone in Puerto Rico of all Spanish language countries, of the VELAR "rr" sound, similar to a common pronunciation seen in French (as in the word "Paris"). ...
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Pronunciation on "ll" for in the sentence "me llamo" [duplicate]

How do you pronounce the consonants "ll"?? I want to say my name in Spanish but I keep saying "ll" like how Americans say in English.Then people say that I am wrong but don't tell me how to.
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What do native Spanish speakers do if they cannot roll the r? [duplicate]

What do native speakers of Spanish do when for some reason or another, they cannot roll their r´s? I´ve seen that many speakers in South America make a zh sound like in the English word measure (I ...
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Why is the "H" in Hector pronounced?

The letter "H" is usually (always?) silent in Spanish. So why is the name "Hector" pronounced "Heck-ter" and not "Eck-ter"? Or is "Hector" an anglicization of the spelling of a name which is really "...
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Veinte y * vs. Veinti*

Which is more commonly used to say twenty-two? veinte y dos or veintidós I know for numbers above 30 that the first example is always the case. I am also wondering about 16-19.
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Dónde poner énfasis

Buenos, amigos. Yo quiero comenzar a decir que mi Espanol es muy malo, pero estoy aprendiendo. Mi pregunta es, cuando hablas una palabra con dos piezas, como sabes donde poner el enfasis? Por ...
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Learning how to place accent marks

I have learned in my Spanish studies that there are rules that most Spanish words follow in terms of accentuation. More specifically, words fall into the categories of agudas, graves, and esdrújulas. ...
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What's the position of my tongue when I speak Spanish 'd'? [duplicate]

Comparing with Spanish 't', put the tip of tongue behind the upper teeth and press a bit to pronounce it, when it comes to 'd' sound, just put the tip of my tongue between the upper teeth and the ...
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How should I pronounce Spanish single 'r' and 'l'?

I have the same problem as most Asian Spanish learners with the Spanish single 'r' and 'l'. We usually mispronounce 'ala' as 'ara', and bra, bla. bre.ble .... etc are difficult for me to speak them ...
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Why is the sound of the alphabet "j" different in Spanish, English, German and French? [closed]

The alphabet "j" is pronounced differently in the following major European languages: Spanish: justo /ˈxusto/ English:  just  /d͡ʒʌst/ German: junge /ˈjʊŋə/ French:  juste  /ʒyst/ How is ...
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How should I pronounce the Spanish consonant 'd'?

I was taught that Spanish d has two pronunciations: at the beginning of the word it is a hard d; between vowels, it is pronounced /ð/, much like th in English the. Please look at this sentence: ...
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Ceceo vs Seseo vs "distinción" - which school to follow?

OK, I know about the differences and I know a little bit about the situation in the Spanish-speaking world. The thing though is that I'm moving to Spain in a few months (do not know the exact ...
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Pronunciation of "ll" in Mexico [duplicate]

There are several questions on this site that deal with the correct pronunciation of "ll" and "y" but despite sounding like a duplicate, this question addresses a slightly different issue. I have ...
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Are there consistent rules for pronouncing "c" and "g"?

I want to write a software program that will "Americanize" the pronunciation of Spanish text (using Mexican pronunciation) so that it is easier for English speakers learning Spanish to be reminded of ...
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Learning Spanish [closed]

Can you give me some tips how I can start learning Spanish ? A way where I don't have to drill vocabularies and grammar. When I learned languages at school I was always able to read and write, but ...
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Could 'Me gusta *él, pero no*...' be heard as 'Me gusta *el perro, no*...'?

If somebody said: Me gusta él, pero no su grupo de amigos I like him, but not his group of friends could it be heard as this? Me gusta el perro, no su grupo de amigos I like the dog, not his ...
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What is the literal meaning of Valparaíso?

I've heard people pronounce the Chilean city "Val puh RI zo", but now that I'm learning Spanish I realize that can't be right; it must be something like: "bval par uh EE so" no? The "paraiso" means ...
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Is it true that old Spanish native speakers tend to pronounce "d" instead of "t"? [duplicate]

I've heard from some people that once lived in Spanish-speaking countries that old people in those countries usually speak a "d" sound instead of clearly speaking "t" sound when they get old, and they ...
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Is there a rule for s-aspiration?

I noticed that my Spanish teacher sometimes does not pronunce the letter "s" in some syllables. For example, she says Ih-rael instead of Israel. Or she says "mah" instead of "mas". The thing is, she ...
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División en sílabas de palabras con -tl- (atlas, atleta etc.)

¿Cómo se separan en sílabas las palabras que tienen la secuencia de consonantes tl entre vocales? Por ejemplo: atlas: ¿at-las o a-tlas? atleta: ¿at-le-ta o a-tle-ta? decatlón: ¿de-cat-lón o de-ca-...