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How to pronounce 'C++' in Spanish

I checked a few videos on YouTube: 1. Programación en C++ || Primer programa en C++: "Ce más más" Aprende a Programar desde cero en C/C++ [Parte 1] (Primer Programa): "Ce más más" Programación de ...
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Why is the 'b' and 'v' pronunciation inconsistent?

According to the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas of the Real Academia Española de la Lengua, There's no difference in the pronunciation of b and v in Spanish: both represent nowadays the bilabial ...
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In what ways is the letter “s” (or the /s/ sound) pronounced in Spain?

None of these answers answer the question. The pronunciation of the s in Spain will vary a little by region. But, generally, the ese castellana (not unique to Spain but very common, hence the name) ...
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Why is Argentinian pronunciation different from other countries?

No, your ears are perfectly fine. In fact, it is notable that you have noticed the difference between the two different forms of the imperative tense. There are indeed some differences between the ...
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Uso de "Xp" como "crist" en el siglo XVII

Ni X ni p, en realidad; el símbolo Xp que podemos ver en muchos sitios como representación de Cristo es una simple adaptación al alfabeto latino de las dos primeras letras del nombre griego de Cristo, ...
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How to pronounce 'C++' in Spanish

I'm an engineering informatics student in Perú. The most common pronunciation is "Ce más más", but some teachers also say "Ce pe pe" (from the file extension .cpp), although it is very rare. We don'...
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When would Spanish speakers pronounce the "j" like the English "j"?

When the words are foreign words and adopt the original phonetics. Banjo comes from English, in Spanish there are both Banjo and Banyo, as it is pronounced. Ninja comes from the Japanese and is ...
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Paso de B a U: ¿evolución fonética o falta de ortografía?

Vamos por partes. En primer lugar no es estrictamente correcto decir que "B y V se pronuncian /b/". Las letras "B" y "V" se pronuncian iguales y formalmente se corresponden con el fonema /b/, pero la ...
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How should I pronounce the Spanish consonant 'd'?

This is a good question, and unfortunately the answer is, "it depends". The Spanish letter d has different pronunciations depending on where it comes in a word. Word-initially, it will ...
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Is Spanish language's pronunciation systematic?

Con muy escasas excepciones, la pronunciación del español es sistemática. Es decir: una persona que conozca las reglas del lenguaje debe ser capaz de leer correctamente cualquier texto escrito en ...
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How should "murciélago" be pronounced?

Murciélago is pronounced mur-cié-la-go. A diphthong like ie doesn't stop being a diphthong if the full vowel (in this case e) is stressed, and the fact that there's an orthographic accent mark on a ...
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Are there other words in Spanish that can't be written? (like sal-le)

La clase zoológica de los mamíferos se divide en varias familias, que en lenguaje corriente se designan con palabras esdrújulas. Por ejemplo los bóvidos, cánidos, cérvidos, félidos y camélidos. Los ...
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Why does Latin America not “lisp” consonants, having learned its Spanish from Spain?

This is related to the readjustment of the sibilant consonants that took place during the XVI and XVII century, giving the origin to the current consonantal system of the Spanish language. The [s] ...
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Do any Spanish words exist that aren't pronounced as expected from their spelling?

As you can see from this questions Are there other words in Spanish that can't be written? (like sal-le) there might be really rare exceptions, but it might be possible to find "Spanish words that are ...
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Pronounce and distinguish "ñi" and "ni"?

The first thing would be to note that ni + vowel and ñ do not sound that different (which is the point of your question, obviously), so in many cases you won't need to imitate it perfectly. That is, ...
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How to pronounce "criar"?

Yes, criar is pronounced (by everybody I know, at least) with two syllables, /kri.ar/. This is a violation of the rule that says that a so-called "weak"¹ vowel (/i/ or /u/) always forms a diphthong ...
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Are there other words in Spanish that can't be written? (like sal-le)

This orthographic issue also occurs in the names of certain chemicals: English Spanish N-methyl leucine N-metilleucina methyllysine metillisina Hyphens are technically disallowed from resolving ...
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La oración con más homófonos

3 repeticiones ¿Que cómo como?, pues como como como. Basada en una respuesta a otra pregunta previa. Usa el verbo comer (tres veces) más otras dos acepciones de la misma palabra. 5 repeticiones ...
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¿Cómo se leen los nombres de los reyes?

El DPD te da la respuesta en su artículo cardinales: En el caso de las series de papas y reyes con igual nombre, se utilizan, en la escritura, los números romanos (→ números, 3), que se leen como ...
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Pronunciación letras "d", "b" y "v" entre vocales

Es la pronunciación normal del español. El proceso se llama "lenición" (= debilitación) y ocurre cuando /b, d, g/ se pronuncian entre vocales (y otros contextos); dejan de ser consonantes oclusivas ...
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Is pronunciation of letter 'x' before consonant as [s] is obsolete?

There may be big differences in different regions, so just for the record this answer accounts for European Spanish. Generally, Spanish tends to unfavor two consonants in syllable-final position, so ...
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In what countries do people roll a single 'r' if it's the first letter in the word?

All countries use both the /r/ and /ɾ/ phoneme. Not all countries realize them, respectively, as the roll/trill [r] and the flap [ɾ] (for Puerto Rico for instance you often get /r/ as [h] and /ɾ/ as [...
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How should 'canta y' be pronounced?

In Spanish poetry, when counting the syllables in a verse you must count as one syllable when the last syllable of a word ends with a vowel and the first one of the next one starts also with a vowel. ...
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Pronunciation of the combination "st" in Spanish accents

This affrication of /st/ is indeed particular to Western Andalusian: An affricated dentoalveolar stop [ts] (listo [ˈlitso]) has been described as a variant of /st/-clusters. This sound is ...
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Are single-syllable accented words like “mí” and “tú” pronounced a certain way?

Yes and no. They are pronounced the same in isolation. However, the words tu and mi lack prosodic stress, that is, like a very limited number of words in Spanish (prepositions, articles, object ...
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Dónde poner énfasis

Es fácil si ya sabes escribir la palabra que quieres decir. Hay tres reglas fáciles (síguelas en orden) Si hay tilde, acentúa la sílaba que lo alberga. Si acaba en A, E, I, O, U, N o S, acentúa la ...
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Regional pronunciation of "ll": [j] vs [ʎ]

That isn't [ʎ] but a hypercorrective [lj], often used by yeístas when trying to imitate non-yeísta pronunciation, such that I hear camelio, caudilio, etc. Mexico is fully yeísta, so such a ...
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Are there any dialects of modern Spanish which preserve a phonemic distinction between b and v?

Short answer: no. Long answer: it is possible to hear the sound [v] as an allophone (that is, alternate) for /b/, but you won't hear it in any way systematically between the written letters b and v. ...
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Are there any dialects of modern Spanish which preserve a phonemic distinction between b and v?

Puerto Rican Spanish As mentioned in this Linguistics SE question, a study on Puerto Rican Spanish speakers showed that they pronounce orthographic "v" /b/ as [v] more than half the time, ...
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