9 Answered Questions for the topic pronunciación

Approximant vs. fricative realization of /b/, /d/, /g/?

According to the [Wikipedia article on Spanish phonology](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_phonology), the phonemes /b/, /d/, and /g/ are realized as approximants or fricatives instead of... more

Why does Latin America not “lisp” consonants, having learned its Spanish from Spain?

I am referring to the sounds made by the letters ⟨z⟩ and the soft ⟨c⟩ the way they’re said in Spain, like in the Spanish words *zorro* and *cena*. (This is the unvoiced dental fricative sound... more

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... more

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... more

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... more

Help me pronounce single "r"?

I've recently started studying Spanish (Latin American) with Rosetta Stone. I think I'm doing trilled *r*'s right but I'm not sure if I'm doing single *r*'s right. Are they supposed to have a... more

Why is "Enrique" pronunced as though it has a double "r"?

Why is "Enrique", even though its 'r' position is at the middle of a word, pronounced as a double "r"? What are the orthographic rules you need to know to determine if an "r" must be pronounced as... more

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... more

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... more

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