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Do you know of the Spanish aspirated "S"?

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If you are learning Spanish then you will most likely run into the aspirated "S" or already have. For those of you that don't know, in the spanish speaking world there is a pronunciation for the letter "S" that is quite common. It is called the aspirated "S" or " S aspirada" in spanish. Pretty much depending on where the "S" in the sentence and what letter follows it, it may sound like a slight english "H". For example instead of hearing "Las perras", one might hear something closer to "Lah perrah", or "Ehpaña" instead of "España". The aspirated "S" is found in the following countries: Southern Spain, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Northern Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, D.R, and Cuba. Though it should be noted that not all the "s" are aspirated and that the Caribbean countries tend to aspirate a bit more than the rest. In the following link is a song from a Spaniard where you can hear him aspirate his "S" at 00:35 the word "este", at 00:43 "estrella", and at 00:45 "esta". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0rwOsAteXM Also there is a way to pronounce the "s" in spanish that can be found in central Colombia. The "S" sounds almost like a "sh" I believe it is part of the Paisa accent. Here is a clip of it. Skip to 1:23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYwCVEdevdk

February 12, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Interesting, thanks!

February 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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I'm a native speaker who uses aspirated s. Compare the pronunciation of "cascos" (helmets) by a Spaniard woman and by me. http://es.forvo.com/word/cascos/#es

February 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/kelvin5473
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Soy Puertorriqueño y lo pronuncio de la misma manera jeje

February 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/damian_kovalyev

Not everyone in Spain pronounces the S. The southern provinces, especially Andalusia and the Canaries, tend to use the aspirated S a lot, sometimes it sounds more like an English H (like in "Hello"), sometimes it's not pronounced at all, for example:

está -> ehtá/etá. (here the H in "ehtá" represents the English sound of the letter H)

Generally speaking, the aspirated S is used in many parts of Spain's southern half, i.e. Castilla-La Mancha, Extremadura, Murcia, Andalusia, Canaries, Ceuta, Melilla and smaller islands off the coast of Morocco.

June 29, 2018
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