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How do you pronounce "Gracias"?

Is it pronounced "grathias" or "gracias" with a c like the work sea?

July 17, 2016

18 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amyharryhollie

It depends which country you are speaking spanish in.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amyharryhollie

I've done some research online and apparently in the north of Spain they pronounce it 'grathias' and in the south of Spain and the canary islands they pronounce it 'gracias'.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thekatmorgan

I can confirm this is true, I live with 2 Spaniards (1 from Madrid, 1 from Canary Islands) In central Spain they also pronounce it Grathias.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ichthus731-Larry

There are even some cities in Spain where every "s" is like a "th"! So "José y Jesús y sus cosas" sounds like "Jothe y Jethuth y thuth cothath" (Cadiz)

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bradypsychie

In Spain we pronounce the "C" in the syllables: "ce, ci" in a different way than the "S" from "se, si" is pronounced, while in most regions of South America they pronounce them in the same way.

So it would be grathias (or gracias for a native spanish speaker) in most places of the peninsula.

And gracias or grasias (how we (spaniards) hear it) in many South American countries.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElenaTapia0

Tendrás que traducir esto porque yo no hablo mucho inglés. Lo que dices que es "th" es una "z" en español, los españoles la pronuncian con z o th ¿bien? pero nosotros los latinoamericanos no pronunciamos la "z" mas bien pronunciamos "c" gracias, de las dos formas se entiende. bye.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Multi0Lingual4

It depends. Usually in Barcelona (and some parts of Spain) they use "th" but I would assume in Latin America they pronounce it how it's written.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ichthus731-Larry

If one doesn't pronounce it like in Spain and just make "s" the same as "c" or "z" how do they know if someone is saying "cazar" or "casar"? Or "cocer" and "coser" :)

Cazar-to hunt Casar(se)-to get married

Cocer-to cook Coser-to sew

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bradypsychie

The context, like vaca and baca which are pronounced the same but they have different meanings.

Also an orthographic error that's quite common between South American's, but nearly unexistent in the peninsula's native spanish's speaking population is mistaking the C with a S and viceversa

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ignatznkrazy

I asked one of my Colombian profs this but then realized that the likelihood that someone was going to tell me they were going out to go marry rabbits was pretty low. Just like in English, if someone tells me they prefer an aisle seat, I don't automatically assume they are going to be spending time in a beach chair on some lovely atoll.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

The same way an English speaking person knows that you are saying toe the line and not tow the line.

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wstockall

I wish that was true. I've seen many people write "tow the line" instead.

July 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Yeah... I cringed when I wrote that because I've seen it too. I couldn't think of another example. The pressure... it was too much!

July 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ichthus731-Larry

Also serrar-to saw and cerrar-to close :)

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chilotin

90% - 95% of Spanish speakers use s of sea both for z/c and s. In central and northern Spain z and c are pronunced as th of thank you and s is pronunced between s and sh (many Spaniards can't distinguish "sea" from "she").

Aspiration of final s is common in many countries. My pronunciation of "gracias" at top of this list: http://es.forvo.com/user/Lin_linao/pronounced-words/

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swingbeatnik7

If I'm in Spain, "Grathiath" with a soft th sound at the end mixed with an s, everyone else mostly , "Gra-si-as"

July 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ichthus731-Larry

What's kind of interesting to me is in the province in southern Spain where I'm living, everybody says "grathias" and yet their are a couple of towns in the same province only 30 and 50 minutes away from me where everyone talks like in Latin America!

July 17, 2016
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