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How do you say in Spanish, or How do you pronounce it in Spanish.

Hello, I am a beginner learning Spanish and I am writing down useful phrases while I am in Mexico.

Example: If I hold up a book (and I do not know the Spanish word) should I say

¿Cómo se dice en español? or ¿Cómo se pronuncia en español?

And what is the difference in meaning.


May 7, 2018



It is better "¿Cómo se dice?". "¿Cómo se pronuncia?" could be right for texts, like the title of the book or a letter in the title.


In Spanish it is the same,

usually "¿cómo se dice?" when you do not know the word.

When you need to say something, but you don't the word ¿cómo se dice?

When you know the word, ¿como se pronuncia?

Aguacate, it's a fruit, ¿como se pronuncia?

Regards from Mexico City!!!


I've used "cómo se dice" "cómo se llama en español" or just "qué es esto" when I was a child.


In college, I was taught "como se dice?". I hope that helps.


Thanks everyone. I will use "¿Cómo se dice?". It seems to fit most circumstances. Gracias.


Hi Curt882503. ¿Cómo se dice? it's How do you say? but ¿Cómo se pronuncia? means How to pronounce? If you are holding a book in your hand you should ask ¿Cómo se dice...(book in Spanish)? But if you find a sign with the word Norte, and you are not sure that you are saying the word correctly you should ask ¿Cómo se pronuncia...(the word in the sign). I hope that helps.


I just hold up the object or act out the verb and say “No sé la palabra en español, ¿podrías ayudarme?”

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