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"Huevos" and "Jueves"

These two words are pronounced the same way, and I was wondering if there is a different way of saying them if used out of context so you wouldn't confuse someone. I know this is a silly thread, but i'm just curious.

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H is always silent, except for some loanwords (namely "hámster"). J sounds like ch in loch (most varieties) or like h in house (specially Caribbean and Andalusian) or like a harsh sound with no equivalent in Enlglish (some regions in Spain). And o and e have very different sounds, Spanish vowels aren't like English vowels in unstressed syllables.

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Reply11 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew213489

Well, I'm not sure what the second word "juevos" is, but were you meaning to type "jueves (Thursday)".

Huevos (eggs) - the "H" is silent in the pronunciation.

Jueves (Thursday) - the "J" sounds like an "H" in this word.

¡Buena suerte, con sus estudios!

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Reply31 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jose_Vuziy

Ah okay, that clears it up. I thought "eggs" and "thursday" were pronounced the same. And yes, I made a typo. Thanks for the info!

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Reply1 month ago

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De nada.

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Reply11 month ago

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They don't sound exactly the same to me. Have you tried Forvo? Listen to these:

https://forvo.com/word/huevos/

https://forvo.com/word/jueves/#es

Notice the oh sound in huevos.

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Reply21 month ago

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I get llega and juega mixed up, even though they do sound a little different. I'm think I just need to keep training my ears to hear the difference.

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Reply11 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

Huevos and jueves aren't pronounced the same, though they're similar and I hardly thought about it til you mentioned it.

In Spanish the H is silent, plus O has a distinct sound. So it's uev(OH)s. Also, out of context, I think you'd say "Los huevos".

In Spanish the J is pronounced sort of like H (a bit guttural, so, kinda like CH/KH in Hebrew) and e is (EH) respectively. Huev(EH)s.

And out of context, you'd say "El jueves."

That said, they do sound similar, and sometimes out of context this can lead to issues. The same's true in English, as I've learned that out of context, people overhearing the word "horror" or "sheet" or a few other words might think they mean... Ehm... Something else.

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Reply21 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gaius_Plinius

As a side note, while these are not homophones, there are some in Spanish--although far fewer than in English. And the way you clear up homophones in any language is through context. How often do we speak without context? How often do we confuse English's many homophones? And when we do, how simple is it to further clarify? "Do you mean night like evening or knight like an armored fighter?" ¿"Quieres decir cazar como lo que hace un cazador o casar como lo que hace un cura"?

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Reply1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jose_Vuziy

Thank you everyone for clarifying. Now saying "Eggs Thursday" in Spanish won't confuse me. Thank you for all devoting your time.

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