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Pronunciation of Yo?

When do you pronounce "Yo" as "Jo" and when as "Yo"? (Because I've heard both on Duolingo) Thanks for any help

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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It varies by country. Here in the States, I've heard it pronounced as "yo", and "jho" as well. It's a matter of preference, but if you are using Spanish in another country, you may want to research which sound they use. For the record, I always use the y pronunciation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mith

Thanks for the quick response :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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De nada.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

I always use the jho or jo pronunciations, mainly because the people I speak with use it that way (Mexican, Dominican, Colombian)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ddesgagne
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I hear both "yo" and "jho" here in Canada. I personally use "jho" mainly because that is how I have heard it pronounced in Mexico (Northern Mexico). Like AlexisLinguist said, though, I think that it varies by country.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julian_L.

In Argentina and Uruguay, «Y» and «LL» are pronounced like an English "Sh" (except when you use «Y» saying "and"). In the other countries, are pronounced like an English "E" (or like a Spanish «i»).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

So if I was asking someone in Argentina something about a street, would the word Calle (I pronounce cal-yeh) I should use Cal-sheh or Ca-sheh?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julian_L.

It would be «ca-sheh» (if you are talking about the Spanish pronunciation).

Here is the pronunciation in some countries: http://www.forvo.com/word/calle/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ashleeg01

I guess it depends on where you live in the world. I have been pronouncing "Yo" as "Jho", which I think is the Latin American way of saying it, but I am not sure. I try to stick with just speaking and writing using the Latin American Spanish, and not a mix of the different types so I don't confuse other people and myself. From what I know, different places such as Mexico and Spain speak and write Spanish in different ways. An example of this is the word "Ustedes". That is the second person plural in Southern America (also called Latin America). But in Spain, people would say it as "Vosotros". So I guess it really just depends where you live. I know that had nothing to do with how to pronounce the Spanish word "Yo", but maybe it helped somewhat.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samriddhis

In spanish the letter "Y" is pronounced as the letter "J" so, it is pronounced "Jo" not "Yo". You might have thought that it is pronounced as "Yo" so, maybe you heard it as "Yo" too.

4 years ago