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The Proper Pronounciation of the First Person Singular

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In Spain "YO" is pronounced with a "y". Why does the woman speaking Spanish say "JO"? Even though its spoken that way in some Latin American countries, isn't that poor Spanish?

3 years ago

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No, it is not poor Spanish. Different countries do pronounce it differently. In Argentina, "yo" actually sounds more like "sho". Most of the time Spanish speakers don't use the subject pronoun at all since the verb ending tells which person it is for. Also, there are more Spanish speakers in South America than in Spain, so those dialects are also of use. Keep in mind that Americans have a different accent than British, so it is not so unusual. http://spanish.about.com/od/pronouns/a/subject_pronoun.htm

There are different pronunciations within Spain and from one country to another. This site uses native speakers and shows you where they are from. http://www.forvo.com/word/yo/#es After listening to these, it is apparent that the difference originated in Spain and so of course both pronunciations exist in Latin America as well. I heard "jo" from Spanish speakers of Spain, Mexico and Columbia and from islands, but I heard "yo" also from these countries and others.

3 years ago

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That's just how languages are. Different regions and countries pronounce words differently.

English sounds different in England, Australia, and the USA. Heck, it even sounds different in different regions of England or the US. That doesn't mean it's wrong, it just means it's different.

To hear 21 different people pronounce "yo": http://www.forvo.com/word/yo/#es

3 years ago

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Thanks for your feedback everyone. You are right about English the different accents around the world. I think the purest English is spoken by the Queen, whereas I can barely understand Prince William who tends to run his words together. In Germany I was told that the best German is spoken in Hanover whereas the Low German spoken in the southern part of the country is not as easy to understand. I just like to pronounce words properly; hence my question about "yo".

3 years ago

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Not poor, just different. I had two Spanish teachers last summer in Mexico, and one said 'yo' and the 'jo' I heard both pronunciations of 'y' and 'll' from people conversing with each other on the street, in the store, etc. every day. In Argentina both are always 'zh'

3 years ago