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How to pronounce yo

Hi , i was listening to this song " Aqui Estoy Yo " and i noticed that one of them pronounced the word " yo " with j like " jo" an the other three pronounced it yo with Y , so what is the difference ?


December 17, 2014



I think it's a regional thing. Different areas have different accents (I think some Mexicans pronounce it "jo", but I'm not totally sure), but I'd suggest just pronouncing it "yo" with a Y :)

December 17, 2014


It sounds like a regional difference. StudySpanish says: Depending upon the region, the "y" might sound like the English "y" in the word "yes" or the "j" in the English word "joy."

December 17, 2014


Yo is Jo, in Colombia ! Just depends which country I suppose. Also here ll is ja not the ya sound. Confusing !

December 17, 2014


I think my Spanish teacher (from Colombia) said that pronouncing it joh is more common in the Americas, but I think if you live in North America, it's more common for Spanish speakers to say yoh. This applies to ll too.

December 17, 2014


You can walk the streets of central Mexico and hear it both ways, even among people sharing a conversation.

December 17, 2014


In Spain "jo"

December 17, 2014


In my country we pronounce "Y" and "LL" as ʃ (i.e., as an English "Sh" and "tion": shock, shoe, station, pronunciation, T-shirt…).

December 18, 2014


The right pronunciation is with "Y", but in english the "J" sound is very similar to Spanish "Y". In spanish, "J" sound like English "h". The "J" and "Y" spanish are very different.

December 17, 2014
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