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I was wondering if anybody when they listened to yo beben if the yo sound like a j ( jo ) or is it supost to sound like this?

3 years ago

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'y' and 'll' are pronounced as 'y' or 'j' or 'zh' depending on the speaker and the speaker's country of origin. In Argentina both are always "zh.' In Mexico I have heard people talking to one another, one saying "j" and the other saying "y"

3 years ago

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Sometimes Mexicans who normally use "y" pronunciation will switch to "zh" to emphasize a word.

3 years ago

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  • yo bebo, ellos o ellas beben ;-) When I hear the Duolingo voice here, it seems "djo" I'm also surprise by the sound of "bebo" as "bevo" here... When I learned Spanish, a lot of years ago, it was the opposite : my teacher said "buela" for "vuela" so today I am a lot disturbed ;-)
3 years ago

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Here in my country (Honduras) we don't use the v sound, only teachers when explaining the supposed difference in pronunciation. We also don't pronounce the "z" sound, we pronounce "z" as "s". Some people in the north sometimes pronounce the "s" as the spanish "j". I find that strange.

3 years ago

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'Y' can have a diverse range of pronunciations. It can have a simple 'y' sound, a 'j' sound, a sound similar to French 'j', and even sometimes a 'sh' sound. I, personally, pronounce my 'y' with a y when in the middle of the or end of the word and a 'French j' sound at the beginning. However, my family often uses 'English j' sound. It really depends on the person and dialect, I suppose.

Spanish 'j' has a diverse range of pronunciations also. There is English 'h', a slightly sharper h sound noted phonetically as [x], and a sound that is somewhat similar to French 'r': guttural. Again, this is a person or dialect-based variable.

3 years ago

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Thanks every one

3 years ago
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