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Does 'b' and 'v' sound the same in Spanish??

Or did I just heard it wrong? More than once I am pretty sure I heard 'beben' like 'beven'. It really confuses me. Someone help! What is the correct pronunciation??

6 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Chevere

The b and v sound alike, however... each of these letters have 2 sounds: a hard b/v sound and a soft b/v sound. It just depends on where the letters sit in a word. Beben sounds a bit like 'beven' because the second B in the word beben is pronounced with a softer sound. I found that this site was helpful for me to figure this out and practice saying words with these letters (page down on the webpage to get the audio lesson). http://www.studyspanish.com/pronunciation/letter_bv.htm

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElAlumno3
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Thank you so much- that website is great! I'm trying to learn the form of Spanish spoken in Spain, so the fact that it including both a Peruvian and a Spaniard speaker was great. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TomasIzqui1

I am a native Spanish speaker from South America. I can say for a fact that the letters B and V make the same sound when spoken, everywhwere, although I have heard that it is different in Spain. The sound made is generally closer to a W than to a B or V, but you can say either B or V if you don't know what I mean. The sounds are so identical, that the spelling of Old Spanish "Aver" (to have) was changed to "Haber" (to have: only as an auxiliary verb) just so that it is written closer to the original Latin word, without any inpact to the pronounciation whatsoever. Hope this helps! :)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rla951
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Thank you! It is so helpful when a native Spanish speaker gives an explanation, and your's certainly helped!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CalvoViejo

Location! - In some areas the two letters are pronounced similar to an English "b", other places similar to the English "v". The "correct" pronunciation is somewhere between the two English letters. The lips never quite touch. I've seen many places where Spanish speakers confuse the two letters in writing. The one that I remember best was a sign that said "Vote la basura aquĆ­" (translation: vote the trash here). If it had been "Bote la ..." it would have translated "Dump the trash here." Either spelling the pronunciation is identical.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Salvaje_Lucas

The both are pronounced like you would say a 'b' in English. You'll never hear a long 'v' in Spanish.

6 years ago