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pronunciation of letter "v"

I learned in high school Spanish that "b" and "v" are both pronounced as /b/ as in bee. I notice here that "v" is pronounced as /v/ as in violin. My teacher was from Colombia; is this a Spain vs. Latin America thing?

3 years ago

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tolunayo
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Many native Spanish speakers do not and even cannot distinguish between b and v. Most will pronounce both letters as b. When they themselves are not sure and want to be specific, they will use terms like "b de burro" or "b grande", "v de vaca" or "v chica"

Here is a good article on this:

http://www.blogolengua.com/2010/03/v-pronunciacion-de-la-v.html

And here is one from RAE itself (see #3):

http://lema.rae.es/dpd/srv/search?id=d45ahCOicD6TkHkns8

3 years ago

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I have been told that Mexican school children make many spelling errors when confusing 'b' and 'v'

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PepePerez14

Se pronuncian exactamente igual, sin ninguna diferencia, por eso los estudiantes tienen tantos errores de ortografĂ­a al escribir.

3 years ago

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Well i'm from Dominican Republic and in school they teach us that they do have different sounds, the problem is that we don't do it, the ''b'' sound is with the mouth open(?) while the ''v'' sound is the opposite, first using the teeth and lips and then opening the mouth(Like when you try to imitate the bee sound), i don't know how to explain this lol

3 years ago