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Letters 'b' and 'v' in Spanish?


In the Spanish grammar book it is said that the letters 'b' and 'v' are read with the same rules. In the beginning of the word or after 'm' and 'n' - [b], in the middle of the word or in the end of the word - [v]. I would like to know about language spoken in Spain - Madrid and Barcelona. Does the pronunciation follow these rules?

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Base language: English
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    The pronunciation of the "v" as labiodental as in other languages ​​has never existed in Spanish, and only occurs spontaneously in Valencian and Majorcan speakers and in some areas of southern Catalonia, when they speak Castilian, influenced by their regional language.

    Also occur spontaneously in some parts of America under the influence of Amerindian languages​​.

    In the rest of the Spanish-speaking area, the two letters have identical pronunciation / b /. The sound is stronger at the start of word on "Bebé", the first b is explosive, while the second is softer (voiceless). The same goes for words like "vivo".


    But as previously commented, you should focus on spelling rules to write correctly "b" and "v".

    Hope this helps.

    Don't worry about. In my opinion is a waste of time. The difference in pronunciation is really small and most of times you don't notice. The difference is not as important as other languages. However you should learn the difference between "b" and "v" in writing.


    Your grammar book probably says that 'b' and 'v' are read with the same sound and this is totally true. In Spanish there is no /v/ sound as there is in English or other languages, so we read both 'b' and 'v' with the /b/ sound. Any rules about 'b' and 'v' that are mentioned in grammar books will have more to do with writing than with pronunciation.

    Se pronuncian exactamente igual. Lo único es la diferencia a la hora de escribir y ahí si tienes que saber cuándo es b y cuándo es v, pero hablando con la gente no hay ninguna diferencia.


    This rule applies not only in Spain, but in the rest of the Spanish-speaking world as well. "B" and "V" are pronounced exactly alike. In Old Spanish ( el castellano antiguo ) there was a difference in pronunciation, but not in Modern Spanish. That's why when it comes to spelling, you have to pay close attention to the word to see if it requires a "b" or a "v", for example: Bello vs Vello.

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