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how is "ll" pronounced in different Spanish-speaking countries? Hola, I'm confused about the pronunciation of "ll" in spanish, i've came across so many pronunciation r, especially the following English sounds "y", "j" and "sh". thanks in advance.
Aug 16, 2014 4:25 AM
Answers · 5
It's generally a "y" sound, but in countries like Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay it's more of "j"/"sh". Sometimes it even sounds kind of like "jsh" so it can be hard to understand in Argentina when the sounds slur together. You get used to it pretty quickly though if you're there.
August 16, 2014
Thanks for your input, Raymundo.
August 24, 2014
In México we pronunciate it as Y. I have spoken with Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Cuban and Colombian natives and I noticed "y" sound. Like Mike said, if you encounter the j/sh sounds for "ll" you will quickly get used to it. One more thing, I have Puerto Rican relatives and they pronunce "r" as "l" except at the beginning of a word, like car: carro/calo but ratón stays the same.
August 24, 2014
I was mainly talking about South America, I think Spaniards are easier to understand if they don't talk fast. thanks for your help!
August 17, 2014
I just can tell that here, in Spain, we do not pronunce "ll" so that sounds exactly the same as "y". It might be more difficult for you to say the "ñ" word properly but with "ll" it,s like "jam" but a bit smooth. Go to FORVO.COM and listen to the word.
August 16, 2014
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