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HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE DOUBLE LL'S

lyounger--

lyounger--

WHAT SOUND DO THE TWO LL'S TAKE AS IN TOBILLO? DOES IT SOUND AS A Y AS TOBIYO? THANKS
laura-rocket-tutor

laura-rocket-tutor

Hi there, You will find that the pronunciation of the "LL" varies between countries and even regions in Latin America. You might hear it pronounced as "Y", as an emphasized L (eg: tobiLYo) and, in some parts of Argentina and Uruguay, as "SH". Hope this helps!
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

I notice it ranging from a strong Y sound with a bit of J, all the way to a strong J sound as in Joe.
Liz-W10

Liz-W10

How do you pronounce "ll" is Mexico?
Don--64

Don--64

Buenas noches amigos, I have a friend who is Mexican-American. She says for me to pronounce it Y instead of J because using the J would be like a northerner using "ya'll" to impress a southerner. It doesn't fool anyone. Another friend from Columbia says definitely pronounce it J. Hasta luego!
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

And I was with a small group of fluent Spanish-speaking US citizens yesterday, one of whom commented very similarly to Don's Mexican-American friend. He felt that a non-native speaker stressing LL with a strong J, or a C as "th...thervetha" sounded like an affectation.
Ava Dawn

Ava Dawn

I heard from a friend to pronounce it as J (as in yo and ella) as jo and eja for emphasis. When I practice with friends, sometimes I pronounced it with "y" and sometimes with "j" and they don't seem to care and not correct me.
maha266

maha266

ll=y or mabe ee.
lauren672

lauren672

usually y
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

Listen to some of the audio with Amy and Mauricio. Mauricio, the native Spanish speaker, pronounces words with double LL's with a pretty strong J sound. Amy, on the other hand, who I assume is from the United States and learned Spanish as a second language at a very young age, gives them a Y sound. Some of this might be just to clue us in to different pronunciations, but I still think it is a pretty strong clue as to a good way for a non-native speaker to pronounce it.

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