What is the correct pronunciation of the letter V? In Puerto Rico, it sounds like B. In Colombia, with respect to my netflix series, it sounds more like V.

cdonnashop June 24, 2016, 7:41 pm
Hello,

We live in Puerto Rico. The Spanish here is quite difficult to understand. In a few months, we are traveling to Colombia. My main source of confusion is how to pronounce the letter V. Here, in PR, it is equal to a b. As in Vente, Bente, I think that it may be different in Colombia.
Amy just used the V sound for her age, veintenueva. (29) So, how do I proceed correctly?

Muchos Gracias,

Donna Cohen
What is the correct pronunciation of the letter V? In Puerto Rico, it sounds like B. In Colombia, with respect to my netflix series, it sounds more like V.
Dan-H24 June 24, 2016, 11:47 pm
In my admittedly limited understanding, both the B and V in Spanish are pronounced the same, somewhere between the two, harder than a V but softer than a B. I am unaware that the letters are pronounced differently in different countries, but again my experience is limited.

I talk, or have talked with, people from Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Cuba, and have not noticed any of them pronouncing the letters differently.

I have also noticed that Mauricio, Amy, and maybe other narrators here pronounce the letters separately as we do in English. I suspect they may be doing so to not confuse us English speakers. I think we might be better served, however, by getting used to hearing native pronunciation.

 
What is the correct pronunciation of the letter V? In Puerto Rico, it sounds like B. In Colombia, with respect to my netflix series, it sounds more like V.

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