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Spanish "J", and "y"

Claudia7

Claudia7

Hola Chicos. I need help. I don't get the pronounciation for words with "j" and "y". Words with "j" have a hard "h" sound; however, after listening to the recording and other sources, it sounds like a hard "y" or "j". I think. I'm not sure. I'm having a hard time with pronunciation. Any suggestions?
De-Oppresso-Liber

De-Oppresso-Liber

¡Hola chica! :) I've heard that rocket Spanish is trying to cater to various Spanish dialects such as Spain Spanish, Mexico Spanish etc. so some of the pronunciation is slightly varied. I don't know if I'm right, thats just what I heard. I guess you'll just have to learn your Spanish region. Calvin
Claudia7

Claudia7

Ok. Thanks for the tip. :)
Cristian-Montes-de-Oca

Cristian-Montes-de-Oca

Hola Claudia: It is true that the pronunciation of those letters change depending on the region, but as a general rule the spanish Y sounds similar to an english J. And the spanish J sounds a bit like an english H. And well, the H in spanish doesnt really have a sound, unless is preceeded by a C , in this case is the same as in english "CHase" or "Shack".... Again, what our friend Oppresso said does have a lot of sense, in some parts of southamerica (Argentina and Uruguay) the Y sounds more like a combination between the english J and CH....same goes with the LL (double L sounds same as spanish Y). So over there the "Yo me llamo Cristian" changes to something like "Chjo Me chjamo" haha you would have to listen to get the feelling, but well, dont worry about it...use the general tips i gave you, and you will be understood in every spanish speaking country!!!! Saludos Claudia ;:)
Claudia7

Claudia7

Wow. I understand now. That was quiet answer. Thank you so much. :)
Randy-S

Randy-S

A couple of quick extension of the great previous comments: 1) As Calvin says, the audio varies in harshness of the ll or y sound, so that it is almost of composite of different regional styles of pronunciation. Even within some countries, however, there are often differences in the exact pronunciation based social class, education, national region, indigenous ethnicity, etc. 2) As a past teacher of mine said, the most important point about the ll or y sound is NOT to pronounce it like the y in yellow, where the tongue is at the back of the mouth. For all of the variant pronunciations in Spanish, the tongue should be forward.

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