Spanish Spelling: using Y and LL (B1)

The letter  Y and the double-l (ll) are generally pronounced the same as one another. However, depending on which region you are in, they can be pronounced distinctly. Sometimes they sound like an English “y” in the word “yes.” Other times, they sound like an English “j” in the name “Jessica.” In Argentina and Uruguay, they even make a “sh” sound like in the English word “shoe.”

Listen how a Spanish speaker from Spain would pronouns these words: uruguayo, desayuno, ayer, mayo, rey, yegua, hoy, ayuntamiento, hay.

One common problem is mixing up these letters when writing. No worries there are rules that will help you to avoid mistakes, which you can learn in our course “fonética y entonación española”.

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