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In English, instances of a double bb, nn, ss, ff, and so forth, are common. Spanish, on the other hand, does not have many words with double consonants of the same consonant letter. You can find exceptions to this rule, however, with words containing ll, rr, cc, and nn; for example, diccionario , carro, connotación, and llave . Only the single letter f is used to make the f sound in Spanish. The Spanish never use ph to produce the f sound, and the letter p is always pronounced like the p in “papa.” If the English word has ph or a double f, the Spanish cognate will always use one f; for example, fotografía, físico, and terrífico . There are some important exceptions to the “no double letter” rule. The ll that occurs in Spanish is technically not a double l but rather a single letter that is pronounced like the consonant
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Unformatted text preview: y in “yellow.” In some South American Spanish-speaking countries, the sound of ll sounds like a combination of the sound of sh and the letter j in English. A single l sounds like the letter l you hear in English words. Note: On April 27, 1994, the Spanish Language Academies voted and eliminated ch and ll as separate letters of the Spanish alphabet. Many pre-1994 dictionaries, however, are still in use, and apparently the real Spanish-speaking world continues the thousand-or-so-year habits of the language because ch and ll are still frequently listed as separate letters and, for example, still occupy one box in a crossword puzzle. Consonants in Spanish are generally pronounced like English consonants. Here are some useful rules to follow to eliminate any spelling difficulties....
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