Where I live in San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia the “s” sound in words is inclined to disappear. I have now got used to hearing “ma o meno” for “más o menos”, although the first time I heard it when I arrived from northern Spain it was a bit of a culture shock. Another interesting fact about Spanish pronunciation in general, is that there are no words that start with “sp”, “sl” “sk” or “st” – of which of course there are thousands in English. Their equivalents in Spanish always start with an “e” – estación, escribir, España. Now all that explains why the other day I was told how important “elogane” are in marketing. Think about it! If you want to test this phenomenon out for yourself, ask your Spanish friend to pronounce the word “Schrek”. The result is quite interesting!
Posted by: janecronin | February 18, 2012
Spanish pronunciation – Where’s the ‘s’ ?
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