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Pronunciation of b, v

The letters b and v are pronounced the same by most Spanish speakers. They are bilabials, i.e., pronounced by making the two lips meet. The upper teeth do not touch the lower lip, as in English v or f.

They are pronounced as a stop-blocking the air, then releasing it-in initial position and after a nasal consonant (bomba), and as a fricative-allowing the air to pass between the lips-in other contexts (cabo, pavo).

 

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