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Presentation and Practice: The Letter X
  About the Letter x
►The letter x is pronounced more than one way by all speakers. In some cases, the Spanish reading of x is like its English counterpart. In other cases, it is not.
 
  Pronunciation of X  
 
 
  • Between vowels, x is pronounced [gs]; English [gz] (exam) should be avoided.
  • Before a consonant, it is pronounced [ks].*
  • The x in México, mexicano is pronounced with the jota sound.
 
    * Some speakers pronounce x as s in this context. On the recording, the more common [ks] is used.  
 
  Práctica
Click the ► symbol. Following along with the script below, repeat both the English and Spanish samples.
 
     
       
         
    English Spanish  
  English [gz], Spanish [gs] exam examen  
    exaggerate exagerar  
    exact exacto  
     
  English [ks], Spanish [ks] exclaim exclamar  
    express expresar  
    extreme extremo  
     
  (mixed) ¡Qué experiencia más extraña! No exagero. La próxima vez te la explico.  
         
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