How to pronounce the Spanish B
One of the first letters you should learn to pronounce properly is the Spanish "B". The Spanish B has two different pronunciations. When it is at the beginning of a word, it is pronounced similar to the English "B", like in the word "Beach".
Spanish: Bella, Bien, Bueno, Baloncesto. All these are pronounced with the English "B" as in "Beach".
However, when "B" appears in the middle of a word, the pronunciation is a quite a bit softer, almost like an English "V".
Spanish: Abejorro, libro, ibérico. All these are pronounced with a sound that is a bit closer to the English "V", and not such a hard "B". Note that in these cases the Spanish "B" is not identical to to the English "V", just a little big closer to it than the hard English "B".
Common Spanish Verbs: Hablar
Hablar is a common Spanish verb that means "to speak" or "to talk". It's a very simple -AR verb and likely one of the very first verbs you would learn in any beginner level Spanish class. Here is how to conjugate the verb hablar:
Yo hablo - I speak
Tú hablas - You speak (informal)
Él habla - He speaks
Ella habla - She speaks
Usted habla - You speak (formal)
Nosotros hablamos - We speak
Vosotros habláis - You guys speak/ You all speak (informal)
Ellos hablan - They speak (group of males or group of mixed gender)
Ellas hablan - They speak (group of females)
Ustedes hablan - You all speak / You speak (formal)
A few examples using hablar, translated from Spanish into English:
Ellas hablan con los chicos. - They speak with the boys.
Yo hablo por teléfono con mi madre. - I talk on the telephone with my mother.
Ustedes hablan todos los días. - You talk every day.
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