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Spanish dialects
July 20, 2011


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After many hours of listening,
I believe I am now at a point where
I can hear all the sounds that
a native spits out despite the speed.
The only major difference that
I can tell between different dialects
is when I am hearing Spanish spoken
in Spanish and Latin American Spanish.
What differences do you guys notice when comparing various Spanish accents?

July 20, 2011
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I can only really tell Castilian, Mexican and Argentine/Rioplatense accents apart. Argentines have a very distinct, almost Italian intonation. Also, they pronounce "y/ll" as English "pleasure[/b] or show. They replace their "s"s with "j"s, but this is present throughout Latin America.

I don't know exactly what features Mexicans pronounce differently to other Latin Americans, all I know is that they sound really different. None of the Mexicans I've heard pronounce "s" as "j", although apparently they do on the coasts. However, this isn't a foolproof way of distinguishing them from other Latinos because they do this in inland Colombia as well, and also in more formal registers of other dialects. Their "j" [x] is halfway between the very harsh Castilian one (which occurs all the way at the back of the throat) and the one more common in the rest of Latin America (equivalent to English "h").

Castilians as you probably already realize distinguish c/z from s and pronounce the their s further back in the mouth. There are some Andalusian (the ceceo in eastern Andalusia) and Carribean (replacing 'r' with 'l', heavily aspirating 'rr') features I know to distinguish from other accents, but I don't have so much exposure to these accents and not all speakers have these features so I still can't reliably distinguish them from other non-Mexican non-Rioplatense Latinos.

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On top of my mind, we (Argentinians) pronounce:


s/c/z   =   s

Presente (present) 

Zapato (shoe) we pronounce it = sapato

Cigarrillo (cigarette) we pronounce it = sigarrillo


ll/y = "sh"

Yo (I)

Lluvia (rain) we pronounce it = yuvia


We NEVER use the 2º person of plural "vosotros", instead we use "ustedes".

Vosotros comeis (you eat {plural})

would be

Ustedes comen (you eat {plural}) 


And instead of "tu" we use "vos" 

Tu comes (you eat {singular})

would be

Vos comés  (you eat {singular})


There're more differences but those are pretty crucial I believe. 

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