Consonant: y

The Spanish “y” acts as both a consonant and as a vowel. Earlier lessons on diphthongs discuss how the “y” sounds as a vowel. This lesson will focus on “y” as a consonant. As a consonant, the Spanish “y” has two common sounds. Depending upon the region, the “y” might sound like the English “y” in the word “yes” or the “j” in the English word “joy.”

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