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The Spanish Alphabet
In Spanish the alphabet has 29 letters in total, 24 of which are consonants. Well, make it 22, as the Association of Spanish Language Academies apparently determined that the letters "Ch" and "Ll" were no longer considered consonants at UNESCO's request.
The letters "B" and "V" used to sound a bit like their English counterparts.... When this was the case, they used to be known as "B labial" (The word Labios means "lips") and "V labidental".
Labial means that "B" was (and still is) pronounced by softly pressing both lips together.
Labidental mean that "V" was pronounced by pressing the upper part of the lower lip onto the bottom of the top teeth.
But now both letters are pronounced just about the same even in Spain! This often becomes a problem for Spanish speakers who study English, as these letters have a distinct pronunciation in English.
The letter "B" is called B grande ("large B"), and "V" is called "B chica ó "B pequeña" ("little B", get it?) to differentiate one from the other!
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