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I have noticed that some hispanics say "doble u" and some others say "doble v". Which one is the correct one? In english we say double u, not double v.

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  • I have wondered this myself, having it heard both ways. - Nicole-B Nov 2, 2009 flag
  • very good question, smith, getting my vote - 00494d19 Nov 3, 2009 flag

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Both may be acceptable.


Here you will here it pronounced (point at the letter) ---> Alphabet with sound


Here you will read it written as "ve" doble ---> link text

  • Very interesting Moe. Thanks - RicardoP Nov 2, 2009 flag
  • Heidita might be sleeping by now. I wonder how they say it in Spain. - RicardoP Nov 2, 2009 flag
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In Mexico we say "doble u" as in "doble u, doble u, doble u, punto, spanishdict, punto, com" (some even save time and just say "triple doble u, punto..."

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I'm Salvadorian and my family and I all say "doble v"

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I believe it is "oo veh doble".

  • Lise, "uve doble" means doble v. Interesting - RicardoP Nov 2, 2009 flag
  • as in "u" " v" "doble v(w)" I believe you're reciting the alphabet - Yeser007 Nov 2, 2009 flag
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Interesting. I am from Colombia and we all there say: "Doble u"

  • Hola, vecino! En Venezuela se dice "doble v". - mountaingirl Nov 2, 2009 flag
  • Que curioso vecina, en Colombia y Venezuela hablamos un español muy similar. ¿Cuál es su punto de vista como profesora de español? - RicardoP Nov 2, 2009 flag
  • ...and there we all say.... - PeterRS Dec 18, 2012 flag
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I say double u and I am American!

  • I agree. In Mexico they say "doble v" ?????? - RicardoP Nov 2, 2009 flag
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I say double u and I am a kiwi (New Zealander) but this probably doesn't help! LOL

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Really??????? Doble u????? LOL

I am sorry, no offense...but that sounds probably as funny to me as the doble uve to you.

We say doble uvesmile

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When we look at the keyboard on our pc and/or phone keys, what do you see? A "W" or "two U letters together" (UU). I'm pretty sure you saw something closest to VV instead of UU. So my answer is "Doble V"

En mi escuela y colegios asistidos durante mi niñes y adolescencia se me enseño que es "doble V"

Info from www.rae . es w.

  1. f. Vigésima sexta letra del abecedario español, y vigésima tercera del orden latino internacional, usada en voces de procedencia extranjera. En las lenguas en las que existe como fonema, su articulación es ora de u semiconsonante, como en inglés, ora fricativa labiodental y sonora, como en alemán. En español se pronuncia como b en nombres propios de personajes godos, p. ej., en Walia, Witerico, Wamba; en nombres propios o derivados procedentes del alemán, p. ej., en Wagner, Westfalia, wagneriano, y en algunos casos más. En vocablos de procedencia inglesa conserva a veces la pronunciación de u semiconsonante; p. ej., en Washington, washingtoniano. Su nombre es uve doble, ve doble o doble ve.

ORTOGR. En palabras totalmente incorporadas al idioma es frecuente que la grafía w haya sido reemplazada por v simple; p. ej., en vagón, vals, vatio.

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When we're taught the alphabet in school in the US we learn to sing "double U and X Y Z"! I never even thought about it before, but of course the letter is written as a "double V"!! Weird.

My mother taught me the alphabet song when I was still learning to talk, and until I could read the alphabet I thought "LMNOP" was all one letter!

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