what is the rules for pronouncing b or v?
un vestido.. también...
Actually, the sound of soft "v" or "b" (as when it comes in between vowels) in Spanish doesn't exist in English.
In phonetics, it's called the voiced bilabial fricative. But obviously, knowing its name won't help you.
It's like positioning your lips to produce the "b" sound, only you open them a bit, thereby releasing air. Your goal is to produce a sound in between "b" and "w."
Just keep practicing pronouncing words that has both the hard and the soft sounds like "vivo" or "bebida," etc. Eventually, you'll get the hang of it.
Hope that helps.
Here, something to practise...Verónica bebe un vaso de vino blanco cada vez que va a ver al señor Barak Obama a la Casa Blanca, y viste el vestido verde con botones blancos, y baila con él hasta ver la noche caer.
The two most important rules are this:
- The B and the V are pronounced exactly alike.
- When pronouncing them, do not touch your top teeth with your bottom lip.
The sound of the English V, as in vote, does not exist in Spanish.
Both are pronounced like the English "b" and is distiguish by spelling "b corta" and "b larga". If I remember correctly, "b corta" is the "V" and "b larga" is the B. I hope this helps and I am sure the gurus will weigh in soon!!