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Pronouncing the M

Sound Is Usually Like M Sound of English


Nearly all the time, the Spanish m is pronounced basically the same as the "m" sound of English.

The main exception is that when a word ends in m — and there are very few of them, frequently words of foreign origin — the m is given the "n" sound. Examples of such words include álbum and mémorandum.

Sample words spoken by native speakers in the accompanying audio lesson on pronouncing the m are "lo siento mucho," "¿cómo está usted?" and "muy bien, gracias."

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