The very first entry in my blog of positive thoughts deals with the aspect of Spanish I myself like the most. As the title suggests, I'm going to talk about phonetics; fricatives in particular.
Before I dive any deeper into the fricatives, I should explain the basics of phonetics first. Phonetics studies speech sounds, i.e. vowels and consonants in a language. In case of Spanish, most people might think that most of the time one letter equals one speech sound. So the letter b is pronounced as [b], the letter g as [g] and the letter d as [d]. The reality, however is not as simple. (more…)