X

Spanish Consonant

The Spanish letter X has two different pronunciations, just like its English counterpart. There is no real rule as to which X’s are pronounced which way; it’s just something to memorize for each word.

1. [ks] like "axe" and "mix" in English.

Por ejemplo

éxito   success
excepto   except

2. [gz] like "exact" and "example" in English.

Por ejemplo

exacto   exact
exigir   require

Please note that this explanation is only a guideline for the Spanish that I know, which is Castilian Spanish. There are many regional variations in Spanish pronunciation.

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