Spanish Consonant

In Spain and most of Latin America, the letter Y is pronounced like the English Y in "yes."*

Por ejemplo

Y   Y
yo   I
yogur   yogurt
mayo   May
desayuno   breakfast

The only exception is when it’s the word y, meaning "and," when it’s pronounced "ee."

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.

 * In Argentina and Uruguay, y is pronounced similarly to the "zh" sound at the end of "massage." This is called yeísmo.

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