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Subject: Spanish pronunciation
Author: Lumia   (Authenticated as Lumia)
Date: June 30, 2005 at 8:07:41 AM
Reply to: I'll try... by Eirena
The CH has always the sound CH (as in church). The pronunciation with SH correspond to French, not to Spanish.
The Z has a sound S in America Spanish and TH in Castilian Spanish.
The V and the B have the same sound B.

The pronunciations of the surnames asked are:

Chávez - CHAH-bes in South America (the Venezuelan president is Hugo Chávez) or CHAH-beth in Spain.

Zamora - thah-MOH-rah in Spain (it is a Spanish town name and a surname derived from) or sah-MOH-rah

The pronunciation of Madrona is correct.


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