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Many consonants are pronounced the same as in English or Spanish.
Spanish letters and supplements
Since the Cabécar alphabet follows the Spanish alphabet as far as possible, this leads to the following:
Voiced, voiceless, aspirated stops
Cabécar has 3 varieties of stops (b, p, and pj), where English and Spanish have only two (b, p). However, the differences between English and Spanish pronunciation of the "voiceless" stops (p) cover two of the different Cabécar consonants (voiceless p and aspirated pj).
"Stops" are formed when the lips or tongue stop the flow of air through the mouth. This can be done at different points of articulation (locations) in the mouth. For stops formed in the front of the mouth, Cabécar makes the distinction between voiced, voiceless, and aspirated; the distinction between these is the difference of how long it takes before the voicing for the following vowel (vibrations from your voice box) starts.
The Cabécar spelling for aspirated stops combines the voiceless letter and the letter "j" (which sounds like English "h") to indicate the puff of air that comes out. These stops may be summarized as follows:
Cabécar has at least 3 affricates written: ts, ch, and y (this last is pronounced like an English "j".
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