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The Letter D

The Letter D in Spanish

DE. Dental stop consonant

Origen of the letter:
From the Latin D which originated from the Phoenician Daleth.

Example of usage:

The D in Spanish

The letter D represents the fourth letter of the alphabets that come from Greek and Latin. The name of the letter in Spanish is “DE”. The letter originated from an Egyptian hieroglyph that represented a hand. When the Phoenicians adopted this sign it received the name daleth (“door”) because its symbol resembled the opening of a tent. Such a similarity can be seen in the Greek letter Δ whose name is delta which was also derived from the daleth. In Spanish, the D sound is made by resting the tip of the tongue on the upper teeth, forming a barrier and forcing air through in a small explosion while allowing the vocal cords to vibrate.

The D sound is found in Spanish words like “dedo” or “drama”. There are very few regional variations to the sound. A more relaxed pronunciation does exist when the letter is in the intervocalic position such as in the words “sobrevalado” or “Madrid”. When the D is found in these positions it may be pronounced differently for dialectal reasons.