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The Letter V

The Letter V in Spanish

UVE. Occlusive bilabial voiced consonant (in Spanish it coincides with the BE sound)

Origen of the letter:
From the Latin V, adapted from the Greek epsilon. It was interchangeable with the U until the 17th century.

Example of usage:
Vino

The V in Spanish

V” is the twenty-third letter of the Spanish alphabet. Its Spanish name is “uve”. The letter V appeared for the first time in Latin as an adaption of the Greek upsilon, which originated from an Egyptian hieroglyph. In Spanish, the letters “U” and “V” were used interchangeably until at least the seventeenth century.

In modern Spanish there is no difference between the sound of the letter “V “and the letter “B”, except for some countries in Latin America and in bilingual areas of Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Valencia. In these areas, the V is pronounced as a consonant sound produced by pressing the lower lip against the upper teeth and exhaling through the mouth while the vocal cords vibrate.