How does a Mexican say guacamole?
Is the G silent in guacamole?
In general, the Spanish g is pronounced much as it is in English, although softer. When it comes between vowels, it typically becomes soft enough to sound like an aspirated “h,” the same as the Spanish letter j. The “standard” pronunciation of guacamole would be to sound out the g.
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