Languages › Spanish Pronouncing the LL Letter Has Regional Variations in Pronunciation Share Flipboard Email Print Spanish Pronunciation History & Culture Vocabulary Writing Skills Grammar By Gerald Erichsen Spanish Language Expert B.A., Seattle Pacific University Gerald Erichsen is a Spanish language expert who has created Spanish lessons for ThoughtCo since 1998. our editorial process Gerald Erichsen Updated April 27, 2017 More than any other letter combination, the ll of Spanish has a sound that varies with region. Even within one country, its sound can vary. The sound you're most likely to hear for the ll (and the sound you'll hear in our audio lesson on the ll sound) is similar to the "y" of yellow. So in much of the Spanish-speaking world, there is no difference between the sound of the ll and of the y when it is used as a consonant. And if you pronounce the ll that way, you will be understood everywhere. In some areas, the ll sounds like the lli in "million," so that calle would be pronounced something like CALL-yeh. Also common is pronouncing the ll something like the "s" in "measure" (sometimes called the "zh" sound), although perhaps a bit softer, and in some areas somewhat similar to the "g" sound of "wage" but softened a bit. Rarely, it can even have an "sh" sound. In these areas, the sounds of ll and y are differentiated. Sentences you'll hear in the audio lesson are "Llévenos al centro" (take us downtown) and "Ella no está en la calle" (she isn't in the street).