is the writing system for the Spanish language
. It is fairly phonemic
, especially in comparison to more opaque orthographies like English
, having a relatively consistent mapping of graphemes
The Spanish language is written using the Spanish alphabet, which is the Latin alphabet
with one additional letter, eñe (‹ ñ
›), for a total of 27 letters. Although the letters ‹ k › and ‹ w › are part of the alphabet, they appear only in loanwords
such as karate
. Each letter has a single official name according to the Real Academia Española
's new 2010 Common Orthography, but in some regions alternative traditional names coexist as explained below.
The sequence ‹ ch › represents the affricate . The digraph was formerly treated as a single letter, called "che".
The phonemes and have merged in many dialects; see Ceceo
When ‹ l › is written double (as in calle
), it represents either palatal or the same consonant sound as ‹ y ›, depending on the dialect (see Yeísmo
). The digraph was formerly treated as a single letter, called "elle".
The letter ‹ r › represents the trill (1) when written double (e.g. tierra
); (2) when word-initial......