Letras B y V

Because the letters “b” and “v” have the same pronunciation in Spanish, they can sometimes be a bit confusing. Calling the letters “be” and “ve” sounds exactly the same, so many times you will hear other names for these letters. “Be de Burro” and “V de vaca” are one way to distinguish these letters. Another is “B grande” and “v chica”. Recently, the RAE has declared that the “v” shall be now known as “uve”, but that will still not help the spelling of words.

Letras B y V

If you have ever had native speakers in your class, you will likely notice these letters are a big spelling problem. You might see “¿Adónde bas?” or “El agua está en el baso”. I have several language arts textbooks from Spain and Latin American countries for elementary students and you will see a section dedicated to the correct spelling of words with these letters.

Volar en B o V

Aún los pájaros confuden la Ve con la Be.


3 page PDF file of “Uso de la B”, “Uso de La V”, y “Palabras Homófonas”.
Español 5 by Jose Legorburu (IBN 8434846349) – Student Workbook from Spain:





The items below were taking from “Lengua Castellana 2˚ Ciclo inicial” por “editorial cruilla” and “Nuevo Zapín 3 Lengua Castell

2nd Grade Spanish Book

3rd grade Spanish Spelling Lesson

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Spanish Teacher in Chicago. Have studied or traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Uruguay. Have taught level 1 at middle and high school levels. Degree in Spanish and Master's in Teaching and Leadership. Blogger www.SpanishPlans.org
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1 Response to Letras B y V

  1. sun4eva24 says:

    I have heard them called “V corta” and “B larga” to destinguish between the two. I actually find it really helps to explain to my students that native Spanish speakers confuse them because it helps them to realize the pronunciation is the same if said correctly. Thanks for the post!

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