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sal - feminine noun (la) - salt. Look up sal in the dictionary

¿Es cierto que uno de los conquistadores romanos sembró sal en las tierras conquistadas para que no volvieran a producir?
Is it true that one of the Roman conquerors sowed salt in the conquered lands so they wouldn't produce crops?
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Old August 12, 2008, 03:17 AM
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- ¡Qué salado es este crío!
- Echa sólo una pizca de sal
- Se llama salazón a un método utilizado para preservar ciertos alimentos, normalmente pescados.
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This is a discussion thread for the Daily Spanish Word for August 12, 2008

sal - feminine noun (la) - salt. Look up sal in the dictionary

¿Es cierto que uno de los conquistadores romanos sembró sal en las tierras conquistadas para que no volvieran a producir?
Is it true that one of the Roman conquerors sowed salt in the conquered lands so they wouldn't produce crops?
I would say they dressed the crops with salt. Most likely that's why we have salads (salty leaves with cucumbers)today. I wouldn't be surpised if they doused the crops with olive oil too.

A lo mejor adaresaron la cosecha con sal. Supongo que asi tenemos
ensaladas hoy.(hojas saladas con pepinos.) Imagino que mojaron las
huertas con aceite de oliva tambien.
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Se llama salazón [...]
I've been wondering how "llama" is pronounced in Spanish. In English (and many other languages) one says simply, "lama", with the hard 'l', like in "life", but most people do also pronounce "Mallorca" in the same way, and I know that's wrong, as "ll" normally is pronounced like a 'j' or 'y'. I just don't think it sounds nice with "yama", but is it actually like that it is really pronounced?
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I've been wondering how "llama" is pronounced in Spanish. In English (and many other languages) one says simply, "lama", with the hard 'l', like in "life", but most people do also pronounce "Mallorca" in the same way, and I know that's wrong, as "ll" normally is pronounced like a 'j' or 'y'. I just don't think it sounds nice with "yama", but is it actually like that it is really pronounced?
The pronunciation of ll varies by Spanish-speaking countries and even by individual words. I am not a native Spanish speaker, but I have learned that as a non-native speaker pronouncing ll as well pronounced y is understood.
However you will hear ll sounding like the French-Italian g in Argentine Spanish and sometimes more forceful like the English j.
In Spain you may hear ll pronounced like y with a slight L sound to it in words like amarillo.
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I would say they dressed the crops with salt. Most likely that's why we have salads (salty leaves with cucumbers)today. I wouldn't be surpised if they doused the crops with olive oil too.

A lo mejor adaresaron la cosecha con sal. Supongo que asi tenemos
ensaladas hoy.(hojas saladas con pepinos.) Imagino que mojaron las
huertas con aceite de oliva tambien.
Poli, to dress is aderezar in Spanish.
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Thank you for your explanation, poli.
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I've been wondering how "llama" is pronounced in Spanish. In English (and many other languages) one says simply, "lama", with the hard 'l', like in "life", but most people do also pronounce "Mallorca" in the same way, and I know that's wrong, as "ll" normally is pronounced like a 'j' or 'y'. I just don't think it sounds nice with "yama", but is it actually like that it is really pronounced?
The double ll in llama and Mallorca is very similar in pronunciation to the j in jet or jealous, I would give you the phonetic symbol, but I don't have the right keys in my computer(sure it can be done somehow,but well, it's me...I'm almost perfect, but like everybody else I have my limitations).
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The pronunciation of ll varies by Spanish-speaking countries and even by individual words. I am not a native Spanish speaker, but I have learned that as a non-native speaker pronouncing ll as well pronounced y is understood.
However you will hear ll sounding like the French-Italian g in Argentine Spanish and sometimes more forceful like the English j.
In Spain you may hear ll pronounced like y with a slight L sound to it in words like amarillo.
Sorry, Poli. I didn't see you had already explained. Besides your explanation is a lot more complete than mine. I simply centred on the way I say it myself.
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Well, I'm glad to get a second opinion anyway, especially from a native. Thank you too, María.
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