Does the letter Q exist in Spanish?

Answered by Frank Schwing

The letter Q does exist in Spanish. However, it is not as commonly used as in English. The pronunciation of the letter Q in Spanish is the same as in English, but it is always followed by a U, except in a few words of foreign origin.

One interesting thing about the use of Q in Spanish is that it is always followed by an E or an I. The U that comes after the Q is actually silent and does not affect the pronunciation of the word. This is different from English, where the letter U after Q is always pronounced.

For example, let’s take the word “queso,” which means cheese in Spanish. The Q is followed by a U, but the U is silent. So, the pronunciation of “queso” is “keso.” Similarly, the word “quitar,” which means to remove, is pronounced as “keetar.”

It is worth mentioning that there are a few words in Spanish that do not follow this rule and have a Q without a U. These words are mainly borrowed from other languages, such as “quórum” (quorum) and “qing” (a Chinese surname).

In my personal experience, I have found that the use of Q in Spanish can sometimes be confusing for English speakers. We are used to pronouncing the U after Q, so it takes some practice to get used to the silent U in Spanish. However, with time and practice, it becomes easier to pronounce words with Q correctly.

The letter Q does exist in Spanish, but its use is not as common as in English. It is always followed by an E or an I, and the U is silent. Remembering this rule and practicing the correct pronunciation will help you navigate the use of Q in Spanish.