When you ask a Spanish speaker, how many letters does the Spanish Alphabet have? The Answer will vary depending on who you ask. Some say 30, others 29, but the official number of letters by the Real Academia Española is 27 letters.
Before 2010 the Spanish alphabet officially had 29 letters
a, b, c, ch, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, ll, m, n, ñ, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z
In 2010 the Real Academia Española official changed the Spanish alphabet by eliminating the following two letters in the alphabet “ch” and “ll” leaving 27 letters
a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, ñ, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z
To confuse things some countries, say there are 30 letters in the Spanish alphabet. The 27 letters but also including the “ch,” “ll,” and “rr” to be part of the Spanish alphabet bring it to 30 letters. As you can see the “rr” has never been an official letter in the alphabet, but you will not convince the people who insist it is.
Who is The Real Academia Española? The Real Academia Española oversees the official Spanish language. RAE can officially change the Spanish language at their discretion.
In this blog I will cover all 30 letters and sounds
|Letters in the Spanish alphabet||Phonetic sound|
Interesting Fact about the Spanish alphabet: