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letter XIPA: /ks/, /x/, /s/

Pronounced: “equis”

A soft, “ks” sound when preceded by a vowel: “exacto” (exact), “extranjero” (foreigner), “mixta” (mixed).

Almost an “s” sound on those few occasions it is the first letter (“xenofobia”).

Common in the Basque, Galician and Catalan languages, where a”tx” is a “ch“:


When the “x” is by itself, it is an almost “sh” sound:
, Caixa [cay-sha] (bank in Catalan)