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Lla­mar — Claim, Clam­or

Llamar claim spanish english

The Span­ish lla­mar (to name; com­mon­ly used to say “My name is”: “Me llamo” is lit­er­al­ly, “I call my­self…”) comes from the Latin cla­mare, mean­ing “to cry out, shout, pro­claim.”

This is an ex­am­ple of the pat­tern where Latin words be­gin­ning in “Cl” are changed to the double‑l (“ll”) in Span­ish. In Eng­lish, these words re­tain the “cl” sound — from the same root we get claim and clam­or.

Oth­er ex­am­ples of this pat­tern in­clude llave and clef.


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