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    why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    I hear that a lot on TV. Is it from Spanish?
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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    It is the correct Spanish pronunciation.

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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    Hello.


    I'm not a native speaker nor a teacher. I'm just Spanish and English learner.
    I think this word came from Spanish. In Spanish I'd pronounce it like [Méjico]. Anyway, [Mehico] sounds correct and natural. I think so, because I have never heard another way of pronunciation this word.


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    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    Just noticed that it is pronounced like that. But it is pronounced in dictionary as written. So what do you guys recommend would be much better to use? Mek.sɪ.kəʊ or Méjico?

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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It is the correct Spanish pronunciation.
    What about in formal English speaking? I never heard of it in traditional English media.

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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    Quote Originally Posted by michael147 View Post
    What about in formal English speaking? I never heard of it in traditional English media.
    Most native speakers of English pronounce the word with a /ks/ sound. Those who speak Spanish and/or have lived in a Spanish-speaking country may well use the Spanish pronunciation. I always told my learners to use /ks/ when they were speaking English.

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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    "As written" is never a reliable concept with Roman letters, particularly if you first encounter them in English. Both X and J in Spanish are pronounced like a very strong /h/. Incidentally, Spanish boasts a 100% match between orthographies and pronunciations, meaning there are no exceptions in pronouncing Spanish based on its spelling.

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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    Forvo.com is a great website for listening to different pronunciations. Compare its page of recorded examples of the pronunciation of "Mexico" in Spanish here with the page of examples of pronunciation of the word "Mexico" in English here.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    Thanks for sharing this info. I was confused by this for sometime. Now I know

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    Re: why do people pronounce "Mexico-Mehico"?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    "As written" is never a reliable concept with Roman letters, particularly if you first encounter them in English. Both X and J in Spanish are pronounced like a very strong English /h/. [As you know, Spanish /h/ is silent.] Incidentally, Spanish boasts a 100% match between orthographies and pronunciations, meaning there are no exceptions in pronouncing Spanish based on its spelling.
    Spanish as a pure concept might be so, but there are a lot regional variations. 'll' (double l) is /j/ (English y) in most places, but English 'sh' in Argentina - "Sho, mi shamo Raymott". Maybe one of our Spanish speakers can think of other examples where less pure Spanish doesn't quite live up to these ideals. But I do agree that Spanish is the closest language I know of that almost achieves this ideal.

    @ Nickelxoxo: To say that Mexico is pronounced Méjico or Mehico really depends on whose /j/ and /h/ you're using. (Apparently, you mean a Spanish pronunciation - Neither works in IPA for English or Spanish.) So, to tell an English audience that a Spanish 'x' is pronounced like a Spanish 'h' or 'j' here might not be that useful.


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