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    Palma de Majorca and Bexington

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    What is the right pronunciation of Bexington and Palma de Majorca? is it /beksiŋtən/? And /palme/ de meorka?
    Please excuse my attemts to transcribe them. I could only find Spanish pronunciations for Palma de Majorca.

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    Re: Palma de Majorca and Bexington

    It's quite reasonable that you should only find Spanish pronunciations for Palma de Mallorca. It's Spanish! It should be pronounced as it is in its original language.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Palma de Majorca and Bexington

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's quite reasonable that you should only find Spanish pronunciations for Palma de Mallorca. It's Spanish! It should be pronounced as it is in its original language.
    Well, Paris isn't pronounced in English as it is pronounced in French.

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    Re: Palma de Majorca and Bexington

    I know! I was being just a little sarcastic, in all honesty. The only correct pronunciation is the Spanish one. You'll hear various pronunciations of it from BrE speakers. The majority make the first word sound like "Pah-l-muh". They use a long "a" at the start, rather than the short (phonetic) "a" of the Spanish version. Also, most BrE speakers can't accurately reproduce the very distinct "ll" sound in "Mallorca". I speak pretty good Spanish but I can still make a Spaniard laugh by attempting to say "paella" correctly.

    I don't think I've seen it spelled as "Majorca" in the UK for some time. That would have a very different pronunciation in Spanish. Although we change the pronunciation, we don't usually change the spelling of cities and towns.
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    Re: Palma de Majorca and Bexington

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I know! I was being just a little sarcastic, in all honesty. The only correct pronunciation is the Spanish one. You'll hear various pronunciations of it from BrE speakers. The majority make the first word sound like "Pah-l-muh". They use a long "a" at the start, rather than the short (phonetic) "a" of the Spanish version. Also, most BrE speakers can't accurately reproduce the very distinct "ll" sound in "Mallorca". I speak pretty good Spanish but I can still make a Spaniard laugh by attempting to say "paella" correctly.

    I don't think I've seen it spelled as "Majorca" in the UK for some time. That would have a very different pronunciation in Spanish. Although we change the pronunciation, we don't usually change the spelling of cities and towns.
    Now you would be angry with me because I should have written about it in the first post. Sorry. I found it in English File. Yes, they changed the spelling. This is how it's written in the book.

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    Re: Palma de Majorca and Bexington

    English has a venerable tradition of modifying foreign place names. The Italian Venezia, Lugano and Napoli, for example, become Venice, Leghorn and Naples (although to be fair I haven't seen or heard Leghorn for many years.) The situation with anglicization of place names in India is even worse than that with Italian places.

    May I add, gratuitously, that the idea that we should pronounce place names as do the natives of a place is somewhat ridiculous. We wouldn't be able to say Long Island when speaking of New York. We'd have to say Lawn Guyland.
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    Re: Palma de Majorca and Bexington

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's quite reasonable that you should only find Spanish pronunciations for Palma de Mallorca. It's Spanish!
    It certainly isn't! I hope there are no Catalans around here to hear you say that!

    The Catalan 'll' is subtly distinct from the Spanish 'll'. It sounds to me like an English 'l' rolling into an English 'y'.

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