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"¿Eres mexicano?"

Translation:Are you Mexican?

5 years ago

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Sr.Noble

Are you a Mexican is correct also.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TilEulenspiegel

Very small point - "Are you a Mexican?" would be understood in English, but adding the "a" gives it an odd-ish twist. Adding the "a" or "an" in relation to occupation or sports ("Are you a lawyer", "Are you a soccer player") or affiliation ("Are you a Republican?") is common, but with nationalities or religious affiliation ("Are you a Catholic?"), "a" or "an" isn't as common.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dholman
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True. It feels almost ... racist? It's like by turning it from an adjective to a noun, the nationality becomes that person's defining characteristic (as opposed to simply being human, but a Mexican one)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Angry_Mongoose

Just because it is talking about someones' nationality or skin color does NOT make it racist. All people, no matter what nationality or skin color, needs to realize that and they need to not get offended so easily.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Craig877964

Hello Angry_Mongoose: I agree, but why do you have Angry in your user name?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stonedmoon

because they're an angry mongoose of course

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShiDharamsattu

Great point

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiGi_Gorgone

Well said Til. Also adding the "a" is marginally considered to have a racist connotation or a negative, in English. Not sure if it is the same in Spanish

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joe814027

THAT SOUNDS OFFENSIVE

1 day ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Atokirina

So <X> is sometimes pronounced [h] and sometimes [ks] like in English. Is there a rule to that?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZuMako8_Momo
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There is no rule for it; you just have to memorize which words take which sound. Some «x»s are like (in IPA) [x] (depending on where you are from either [h] like in English, or like the „ch“ in German „ach“): «México, mexicano, etc.». Others are like [ks], such as «éxito, examen, experto, sexto, etc.». It can even make the [t͡ʃ ] sound, the Spanish «ch» sound, in some proper nouns like «Xitle, Xela, etc.».

http://www.studyspanish.com/pronunciation/letter_x.htm

In Spanish, it is only these three sounds, but English has a few alternate sounds for "x," and Portuguese even has five different ways to pronounce it. :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gaby754722
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A little of history.

The X used being a spanish J in the old times. Nowadays it has changed and mostly words have a J instead of a X (for example, Don Quijote used being spelled as Don Quixote).

Mexico keeps its X for tradition. We just accostumed to read it and spell it that way for 500 years (the same apply to many cities and towns in Mexico, that were founded or discovered in the XVI).

The RAE accepts Mexico with J, but personally, it makes our eyes bleed.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evi_Anguelova

The "X" can be "H" or "KS" or "SH". There's no rule. I still wonder how to pronounce the names Xavier/Ximena/Xavi and is it Ximena or it's Jimena??? Some people pronounce Xavi as Shavi. But as ZuMako8_Momo said, the "X" used to be the Spanish "J" once upon a time. In my language (Bulgarian) and in other Slavic languages, our "H" is "X". And when we say "hahaha" we write it "xaxaxa" but the "x" there is "h".

1 day ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GiGi_Gorgone

Language is very interesting. Thank you Evi

1 day ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evi_Anguelova

You're welcome, Gigi!

1 day ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CentaurOfA

Ugh, I hate when I can't hear the difference between "El es" and "Eres"

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PianistKevin
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a la frontera entre EEUU y méxico: eres mexicano?

Si

Sal de nuestro país!!

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jim655970

I answered "Are you Mexican?" and Duolingo said it was wrong and that the right answer is "Are you Mexican?" I didn't seen an option to report it. Has anyone else had that same error happen?

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveThurg

yea, i jut quit the lesson, since you can't finish it

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mexicanfoodfreak

Why are you asking? Are you an ICE officer or...? Is your next question going to be: "Eres un hombre bueno o un hombre malo?"

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hendo255

what happened to the listen slower option?

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VerdeNino

Yes.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caleb484062

lol

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leia999251

Yo deseo

1 week ago