Translation:Are you Mexican?
Are 'mexicano/a' and 'mejicano/a' from different Spanish speaking countries? Which one do the Spaniards say? Thanks
Spaniards write it with j. Elsewhere this is considered a mistake. Also the pronunciation from the bot is wrong - it should sound with a j.
How strange that Duolingo could get an across-the-board incorrect pronunciation of Mexicana for their sample. This could prove confusing for new students of Spanish.
There's a city in El Salvador that is called "Mejicanos" :) I lived there :-P
Personally, I've never heard anyone besides non-native or people who don't have Spanish as a mother language say Mexico with the 'X' because in spanish the x turns into a soft "j" in some cases (Mexico is one of them) for example "Xavier" isn't 'Exavier" it's "Javier"
The word must be written with an "x", and pronounced as if "j". The "ks" pronounciation comes from the englishpeakers. So, written "mexicano" sounds /mejikáno/
In Mexico and most Latin American countries, they spell it "México." In Spain, however, "Méjico" is also an acceptable (and common) spelling.
She seems to use both forms in these lessons, which is a surprise. I’ve been dropping in on Duolingo for a couple of years, and this is the first week I have heard this pronunciation used.
I am having a hard time distinguishing between el es and eres when she speaks...lordy
Why is there so much about Mexico and Cuba? I want to go to Spain and speak Spanish.....
I think because the Spanish taught here is the Latin American dialect and not Castilian.
The country with the most native spanishpeakers is Mexico, and the second one, the US.
So, when it uses mexicana, is that just the word it uses for the tu form, or would that make the you person a female?
It is "mexicana" because the person in question is female. If it were a male the question would be, "¿Eres mexicano?". Adjectives do not change gender (from o to a) because of the subject pronoun. If someone asked an unfamiliar female coworker if they were Mexican, for example, the question would be, "¿Es usted mexicana?", "Es mexicana usted?", or (not grammatically correct technically but very common to hear it said this way) "Usted es mexicana?". So as you can see, it does not depend on whether the pronoun is tú or usted, it is "mexicana" because the person in question is female.</pre>
The official term for that would be “afroamericano”, but I must say that’s not a very commonly used word. Partially because the odds are if they’re a Black person who speaks Spanish they’re not African American— but Afro Panamanian, or Afro Cuban, etc. Also because typically if native Spanish speakers are identifying a person who maybe is African American they’d likely just say Black or some form of it in Spanish. Ex, “Conoces a la nueva mujer negra?” or “Conoces a la nueva mujer morena?”
She said "Eres mexicana" and I translated it to you are mexican. This was wrong according to Duolingo, the right answer was "are you mexican?". But I think my translation is correct too.
Maybe yours was marked incorrect because it was presented in the form of a question and yours could be taken as a statement.
I keep hearing this as "El es mexicana?" Got me confused for so many times lol
I couldn't understand at all what he was saying. I typed the way he accented the words which I had never heard before.
I thought you needed the "tú" in the question in order to ask it this way? You did when asking about if someone if they had something: "Tú tienes un gato?" Am I wrong, or just mixed up?
If we're talking about nationality, do we always leave out the accent in the country name? (México vs. mexicano) Also, is nationality always in lower case?
That's not the point. The accent in "México" marks the stressed proparoxitone sylable. "Mexicano" carries the stress on the penultimate sylable and doesn't need it.
Not wrong, but we Spanish speakers do not feel the need for "tú" in there.
Es comun in Mexico las mujeres serem llamadas "jitanas" y los hombres "jitanos" (sounding like 'hitanas' and 'hitanos' for non natives). ¡Buenos dias a todos!