Wednesday, May 04, 2005

How to pronounce Quixote

This year we celebrate the IV centenary of the don Quixote book, first published in 1605. The name of don Quixote or don Quijote, is a popular one these days, maybe that's why one of my French friends asked me which is the correct pronunciation of the name of the "hero", so here is a short explanation about how to pronounce the name of don Quixote
Don Quixote is really don Quijote in Spanish. The original pronunciation in Spanish changes de soft “xo” sound for a hard “jo” sound, which should be pronounced similar to the English “ho” from “hotel”. The Spanish "J" is sometimes difficult to pronounce for foreigners since the correct sound is harder than the initial “h” of English.

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