emily asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 4 weeks ago

If the name letter J is pronounced as a H in Spanish, why don t they pronounce Joe as Hoe?

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
    Best Answer


    Spanish is my first language.

    We say "José", which is the Spanish version of the name "Joe" with an initial /h/ sound, but most people use the English pronunciation of the name "Joe", with an initial /dʒ/ sound (sometimes with a /ʃ/, as in "show") because it is an English name. However, some speakers do say /'hoh eh/, with a strong /h/ sound, especially in Spain.


    At the beginning of this video you can hear the Argentinian pronunciation, a mixture between the Spanish and the English ones. ("Hola, Joe, ¿cómo va?, ¿cómo anda, señor? Un gusto.")


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  • 3 weeks ago

    The Spanish letter J and also the G in some cases is not sounded like an H.

    That is where English speakers are wrong.

    If you are pronouncing Hijo as Iho and Argentina like Arhentina then you are a very poor speaker of Spanish.

  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    They would but Joe is not a Spanish name.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago


    Joe = ho-EH?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    It's not quite an 'h'; it's more guttaral. Think of it as 'kh' instead.

    • Don Verto
      Lv 7
      1 week agoReport

      No kh either it is like the Dutch G or Ch in nacht.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Because Joe is the English version of Jose, which is the Spanish version of Yosef in Hebrew.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    IT ISN'T !!!

    It is pronounced like the CH in the scottish word "loch".

    They pronounce the name Joe correctly because they know the correct pronunciation.

    Source(s): Went to school with José, Javier and Juan
  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    THe Spanish name is Jose-- it is pronounced hoe sae

  • Joe
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    I'm Joe.

    My Spanish-as-a-first-language friends pronounce it "Yo".

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