If the name letter J is pronounced as a H in Spanish, why don t they pronounce Joe as Hoe?
- Anonymous4 months agoFavorite 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.")
- Don VertoLv 74 months 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.
- LônLv 74 months ago
They would but Joe is not a Spanish name.
- Anonymous4 months ago
Joe = ho-EH?
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- bluebellbkkLv 74 months ago
It's not quite an 'h'; it's more guttaral. Think of it as 'kh' instead.
- darkvelvetrainLv 64 months ago
Because Joe is the English version of Jose, which is the Spanish version of Yosef in Hebrew.
- ZirpLv 74 months 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_1Lv 74 months ago
THe Spanish name is Jose-- it is pronounced hoe sae
- JoeLv 74 months ago
My Spanish-as-a-first-language friends pronounce it "Yo".